Arched Window Louvre Shutters

Arched window shutters

Arched window shutters

An upstairs verandah in a Sydney terrace had a bare brick opening in its side wall which the owner decided needed some louvre shutters. The owner had some discarded louvre doors available and we were approached to see if they could be recycled and used to make a set of louvre shutters for the wall opening.

The louvre doors were cut to size and fitted with arch sections which matched a timber frame that was built to fit inside the wall opening. Once the window frame had been painted it was fitted into the wall opening and fixed in position with black epoxy filler. Epoxy was used because the wall opening was not square and the arched top not a perfect circle arc resulting in clearance variations between the bricks and the wooden window frame.

As can be seen from the photo below the addition of the decorative window shutters was a major improvement to the overall look of the home.

Original opening in the upstairs verandah wall

Original opening in the upstairs verandah wall

Verandah view of window shutters

View of the window shutters from the verandah

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

Galvanised Steel

Galvanised iron verandah

Raw galvanised chic

Call me old fashioned but I cannot understand why people choose raw galvanised steel for renovations. It just reeks of penny pinching and looks awful. Galvanised steel is fantastic for high voltage power line towers, electricity substations and bridges. The choice of using it on the first floor verandah of this trendy hotel left me struck dumb when I saw it the other day.

The balustrades look as if they are some sort of heavy duty sewer grate which have been bolted shamelessly to the exposed steel “H” girders by equally exposed bolts. The galvanised steel is ageing nicely and has acquired a dull, drab grey pall that is almost as exciting as the colour of raw concrete. I guess this “industrial look” is very fashionable however, in my view, it has had the opposite effect on the hotel. It gives it a Third World look.

How improve this galvanised steel?

This is one disaster which would need a lot of painting and paneling to improve the look. I am still staggered that anyone would choose such a balustrade and material. They should remove the balustrade grates and replace them with glass. At least it would lighten the look and open up the verandah. The H girders and exposed bolts really could be dressed up a bit to make it look more finished. All this would cost a lot of money so it wont happen – we all have to live with the eyesore.

Garden Lattice

Garden lattice charm

The charm of lattice

This house has a very *lived in* feel to it. Cheap garden lattice can be used almost anywhere in the garden to great effect. It is cheap, easy to use and is usually treated. The only place it should be used on a house is to disguise the space underneath them in flood prone areas. Though garden lattice can add charm to a home, as a decorative treatment on a verandah it fails to impress. This house looks like it has been rented for a very long time.

Lose the garden lattice

Removing the garden lattice on this verandah would make a big difference to this house. An even bigger improvement would be made by losing the old cane blind as well and cleaning up a bit. A nice coat of paint would be the icing on the cake.

Iron Lace Fringing

iron lace brackets

Is something missing?

What happened to the iron lace fringing between the corner brackets? The butt end of the corner brackets cry out for something to be attached to them. At least iron lace corner brackets have been fitted to all the corners. It looks like they were trying to save money by not fitting all the iron lace fringing between them. In such a prominent position on a house you should not scrimp on the money.

Make the iron lace look better

Just spending a few more dollars to fit iron lace fringing between the corner brackets would have made this house front look so much better. As it is, it looks cheap and unfinished.

Verandah Support

verandah support

Simple and sweet

I look at this verandah support and imagine all the wonderful possibilities the owners have missed out on by doing what they have done. Two pieces of 50mm water pipe welded to some flat steel bar will certainly makes a strong verandah support roof but it does very little for the look of the house. They were perhaps trying to make the house look modern? At least they didn’t leave the verandah support pipes with a galvanised finish.

Improved verandah support

It really needs something in keeping with the style of the house. Iron lacework would add lots of charm to the house. Unfortunately the expanded metal mesh security screens on the window and door add very little character to the house and they should really be replaced as well with some simple custom Decoworks security grilles.

Missing Brackets

leftover corner brackets

Use for left over brackets?

These lone aluminium reproduction corner brackets should never have been fitted in the first place. It looks like the builder had a few old ones lying around and thought he could use them on this support pole. Wrong! The iron lace replica corner brackets don’t fit with the modern house design making the job look unfinished and cheap as chips. The corner brackets look like they were stuck on as an after thought (or more correctly – after no thought!) by the builder.

Improve the look of the corner brackets

The corner brackets should at least have tapered ends. The flat butt end screams out for something to be attached to them. It would look better if they were removed completely

Modern Steel Verandah

steel verandah

Industrial look verandah

This steel verandah would look great in a warehouse or on a bridge. As a steel verandah on a two storey Victorian terrace it somehow misses the mark. Even the addition of a heritage coloured paint job in lieu of the existing raw galvanised finish would do little to soften the overall effect of the construction.

This steel verandah is highly unlikely to collapse.

Some steel verandah suggestions

The whole look of the steel verandah needs to be softened considerably. The galvanised finish and brutal connection of the individual parts is way too industrial for this Victorian terrace. Timber panelling covering the *H* girder voids and bolt heads would be a start. Next the metal mesh should also be covered with plain painted panels. Some sort of corner treatment would help soften the *square* metallic look. Repainting with a colour scheme that highlighted the paneling and corner treatment would keep a modern look but tone it into the buildings brickwork a bit better.