2023 Wood Diamond Award Exterior Millwork Gillpatrick Woodworks Second Place
Gillpatrick Woodworks is ROOTED in the belief that woodworking can inspire emotion in the process of creation, and in the end product. They believe that happens with exceptional design, craftsmanship, and technology. Through that, they will strive to continue to build a company known for excellence in woodworking of all types, ability to solve problems, and done with integrity.
Describe your project, what makes it unusual, and/or any outstanding characteristics.
The goal when envisioning this new home was for it to be functional and aesthetically clean with modern details. A unique, solid wood front door became a focal point. Weather in this market demands that it be functional in the heat, rain and snow, but the owner’s desire was to have an offset pivoting wood door typically seen in more moderate climates. The architect’s initial thought was to build a smaller door with standard hinging, a glass sidelight and a transom. But we were able to source heavy-duty pivoting hardware that allowed us to make one large door the entire size of the opening and handle 600 pounds of weight. We engineered the entire door as one unit with an internal metal substructure that provided stability. We sourced two book-matched white oak slabs, knowing they would expand and contract with the elements. The solution was to have those two slabs “float” inside that metal framework to allow for movement. The metal framework was clad in wood, with integrated glass to provide natural light at the entry. We used an automatic door bottom seal and weather stripping to tighten up the door at the perimeter. The end solution is really the first thing people see as they enter the home and has certainly become a wow-factor.
List any items that were outsourced.
Pivot Hardware - FritsJurgens
Project Type: Residential
Project Category: Exterior - Millwork