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Cathedral Arch Double Door

Sun Mountain recently produced this magnificent double door to grace the main entry of a luxury residence in the Bay Area near San Jose, California. The door features 10-each “Vecchio” glass lites presented in a vertical orientation, divided in a unique pattern by small horizontal rails. Read more

African Mahogany

Mahogany has long been prized as an exclusive and upscale wood for furnishings, doors, and even cars (you can add Mahogany to your Porsche Cayman for about $2,000). Read more

Victorian Door Goes Modern

Inspiration can come from many places.

This interesting door design includes an unusual layout of seven panels, square “sticking,” and flat panels makes a graphic, modern statement. But this design has roots in perhaps an unexpected place… Read more

Poplar Wood

Poplar is a hardwood with a relatively straight grain and a fine, even texture. Color varies significantly from creamy-white to green, to brown, to purple. Poplar is soft and light with low ratings for strength and shock resistance. Its Janka hardness rating is 430. Read more

White Oak Wood, Including Rift and Quarter Cuts

White Oak is a dense hardwood with a white to cream to light brown color. White Oak is very durable, exhibits high shock resistance and finishes well. The hardness of the wood is rated at 1360 (per the Janka hardness test). The grains of White Oak tend to be longer than Red Oak, which makes the species prized for construction of “Mission” style furniture and woodwork. The species stains well, although contact with metal will result in a dark blemish in the wood. White Oak trees are naturally knotty, but the wood can be sorted to obtain “Select” grade wood, which is mostly clear of knots. Read more

“Re-sawn” Distressed Flooring

Re-sawn distress is achieved with a saw blade striking lightly across the face of the flooring boards, at a 90-degree angle to the grain of the wood. Natural variations in the surface elevation of the wood cause “hits and misses” with the saw blade, creating a rough-hewn, worn look reminiscent of wood flooring from the Old West. Read more

Creative Design, Contemporary Touches

This contemporary rustic home in western North Carolina is a great example of combining different styles and applying thoughtful design to create something extraordinary.

The home’s entry door incorporates a single side lite that mirrors the four lites (glass windows) in the door. While individually the separate components may seem asymmetrical, the thoughtful design allows the eye to perceive perfect symmetry when the door and side lite are placed together. An arched one-lite transom spans the two components below it, emphasizing the unit’s verticality of over 11 feet. Read more

Victorian-Style Doors

Victorian architecture actually refers to a number of different styles popularized during the reign of Queen Victoria—generally during the period of the mid-1800s to the start of the 1900s. It incorporates Gothic revival, Italianate, Queen Anne, and Stick styles. Victorian homes are often large—two or three stories—with wood or stone exteriors. Their shapes are typically complicated and asymmetrical, with steep, imposing rooflines and gables that face in different directions. Decorative trim, sometimes called “gingerbread,” may embellish the exterior, and Read more

More Modern Barn Doors

Sliding barn doors are traditionally rustic—often made with knotty or reclaimed woods, plank panels, or cross-bucks—like this 6′ wide by 7′ tall barn door with flat track hardware and large spoked wheels. But sliding barn doors can be contemporary or even modern in design, with clean simple lines. For example, this 3-lite barn door, made… Read more

Hard Maple Wood

Hard Maple is a very strong hardwood with a closed, subdued grain and a uniform texture—a beautiful and durable species for doors. The sapwood is a lovely creamy white, while the heartwood ranges from creamy white to light reddish brown. Unless otherwise specified, figuring such as curly, birds-eye, quilted, or fiddleback is slight. Due to… Read more