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:
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