Custom Doors & Entry Ways

NEWLY DESIGNED DOORS FOR HISTORIC CAROUSEL BUILDING - Story City, Iowa

Story City’s carousel is one of only 100 wooden antique carousels still functioning today. The building itself underwent a complete renovation in 2019/2020 with newly designed entry doors as the focal point. An additional set of doors complete the octagon shaped structure, facing the tennis courts and Broad Street, allowing greater visibility, enhanced ventilation, and more natural light to the 1913 carousel. The building will continue to protect the attraction, while showcasing it to all traveling into the community.

The design of the four identical pairs of 6 ’ x 8’ mahogany doors, incorporate large glass panels to allow for as much natural light as possible. The row of 6 small panes across the top are a nod to the original doors. Initially housed in a circus tent, the beautiful new structure mimics that magical feeling with all four sets of doors wide open.

Original doors

Door panel glue-up

Newly designed doors

CUSTOM DOUBLE DOOR ENTRY WAY, PERGOLA & MATCHING TRANSOM WINDOW – Ames, Iowa

Replacement for builder-grade single door, sidelight and transom for more formal and grand entry way to custom home. Full height, solid wood double doors, pergola sunshade and upper transom designed and installed by Falls Millwork. Custom door was anchor element and statement piece setting stylistic tone for 16' interior entry way of home.  Architectural arch motif appears in door transom, curvature of pergola and upper transom. Exterior outfitted with indirect LED lighting for soft glow evening glow. 

Builder-grade original door & transom
Upgraded double doors, pergola & transom
Pre-hung in shop prior to installation.
Stained mahogany with insulated beveled glass panels. 
New transom light windows assembled in shop. 
Pre-pergola installation. Single door open converted to full height raised panel double doors & transom window. 
Vac-forming curved frame and pergola components.
Arch motif design detail carries through all elements of entryway. 
Pergola / sunshade designed to shield east facing doors from direct morning sun.
Interior view - 16' tall opening. Stained mahogany trim. Fluted pilasters, frame and panel entablature, rosette accents and curved cornice. 
Indirect LED entry way lighting. 
COLLEGIATE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: Sanctuary and Jones Entry Doors – Ames, Iowa

Original sanctuary doors were not ADA compliant. New design meets required safety standards while maintaining the character and stained glass of original doors. Stained mahogany - original bronze hardware restored and modified to accept panic hardware. Jones entry doors had more recently been replaced but were in need of refurbishing. 

Original sanctuary doors ~ 1910 
Finished (left) Pre-fit (right)
Finished sanctuary doors
Interior view with original stained glass
Existing Jones doors
Finished Jones doors
EXTERIOR PATIO DOORS – Summer Home, Spirit Lake, IA

Six 36" wide sliding  / folding doors to allow for entire wall to open up to patio. Painted full light panels, installed using HAFELE Al Fresco  hardware system.  

Shop production - trial assembly
Sliding / folding patio doors
Finished installation
REPLICA MAHOGANY FRONT & STORM DOOR – Ames, IA

Plank style entry door. White pine stave core with re-sawn mahogany facings. Single insulating glass light with applied muntins inside and out. Storm door with fixed upper light and combination screen / storm lower light. Stained interior / painted exterior. 

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