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#1 Miss Chips

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Posted 12 July 2006 - 09:36 AM

We need a new front door for our flat and fancy something a little bit more stylish than the ones in Homebase.. Cafe ABC have a lovely door, so if you've seen it then you'll know that's the kind of thing we're after! We were also thinking of getting a kind of modern stable door for our kitchen to stop our madly crawling baby from getting outside. If anyone knows anywhere locally that we can buy a new door, then please post the details. :D

#2 iclipper

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Posted 12 July 2006 - 10:30 AM

Not a solution but an additional query - I live on Furneaux Ave in an ex-council property and I desperately need new interior doors - however they appear to be larger than the standard doors sold in B&Q, Homebase on the internet etc. I have been told its a council property thing and lots of places are like it - Although that could be an urban myth!

Does anyone know where I could find odd sized doors?

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Posted 12 July 2006 - 10:43 AM

Whilst perusing the main shopping street in East Dulwich we came across a salvage shop with freshly stripped old doors of all shapes and sizes plus this high street seems to cater for home improvement goods etc so you might be lucky by heading down that way.....
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Posted 12 July 2006 - 10:56 AM

There is a shop on Penge High Street called Select a door, and from the shop window they do appear to have a good selection in there. With regard to the council doors being quite bigger than what we have today is nothing unusual. Houses where generally built with more space then and the doors wouldnt have been any exception. Also what would be causing a problem is that the old doors are made to an imperial measurent and the new ones metric. And the doors from Homebase and the like woud be mass market and produced. You would be better off going to specialist shops like the one in Penge which would be more set up to provide what you are looking for.

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Posted 12 July 2006 - 12:31 PM

And the doors from Homebase and the like woud be mass market and produced. You would be better off going to specialist shops like the one in Penge which would be more set up to provide what you are looking for.


I am currently having the same problem to find some new doors that I like. The shop in Penge do have a good range inside, plus illustrations of others that you can look at. But I doubt they are any more individually made than the ones in Homebase or other chain stores.

Presumably you have the Homebase doors brochure - some of them are quite nice, but you will find they stock the same styles everywhere you go. There seems to be a standard range of "Georgian", "Victorian", "Elizabethan" etc.

Are you looking for traditional wood or PVCu? If the latter, I have been reliably informed that most PVCu door elements are made by the same manufacturer and put together by the individual companies. So the choice is quite limited as to style whether you buy Anglian, Everest or whatever.
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#6 adam1982

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 05:14 PM

Hi,

Could anyone advise of a person in the area who fits front doors. It needs to be reasonably sturdy and have an automatic close on it as it is for a communal entrance.

Appreciate any advice.

Thanks

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Posted 02 May 2007 - 11:10 AM

I think what I need is a Carpenter but not entirely certain!

The wooden frame to our front door and indeed part of the front door where the lock is attached has been damaged / split (it's the original Victorian front door and frame of a Victorian terrace house). :(

Ideally I'd like to get it repaired rather than replace the entire door as the existing door as quite nice. Also, like most Victorian houses I doubt the frame is square and a replacement door would need to be custom made and would no doubt be a tad on the expensive side. . .

Any recommendations or suggestions would be gratefully received.

Thanks!

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Posted 11 January 2008 - 08:28 PM

I am looking for hardwood doors that were common in houses built in the 1960s (my originals have been ripped out). They need to be unpainted, single-piece (no panels), preferably sapele. Has anyone seen anything this recent in the salvage shops? Thanks.

Edited by mlg, 11 January 2008 - 08:43 PM.


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Posted 26 March 2008 - 11:14 PM

Just wondering how people got on, we're looking to have a new Victorian style door fitted (replacing the frame as well).

Does anyone have any recommendations where to get one from?

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#10 Molly

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Posted 27 March 2008 - 09:42 AM

Opposite the police station there's a guy who has a small shop who sells Victorian doors and also strips and dips them too. Ensure the door isn't warped (lay it down flat on the ground to check) and you'll need a good carpenter to shave a few mms or cms off the actual door (preferable to making the frame/wall fit the door). Maybe he can recommend a good carpenter. Cheers.

#11 HeadGardener

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Posted 27 March 2008 - 10:03 AM

We bought a new, solid hardwood front door from Select A Door. Our house is Victorian and the door frame is now rather distorted, but the man from Select A Door who did the fitting made a good job of planing and adjusting the door to fit the wonky frame - unless the door frame is really lop-sided, that's probably all that's needed. We also bought a solid hardwood back door, in two-part stable style. It's probably a bit 'rustic' for the urban setting of West Norwood but I love it, as it lets in plenty of light and it's really convenient to be able to open the top half of the door to let in more air and light. Our offspring is past the crawling stage, but the door serves another useful purpose in stopping the foxes coming in to steal shoes on summer evenings when we open the top half for ventilation!

We did look at doors in Homebase etc but the advantage of Select A Door (I don't know about other similar shops) is that each style comes in different sizes so you're more likely to find a match for a non-standard size there. Their doors aren't cheap when compared to Homebase's cheapo pine things but, then again, we paid less for our two doors plus fitting than our neighbour did for her new front door alone (not sure where she got it from, but it was another local company).

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#12 jamesl

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Posted 28 March 2008 - 01:28 PM

We had a Victorian style reproduction door supplied and fitted by Dawes for doors in Forest Hill - good service and reasonably priced but you may want to opt to buy separate door furniture if uyou wnat truly authentic "victorian style " fittings

http://www.dawesfordoors.com/

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Posted 29 March 2008 - 12:28 AM

thanks for the replies, going to check out Dawes & get a quote.

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Posted 20 July 2008 - 06:05 AM

I can thoroughly recommend Dave Bennett of Summerly Trading. He has just put in fitted wardrobes and alcove units in our bedroom and they look fantastic. Excellent carpenter, very reasonable price, lovely guy, very trustworthy and he cleans up at the end of every day too! His website is http://www.summerly.net
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Posted 12 August 2008 - 11:23 AM

I need a replacement back door.. Does anyone have a recommendation for window and door fitters, preferably hardwood and ideally French Doors. Thank you!