Architect Series Reserve French Doors Restores Historic Home Preserved

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Project Scope

  • Type: Home/Residence
  • Industry: Retail
  • Location: New Castle County, DE
  • Age of Structure: Built in 1845-1847
  • Area of Structure Involved: Entry Door/Entryway
  • Window Materials Used: Wood

Before

Interior view of old French doors and transom window

After

Interior view of new wood French patio doors and transom window

Interior view of double wood doors with a new wood transom overhead

Interior view of new French patio doors and transom window overlooking back yard

Exterior view of new wood French patio doors and transom window on historic red brick home

This beautiful historic home  in New Castle, Delaware, is now owned and preserved by the state. It used to host conferences and other events. The architect got Pella involved because the front and rear main entry doors (two identical sets) were an issue. They had beautiful, old, heavy wood doors that were left open most of the time during events, and exterior 3/4 light wooden storm doors that were very difficult for people to operate. Their goal was to somehow keep the heavy wood doors, but replace the outer storm doors and transom with new energy-efficient 3/4 light French doors and transom with insulating glass.

Working closely with the architect Bernardon, Haber, & Holloway and Sturgis Builders we came up with a plan to remove the existing doors and build in a deeper frame that would allow the original wood doors to remain intact on the interior of the home and install new clad Architect Series Reserve French doors with a transom to the exterior of the home. They wanted to maintain the historic look of the old storm doors and transom on the exterior and still be able to show the old original wood doors on the interior.

Sturgis Builders pulled off the installation perfectly to maintain the historic look. They were able to not only display the old wood doors, but also keep them functioning on the interior. 

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