What Kind of Maintenance Does a Custom Door Require?

What Kind of Maintenance Does a Custom Door Require?

A beautiful custom wood door on your home, barn, stable, or outbuilding welcomes all who enter with stunning craftsmanship and detail. To preserve it for generations to come, only a few simple checks and actions are required.

  1. Regular Cleaning– This is the easiest, but possibly most important step. With a soft, lint-free cloth or a gentle brush, remove dirt and dust from the surface of the exterior – no abrasive materials or harsh chemicals are needed. Follow with a damp cloth to wipe away any debris dislodged and to get into fine spaces, and the door’s natural beauty or stain will shine once again.
  2. Sealing or Staining – Ensure that your door is adequately sealed or stained to provide an extra layer of protection against moisture, insects, and UV rays. This is especially important for doors directly exposed to the elements.
  3. Reapply Finish – If your exterior wood door has a finish such as varnish, stain, or paint, it will need to be reapplied periodically to maintain its protective properties. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for the specific finish used.
  4. Protect from Moisture –Installing an overhang or canopy to shield the door from direct exposure to rain or snow can prevent many problems while providing protection from UV rays, as well.
  5. Inspect for Damage – Periodically check the door for any signs of damage, such as cracks or warping. Pay particular attention to areas where accidental kicks or other impacts may have hit, such as the bottom of the door or near the knob.
  6. Promptly Address Rot or Decay – In the event you notice any signs of rot or decay, it’s crucial to take action quickly. Contact Vintage Millworks or another qualified wood specialist to remove the affected areas, treat the wood, and make any necessary repairs or replacements to prevent further deterioration.
  7. Lubricate the Hardware – Hinges, handles, and locks on exterior wood doors should be lubricated periodically to ensure smooth operation. Use a silicone-based lubricant for best results.
  8. Adjust Hinges and Latches – Over time, hinges and latches on exterior doors may become misaligned due to weathering. If the door starts to stick or not close properly, adjust the hinges or strike plate as needed.
  9. Prevent Scratches and Dents – Exercise caution when moving objects near the door to avoid causing scratches or dents. Consider using doorstops to prevent the door from swinging open too forcefully.
  10. Maintain Weather Stripping – Ensure that any weather stripping or seals around the door are intact and providing a proper seal to prevent drafts and moisture from entering.

Your exterior wooden door will provide years of beauty and utility when looked after properly. With just a few quick checks, you’ll be able to determine if it’s time to clean, reapply stain, or call in an expert to maintain the natural glory of your wood entryway. If you have questions about your wood doors or if you’re ready to add a custom wooden door to your property, contact Vintage Millwork today and let’s get a conversation started.

Exploring Interior Door Styles: Form and Function

Exploring Interior Door Styles: Form and Function

Your home’s interior doors can serve as more than just functional entryways; they can become an integral part of your home’s interior design, adding character, style, and elevated craftsmanship to each room. Let’s look at some key components to consider when selecting the perfect interior door for your space.

Style

Interior doors can act as artful gateways to showcase your home’s interior aesthetic and design preferences. Traditional door styles, inspired by Shaker or Colonial designs, exude timeless elegance with the simplicity of clean lines and recessed panels. In contrast, Cottage-style doors are inspired by the English countryside and often include arched tops, beadboard paneling, and a charming, storybook-like appeal. Lastly, Contemporary door styles embrace sleek lines, minimalistic details, and a may include glass and metal elements for a modern, sophisticated feel.

Wood Type

Wood type is a key factor in determining a door’s appearance and durability. Our wood offerings comprise a variety of species, each with their own unique texture and character. We also manufacture doors using reclaimed wood, which provides a distinct vintage look and gives old wood pieces a new life.

Finish

To highlight the natural beauty of our doors’ grain patterns, we recommend a wood finish that will give a warm, earthy feel. Letting the unique markings of the wood fibers shine through will complement both traditional and modern interiors, and will look beautiful when viewed from up close or across the room.

Finishes not only preserve the wood but also offer many options for achieving the desired look of your interior doors. While we don’t recommend painting over the gorgeous natural wood grain patterns of our doors, we can make suggestions should you decide to paint.

Hardware

Hardware selection is the final touch to elevate your custom interior door design, enhancing the functionality of the door but also contributing significantly to its overall style. Whether you seek the timeless elegance of traditional knobs and levers, the practicality of sliding systems, or the bespoke charm of custom antique hammered hardware, remember that the right choice can make your door a true work of art, enhancing the beauty and functionality of your living spaces.

The finish applied to the hardware is also a key aesthetic consideration – from polished chrome to satin nickel, oil-rubbed bronze to antique brass, each finish can dramatically impact the door’s overall look.

Alternate Solutions

If you’re seeking a touch of rustic charm or a unique space-saving solution, sliding doors are an excellent choice. Antique track and trolley systems and loop trolleys transform your interior space into a gallery of both functionality and aesthetics.

If you’re ready to transform your home with hand-crafted custom interior doors, contact us today to get started.

 

Dutch Doors: 10 Reasons to Choose This Popular Door Style

Dutch Doors: 10 Reasons to Choose This Popular Door Style

With highly functional features and a uniquely charming aesthetic, the Dutch door has seen a resurgence in popularity. But some might be asking, what is a Dutch door? And what makes it a good choice over other door styles? Vintage Millwork & Restoration has the answers.

Trending for More Than 300 Years

A Dutch door is composed of two half doors that have the ability to open and close independently. Also known as a half door or double-hung door, the Dutch door is split horizontally but can function as a single door when its connecting hardware is locked.

Inspired by stable doors, Dutch doors were first used on working farms in the Netherlands in the 17th century. They kept animals in, predators out, and air flowing through barns and stables. As the Dutch settled in the American Colonies, they brought these doors along, using them as entry doors in both barn and home architecture.

Dutch doors’ popularity faded through the centuries, and with the invention of screen doors, they became even less common. However, they became fashionable again in the 1950s, and are a beloved, practical design feature today. From old-world charm to functional versatility, read on to see why a custom Dutch door from Vintage Millwork & Restoration might be a great fit for your home, barn, business, or other structure.

The Appeal of Dutch Doors

  1. Functionality: Dutch doors offer versatility. You can use them as a regular single door or open the top and bottom halves separately to cater to different needs and activities.
  2. Ventilation: Because you can open the top of Dutch doors while keeping the bottom closed, they are excellent for allowing fresh air into your home while still restricting access.
  3. Natural Light: Likewise, opening the top half of the door allows natural light to enter even when the bottom half is closed, which can brighten up interior spaces.
  4. Connection to the Outdoors: Dutch doors create a strong visual and sensory connection between the indoors and outdoors. This can enhance your living experience and make your home feel more open and connected to nature.
  5. Animal Management: If you have farm animals or pets, Dutch doors can be a practical solution. You can keep the bottom half closed to prevent them from wandering outside while still letting them enjoy the fresh air and view (if they’re tall enough!).
  6. Child Safety: Working in your home office or kitchen? You can still keep an eye on children in an adjoining room by opening the top half of the door. Keeping the bottom closed keeps pets out and can act as a subtle signal to family members not to barge in.
  7. Visual Appeal: Dutch doors are architecturally interesting and add old-world charm and character to exterior and interior entryways.
  8. Farmhouse Feel: Dutch doors are often associated with a rustic or farmhouse style. If you’re going for that aesthetic, a Dutch door could be the perfect fit.
  9. Customization: Highly customizable in terms of design, wood species, color, and hardware, Dutch doors make it easy to match your home or business’s architecture and your personal style.
  10. Cultural & Historical Significance: Dutch doors have a rich history and cultural significance, particularly in areas of the United States where the Dutch first settled, including New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.

Create the Perfect Dutch Door for You

With its versatility and customization options, the Dutch door continues to be a timeless statement piece that enriches a space with its unique blend of functionality, aesthetics, and heritage. This door type bridges the gap between the past and the present, making it ideal for historical restorations or if you’d just like to bring a sense of history to a modern structure.

If you’re ready to explore your custom Dutch door options, contact Vintage Millwork & Restoration today.

The Star Barn: Restoring a Pennsylvania Landmark

The Star Barn: Restoring a Pennsylvania Landmark

One of the most iconic historic locations in Lancaster County, PA, is the Star Barn, originally owned by Colonel John Motter. It was built in 1877 by John Z. Grove and Son as part of Motter’s working horse farm, located in Middletown. For decades, it was a memorable landmark for travelers along Route 283, and in 2000, it was officially registered as a historical site.

In 2014, David and Tierney Abel acquired the Star Barn and envisioned restoring the landmark to its original status, sensing it had been “dedicated to God, and He had more enduring purposes for this unique complex.” After a year of discussions and meetings, West Donegal Township granted the Abels zoning approval to relocate the Star Barn to Elizabethtown, PA, in 2016. The barn was able to maintain its registration on the National Register of Historic Places even with its relocation.

Breathing New Life into the Star Barn

In the years between 1877 and 2014, the Star Barn experienced the wear and tear of time, and elements of the barn and land began to deteriorate. Not only was the property no longer used as a working dairy farm (as it had been between 1925 and 1986), but a major highway had been built adjacent to the property, and encroaching residential developments began to limit the picturesque views of Pennsylvania farmland. It became clear that a new plan and considerable work was necessary in order to save this historic barn. That’s when Vintage Millwork & Restoration entered the story to help with this historical restoration.

We were hired to bring the exquisite details of this beautiful, historic barn back to life. Our team of skilled professionals created many custom millwork pieces for the Star Barn, matching the charm and beauty of its original designs with historical accuracy. We worked alongside B&D Builders, who was tasked with removing the original structure piece by piece before re-erecting and restoring it at its new Elizabethtown location.

Vintage Millwork & Restoration’s primary tasks were to craft the barn’s iconic star louvers — which are 17 feet from point to point — as well as the cupolas, doors, corbels, Gothic louvers, and Gothic windows with restoration glass. We restored the farm’s springhouse as well, creating a beautiful one-room cottage with a picturesque view of Lake Liberty. Each element of the restoration project needed to mimic the original, which meant careful planning and craftsmanship were required at each phase of the process.

Incredible historic locations like the Star Barn have endured many phases of American history and continue to be a beautiful reminder of the past. Its new location and restorative work give a glimpse of what its original owners first built as a Gothic Revival horse farm.

The Star Barn of Today

The restored Star Barn is now home to an event venue with a seating capacity of up to 600 guests, part of the larger Stone Gables Estate. We were proud to partner and collaborate on this historic project. It is a local treasure that will continue to be enjoyed for generations.

Help Your Historical Building Tell Its Story

If you’re starting a restoration project, contact us at Vintage Millwork & Restoration. We pride ourselves on breathing new life into timeworn structures with skilled craftsmanship and historical accuracy.

 

 

 

 

Q&A with Vintage Millwork & Restoration’s General Manager, Amos Fisher

Q&A with Vintage Millwork & Restoration’s General Manager, Amos Fisher

Great brands have great leaders. For more than 20 years, Vintage Millwork & Restoration has been a leading expert door supplier and door manufacturer in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, supplying fine products locally and across the nation. Their skilled craftsmen are known for using old-world craftsmanship, modern technology, and first-class materials to create exceptional doors (and other architectural products) of outstanding quality and design, and the company tailors its custom products to each project’s unique design and style.

Simply put, Vintage Millwork & Restoration has the quality custom doors you want with the customer service you need to make a project go smoothly. First founded in 2000 as part of B&D Builders, the company started doing business as Vintage Homes & Millwork in 2017, then changed their name to Vintage Millwork & Restoration in 2019. They quickly became known for craftsmanship, attention to detail, and getting a job done right, and today, their skilled builders, designers, project managers, and millworkers continue to be dedicated to crafting custom doors and millwork using a hands-on approach to the entire process. Over the years, they’ve become a trusted partner for architects, builders, and general contractors because they understand the demands of the job and the importance of good communication.

The team is led by Amos Fisher, who joined B&D Builders in 2009 before starting with Vintage Homes & Millwork in 2017 and ultimately becoming the general manager. Amos “lives and breathes wood” and began his passion for woodworking when he was just a child. He is the proud leader of the Vintage Millwork team and has great plans for the future of the company.

We sat down with Amos to find out what he loves about the business, how he got into woodworking, and what makes Vintage Millwork & Restoration products stand out. Here’s what he had to say.

 

Tell us a little about your background and some of your hobbies outside of work.

I grew up with woodworking because my father was a timber framer for 15 years, and I always had a huge passion for wood! A few of my hobbies outside of work: one is I have a small woodshop at home, where I make various stuff out of old reclaimed barnwood — light cabinets, hat racks, crafts, et cetera. It is a hobby shop, where I love to share time with my boys. I am also a big horse lover. I love training show horses.

 

How did you get started at Vintage Millwork & Restoration? What attracted you most to the company?

I started with the organization in 2009. One thing that attracted me was my love for horses and equestrian facilities. Another thing that attracted me was a chance to grow as a business leader, and I seized the opportunity. The first five years, I was in the field working with B&D, and that experience helped me significantly with understanding the product and gaining knowledge in the custom world. I morphed into the millwork side of the organization in 2014, and there again, I seized the opportunity as very few people within the organization wanted to take that step at that point in time.

 

Vintage Millwork & Restoration has a good reputation for quality control. How do you maintain consistently high-quality products?

We want the right people in the right seat. We have a great team set in place. We have a quality control meeting with the entire team every Monday. We take quality very seriously, and we will do anything to ensure the client gets what they envision or dream of.

 

You seem to have a real passion for the products you produce. Why do you think that is? What makes this type of work special to you?

One reason is because of the “finishing touches.” The process of building can take a long time for clients, but the wow factor that a front entryway and the finishing touches we can produce to please the client is worth the while. It’s a very special part of the process for me.

Another reason is the different wood species we work with and the beauty of the grains and how they are cut and milled.

I also have a big passion for what we can create out of old reclaimed wood. We make wine racks, tables, and some custom doors out of reclaimed wood.

 

Talk about your shop. How do you combine old-world craftsmanship with modern technology to make such remarkable pieces?

This is a tough question. That starts with design and knowing what old-world craftsmanship is and how to incorporate that into our modern technology of building. It is basically knowing how to replicate the skills and designs that our forefathers used over in Europe with today’s technology.

 

Could you explain how you work hand in hand with builders, designers, and contractors to ensure that their clients’ needs are met?

Establishing relationships is the first goal. We have an edge as we understand what we are selling, and we are good at envisioning and creating a product that is buildable for designers and architects’ designs. We work with the builders/contractors on designs/shop drawings, stain color, hardware specs, and installation.

 

Lastly, where do you see Vintage Millwork & Restoration going in the next five years? What goals would you like to accomplish?

That’s a great question! Our goal is to become the premier door manufacturer on the East Coast and eventually throughout the nation. I want to have a large production line with another added CNC door machine. We want to continue to grow at Vintage Millwork & Restoration.

 

Team Up with Vintage Millwork & Restoration!

If you’re in the market for a quality exterior door manufacturer or custom door supplier, Vintage Millwork & Restoration is your go-to source for beautiful designs and quality craftsmanship. The company’s unique doors are tailored to honor the style and aesthetics of your unique project, and they’re proud to partner and work closely with you to bring your vision to life.

If you’re ready to get started on your custom door project, contact Vintage Millwork & Restoration today.