I’d been thinking about a stainless steel entry but designer Cynthia Pastor found a door online and Lewis and I traveled to Vegas for a personal viewing. We loved it, modern and metal but not stark and cold. It finally arrived via man with a trailer and we anxiously unwrapped the crate to reveal an expanse of burnished bronzed metal accented with contemporary rectangular cut outs.
The frame was made with metal tabs on one side but not the other which would have required bolts to be screwed into the edges that would show when the door was open. Our meticulous contractor summoned a metalworker and welding torches blazed to meld tabs to the casing where they were needed.
Either the door or the doorway wasn’t perfectly square and for three days grown men pushed, pulled, and stretched until the 9’ tall by 4’ wide door was installed. The contractor had warned us about custom doors but who knew (ok, he did) that it would be such a production?
Visitors are confused when they arrive at an entry sans glass or a handle. The panes will most likely be in this week but the handle will take another six weeks to arrive and the magician metal worker will return to work his magic to install it. So much for simple!
Special applications required. In a perfect world measure twice, cut once but in our case we measured fourteen times and tweaked at least twice. The door fit perfectly except that it did not close. The manufacturer instructions said to drill and screw into the framing from the inside jam. Don said that’s stupid!! Why would you want screws to show on a nice door so we altered it to make it right for us which meant we had to set jack screws to widen the frame ¼ inch and screw it in so that it tensioned the frame. A call to the manufacturer confirmed that was a common fix and it WORKED!! Next the roller catches did not fit the pre drilled and machined holes, WTF!!!! and they did not adjust far enough to fit. Again a call to the manufacturer revealed that “Sometimes installers have to drill deeper to make the rollers fit”. So of course we did after double checking the CAD drawings. Next the lock comes with screws that fit a STANDARD DOOR. The search is on to find the right ones. For now a temporary fit with screws that aren’t perfect. We will see what the handles bring us and of course they will be one of a kind. Janelle, stop watching those design shows!!!