Plaza Art Deco Gates

 

New Plaza style Art Deco front gates

The front gates to this Sydney suburban block of flats were looking very much the worse for wear so the owners decided to replace them with a set of Plaza Art Deco Gates. The Plaza style is our most popular design with its classic Art Deco fan motif complimenting the style of many older buildings built in the 1930’s and 40’s.

The old gates were heavily rusted so it was decided to spend a little bit more and make the new gates using stainless steel. This will ensure a very long service life with minimum maintenance.

stainless steel gate construction
Laying out the design in stainless steel

Firstly the design of each gate was drawn onto the setup bench and each part cut and fixed in position. Every part in the Plaza design is different. The cutting and bending of parts and setting up prior to welding everything together is a time consuming process.

Completed stainless steel gates
Completed double entry gates ready for painting

The photo on the right shows the assembled double entry gates with their support brackets ready for painting. There was another single entry gate built for the side entrance of the building. This was larger than the double entry gates so it was made separately.

Stabilising cracked brickwork
Stabilising cracked brickwork

Over the years there had been damage done to the brickwork in the fence of the building which left broken mortar and loose bricks in the side gate support column. These had been patched in a less than satisfactory manner. Before the new gate could be attached polyester masonary adhesive was injected into the damaged areas to stabilise the broken bricks and provide a solid support for the new gate.

Below shows the old gate compared to the new Plaza gate.

Old gate and new gate
Comparison of the old gate and new gate

The double entry main gates were installed with a minimum of effort as the brickwork was in a much better condition. Because of the age of the bricks it was decided to use Chemset studs to attach the gate support rails to the bricks. These studs put no localised stresses on the bricks unlike dynabolts which can crack old bricks if over tightened.

The completed double entry gates are shown below.

Double entry front gates
Double entry front gate comparison

Security Side Gate

Security side gate
New security side gate

A house in Marrickville had a timber security side gate to stop access down the side of the house. Being timber it was also impossible to see down the side of the house or see someone who may be wanting to get past the gate.

The owner decided she wanted a steel security gate made that had a similar design to the existing front gate of the property. It would also allow her to see who may be wanting to enter down the side of the house.

A dead lock was needed to fit into the steel support rails so the gate could not be opened without the key.

Exisiting front gate
Existing steel front gate

The existing gate (shown on the left) was used as a basis to develop the full height door design as shown above.

Fitting the dead lock to the steel SHS tubing required inserting 12mm steel plates into the 1.6mm walls of the steel tube so threaded holes could be cut to secure the lock catch attaching screws.

Finished lock attachment plate
12mm steel plate fitted to SHS steel and drilled and threaded for lock catch
securing steel plates
Top and bottom view of 12mm steel plate before fitting to SHS tube

Before and after view of the side security gate

Comparison of old vs new side gate
Before and after security side gate

Custom Side Gates

Centre opening custom side gates

Centre opening custom side gates

A client wanted custom side gates built for their Art Deco home that would match the style of the original front gates on their property.

The side of the house where the side gates were required was a little wider than normal which would make a single gate too large. Centre opening double side gates were suggested which would have a more pleasing aesthetic. The fence on the side of the house was too flimsy to support a gate so a 100mm square steel pillar needed to be installed to support one side.

Using the original front gates (which we had just restored) as a guide, a suitable design for the side gates was developed which captured the look we were after.

One gate layout

One gate half jigged out ready for welding

Side path before gate installation

Side path before gate installation

Completed gates

Completed gates with a cold gal coating and primed

Back view of gates

Back view of gates

The installation was very straight forward but the house was cement rendered and there was no way of knowing if you were drilling into bricks or mortar so dynabolts would be a bit dicey. Instead it was decided to use Chemset studs which provided a much more secure anchor without putting undue stress on the brickwork.

The installation of the custom side gates has made a nice addition to the overall look of the property.

Front Gate Restoration

Restored front driveway gates

Restored front driveway gates

The owner of this Art Deco home wanted to keep the original front gates so decided on a front gate restoration to bring them back to their original condition. This was easier said than done. Over the years a large Japanese maple tree had pushed one of the driveway gate supports out of square making the front gate impossible to close. In fact the front gates had been left open in a deteriorated state for decades.

We were approached to see if anything could be done to rectify the situation. A small pedestrian gate further along the wall had also fallen victim to the same fate with tree roots moving the brick fence over the years so the gate would not even fit between their supports anymore. The client did not want to demolish and rebuild the fence but wanted to retain the original front gates as much as possible.

The first thing was to remove the gates and return them to the workshop. Firstly they were sent to be sand blasted to remove the old paint and corrosion. Careful measurements were made of the front gate supports to determine how they could be re-hinged. The existing hinges and latches were severely corroded and could not be used so a new hinge and latch arrangement had to be devised.

With the new hinge arrangement the driveway gates had to be cut down approximately 100mm to fit between the support pillars. By cutting 50mm off the hinged side of each gate their symmetry was retained without detracting from their appearance.

Original gate

The original driveway gates were corroded and missing parts

Original pedestrian gate

Original pedestrian gate was in very bad shape

Laser showing gate support lean

Laser level showing gate support lean

New gate installation

Cut down gate with lean compensating hinge layout

Once the lean of the gate pillars had been determined a compensating hinge arrangement was built so the gates would all hang square once again.

New pedestrian gate

New cut down pedestrian gate

New gate latch

New pedestrian gate latch

The pedestrian gate also had to be cut down about 50-60mm as well and missing parts replaced. A new hinge and latch arrangement was devised for it as well. It proved impossible to find a suitable gate latch. The original latches and hinges were no longer available and most gates nowadays fit to the edge of a pillar, not the middle. A new latch setup was built which worked very well without being too obtrusive.

The client also wanted some side gates built for the house using the same design as the existing front gates. These are described in another post.

Custom Japanese Style Pillar Lights

Custom Japanese style pillar lights for driveway entrance

Custom Japanese style pillar lights for driveway entrance

A recent project required the design of a pair of custom Japanese style Pillar lights for the entrance to a rural estate. Commercially available pillar lights were too small as the sandstone pillars were over two metres high and 800mm square. To simplify constructing a complete electrical fitting (which includes electrical safety standards compliance and rating) a commercial fitting was selected which was of a suitable style and construction that could be adapted to a larger fitting.

The new Japanese style pillar lights are essentially a lampshade that fits around the commercial fitting. The base section is fastened to the sandstone top of the pillar around the commercial fitting. The lightweight metal roof section is attached to the top of the metal frame of the commercial fitting which has had its glass shade removed.

Below details the steps in building the fitting.

Steel frame of the pillar light

Steel frame of the pillar light. This will be fixed to the pillar top

Translucent acrylic windows fitted to the metal base frame

Translucent acrylic windows fitted to the metal base frame


Marking out shape of the galvanised iron roof

Marking out shape of the galvanised iron roof

Folding the roof cutout section

Folding the roof cutout section with sheet metal bender

Completed top roof sections ready for painting

Completed top roof sections ready for painting

View of the base set around the commercial light fitting

View of the base set around the commercial light fitting

Art Deco Front Gate

Plaza style Art Deco front gate

Plaza style Art Deco front gate

This Plaza style Art Deco front gate makes a stylish entrance into the new front courtyard of this terrace house.

In collaboration with the client the standard Plaza design was adjusted to suit the new front courtyard wall which replaced the old fence of the terrace house.

The addition of the garden bed along the front of the wall helps create an attractive overall design to the new wall.

 

gate silhouette looking from courtyard

View looking out from the courtyard

Another view of the courtyard entrance

Another view of the courtyard entrance

Art Deco Gates

Art Deco gates

Art Deco gates

This is a recent installation of the DecoWorks “Plaza” style Art Deco gates on the front driveway of a suburban Sydney home. The Art Deco gates were made to replace the original driveway gates of which the owner had grown bored.

Custom designed Art Deco gates

The design for the Art Deco gates was developed in collaboration with the owner from the DecoWorks “Plaza” style front security door that had recently been installed on the premises. The gates were made of steel and are robust in construction. The “Plaza” design can be easily adapted to doors and windows. The design adds beauty and elegance to the entrance of any home.


The Art Deco gates project was completed in November 2010

Great Steel Gates

Great steel gate design

Great steel gate design

Walking up the entrance road to Aletheia University in Danshui in the north of Taiwan I discovered these great steel gates. The steel gates are the back entrance to the Grand Chapel on the university campus which was built in 1997. The Chapel has since become the landmark of the university campus.

Design of the steel gates

A lot of work has gone into integrating the gate design into the shape of the arches. The intersecting semi-circles at the top of the gates match perfectly with each other. They also reflect the sacred aspect of the building in the traditional Gothic arch shape.