Sunday, December 30, 2012

Your Dutch Door ....... why not !

The Dutch Door (a pair of half doors) was common in the Netherlands in the seventeenth century and appears in Dutch paintings of the period. They were also commonly found in the Dutch cultural areas of New York and New Jersey before the American Revolution.  The initial purpose of this door was to keep animals out of farmhouses, or keep children inside, while allowing light and air to filter through the open top. They were also an intregal part of trains, for the conductors and passengers safety
Woman at a Dutch Door, 1645,
 by Samuel van Hoogstraten
Woman at a Mendocino Dutch Door


The Dutch Door offers a certain freedom to a room or home.  It lets the outside in and keeps the outside out.  Most Dutch Doors open inward and are almost a secure as a single door if they are connected together mechanicaly.  My clients love the beauty of wood and the beauty of their surroundings.  I believe they want to bring the environs into their home, kitchen, or studio, as much as possible.
Here is a view from the inside
what a nice view
Here is a close-up of the styles of hardware
 we used.  Both halves lock with keys.

The "excitement" at Mendocino Doors is that the client gets to design his or her Dutch Door.  Some folk wish to have multi-light panes or single lite arched-top.  It is your door and you get to help me design it.  You can design simple panels, art glass, or even a dentil shelf. The Dentil Shelf is attached to the Dentil Posts with stainless steel screws and covered with rosewood pins.  How would you want your Dutch Door?
The Dentil Shelf
The panels are Curly and
Burl Redwood
The "half-lap" joint has

Soooooo ..........if you might ever want a Dutch Door, just give me a call or drop me a note and we'll design your door together, and you can make your dreams come true.
Here is a Dutch Door we
just finished

You can go to and go to The Magnolia Hill Dutch Door to see some more pictures of the construction and completion of this beautiful door.

Thanks for taking your time to listen to me ramble !


double glazing said...

Their locking mechanisms can differ greatly in use. Some of them may be too hard to use, while others can hardly keep the door secure.

Mendocino Doors said...

The slide-bold lock works well to secure the top and bottom, and it does Not rattle because, unlike others, I have weather-stripping which creates a slight tension with no rattle. The two dead bolts are basic and work well.

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