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Blog entry by harum posted 02-03-2015 09:04 PM 1398 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We have been thinking about replacing the old entrance door. The door is really old and painted white. Besides, the door jambs, the threshold and sidelight show signs of wear and moisture damage; they are a bit out of square, the joints have become a bit loose too. This old door is sturdy and heavy and we want to replace it with something similar, that is, a stave core laminated door to withstand the sun, wind and water. While I learn how to build new door jambs, threshold, sidelight, apply insulation and weatherstripping, I started looking into the door designs.

Unexpectedly, I have found a lot of stunning door designs while visiting several big and small towns of Catalonia. What’s interesting is that, first, in the old medieval quarters, almost all exterior doors are made of wood, second, because the old streets are narrow (8’-15’, no front yards or gates), you can actually take a close look at how the doors are made, what router bits were used for the raised panels, what kind of wood the entrance is build of, and take pictures of hardware and guess the finish. I think I could identify some mahoganies, oak, spruce and walnut. To me, the workmanship, from design to finish, are beyond reproach.

Here are some of the examples of one panel doors:

Enjoy!

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."



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harum

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#1 posted 02-04-2015 03:51 AM

Most of the windows are wood too:

Second most popular material for windows is aluminum, which is probably much stronger than vynil but for sure doesn’t provide much thermal isolation. The interior side of aluminum window frames were always covered with heavy condensation, with the winter temperatures (around freezing at nights) outside.

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."

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#2 posted 02-04-2015 04:27 AM

very nice!
I love doors.
Tx for sharing.
I visit your area every year….

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#3 posted 02-04-2015 05:03 AM

Thanks! I’ve been to several home improvement centers while in Spain and saw fiberglass exterior doors—nothing like the ones above. All these doors must come from somewhere else.

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."

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