Modern doors are often flush construction, providing a simple design with minimal embellishments. But modern doors can also be stile and rail construction. Design elements frequently include a square top, one to three panels, square sticking, and flat (not raised) panels—which are also common elements of the “Craftsman-style.” However, other options exist for modern stile and rail doors.
The stile and rail door shown at left is made of select rift-sawn White Oak, finished in Sun Mountain’s Poudre River glaze, and features a horizontal grain raised panel with a square (not rounded or “eased”) profile. When combined with square sticking, the raised square panel creates a gap around the panel—a unique contemporary look with very clean lines. Sun Mountain calls this panel and sticking combination A1-MV (see illustration below). This design was selected for the interior doors of a beautiful home in Carmel, California.
This door design (SQ-0100-D001) can also be made with a vertical grain panel, in a choice of wood species and finishes, and the panel can be further customized with kerfs (or slots) cut into the face of the panel (as shown below).
The Door shown at right, also door design SQ-0100-D001, is made of select Walnut. While it features the more traditional vertical grain panel, the A1-MV panel and sticking combination creates a clean, contemporary look. This door is one of the interior doors selected for a home in Iowa.
The 3-panel door below, also with the A1-MV profile, is another example of a modern stile and rail door. While the design (SQ-0300-D045) clearly evokes the Craftsman style, this door is definitely befitting its contemporary Utah home.