The natural grain and texture of a hardwood front door is so often what appeals to clients. Sometimes, especially in contemporary builds, a door is needed to match or complement other materials being used on the frontage. If the door is painted, you lose the natural texture and achieve a completely smooth finish. So when you want to keep it but tweak the colour? Oil-staining.
For darker shades we use ebony, teak and walnut oils to replicate darker wood shades while maintaining the underlying wood grain (usually European oak). We also offer lighter shades in white and grey.
Check out some of our completed projects below.
New build in Marlow: ebony oiled front door
Left in dis-repair for a number of years, this formerly proud family home was ready for an update. Determined to make it a warm and welcoming abode once more, the new owners gave the house the complete re-design, knock down and re-build treatment.
With ample garden space to the front and back, a much more suitable floor plan could be achieved for the modern family. Serial renovators, the owners were used to being in the position of making lots of decisions, but they found choosing the exterior the hardest part. After some deliberation on combinations of timber, red brick and render, they settled on classic grey brick as they felt it best complemented the new design of the house.
Contrasting the brick on the outside is an oak with ebony oil Urban Front pivot door that perfectly matches the windows and keeps the overall aesthetic clean but striking.
Passing through the front door into the spacious downstairs, light oak herringbone flooring, a luxury kitchen and steel crittall doors finish this house transformation in maximum style.
Door design: Milano V
Door range: e80 pivot doorset
Door material/finish: European oak with ebony oil
Handle option: BZ3
Architect: Francis Associates
Flooring: Tile & Wood Flooring
The owner-designed, Chartwell Barn, is a self-build encapsulating elegance and contemporary living. We love the way the front door is framed by aluminium glazing above and to the side and opens into a galleried hall muted to tones of concrete grey and black.
The front door (which is oversized with a pivot opening) is a mixture of designs – the Rondo V and the Lettera. The client was eager to match to the cladding as much as possible so instead of a black painted RAL door, he opted for a European Oak hardwood door stained with ebony oil. The letter etching and concealed handle complete the story creating a front door of dreams.
Door design: Rondo V
Door range: e98 flush pivot doorset
Door material/finish: Oak with ebony oil
Handle option: Concealed
Door size: 1.4 x 2.9m
Vista is a modern refurb of a 1970’s house in the Hertfordshire countryside. With quite a few planning restrictions, the front of the house could change but the bricks had to be retained so this limited some of the choices when it came to the design of the house.
The dilemma for project-owner Mrs. Tanem, was that she wanted a grey door but really didn’t want a standard grey RAL-painted door. To overcome this, one of our designers recommended our Raw design in oak with a grey oil finish. This method softens the "yellow" of the Oak while still allowing the beauty of the natural wood grain to show through. It's elegant, stylish and more unusual than a painted finish. Mrs. Tanem also chose a concealed handle which adds to the contemporary feel.
Door design: RAW
Door range: e80 pivot doorset
Door material/finish: Oak with a grey oil
Door size: 1200 x 2400mm
Handle option: concealed
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