Latest Custom Wrought Iron Doors

We thought it would be fun to take a moment to show off some of our most recent iron doors.  We love working with our customers to come up with one of a kind entryways.  Each one is unique and beautiful and makes a statement about the homeowners individual style.

These homeowners chose an arch top for their double entry door.

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The two lanterns that flank this single iron door really compliment the geometric designs that the homeowners incorporated into their iron scroll work.

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Who said single entry doors can’t also be showstoppers?  These customers wanted to incorporate a more modern feel into their scroll work and we love how the finished product turned out.

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This iron door is a great compromise for people who would like an arch top door, but have a straight top frame.

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These homeowners wanted an iron door full of intricate wrought iron details, so we worked together with them to come up with this gorgeous entryway.

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These homeowners chose Flemish glass to serve as the backdrop for their wrought iron scroll work.

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This single entry door has a more contemporary feel with it’s straight lines crisscross pattern.  We think this door would also look great as a wine cellar door.

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These homeowners chose a matching arch top transom for their iron door, which is beautiful AND functional, as it serves to let more natural light into the entryway.

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And lastly, here is another magnificent arch top, double entry door.  Doors like this are sure to turn heads, and send your curb appeal rating sky high!

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To request a quote on any of the doors you see here please visit our website at www.doorsbydesign.net or give us a call at 251-767-0013.

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Custom Wrought Iron Transom Install

Doors by Design recently installed this custom, wrought iron door in a beautiful new construction home.  Getting the door in was the easy part.  Here’s another inside look at the manpower it takes to get the heavy, iron transom in place.

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Doors installed!  That was the easy part.

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Time to rig up some scaffolding.

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It takes four men to haul the transom up the scaffolding and set it in place.

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And walla!  There are still steps that need to be completed before this installation is complete (glass, trim, seal) but the hardest part is done.

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It seems that the more complicated the install, the more beautiful the pay off, and this custom iron door was no exception.

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**Doors by Design sells custom wrought iron doors and wood doors.  We also have stock iron doors and stock wood doors available as a budget friendly option.  Contact us today and we’ll help you find the perfect entry door for your home!

Functional Work of Art

Even wonder what it takes to install one of our massive, wrought iron doors?  How about two massive, wrought iron, doors with sidelights and a transom?  We snapped a few photos during a recent install so our customers could appreciate the sheer man- and machine!- power it takes to get these gorgeous entry doors installed properly.

Out with the old, and ready for the new!

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Our installer, Alex, preps the opening for the new door.

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If you think these doors are heavy, you would be right.  It takes three men to slide in the frame and sidelights.

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Time for the big guns!  The transom gets lifted into place with the help of a forklift.

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Next step is to put in the massive double doors.  (unfortunately we didn’t get a pic of that step.)  Then just a few more hours of man power and “wallah”!

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You may call it a front door, but we call it a functional work of art.  Contact us to start designing your own custom iron door today!

Doors by Design’s Iron and Wood Doors

We sell beautiful, wrought iron doors, and custom and stock wood doors. This video displays a sampling from some of our most recent installs. Visit our website at http://www.doorsbydesign.net, and call/email for a free quote today!

Interview with Bob Clark – The Past, Present, and Future of Doors by Design

I sat down with Bob Clark, the owner of Doors by Design in Daphne, AL, to chat a little about the history of the company, the evolution of the store’s product, and the company’s five year plan.

How many years have you been in business?

I started doing doors probably about 35 years ago.  I was doing remodeling back in the 70’s, but I didn’t start building doors until 2001.  Up until that point, most of my experience had been in remodeling: windows, doors, siding, decks, kitchens, baths, building additions, etc.  Eventually, I focused on just windows and doors and in 2001, my partners and myself opened our first door store called Doors by Design.

Where was/is the first store?

We opened our first store in Ridgeland, MS, right outside of Jackson, and it’s still there today.  In the beginning, we mainly imported doors from Brazil, but eventually we realized that there was also a market for custom doors, so we opened our mill shop in 2002 and started building custom doors.  Business was going well, and we had a solid product, so in 2003 we decided to branch out and we opened another store in Daphne, AL.

Tell us a little about your iron doors.

Soon after we opened the store in Daphne, one of my partners (my brother Lloyd) opened a third door store in Charlotte, North Carolina called Clark Hall Doors by Design.  That was when we realized the need for us to have our own iron door. Up until that point we had been selling other company’s iron doors, but we quickly realized that we could make a product better than what we were selling.  We decided to partner with Jesus Meta out of San Antonio, Texas.  We helped him build a factory in Monterey, Mexico, and we went to work creating our own iron door design.

We upgraded the hinges, but putting heavy duty ½ inch barrel hinges on all of our doors. We re-engineered the doors to make them more aesthetically pleasing by creating smoother lines, and making the window flush with the inside of the door.  We decided to make an elite model, which is built to withstand hurricane force winds up to 170 mph, and we made a lighter version which can withstand up to 140 mph winds.  Our doors can even be installed in homes in Dade county Florida, which is where they have the toughest hurricane code in the US.  Lastly, we chose to use a five and six step paint process which allows us to put a five year paint guarantee on our iron doors.  When we were selling iron doors made by other companies, we found that most of the time the paint wasn’t holding up to their five year guarantee.  Often times, we ended up having to go back and repaint their doors before the end of their guarantee.  I can proudly say that we have not had to go back and repaint even one of our iron doors. 

Where would you like to see Door by Design five years from now?

Our future is to expand into other markets, possibly even including the Caribbean and Hawaii.  We are currently working to set up dealers of our doors nationwide and in Canada, and we would like to work with lumber stores, window companies, door companies, remodelers, contractors, builders, etc.  Through our three store locations we have over 30 dealers now, but in five years time we’d like to double or triple that number.

What do you love most about this career?

I love to see when a house is reborn with a new entry door, but the truth is that seeing a new door installed is just the icing on the cake.  Customers come into our stores all the time with a very clear vision for what they want their new entry door to look like.  It’s a great feeling to help them bring that vision to reality and nothing is better than when a customer is really excited about their design and happy with the finished product.

Interview by: Asheley Clark

Doors by Design

Social Media and Marketing Director

251-447-0125

DbD Helps You Narrow Your Choices

DbD Helps You Narrow Your Choices

With so many options to choose from, our customers often have a hard time narrowing down their list of favorites to just one. Arch top, circle top, or square top? Flemmish, clear beveled, or antique glass? Cyprus, Mahogany, Cedar, or Walnut wood? The list of options just keeps going on and on!

We know that choosing a new entry door can be overwhelming and we want to make sure that you choose the right door for you! So we came up with a solution. We can take a picture of your home and make a photo mock up of your top choices! It takes the guess work out of the process and allows you to see exactly how any style of door would look on your house. Of course, this is difficult to do with custom orders, but we will always do our best to help you get an clear vision of the finished product. This photo is a collage of one customer’s top three iron door options.

Call us today and we’ll help you find the perfect style door for your home, too!

Doors by Design Commercial

Doors by Design is on TV!  Check out our very first commercial, staring none other than our very own salesman, Judah Clark!