Published at Wednesday, June 26th 2019. by Arnt Sommer in Cabinet Knob.
The way the door has been constructed plays a part as well. Less expensive dowel doors are made from kiln-dried wood that has been assembled using fluted dowels (small wooden pegs) and adhesive. Premium M&T (mortice and tenon) doors are manufactured from specially selected kiln-dried timber and put together using traditional mortice and tenon joints and adhesive for superior weather-proofing properties.
In olden times, there were two different hand-knockers, one male and one female, as it was considered inappropriate for the woman of the house to open the door to a man. Visitors would use the knocker according to their gender. Each knocker would make a different sound, so the woman of the house would know whether or not she should open the door. These gender-based knockers have become less popular in modern times.
Now, I’m quite conscious about how my house looks, especially when we’ve spent so much time and money making it look idyllic. So you can imagine my reaction when my generic web search for bolts, came back with these huge fixings that just looked like complete eyesores! I knew the safety of my kids was more important, however I was certain I could find something that would suit the style of the kitchen and bathroom, as well as protecting my kids at the same time. In keeping with the style of both the kitchen and the bathroom, I decided I wanted brushed chrome bathroom bolts to suit its minimalistic bravura, and to match the country cottage look I opted for bronze looking door bolts in the kitchen.
Timber, primarily pine, oak and hemlock, is the most popular natural material used in the manufacture of external doors. Solid wood doesn’t stand up very well to our British weather, so nearly all doors are now made from engineered timber – tiny sections of wood bound together with adhesive. The resulting multi-layered material is extremely robust, and a good deal more stable than natural timber. The panels are then glued and fixed together with dowels – tiny wooden pegs – or stronger, but more expensive mortise and tenon joints.
Composite door sets made from fibreglass are becoming increasingly popular. Designed to resemble timber, they are manufactured from a mixture of glass fibres and resin and are supplied complete with a steel and PVC reinforced frame. Weather resistant and low maintenance, these doors come in a variety of colours, require no protective treatment and provide a realistic-looking alternative to timber versions. They are also lighter than wooden doors, making them easier to hang, and will not warp or split. Another low maintenance option is PVC. This heavy-duty plastic is still widely used for sliding patio doors, but is less favoured for front doors nowadays due to its relatively flimsy construction and synthetic appearance.
You can touch up the door knocker surface with brass restorer. This will help seal up any scratches that have been created over the years. The brass restorer doesn’t make the metal as shiny and attractive as before so you will need to find and use a specialised metal polisher that works with the alloy to regain its shine. You will need to make sure that lacquer is not present on the door as the brass restorer could potentially corrode it. This specific coating has to be removed before any cleaning takes place. Only remove the lacquer if it has been scratched or damaged.
If you have the extra space and do not mind going out into the weather to get to the house choose a detached garage. The extra space between the house and garage can be used for a patio or even a kitchen garden. From the garage to the home you could also build a nice aesthetically walkway. You will also need to decide if you want a one or two car garage and if you need extra room for storage. If you choose a simple one-car garage, a door company states that you will need a basic space of 12 feet by 24 feet. If you choose a two-car garage you will need to add another 9 feet by 18 feet of space for that extra car. You will need this much space so you can open the doors without scratching or damaging the car doors.
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