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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.
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.