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A Warm Welcome

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     Your front door is the welcome you present to all who approach your home. Colorful, traditional, quirky or grand, your style speaks to the world and beckons visitors to enter. Have you taken the time lately to study the message your front door is sending?

After a long brutal winter, your front entry may be showing the effects of weather through rust, tarnish, fading paint or dead plants. With warmer temperatures and sunny days ahead, take time to evaluate your entryway so it shines this spring. Here at Look in the Attic & Company, we have everything you need to dress this area up and welcome your guests in style.

First consider the paint. If the color is fading, or you’re ready for a change, liven up your door with a fresh coat of paint to get this project underway. Many homes feature traditional colors for entry doors, but lately, more personalized and unique door colors seem to be a trend.

Once the paint is dry, continue the updates with new entryway hardware. This traditional oval single-door deadbolt entryway set in Oil Rubbed Bronze finish provides an old-world elegance to your entry and is simple to install.  We offer this complete set with tubular latch mechanisms, strike plates, complete knob sets, internal mechanisms, deadbolts and all mounting hardware. Everything you need for a successful installation is included.


Traditional Oval Single-Door Deadbolt Entryway Set

Next, add new house numbers for easy recognition of your street address. This often overlooked detail is attractive and makes your house stand out. The house number shown is made in solid brass and measures 6 inches tall. This durable solid brass casting comes complete with the mounting hardware and is available in Polished Brass (Shown), Antique Brass, Weathered Flat Black and Oil Rubbed Bronze.


6 Inch Tall Number 1 in Polished Brass

     In addition to those updates, consider adding a new kick plate as well.  Kick plates are a simple eye catching way to make your front entry stand out.  Our kick plates come in a variety of finishes and heights. Our smallest plate is a non-standard 5 inches tall, with a width that can range from 27 to 42 inches. Our largest plate is a substantial 10 inches in height and a width range of 28 to 42 inches. Finishes for the plates offered include Polished Brass, Antique Brass, Antique Nickel, Satin Nickel, Oil Rubbed Bronze and more.

Lastly, complete your project with an elegant planter filled with colorful annuals. Look in the Attic & Company provides many choices for that finishing touch as well. We offer an assortment of planters in a variety of colors and styles to festoon your entryway in beautiful blooms. Below are just a few samples of our colorful planters.


Porcelain Floral Planter – Measures 17 Inches Tall with an Antique Bronze Finish Metal Base.

     These featured improvements will declare a warm welcome to friends and neighbors. Let Look in the Attic & Company help with your front entry spring clean up for beautiful and lasting home improvements.


Dutch Colonial and Colonial Revival

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The Dutch Colonial architectural style is an 18th century style of architecture.  Homes built in this style can be recognized by their gambrel rooftops and eaves along the length of the home.  A gambrel roof is a symmetrical rooftop that has slopes on either side.  If you still can’t picture what this looks like, think of the top of a barn; that is a gambrel roof.   Many of the Dutch gambrels add a little flare, a slightly upturned edge to add a little more distinction between the two.  Most Dutch Colonial Revival homes were built of wood, brick, or stone (or, occasionally a combination), with a shingle gambrel roof. In using a gambrel roof, the Dutch has realized they could have an almost complete second story, without inciting the tax that came with a two-story home.

When Dutch settlers came to North America and started establishing themselves in the community, they brought their architectural style with them.  Many homes in New York, Delaware, Connecticut and New Jersey are based on Dutch Colonial architecture. Neighborhoods  have dozens of different Dutch Colonials among their numbers, especially the primarily Dutch ones.  In other parts of the world, primarily Germany, the Dutch Colonial style is characterized more by the use of brick and stone and their “V” shaped roofs rather than the gambrel ones.  Some of these same characteristics can be seen in the older neighborhoods of New York, which was originally found by the Dutch.  Some historians believe that these styles were not inspired by settlers from the Netherlands, but rather German settlers, though either claim could be true.

Homes built in the 1900’s and beyond are generally referred to as Dutch Colonial Revivals, inspired by the homes of the Dutch settlers.  The states that make up New England are full of this style of home, and can be found all over the coast of Maine and Massachusetts.  Perhaps the most famous of all Dutch Colonial and Dutch Colonial Revival homes  is located at 112 Ocean Avenue.  This home was not built as a famous landmark, but would later become known as the location of the Amityville Horror.

Written by antiqueswriter

May 23, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Antique and Vintage Style Hardware Patterns – An Overview

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Antique and vintage style hardware is a broad term that encompasses many architectural styles and types of home and commercial hardware. While there is no one “style” of antique hardware, there are many popular patterns and designs that were used during specific historical periods. By understanding when a particular pattern was used or identifying the architectural style of your home, it becomes easy to find replacement hardware that will restore your home to its original glory.

Broken Leaf (1880’s) – This pattern was extremely popular during the Victorian era which included several home designs. The broken leaf pattern features a potted plant with an almost geometric leaf pattern. This style of hardware could fit easily into the Eastlake style which focused on getting away from ornate and flourished designs and utilizing simpler shapes and forms.

Rice Pattern (1870-80’s) – The rice pattern is another great example from this period but this time features a more textured surface. Small rice sized shapes and bumps create a beautiful surface effect that looks especially dramatic with copper, antique brass or any type of highlighted finish.

Georgian Roped (1900) – The classic rope pattern dates back to the early twentieth century and is a flat design accented with a “rope” around the edges. This pattern fits well into most homes because it is versatile and a subtle touch of detail. The rope pattern was sometimes used to identify sailing industry homes or later as a symbol of wealth in the community.

Egg and Dart (1900’s) – A classic theme in architecture throughout history is life and death and this style is no exception. The egg is used to represent life and the dart is death. This classic pattern features the egg hugged between two darts.

Beaded (1900) – The beaded pattern is similar to the rope because it features a small line of beads around the border of the design. The small beads are usually less that an eighth of an inch in diameter and add a wonderful accent design without being overpowering.

While this list is by no means exhaustive of the styles of hardware available for the home, it should provide a little insight into what type of hardware may fit best. Victorian and antique reproduction hardware is not limited for use only in historical homes – modern homes can introduce these patterns as well and create a beautiful new theme.


Solid Brass Deadbolts

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Arts & Crafts Deadbolt

Installing a high quality deadbolt is an important step towards increasing the overall security of your home or business. A deadbolt, in its most basic definition, is a locking mechanism that requires a key to lock and unlock the mechanism. This differs from a “spring-bolt lock” which simply requires force to be placed on the bolt to unlock the mechanism (such as rotating the knob). Although a deadbolt serves a practical function there is no reason it can’t be coordinated with your existing hardware to enhance an existing theme in your entryway hardware.

Deadbolts come in two types: single cylinder and double cylinder. Most homes use a single cylinder deadbolt which utilizes a twist knob on the interior side of the door to lock and unlock the mechanism and a key for the exterior. A double cylinder deadbolt will use a key on either side (this is frequently used in commercial warehouses). Solid brass construction ensures high quality and durability over time.

A deadbolt, even as a separate component, should be treated as a set with the doorknob. Choosing the same finish for both the knob and deadbolt can go a long way towards coordinating the hardware on your door. If you are looking to create a theme (and this can include your knocker, doorbell, hinges, or kick plate as well) try choosing similar designs as well. As mentioned previously, deadbolts come in several patterns and can be easily integrated into existing door hardware. Popular patterns include Georgian Roped, Colonial, Beaded and Arts & Crafts motifs.

Solid brass deadbolts include several great features including optional finishes (Polished Brass, Antique Brass, Polished Chrome, Brushed Nickel and Oil Rubbed Bronze) and keying multiple locks the same. This is a great option if you are replacing multiple deadbolts and don’t want extra to carry extra keys. The solid brass construction will increase durability against natural wear and tear (such as scratching or dents).

LookInTheAttic & Company offers a wide selection of deadbolts and they offer free design assistance and help. Be sure to ask questions like can this style be keyed the same and what finishes are available. A deadbolt is an essential component of any home security system and that is why it is important to choose a high quality lock.


Georgian Architecture in the United States (1720-1840)

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Georgian Roped Push Plate

Georgian Roped Push Plate

The Georgian architectural style became popular during the late eighteenth through the mid nineteenth century and it replaced the Baroque architecture that had been popular up to that point. It is a general term for many common themes that were occurring around the world at that time and was named after the English monarchs George I-IV.

One of the most prominent features of Georgian architecture is its focus on proportion and balance. Math was used to determine correct size and placement of windows and other adornments on the building. Symmetry was very important when designing a Georgian style building and a Georgian addition to an earlier architectural style was considered extremely unattractive and flawed. Much of the inspiration for Georgian buildings was derived from Roman and Greek architecture and buildings were traditionally constructed of stone or brick over other materials.

In the United States the principles of Georgian style architecture were combined with neo-Palladian style architecture which created a “Federal Style”. It was used most frequently in middle and upper class homes. Several examples of the influence of Georgian architecture can still be seen today in the United States.

Georgian architecture was replaced slowly with a series of revival movements. Georgian architecture was itself revived and this new style was referred to as “Colonial revival”. Today Georgian style architecture is most frequently used for residential construction only and most commercial properties have abandoned this style completely.

LookInTheAttic & Company offers a wide variety of Georgian and Colonial style hardware and they offer free design assistance and help. Look for balanced and symmetrical patterns and solid brass construction to ensure high quality and durability. The Georgian architectural style is a wonderful theme for any home because it offers a wide variety of patterns that can be introduced inside the home and out.


Written by miznomerz

November 20, 2009 at 7:46 pm