A barn door is a door that slides along the outside of a wall and can be installed anywhere in a home where space allows. Historically, barn doors have been used as exterior sliding doors to enter and exit a barn. However more recently barn doors have made their way into the home to save space and add a decorative touch. Depending on the look you want, barn doors can add a modern style or rustic flair to a living space.
Depending on the opening barn doors can be installed as a single sliding door or double sliding door. Sliding barn doors can be used for a closet, a bathroom, a pantry, a utility space, and more. Double barn doors can be used in wider openings, such as in a main living space or an office. Exterior barn doors are also popular for front or back entrances. Barn doors can improve your interior design in a unique way whethere it is a modern style, a rustic style or somewhere in between.
Benefits of Barn Doors
In recent years barn doors have become a trendy and unique design feature for many homeowners. Whether you’re building a new house or remodeling a room, a barn door can be a great addition to your home.
1. Great Design Feature
Sliding barn doors can make a huge statement in any area, whether it be in a pantry, a master bath, a living room, or even a closet. They are both functional and stylish and add a much more decorative style than traditional doors.
2. Save Space
Sliding barn doors are a stylish way to save space. Since these doors slide from side to side they only take up wall space when they are open, rather than the floor space required by a standard doors swing pattern. While barn dooes are usually hung on the outside of the wall they can also be used as pocket doors that slide into the wall which will free up the exterior wall space that would have been covered.
3. Easy to Operate
Even though barn doors can be bulky and heavy, si
Custom Barn Doors by Estate Millwork
If you want custom barn doors for your home, look no further than Estate Millwork. Our company provides customers like you with endless choices - including wood types, finishes, accents, and styles - for barn doors that are tailored to suit your tastes.
Our Custom Barn Doors Feature High Quality Wood Craftsmanship
All Estate Millwork barn doors start with genuine, top-grade, hardwoods. We partner with sustainable-harvest domestic wood suppliers and importers to deliver eco-friendly doors and other wood products. Door manufacturers require so much of the Earth, and our corporate mission embraces the goal of giving back to the planet that allows us to work at our craft.
Customers can choose from several beautiful, durable hardwoods for their doors, including oak, teak, maple, mahogany, and cherry wood. We select cuts of hardwood that are free from pockmarks, blemishes, or imperfections, and carefully cut and shape the wood to produce unquestionably gorgeous doors.
Each of our doors is assembled using 18th-century mortise-and-tenon joinery. All pieces are precision-cut, so our wood doors hold up without the aid of cheap glue or flimsy dowel-rod connectors. Other features that signify the durability of our doors include double-tongued and feather-tenoned base rails, precision-cut lou
Custom Doors Can Be Created to Suit You
Estate Millwork is proud to introduce our Custom Online Design Tools, which enable customers to tailor their doors to their hearts' content. Use these tools to determine how high, wide, and deep your doors should be. Our expert-fitted doors provide a great return on your investment. Doors that fit your home perfectly last longer while providing better weather protection and air circulation control.
The online design tools include another drop-down menu that allows you to select from several handsome, classic door styles. Customize your doors further by selecting wood types, finishes, and other add-ons like weather stripping, jambs and stops, beading, and privacy panels.
If you've got a vivid imagination, our craftsmen can create the doors you desire. Simply submit your sketches or AutoCAD drawings to our company headquarters, and our door designers will work with you to create your perfect doors. Doors that are cut and stained to suit your home's decor and architecture l
Learn More About our Custom Barn Doors
To learn more about our wooden barn doors, get in touch with an Estate Millwork customer service representative. Fill out this form or call our toll-free service line at 1.866.322.0040. We want to help you create the gorgeous, all-wood, eco-friendly doors you deserve.
Wooden Doors Fabricated from Premium Lumber Grades
Stain Grade Lumber
For our louvered door products ordered in stain grade, we use FAS clear hardwood grades for both domestic and imported lumber. For projects requiring environmentally sensitive grades, we also offer FSC certification when required. We procure all of our lumber electronically, and order only the FAS clear grades. Additionally, we pre-select and inspect each shipment of lumber, and moisture check to insure that it meets our 8% standard. And as part of our routine quality process, each board from a unit of lumber is inspected as part of our quality louvered door manufacturing process.
Paint Grade Lumber
Even our economical paint grade louvered doors are manufactured from FAS grade lumber. The FAS specification controls the type of defects that are permitted, including knots, which we exclude from our paint grade products. However, features that would be considered defects in stain grade products -- color streaks, mineral discoloration etc, are not pertinent in paint grade. Typically, we use Poplar and occasionally Oak and Soft Maple for our paint grade products.
Color and Grain Matching
For high end louvered doors, we can offer a pre-selection service whereby all of the lumber required for the entire louvered door job is picked, inspected, and designated to be assembled as a unit at one time, which often results in boards from the same tree ending up in the same door for maximum consistency. When specified we can also book match raised panels and flat panels when used in our louvered doors.
Milling and Sawing Specifications
For our highly discriminating louvered door customers, we can offer our various hardwood species to be sawn in certain way, to emphasize a desirable feature of the wood. If required, the door material can be specified as flat-sawn, quarter-sawn, rift-sawn or ribbon sawn. Talk with your Estate Millwork louvered door specialist to inquire about adding these specifications to your order.
Top Quality and Elegant Custom Wood Doors
Estate Millwork creates each custom wood door from your detailed specifications. We use premium materials, state of the art equipment, and an experienced, quality oriented staff to produce our doors. We follow each of the steps below to produce the finest wooden doors on the market.
Hand Selection and Inspection of Materials
Our lumber procurement process is computer driven so that we are sure to be getting the best possible price on the highest quality materials. Once your order is "green-lighted" for production in our plant, the lumber demand is compared to our shop inventory and automatic replenishment orders are placed if necessary. When production begins on each custom door, the material is hand selected and the best of our high quality stock is used for the solid stiles of the doors. Louvers and rails are generally selected from the same lot of material to afford the best match, within the natural variation of hardwoods.
Precision Ripping of Rails and Stiles
We minimize the costs of our high quality products by maximizing the yield on the rough lumber. Once the lumber of the appropriate thickness has been selected, it is passed through our ripping department where a specialized gang rip saw is used to get the maximum yield from each board. Our operators are trained to reject defective materials either during the selection process or during the sawing process, as some defects are latent and are not visible until the board is "opened up".
Hand Jointing of All Door Components
The next step is to hand joint each rough sawn board to get a true flat edge, and to relieve any internal stress in the solid wood. This is a step that is skipped by many modern door manufactures, but one that we believe is so important that we honor the tradition. Our most skilled craftsmen in the plant are responsible for this function which requires judgement, precision and experience. Lower quality door manufacturers skip this step, or use particle cores and veneers to fake the look of a real door. But by hand jointing each board, we insure that every other step in the process is operating on a flat, smooth board, and that the door will remain stable for its lifetime.
Precision moulding of all door components
Once the rails and stiles have been ripped to width and jointed on one face, we process them through a 5 headed moulder which reduces the wooden door components (rails, stiles, louvers) to their final cross sectional dimensions and profiles. We offer 3 stock louver sizes, but can customize them to any other size or profile. Again, at this phase, parts are inspected for defects to make sure that the final piece meets our high standards
Precision CNC Machining of Mortises, Tenons and Louver Slots
Because we do not cut corners, we also use old fashioned, but time tested joinery. Our doors are held together with true mortise and tenon joints, rather than the cheaper, less time consuming and lower quality options of dowels, screws, or biscuits. Our mortise and tenon joints are so precise and tight fitting that gluing the doors is not even necessary, they hold themselves together. Our CNC eqiupment is accurate to .001 inch, and is automatically programmed by our advanced plant management system that monitors your order as it proceeds through each department. Our CNC operators are highly skilled and go through a year of specialized on the job training where they learn the safe operation of the equipment, and advanced techniques like radius and pattern machining.
Hand Assembly by Experienced Craftsmen
Once all of the custom door parts are completely machined, they are pre-sanded and then hand assembled by a team of meticulous craftsmen. On fixed louver doors, the louvers are hand beveled and inserted into the deep seat louver mortises in the stiles, and then the entire door is clamped in a clamping system while the pegs are drilled into the tenons. Operable Louver doors are assembled in a similar fashion, where each louver is set in a nylon bushing for maximum life, and a custom louver rod is attached to the louvers to give trouble free, friction free operation for many years.
Machine Sanding to tolerance
Once the door has been completely assembled, it goes through our machine sanding department -- giant sanders big enough to sand garage doors are used for multiple passes to bring the surfaces to their final dimensions and grit. In most cases our doors are machine sanded to 150 which removes most visible roughness.
The final step in our process is the hand sanding of the doors to break edges, and to finish sand areas that are not sanded by the machine process. Our finishers are the best in the business and during this phase, they carefully inspect the finished product and either prepare it for paint or stain, or carefully pack the door for shipment.
Poplar the Poor Man's Cherry
Poplar hardwood lacking bold coloration or an exciting grain pattern has a pale olive-yellow brown heartwood and sapwood is lighter off-white or gray with greenish hues and doesn't often get the respect we feel it deserves. The Poplar tree is widespread across all of North America and Europe, and it grows very rapidly and to large sizes, making it very easy to sustain.
Because the wood is often painted or used in secondary applications where it isn’t visible, it is very easy to find wide, clear sections of Poplar for a variety of uses.
Poplar lumber is pretty soft and very easy to work. But botanically speaking it is a hardwood meaning it is a deciduous tree. But it is highly stable, easily available in width and length, and takes paint and stain famously well. However using Poplar as a stain grade species is often overlooked. Some will call Poplar wood "poor man's Cherry" as it oxidizes over time to a much darker shade of brown.
Handcrafted with Sustainably Harvested Lumber
At Estate Millwork we air dry much of our lumber, and after air drying we finish drying in low wattage dehumidification kilns.
Every piece of wood we purchase is used to the fullest on products, at Estate Millwork we have a very high yield ratio of 94 percent due to the use of automated saws and optimizing software. The remainimg 6 percent which is mostly sawdust and chips are either burned to heat our plant or send to local cattle farmers for bedding and composting.
Nothing is wasted. Some of Appalachian lumber we use comes from Amish farmers in our county who harvest with horses instead of mechanized equipment, and do our rough sawing on 1920s sawmills that are also extremely low input compared to larger commercial sawmills of today. All of our imported lumber is plantation grown, and not harvested from natural forests.
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