Kingston, specifically Sydenham Ward, is looking better thanks to Historic Building Company. When homeowners were looking to conserve or restore their wood front entrance doors, they received little encouragement from Big Box Building Supply Stores that suggested fibreglass or steel doors – hardly in keeping with the grace and majesty of a 120 year-old heritage property in historic downtown Kingston, and representative of 19th century Upper Canada architecture.
Historic Building Company was brought in for a design consultation and preliminary review of the home and intentions.
The homeowner’s philosophy was in keeping with that of Historic Building Co, which strives to conserve important built heritage wherever possible.
It was soon established that new doors and jamb (frame), and made in the traditional manner of Victorian and Georgian Woodwork, were in order.
Good, sensible, sturdy hardware and weather-stripping, and Thermal panes of glass at the doors and transom (the window over the doors) are the only modern conveniences. Otherwise these doors, made of Ontario eastern white pine with a varnished mahogany door sill (threshold) are made exactly like typical heritage doors in the Thousand Islands region.
Historic Building Co knows that discussing your own personal style and taste is the key to the success of a project. Thus, their renovations, new home construction, fine woodwork and kitchens result in being workable, efficient, and enjoyable: the best of all worlds.
Look for them at local Home Shows in Kingston and Brockville, and at the Spring Thing in Escott, near Mallorytown. They will have some authentic 1000 islands folk art and fine furnishings on display. Like them on facebook at www.facebook.com/