It all started out easy enough. A past client asked us to build 12 doors for back terraces and his pool house to match the simple ones on the front door. We agreed, even though we had never built doors before, but then they found an Italian design from 1742.
We figured out a texture style for them, then scroll style, finials, half spheres, and rivets. The frames had to be custom extruded to meet their demands of recessed glass frame. We had planned on using standard hinges and latches, but they wanted to know all their options. We ended up going with custom stainless pivot hinges for the doors and custom invisible stainless hinges for the glass frames. They scrutinized every thread, every fastener and even though the project is an hour from the shore, they demanded all finish and components to be Marine Grade. The latch hardware was solid bronze, but we went back and forth on color and finish until they were satisfied. By the time we got to fabrication, we had a good idea of the level of perfection the client expected.
We took the extra time to weld and clean and sand every detail. We ended up installing some doors three times until they didn’t have a little blemish, pinhole, or sander mark. What started as a five-month project became a 19-month endeavor to complete the 12 doors, plus the two more he added for his garage after the first were installed. These doors will provide peace of mind through sensational yet resolute security against intruders in their upscale New Jersey Home.
Our competitors / peers gave us the Mitch Heitler Award for Excellence for this project, the highest award globally in the industry.