Dutch Doors: An Oldfangled Innovation

The Dutch door—a door divided into upper and lower halves that swing independently of each other—has been around since the 17th century, coming to the U.S. via its Dutch-settled colonies of New York and New Jersey. While it may seem a peculiar deviation from a door’s typical single slab construction, the Dutch door served a… Read more

Crossbucks: From Utilitarian Element to Design Feature

“Crossbucks” are diagonal “braces” placed on the panels of a stile and rail door, creating an “X” pattern on the face of the door. The crossbuck is most familiar as a feature of the iconic barns that dot the American landscape. When a single board is placed diagonally on the door, it is known as… Read more

Staining and Painting Poplar Doors

Sun Mountain offers the value-conscious customer Poplar as a wonderful choice for paint-grade application on solid wood doors. Because it is less expensive than other clear hardwood species like Mahogany, Cherry, Select Alder, and Sapele, Poplar is a desirable, higher-end alternative to doors made of MDF or other composite material. With a relatively straight grain… Read more

Reclaimed Wood

Sun Mountain offers reclaimed woods taken from old buildings, typically from the Appalachian Mountain region of the U.S.                    The company offers reclaimed White Oak, and also reclaimed Barnwood (typically a mixture of Red and White Oak). Reclaimed White Oak is lumber reclaimed from old buildings and re-milled into doors or… Read more

Sun Mountain Contemporary Doors

Modern or Contemporary home designs focus on simplification and elimination of undue ornamentation—facilitating functional, clutter-free living. These homes have open floor plans, odd or irregular shapes, flat roofs (often with multiple roof levels), minimal architectural touches, and oversized (often very tall) windows to welcome natural light.       Contemporary wood doors normally have square… Read more

Speakeasies: A Creative and Functional Design Element

A speakeasy is small window cut into an entry door at eye level, used for secure greeting of visitors (with the term originating from Prohibition America in the 1920s).       Sun Mountain’s speakeasies can be constructed in three different styles—with square, flat arch, or true arch tops.     Speakeasies are typically centered… Read more

2014 Summit County Parade of Homes, Doors by Sun Mountain

Sun Mountain supplied doors and mouldings for nine of the fourteen homes featured in the prestigious Summit County Colorado Parade of Homes, held September 20-21 and 27-28, 2014. These homes were designed and constructed by some of the leading architects and custom builders in Colorado. Information about a few of these Parade homes and the… Read more

Arch Top Doors and Arched Door Frames

Arch Top Doors   Sun Mountain can manufacture doors in six different arched top designs. These include flat arch, true arch (180 degree radius), cathedral arch, elliptical arch, Tudor arch, and gothic arch designs as shown below:   The door below is a Tudor arch interior door, installed at our company showroom in the San… Read more

Hidden Hinges Create “Invisible Doors”

Most swinging doors are mounted on traditional pin and barrel hinges, with the barrels visible on the opening side of the door. Concealed hinges have been used for years on cabinet and furniture doors, and are now growing in popularity on full sized pass-through doors. Sun Mountain offers hidden door hinges from leading manufacturers such… Read more