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Rustic Doors

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The design for this cottage door originated in England. It features traditional stile and rail construction with tongue and groove planking for panels. This entry has a segmental arch.

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The rounded corner details of this Dutch door contribute to its’s elegance.

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This oversized single door with sidelights is made with common grade white oak to contribute to its rustic appearance.

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Made from white oak, this plank style door is installed in the Chesapeake Bay area. Alternating planks are profiled to enrich the design.

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The design for this cottage door originated in England. It features traditional stile and rail construction with tongue and groove planking for panels.

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Made from Cyprus wood, this cottage door provides an entry to a tack room for a horse barn.

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This is a half round version of our cottage door made from white oak.

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This door functions as a gate in a garden wall. It is built with herringbone planked panels with an arched top and speakeasy.

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We built both the exterior door and the garden gate as seen. The door on the left is a Dutch door meaning the top and bottom halves open independently. These doors are located in Chester County, PA.

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This entry features a French Provencal style construction. That means the top and bottom rails span the full width of the door with the stiles fitting between them.

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Built with true divided light windows and plank style panels, these doors grace a carriage house in Philadelphia, PA.

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Made from White Oak, the design for this cottage door originated in England. It features traditional stile and rail construction with tongue and groove planking for panels. This entry has a segmental arch.

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This entry is one of two we built for a Victorian farmhouse in northern PA.

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These oversized barn doors are made from Cyprus.

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Rustic

Rustic doors are loved as welcoming entrances to small houses, bungalows and cottages. They are also used for secondary openings such as kitchens and family doors. Despite their apparent simplicity, this door type exhibits a surprising variety in design and construction. Among the many rustic doors we have built, one of our favorite designs comes from England and has become our Cottage Door model.

Historical Note

In use in North America from 1625 to the mid 1800’s, rustic or “plank-style” doors were based on a simple form of construction rooted in the medieval period. Built for security more than style, vertical planks were held together by horizontal boards called battens. Early Dutch colonists often separated the doors into a top and bottom half that could be opened separately, a style now referred to as Dutch Doors. Historically, this class of doors was built for economy of cost, strength and utility rather than ornament.