Doors on colonial-style homes come in a range of designs and sizes. Most early colonial homes and cape houses (as well as Georgian- and federal-style houses) had solid-wood doors without glass. As the centuries progressed, the size and ornateness of the doors also developed. This can be seen most noticeably at the ‘crown’ of the door; above-the-door transoms and fanlights were stylistically appropriate ways to bring light to the entry hall and added a sense of prestige to the house. They can be rectangular, semicircular, or semi-elliptical, and can be combined with sidelites. The size of the panes in the transom and sidelites should be proportionate to those of the windows in the rest of the house.
Traditional colonial styles might have a decorative surround consisting of pilasters with an entablature, pediment, or arch. Trim boards can be flat or vertical, with a thicker and/or taller head trim that might sport a cornice cap.
At CCH, we custom mill our door surrounds with craftsman tools and an eye for detail. Design elements include a rectangular symmetrical shape, a raised panel, wooden door at the front center of the exterior, decorative mouldings applied around and a crowning pediment atop the entry. Depending on the era the home was built and the wealth of the family, door trim ranged from humble and utilitarian to detailed and bold.
At Classic Colonial Homes, our pricing is very competitive and we apply decades of building industry knowledge and traditional design expertise to guide our clients in choosing the correct scale and proportions required for their project to complete the intended traditional look. You will be guided by us to find the ideal window(s) and door style, learn about its many features (wood or clad exterior, grille style, glass options, finish color options, performance, screens, hardware finishes, etc.) to best suit your project and budget. Then, we will coordinate the production and provide the architecturally appropriate trim and sill to match your design (where applicable).