The attractive appeal of old, architecturally detailed homes never goes out of style. Many home buyers would love to live in a Victorian style home found near the city centers across America. Usually, though, those gorgeous gems require either a great deal of utility and mechanical upgrading or funding to purchase and retrofit. Built anywhere from the late 1800s through the 1930s, these historical homes aren’t for the family of modest means. Fortunately, it’s no longer necessary to purchase a house on the Historical Register to enjoy the beauty of more classic decorative architecture. With specialty rw hardware, any modern residence can be transformed with old-fashioned sliding, folding or swing doors to capture the essence of a gentrified home.
Additionally, for those lovely old mansions and large houses awaiting renovations, restoration contractors should know that they have American-made options for replacing worn out door hardware with sturdy new pieces that fit perfectly with the original style. With architectural collaborators and modern laser cutting technology, hardware solutions for old houses in historical zones can be a snap.
Antique barn doors have been splashing the interior design world lately, and for good reason. These sliding doors, hung outside the wall, can add as much charm as utility to any room. As a bonus for small spaces and domiciles, sliding doors require no swing arc that renders that bit of space practically useless. For the rustic or old carriage house look, these doors hang well with ornate hardware that evokes the era preceding horseless carriages.
For the real carriage houses under renovation, ordinary lightweight and thinly painted hangers and tracks just won’t do the job. Since many of these types of buildings fall under the architectural purview of local historical districts, proposed materials usually must be pre-approved before installation. Finding a manufacturer capable of meeting the guidelines can be tricky, but they do exist and should be consulted before plans are solidified.
Sliding doors also can be used to separate areas of a room, cover nooks or entertainment systems and even give a patio some shade and privacy. They can be as modern, retro or antique as the designer wishes. Don’t be surprised if sliding doors become de rigeur for interior architecture going forward.
Folding doors may be a bit more rare in turn-of-the-century residential applications, but once in a while, they provide the perfect modern solution for tricky situations. Because they take very little space to open, they work well in small rooms where insufficient wall space exists for a barn door or a swinging door. Folding doors often work well to enclose pantries and closets. Attractive hardware on folding doors converts even the plainest ones into handsome access points.
Nothing feels more secure to a home than a good, heavy solid-wood front door. Stylish strap hinges hold the door in place with the strength of heavy steel. Crooks taking one look at the weight of a door hung with sturdy strap hinges will most likely move on to an easier target. But why stop at the front door? Interior doors operating with strap hinges carry the castle, Spanish colonial or country manor design themes throughout the entire house. Along with sliding doors, old-style swing doors bring centuries past into the present. These hinges can come in coated steel, plated steel or clear coat to complement any color scheme or tie together other metals in the decor.
Specialty hardware brings custom residential designs to life. A few on-shore manufacturers are still going strong. Builders, designers, renovators and DIY homeowners can consult the architectural collaborators of these firms and receive exactly the right pieces to make a home or mansion proud.