DESIGN IS IN THE DETAILS
Creative ingenuity and expansive vision brought Real Carriage Door Company to life over thirteen years ago. Grown out of decades as a timber frame builder , founder Don Rees parlayed old world construction methods into his clients one-of-a-kind swinging, sliding, and folding door – each tailored to the location where it lives. Today our team is motivated by the same principles.
REAL CARRIAGE DOORS ARE:
● Built of solid wood:
This means the design is the same on the interior as well as the exterior
(because it’s the same piece of wood through the thickness of the door)
● Designed + Built to order:
We build to your dimensions – working with our experienced designers to select
wood species, glass type, hardware, etc. Once the design is finalized and meets
your approval, we begin production. (We do not carry stock of carriage doors)
● Built by hand:
We employ creative, skilled, craftsman who use their hands to select, plane,
sand, assemble, glaze and finish each door to your specifications and quality
standards. ( we do not use C-N-C machines to build our doors )
● Built to last:
Our exterior doors are built using old world construction methods – stile and rail
with mortise and tenon joinery . This construction method dates back
thousands of years for its strength. When installed and maintained properly – your
Real Carriage Doors will last for generations.
We showcase a variety of design details in our galleries, however, this is just the beginning, the sky’s the limit when it comes to possibilities.
Some examples are highlighted below for your consideration.
Dress up your door by pairing various door wood types onto a single design. For example : stiles and rails Mahogany , panels and window sticking Padauk, and contrasting pegs Walnut…Design is in the details!
FIXED OR OPERABLE WINDOW
Form follows function – we build fixed or operable windows to compliment your Real Carriage Doors.
A sidelight is a stationary window and design element that is used to visually emphasize the importance of an entrance by flanking a door or larger window. Typically narrow, they are a desirable addition where light or visibility is needed. Contact our designers for ideas and glass options.
The horizontal window unit above a door. A transom, fixed or operable, is an element that is used at a prominent entrance where privacy and security should be preserved, while allowing additional light to enter the space. Operable transoms are generally fitted with transom operators for accessibility.
While Dutch doors originated in Holland, they made their way to New York and New Jersey. Dutch doors have, and still do, serve a practical purpose – by opening the upper portion of the door only, it allows cross ventilation through the home while keeping critters and animals out while keeping children and pets in. In addition, they allow for accepting deliveries and having conversations without permitting access to the house.
DENTIL / CRAFTSMAN LEDGE
The dentil ledge is a shallow, horizontal strip of wood over a series of small dentils. Dentil shelves are common in Craftsman and Arts & Crafts inspired doors. A dentil is a small block used as a repeating ornament, historically found in Greek or Roman architecture.
TONGUE & GROOVE
This panel design is composed of vertically oriented boards of wood. Joined together with a ‘tongue’ inside of a ‘groove’ which creates a visible line / groove at each joint. The tongue and groove panel detail is simple and timeless look.
RCD SIGNATURE: We take this simple detail a step further – a groove cut along the edge of each board then the boards are joined together with a hardwood spline. This method adds strength to the panel.
Made by cutting an angled profile around the periphery of a solid wood panel, similar to a bevel in glass. Raised panel is a traditional look and common throughout Craftsman style homes.
Flat panels are a simple as they sound – smooth to the touch, free from and surface modifications – typical of Shaker style doors and cabinetry.
Our most common options are shown to the left. Contact us with your request. Make a statement!
The scalloped panel is our newest offering. Our skilled craftsman carve out each ‘scoop’ which reveals the depth, pattern, and beauty of the wood grain. Available for the interior and / or exterior of the door.
leather can be added to a flat panel of a door and adds richness, texture, and interest. Leather is for Interior applications only. Color options available upon request.
Kick Plates are a small detail, however a valuable addition by way of protecting and extending the life of your door. Kick Plates are installed on the ‘push’ side of the door and are usually 10-16 inches tall, depending on the coverage you want on your door.
Typically seen on businesses with heavy traffic where the door will get kicked or knocked during a delivery, etc. Residential, for the modern lifestyle, it may be good to consider adding a kick plate for those times your hands are full with books, groceries, luggage, or even children – your instinct may be to kick the door open.
Beyond function, a kick plate can add a layer of interest to your door.
KICK PLATE METAL OPTIONS
A door top with a soft radius.
Soft arches that reach tall and come to a point at the top – a distinct design.
The top of a door where the radius is exactly half the width of the opening.
Similar to an arch top, only with the addition of a curve into the (vertical) jamb sides of the opening.
Ask our designers how to incorporate your favorites into your design.
We are open to exploring all kinds of projects!
Feel free to submit photos and / or drawings illustrating other designs you have in mind for consideration