Regular upkeep of the original doors is always the best option. It is a good economical and aesthetic choice, as shown in the following examples:

Hints to reduce energy consumption:

By installing a storm door of the same model as the original, you can protect the door from warping caused by moisture and reduce the risk of air infiltration. An inexpensive solution is the installation of weather strips. There are many types available on the market. Ask at your hardware store for the best solution for you. Replacing the sealant around the door windows will improve tightness and protect the wood from rot. Reproducing a door model

The new door should closely resemble the original model. Consult a craftsperson for an accurate reproduction of the original.

Whenever possible, salvage the original hardware. The original lock, handle, and other accessories will give your new door an authentic look.

When replacing a door with a wood or steel model, try to find a doorframe Read More
Regular upkeep of the original doors is always the best option. It is a good economical and aesthetic choice, as shown in the following examples:

Hints to reduce energy consumption:

  • By installing a storm door of the same model as the original, you can protect the door from warping caused by moisture and reduce the risk of air infiltration.
  • An inexpensive solution is the installation of weather strips. There are many types available on the market. Ask at your hardware store for the best solution for you.
  • Replacing the sealant around the door windows will improve tightness and protect the wood from rot.
Reproducing a door model

The new door should closely resemble the original model. Consult a craftsperson for an accurate reproduction of the original.

Whenever possible, salvage the original hardware. The original lock, handle, and other accessories will give your new door an authentic look.

When replacing a door with a wood or steel model, try to find a doorframe that resembles the old model.

Hints
  • By maintaining the original position and symmetry of the doors and windows, you ensure the balance of the façade and other outer walls:
  • In order to maintain a balanced look, avoid walls without windows or without doors on the façade and sides of the house:

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Colour photos of models of door reproductions

The new door should closely resemble the original model. Consult a craftsperson for an accurate reproduction of the original.

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Colour photos of original hardware

Models of original door hardware

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Colour photos of doors

Door models that match the traditional style

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Sketches of appropriate door models

Sketches of doors that show a concern for elegance and authenticity

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Sketches of Inappropriate door models

Sketches of door models that would be difficult to integrate into a traditional façade.

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The door, with its lateral bays and ornaments, reveals the warm and attractive character of your home. The following are a few nice bay and transom models:
Hints
Regular upkeep of the lateral bays and decorative elements increases their lifespan. Lug all cracks and holes using strips of wood from the same species and position them in the same grain direction. Replace only the wood that cannot be repaired. Use stable, shrink-free glue. Keep all the good wood intact and, if needed, reproduce the decorative elements of the door. Avoid modernising those original decorative elements that do not go out of style: Do not overdo the decorative aspect, which could ruin the traditional style of the house:
The door, with its lateral bays and ornaments, reveals the warm and attractive character of your home. The following are a few nice bay and transom models:
Hints
  • Regular upkeep of the lateral bays and decorative elements increases their lifespan.
  • Lug all cracks and holes using strips of wood from the same species and position them in the same grain direction.
  • Replace only the wood that cannot be repaired. Use stable, shrink-free glue.
  • Keep all the good wood intact and, if needed, reproduce the decorative elements of the door.
  • Avoid modernising those original decorative elements that do not go out of style:
  • Do not overdo the decorative aspect, which could ruin the traditional style of the house:

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Colour photos of bay and transom models

Models of lateral bays and decorative elements

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© Société d'histoire du Lac St-Jean, 2004. All Rights Reserved.


Sketch of decorative mistakes

Avoid modernising those original decorative elements that do not go out of style.

Do not overdo the decorative aspect, which could ruin the traditional style of the house.

Société d'Histoire du Lac-Saint-Jean

© Société d'histoire du Lac St-Jean, 2004. All Rights Reserved.


Learning Objectives

The learner will:
  • describe the evolution of homes in Canada and the architectural influences that have marked them;
  • compare house styles and materials used in the past with those used today, then identify similarities and differences between them;
  • assess the impact of some materials on the environment and the manufacturing (and architectural style) of houses;
  • explain the influence of history (for example: the Conquest, the Confederation) on the architectural style and its evolution.

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