Craftsmen are one kind of artisans whose ideas have been able to stand the test of time. From the Stone Age, through medieval times to the period of the industrial revolution up until the modern age, several technologically refining methods of crafting have been introduced but the art and craft movement has remained resolute and has stuck hitherto to the simple elegance and natural beauty of their craft. All through the ages, they have stood their ground against moves to industrialize the art of crafting. Today, deservedly, the craftsman has a niche and has been able to enshrine the ideals and legacy of originality in a very sophisticated world of interior design.
So without a feeling of inferiority, the craftsman holds his head high in a home that depicts life in its simplest form. Everything from the foundation to the roof is purely naturally crafted. The reality of today is that haughty eyes of the sophisticated interior decor enthusiast that once despised the simple allure of natural craft have now been compelled by the global attention on living green to appreciate natural forms and simple lines.
Against this backdrop, works of craft continue to remain relevant. One of them is the craftsman cottage door. Historically, this type of doors dates back to the latter years of the 19th century. Just before the close of the Victorian era, they were first designed in America, about the period of the craftsman architectural upheaval. Small homes in California were recorded to be pioneers of the use of these doors before its gradual spread to other parts of the world. As typical of the craftsman’s design pattern, cottage doors have straight lines and angles.
Many simple features make cottage doors unique and perfect for the structure and design of houses at this time. Apart from the fact that they were handcrafted from mahogany wood or particle board, they just had simple artistic designs and layouts that made them very ordinary in look.
However, under craftsman styled design are other door ranges all for exterior use; while some may look very traditional others are quite compliant with modern design patterns. In the class of the latter are French doors or arch doors; to accentuate their unique look, accessories like door shelf, sidelights, and decorative crowns have been fabricated as ‘go-along’
Durability is one factor you want to consider when deciding to invest in craftsman doors. With good maintenance craftsman doors stand a good chance of remaining in use for a long time; an integral part of maintaining craftsman doors has a lot to do with constantly renewing the exterior polish of the wood, depending anyway on how much the door is exposed to inclement weather conditions; for doors with glass, cleaning the glassy part would just do; maintaining craftsman doors is that simple and you don’t have to spend so much to make it last.