Canyon Road

New installation photos of a La Puerta Originals custom front entry that was crafted using antique Mexican doors, and a custom entry gate made with an intricately carved panel, trimmed with reclaimed stamped tin

Oooh!  I am so excited!  We have new installation photos!  Sometimes when I am processing the finished product photos, there are names that keep popping up on the photo log, and their stuff is so great that every time I see their name coming up, I can’t wait to see the photos.  They also usually happen to have pieces I have been avidly tracking as they make their way through the various shops, because I found them intriguing.  These clients were one of those.  I just loved everything that came through for them.  I have already featured four of their pieces in previous blog entries.  And they are here in Santa Fe.  And they were kind enough to let us come do a photo shoot at their home.  I love it when that happens!

There are a lot pieces and a lot of photos, so I am going to break it up.  Since I gravitate towards all the custom kitchen cabinetry that we do, I started collecting the kitchen photos, but then decided that it would be more logical to start at the beginning!  So, in this post we have the entry gate, and the front door.

We worked with one of our favorite photographers, Eric Swanson.  He is so good with lighting, and just seems to get what it is we want to achieve in photographing our work.  I will point out which photos are his, as I have pictures from a number of sources in this entry.

The entry gate began with the selection of the antique carved panel seen above.  A piece of the panel was used for the gate, and in a future blog post, you will see how another portion of the panel was used.  That is one of the great things about custom building – you can play with design and incorporate things that appeal to you in a number of different ways, whether it is a continuing pattern, style, color palate, etc.  And, of course, if you can dream it, La Puerta Originals can build it!

The intricately carved panel was set into the frame with an inverse arch.  Here we have Julian working on the antique tin patchworking that tops the gate.


And on the loading dock, on another fabulous cloud day, we have the gate completed, with hardware installed, as seen below.

And, finally, we have Eric’s installation photo.  Fabulous.

Next, we have the front entry.  The photo below was taken by Doug, the D in D Maahs Construction, or DMC, who did the remodel.  I think the ristras make it look festive.

The antique Mexican doors, shown below, were fortified and modified.  As this was a remodel, not a build, the door needed to fit the existing entryway, which was shorter and wider than the antique door.

It was trimmed to three pattern repeats and the width was fleshed out with reclaimed Douglas fir.  The transom was shortened, with new, custom grillwork installed, and the astragal was extended to the surround.

The original grillwork of bars was replaced with custom grillwork.

Layers of patina were applied to the new grillwork, giving it an aged look to blend with the rustic antique door.  I am always amazed at the magic they work in the finish shop.

The panels behind the transom are removable, and it was fitted with screen.

Here it is, almost finished, on Richard’s bench, getting the final touch of hardware, including an antique chain detail.

The photos on the loading dock, in the sun, show much more detail.  Below we have the front, with the transom panels in and then removed, as well as that chain detail.

The back has a natural wood finish and a lot of hardware detail.  When Melissa was letting me in for the photo shoot it sounded as though I was being let into a fortress, with all the various metal and wooden bolts being thrown.  Below we have it with and without the transom panels and a hardware detail shot.

Below are transom detail shots after the door was installed.

And finally, I always like to end with the best, here are Eric’s installation photos.  For the next entry we will enter the living room.  Hope to see you then!

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