One of the most distinguishing features of an English period property is its front door canopy. It’s an essential part of the “face” of a house, giving it a unique character, the first feature that people see when they approach the front door.
But when Summit Cladding arrived at this latest job in Woodford Green, East London, we were looking at something of a blank canvas. The canopy had come off!
Our client, John, had lived at his handsome Edwardian home for 25 years and had carried out several renovations, always ensuring that they were done sympathetically and in keeping with the original design. Replacing the timber front door canopy was a bit more of a challenge.
The original structure had lasted well enough, but anything made of timber will rot eventually, however well it’s maintained. John called in Summit after the canopy came off the wall, leaving only the three-part cast iron hanging bracket attached to the house. However, the outline of the original structure was still there, so this was to be our blueprint for building a replacement.
We took the cast iron bracket off the wall and sent it away to a specialist foundry to be shot-blasted and resprayed. While that was under way we constructed a new timber canopy, with uPVC fascias and soffits for longer life. To match the original structure, we added decorative profiles and used high grade lead for the roof.
The final task was to fix the restored and now very attractive cast iron bracket to the house wall and then re-attach the two supporting arms to the top of the canopy. Our client, John, is delighted with the new structure, which looks exactly like the original and will last for many years without maintenance. And his house, once again, has a proper “face” on it!
Categorised in: Door Canopies
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