ODEON Art Deco Security Doors

Art Deco security doors

ODEON style Art Deco security doors on an Inner city semi.

These ODEON style Art Deco security doors make an attractive additional to this turn of the century Sydney Semi.

The double doors stand three metres tall and mirror the arched entry to the verandah. The high centre opening doors create an impressive and expansive entrance to the house.

The top and bottom drop bolts used to secure the left hand side door have been fitted inside the door frame and operate in a similar manner to a rifle bolt with the operate knobs fitted near the centre of the door. With the right hand side door locked the drop bolts are also locked as they can only operate with the right hand door open.

The all steel framework is painted a metallic grey and fitted with plain dead lock. The ODEON is one of several designs unique to DecoWorks Pty Ltd.

Another view of the ODEON style Art Deco security doors

Another view of the ODEON style Art Deco security doors

The silhouette of the ODEON security doors

The silhouette of the ODEON from the hallway of the house

 

Regal Art Deco Security Door

Regal Art Deco security door installation

Regal Art Deco security door installation

The Regal Art Deco security door is a new design from DecoWorks. It is based on an Art Deco style leadlight window in the clients house which I thought would work really well as a security door. After seeing the design (based on the leadlight window) the client decided to go ahead and have it built.

The door is totally unique and is a great addition to the look of the house. The radiating fan and chevron motifs seem to express a burst of energy upwards from the bottom pyramid motif giving the design an exciting and uplifting feel.

Although the Regal is a complicated design the extra effort involved in its realisation is more than offset by its striking appearance. The door has an integral insect screen to keep out insects on a hot day when the front door is left open allowing a breeze to flow through the house.

Assembling the Regal security door on its template

Starting assembly of the Regal security door

Fitting door side support and hinges

Fitting door side support and hinges

Undercoated Regal Art Deco security door

Undercoated Regal Art Deco security door in its test frame

Silhouette of Regal door

Silhouette of the Regal Art Deco security door looking out from the hallway

 

Restored Art Deco Security Door

New security bars

Building entrance with new security bars

The picture on the right shows the restored Art Deco security door on a Potts Point Inter-war apartment building.

Over the years several coats of paint had been applied to hide the corrosion that was occurring on the door and grille and additional security mesh and drop bar locks had been unsympathetically attached with pop rivets to ad-hock frames welded to the original Art Deco security door frame.

The door and frame were removed and all extraneous additions removed. The paint was cut back to bare metal and several severely corroded sections (#1 bottom) were removed with a grinder (#2) and welded (#3) before being ground back into shape (#4). To restrict access to the back of the door a perforated steel panel with 11mm square holes was welded to the back of the door bars. The Art Deco security door was then treated with rust converter before having an anti-corrosion etch primer applied. Finally two coats of epoxy enamel were applied to finish the job.

Art Deco security door restoration

Comparison of the old security door and the restored version

Fixing rust

Steps in repairing corroded steel bar

Making a Custom Hinge

A commercially available custom hinge can usually be found to suit almost any application. However, sometimes a situation arises when a purpose built custom hinge needs to be made. Such a situation arose when a set of Art Deco security doors had to be installed on the inside of some outward opening courtyard doors. The security doors also needed to be able to open out as well or be left locked while the outer doors remained open.

To enable the inner and outer doors to be totally independent of each other they needed their own hinge but they also needed a common pivot so that they would not foul on each other when opened and closed. This was achieved by making a combination butt/parliament hinge where one flap was longer than the other but they both shared a common pivot flap.

The first step was to find hinges that allowed themselves to be modified into a custom hinge. Eventually a quantity of 90mm butt hinges were found that used 3mm thick steel flaps and had removable finial ended pivot pins. Additional parts to make the extended parliament flap were laser cut in 3mm steel. Once the extension pieces were assembled they could be welded to the required hinge flap. Photos of the installed hinges can be found on the completed installation link.

The pictures below show the steps involved in making the hinges.

Hinge parts

Parts used to make the custom hinge

Disassembled hinges

Two hinges were first disassembled

Making a longer pivot pin

Two pivot pins are joined together to make a longer pin to fit the wider hinge

Joining the two hinges

Two hinges are welded together on one side leaving two independent flaps held in place by the longer pivot pin.

Completed hinge extension pieces

Assembled laser cut hinge extension pieces

Fitting extension piece to one hinge

Fitting an extension piece to one hinge flap

Completed combination hinge

Completed combination hinge

The hinge in two positions showing operation

Hinge operation positions

Arch Theme Security Bars

Here are some photos of a recent Princess arch theme security bars installation. These arch themed security bars were inspired by the arched windows and door on the front facade of the Sydney terrace house pictured below. Other windows in the house also have arched sections which have been mirrored in their respective security bars.

Bedroom doors closed

Double bedroom doors closed

View of the double arch balcony doors

View of the double arch balcony doors

View of the double arched dining room window bars

View of the double arched dining room window bars

Front view of house

Front view of terrace with bars fitted

The Princess arch theme in these DecoWorks designs is uncommon due to the extra work involved in making several concentric curves of various diameters. Usually there is a single arch within a rectangular door frame. In our designs the arch theme is emphasised by using an arched door frame instead of a rectangular one.

Art Deco Security Door

Strand Art Deco security door

Strand Art Deco security door installed


Here is the completed Strand Art Deco security door installed on the clients house. A loungeroom door also opened onto this verandah and another Strand was installed there as well.

The all steel construction of the Strand ensures sturdy and reliable security which will endure for many years.

A feature of the Strand Art Deco security door in this installation is its relationship with the leadlight glass infill on the front door. With the front door open the Strand provides a pleasant silhouette looking out onto the street. This mirrors the leadlight design in the door. Regular vertical security bars can give the impression of living in a cage and look unpleasant.

The addition of this custom Art Deco security door adds a stylish touch to the look of the front door.

Strand Style Security Door

Strand Art Deco security door

making "The Strand" Art Deco security door


A new DecoWorks Art Deco security door takes shape in the workshop.

This is our “Strand” design and it based on one of the many leadlight window designs found in the homes built during the 30’s and 40’s around Sydney.

Once all the steel components and cut and, in the case of the Strand, rolled into circles, they are arranged in a 1:1 jig before being finally welded together.

The final steps are the fitting of hinges and support bars. After painting it will be ready for installation.

Our Art Deco door designs try to avoid traditional horizontal and vertical bars which are fine to lock up animals but should be avoided in a home.

Flat Steel Double Bars


Cleaning flat steel bar

Cleaning scale from flat steel bar


Before making the flat steel double bars for the collapsible security door vertical bars the flat steel lengths have to be cleaned to remove the scale which is always on new steel. This makes for a better surface and ensures good adhesion of the final powder coat finish.

The picture at right shows the cleaning process and tools used. It is a noisy and dirty job but well worth the effort in the long run.

After the flat steel bar has been cleaned two lengths are placed in a jig and welded together with steel spacer blocks which form a double flat bar with gaps in between which house the folding trellis sections of the door. The spacer blocks add considerable rigidity to the flat steel lengths by forming an open box section. They are further strengthened when the folding trellis sections are riveted into position.

Making the double flat bar sections

Making the double flat steel bar sections

Completed vertical bar sections

Completed double vertical bar sections ready for powder coating