Sunday, April 22, 2012

Daviot House Front Door

   This front door, of Hamilton House in Prestonpans, Scotland, is my inspiration for Daviot House.  As I'll have to build this extension onto the front of the house, it's something that I can start with before my house arrives (and yes, I am currently in talks with the 'architect', so stay tunes!).

I love the ancient feel to the stone and the carving: it's grand, but still humble, as are most of these buildings.  They were usually very old buildings dating from the 14th and 15th centuries, that were then updated continuously as a family's fortunes increased (or decreased!).  With the 18th century, this habit of home improvement started to be replaced by building new, symmetrical, architecturally perfect buildings.  While I really admire the architecture of the Georgian period, for some reason I prefer this older style.

  Here's my sketch for the front door.  I'll make the stonework out of DAS clay, as I did for the fireplace in the parlour.  I don't want to use a standard door, as the front door is not quite to scale (people were much smaller 400 years ago!).  I'll have a go with bass wood and iron on floor boards, I think.  If anyone has any tips for hinges, I'd love to hear them!

   Here is the hardware I ordered from Sussex Crafts, the door knocker has a wonderful heavy feel.  I think I will need another hinge, though.  Now I just need to find a supplier for small brass pins, to use as studs... 


  1. It looks great, very beautiful door, I hope you can manage this job. I can not help you for a supplier for small brass pins. You can make fake nails by using the heads of small (sewing)pins, I often do. You can paint them after constructing. The door knocker looks great for this heavy front door. I like all the details on your plan of the door.
    Have a great weekend. Greetings, Ilona

  2. Black insect pins are a good size for studs. Clip them short with wire cutters.

    There are tips for hinges on my blog.

  3. I love your inspirational pic and I have no doubt you'll be able to recreate it. I'm already looking forward to your progress with this.

    1. Hello Jonquil,
      What a terrific door! I think you chose a beautiful design and I can't wait to see you put it together.
      Big hugs,