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Kalamein design options

Most often, when people ask for kalamein doors, they generally mean straightforward, solid wooden cores clad in steel for use in industrial settings. However, as Heather and Little’s portfolio of completed projects shows, the design options for kalamein doors and windows are far more wide-ranging than that. Materials can include all kinds of hardwood and choices of brass, bronze, copper and other metals. Designs could consist of single or double doors.

The kalamein door design scope extends to glass doors as well. When it comes to windows, any design you can name can be fabricated in the kalamein style: single hung, double hung, arched windows, bay windows, casement or awning window.  We can work with architects and designers to create kalamein windows and doors in any style, from modern to historic. 

Here are some of the design options you can consider.

Classic designs

Exterior doors for residential and large-scale commercial uses have taken similar shapes for centuries. Some are plain and unadorned, while others are intricately ornamented. Whether the door is made of hardwood, composite, fibreglass or metal-clad wood, these classic designs can be effectively executed and recreated. If you have a classic design in mind for your exterior door, a skilled metal worker can create that look on a kalamein door using the metal of your choice.

Traditional decorative metal elements

Kalamein doors provide a ready and effective canvas for all kinds of decorative sheet metal elements, including crests and other ornamentals. Heather and Little’s metalworkers can even offer specially designed hinges or doorknobs to complete the metal-clad door you are envisioning. Using various materials from historical sheet metal copper to stainless steel, aluminum or zinc, we can create a unique kalamein door adorned exactly as you like.

Refurbished kalamein doors

Much of the work that Heather and Little has done with kalamein doors has involved the restoration of doors that were first fabricated decades ago. Kalamein doors first came into fashion in the 1920s. From that time until the mid-1940s, it was not unusual to see metal-clad doors in homes and commercial buildings throughout North America. These were often built with a high degree of old-world craftsmanship that is rare today. The skilled artisans at Heather and Little, a company that was an integral part of that initial kalamein boom, these doors can be restored to their former glory, looking like new while also adding a touch of antique style.

New (customized) kalamein windows and doors

Refurbishing kalamein doors and windows is just one part of Heather and Little’s diverse skill set. We can also generate entirely new designs from scratch, working alongside you and your contractors to create a concept and deliver the final product, complete with the design elements and metal you choose. With our skill and quality materials, we give you the freedom to create the door of your dreams.

Heather and Little has been fabricating quality sheet metal architectural elements for almost a century. Contact us today to discuss design options for doors and windows, and let us bring your latest construction project to life.

Preservation Consulting

And if you are looking for a second opinion on your project or have a particularly complex issue that needs a fresh eye, we’re here for that too. Tackling tricky challenges is our specialty and we welcome the opportunity to provide consulting advice, with the same exacting attention to detail we bring to all our commissions.
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