Floral Security Door

Completed Security door

This Inner West home in Sydney has beautiful lead light windows in the front door which the owner wanted incorporated into a security door. The main floral motif of the lead light door panel was used as a starting point for the design.

Once the design was completed and approved by the client work started making all the intricate curves from 12mm solid steel bar. The small leaves were challenging to make because of their varied and tight radius curves. There were four separate bending operations needed to make them. Once all the parts were finished they were assembled in a jig on the work bench before being welding together.

The completed door captures the sinuous flow of vines and leaves weaving up from floral blooms.

Laying out design
Laying out the design
Lead light panel
Lead light front door panel

Original front screen door
View looking out from house

Security Door Conversion

Completed conversion

A major renovation on an Inner West semi led the owner to want to replace the existing steel security door. To keep costs down we suggested to retain the existing installation but replace the bars with a new design that reflected the design of the front door.

The front door had a circular glass window surrounded by rectangular glass panels. The door was carefully measured along with the security door and a new design drawn up to reflect the front door.

The existing security door and surround was removed and taken to the workshop where the bars were cut out to accommodate the new design. The frame of the existing security door had been powder coated and this all had to be removed before any work could commence. A quote to get the frame sand blasted was extremely excessive so it had to be done by hand. Tedious but effective.

After the new design had been set up in the frame and welded in place the door was cold gal primed before applying a second primer coat and then two top coats to complete the build.

Cutting out existing bars from frame
Cleaned frame with new design jigged in
Original security door showing open front door

Bespoke Security Door

View of security door from inside house

This Sydney Inner West semi had an unattractive screen door the owner wanted replaced with a steel security door. The front door had an interesting round glass window and glass panels in the form of a cross so we decided to make the design of the security door reflect that of the existing front door.

After carefully measuring the front door a design was developed that would integrate with the front door. It was an uneventful build as we have done several of this style of door in the past.

After laying out the design and welding it together the door was painted and taken to the house and installed. The new door made a massive improvement to the look of the entrance to the house.

New security door with same pattern as front door
The original aluminium mesh screen door

Ashton Screen Door

View from inside house

Ashton Screen Door Silhouette

Several years ago we refurbished the front gate and driveway gates for a client. We also made some matching double side gates for the side of the house. The client was very happy with these past projects so recently we were contacted again to replace an ugly screen door with a new Ashton screen door with the same style as the previous work we did.

The Ashton Style is made from 16mm square steel with the aluminium insect screen secured by a 13mm steel framework attached to the main frame using 5mm countersunk stainless steel screws.

As is usual with older homes the doorway was not square. It was tilted ~8mm from the vertical which, although it seems a tiny amount, becomes glaringly obvious when fitted with a rectangular frame that is square. Building a crooked frame to compensate for this requires a lot of patience and care. It can be quite stressful once a door is made and being installed wondering if it will fit as planned. It is a great feeling when everything is bolted in position and all the gaps on both sides are uniform.

Old screen door

Original Screen Door

Custom Screen door

New Ashton Screen Door

Security Door Redesign

Redesigned security door

I received a call from a client who was renovating their home in an Art Deco style. They had installed a new front door with a porthole window along with small paneled windows flanking the side. The existing wrought iron scrolled security door just didn’t look right.

They asked if we could design a more appropriate security door. The existing security door was is very good condition so I suggested modifying its design to save the expense of having to make a new door.

The first job was to have the old security door sandblasted to remove the decades of accumulated paint layers and surface rust. Next, the old wrought iron scroll work was cut from the frame leaving the central area open. The new design mirrored the porthole window in the door and also aligned with the window frames either side.

The picture on the left shows the new design laid out in the existing door frame. Care had to be taken so as not to distort the frame when welding in the new section as this could cause difficulties when reinstalling the security door back onto its original hinges.

After the new design was welded into place the whole door was given two coats of zinc rich cold gal paint. After the cold gal had dried a metal primer coat was applied in preparation for the top coat. The final two top coats were allowed a week to dry completely before installing the door back on the clients house.

The picture below shows the before and after views of the front security door. The new design is a vast improvement on the original design and integrates very well with the new front door and side windows.

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.

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