Modern Design: Multi-Slide Doors

When Patrick O’Neill of Greenline Fine Woodworking was called to do a historically sensitive update to one of Pietro Belluschi’s last projects, it came with a very cool addition: a meditation room designed collaboratively with Michael McCulloch, a noted Portland architect who is the current owner of the home.

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Project Goals

The intention of the design was to create a space that would blur the lines between indoors and out, minimizing visual interruptions and allowing the space to open completely to the exterior as much as possible.

Challenges

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Large, sliding full-lite doors can have challenges related to weight, stability and smooth operability. An additional challenge was to figure out how to allow the doors to meet at a corner with a only a narrow post to camouflage and complete the seal when closed.

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Uniquely Versatile Solutions

A tricky mitred corner for the track system allowed the two layers of doors to meet seamlessly in the corner. Very tight tolerances were needed to ensure a weather-tight fit when the panels were closed.

The Versatile Product Design team worked closely with the installing contractor to ensure measurements were accurate and the design parameters could be met.

Bringing multiple tracks together in the corners presented alignment challenges for both the upper and lower panel tracks. The low profile sill makes for a near-flush transition to the interior flooring. Metal tracks were inlaid into solid wood sills to create an elegantly integrated system.

The result: a glowing oasis of thoughtful Mid-Century design that feels like an organic part of this architecturally-significant Oregon home.

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Overstock Door Sale: Your Choice $150

Last but not least, these more complex Exterior Doors feature some great vintage ’70s detail.

Choose any of the below doors for $150. Delivery not included, doors sold as-is. Pick up must be scheduled during standard Versatile hours – 7:30am-4:00pm.

To purchase a door, email Iman: iman@versatilewp.com

15 Panel Leaded Glass x 2 Oak 9 Panel Leaded Glass

Full Lite French Doors with split finish (both sides shown below)

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See something you can use? To purchase a door, email Iman: iman@versatilewp.com

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Take a look at the $50 & $100 doors.

Overstock Door Sale: Your Choice $100

We’ve got some beautiful french doors, screens, multi-lite entry doors, even a bit of stained glass.

Choose any of the below doors for $100. Delivery not included, doors sold as-is. Pick up must be scheduled during standard Versatile hours – Monday-Friday, 7:30am-4:00pm.

To purchase a door, email Iman to arrange payment and delivery: iman@versatilewp.com

 

Birch Veneer 1 Light French x 2 Finished 15 Light Fir 4 Panel French Pair  Fir 12 Panes Fir 24 Light Fir Bronze Screens x 2 Fir Clad French Inside Fir Clad French Outside Fir Gold Screens x 2 Fir Sidelights x 2_2 Fir Sidelights x 2_4   Fir Sidelights x 2_1

See something you like? Email Iman to arrange purchase and delivery:  iman@versatilewp.com.

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Take a look at the $50 & $150 doors.

Happy New Year!

 

New Year’s Overstock Door Sale! Your Choice $50

It’s a new year and time for Versatile to do a little clean up and clean out of our overstock door inventory.

Lucky you! Here’s a chance to get a great deal on some interior doors.

Choose any of the below doors for $50. Delivery not included, doors sold as-is. Pick up must be scheduled during standard Versatile hours – Monday-Friday, 7:30am-4:00pm.

To purchase a door, email Iman to arrange payment and delivery: iman@versatilewp.com

1 Panel Split Finish Side 1 Finished 1 Panel Finished Swinging Door

1 Panel Split Finish Side 2 Birch Veneer Solid Core Fir 1 Light_1 Fir 1 MDF Panel Fir 1 Raised Panel Fir 4 Panel_1 Fir 5 Panel Fir Sidelight_1 Fir Sidelight_3 Primed 1 Panel 2 Primed 1 Panel Primed 5 Panel SPF 5 Panel

See a door you can use? Email Iman to arrange payment and delivery: iman@versatilewp.com

Didn’t find what you’re looking for? Take a look at our $100 & $150 doors.

Thanks and Happy New Year!

Case Study: Roman Candle, Ava Gene’s & Woodsman Tavern

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After SE Division’s overwhelming support of Duane Sorenson’s Stumptown cafe, he opened The Woodsman Tavern to create a gathering place for good food and good drink that felt like it had always been there. The Woodsman Tavern was a 2012 Bon Appétit Best New Restaurant nominee and launched the revitalization of SE Division Street. This led Sorenson to open Ava Gene’s (November 2012) and Roman Candle Baking Company (July 2013) a few blocks away.

Versatile was contracted by Orange-PDX to create a storefront system for The Woodsman Tavern, and again to supply custom entry doors for Roman Candle and Ava Gene’s.

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What were the goals of these projects?

For The Woodsman Tavern, we were to replace the dated aluminum storefront with replicated traditional wood divided lite transoms over picture windows with insulated glass, along with custom entry doors.

The stain grade doors for Roman Candle and Ava Gene’s needed to fit the aesthetic and vibe of the restaurants while being able to withstand harsh weather exposure.

What challenges did Versatile face during these projects?

The biggest challenge for all three projects was weather exposure as they all face south.

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What were the Uniquely Versatile Solutions?

Hand selecting the materials played a major role in the success of these projects. Versatile’s highly experienced carpenter, Jeff Vasey, hand selected the wood to ensure each piece had a tight grain pattern to help extend the life of each item. From an aesthetic side, it was also important to find pieces of wood that matched and had complimentary grain patterns.

Versatile always tries to anticipate possible challenges before they turn into problems, and by selecting such an experienced team we were able to avoid major issues. This team included Versatile shop carpenters and installers from Orange-PDX construction.

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Case Study Update: Witherspoon Building

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What challenges did Versatile face during this project?

The age of the building combined with the amount of steel that was required to bring the building up to current seismic standards made our job very difficult.

Another challenge was incorporating electronics for a security system into a solid wood door.

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What were the Uniquely Versatile solutions?

We had to keep very close vertical and horizontal alignment throughout our storefront system and we built the rough openings around the steel beams.

To incorporate the electronics, we ran wiring through the lock rail of the door to get them from a special hinge to an electrified latch which was then linked to a card reader. This was an extremely difficult and laborious task that our shop pulled off.

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What was the result?

The vertical mullions at the lower and upper storefront windows align perfectly, as do all of the casings.

As for the door, the result was an end product that looks beautifully simple and historic but upon closer inspection, actually houses a tremendous amount of hardware and technology.

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Versatile Showroom: Walnut Doors

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You may have heard that Versatile Wood Products is getting a new showroom! The first piece to go in were these amazing, custom lift and slide walnut doors.

Shop carpenters Jeff, Eric & Dan show off the ready-to-be-installed doors in the Versatile shop.
Shop carpenters Jeff, Eric & Dan show off the ready-to-be-installed doors in the Versatile shop.

The unusual “lift and slide” mechanism was chosen for these doors. This mechanism is primarily used for extra-large doors, allowing them to open easily without resistance from weather-stripping.

Project Goals

The goal of these conference room doors is to provide privacy, while also allowing some visibility to avoid cutting the room off entirely. Panes of insulated glass were incorporated, also providing sound reduction. To provide extra stability, all pieces were laminated together. A continuous grain pattern was selected to run horizontally through the doors. With the continuous grain and rich colors, these doors play a large part in creating the ambiance of the new showroom.

The mechanism is completely stainless steel, eliminating corrosion concerns. It can be used with doors up to 800 pounds, making it perfect for this large scale application.

Curious how it works?

To open the door, the handle raises up and lifts the door off the track to allow it to move easily without resistance from the weather-stripping. Once the door is pulled closed, the handle is lowered and the tracks make contact to create a tight seal and lock.

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There are only a handful of companies that can make a lift and slide door. Here at Versatile Wood Products, we can design and build a door to meet your exact specifications. Our goal is to fulfill our customer’s design needs with the right door and hardware that will ensure a functional design and operating system over the lifetime of the door.

Intrigued yet?

Come and see these doors, along with other beautiful custom doors and windows at our showroom launch on September 18th!

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Join us for a Launch Luau
in celebration of our new Versatile Showroom

When: Thursday, Sept 18 2014
Time: 2 pm to 5 pm
Where: 2303 N. Randolph Ave
Cocktails, tropical treats and a whole roast Kalua pig will be enjoyed.

Plus a chance to spin the wheel of fenestration for fun and prizes.

Space is limited. Click here to RSVP by Sept 10th to join in the festivities.

Details

Help us celebrate the launch of our new show room at this Mad Men themed tiki celebration. Kick the tires of our new custom window, door and cabinetry displays and spin the wheel of fenestration to win prizes, drinks and more.

How can we help you create a custom entry that will be the showpiece of your next project? Contact quotes@versatilewp.com to start your custom quote.

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Best Practices for Doors in High Exposure Areas

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Living in the Pacific Northwest, we are faced with a lot of rain.

Here are a few ways Versatile combats the water during the build process, to keep your doors in great shape.

Quality materials are a must! We always use high quality, solid wood. The materials used will play a large role in the longevity of your door.

Most commercially manufactured doors are made up of many pieces of wood joined together. A veneer is then added to the exterior to give it the look of a solid piece of wood. At Versatile Wood Products, each piece of wood is hand-selected so our doors can be made by single, double or triple laminating, without a veneer.

To ensure that the door is completely sealed, Versatile provides a full gluing of all joinery.

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All doors go through the wet glazing technique, with neutral-cure silicone, instead of the dry glazing technique, which uses rubber gaskets. The benefit of wet glazing is that the seal is less prone to shrinkage and cracking.

To greatly reduce air and water infiltration, Versatile uses silicone bulb weather-stripping. This is preferred to foam filled, vinyl coated compression weather-stripping as it has superior durability and air sealing. Silicone bulb is also smaller and essentially hidden in the tight spaces that we have on custom doors.

In addition to the materials of the door, an entryway overhang can have a large impact on the longevity of your door.

The height and depth of an overhang matter. The deeper the overhang, the more protection your door will get. Depending on the direction your door faces, the distance of the overhang should be at least half of the height of the door.

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Water management is also important. Keeping water away from problem areas, such as the sill, framework, and top of the door is a must.

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Using a traditional threshold, where the sill has a slope, or bevel, is the ideal way to drain water away from the framework.

Another key thing is to provide a positive wash (having no flat surfaces for water to pool on), this will ensure a lifespan of 15-20 years. For a door exposed to water, the sill should be at a slope of at least 10 degrees. All other flat areas should be beveled to avoid having water collect on the door.

As the top of the door is also susceptible to water damage, an in-swing door is preferred in high exposure areas to provide extra protection to this vulnerable area.

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For taller than normal doors of eight feet or more, a multi-point (3 or 5 point) locking mechanism is recommended. This will provide additional sealing points against air and water infiltration and reduce warping and bowing of the door.

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For doors with glass that are exposed to the elements, Versatile sometimes uses laminated glass. As illustrated below, laminated glass is two panes of glass with a polyvinyl butyral (PVB) inter-layer. Using laminated glass will decrease the chances of breaking or cracking in stormy conditions.

 

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Think about how you will finish your door. Clear and stain finishes will require more maintenance than a painted door; the door will need to be refinished more often than if it were painted. If it is in constant sun, the wood is more likely to fade when finished with a clear coat or stain.

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Water management and quality materials are key to keeping your door beautiful for years to come. Ready to create your own durable and beautiful entry system? For more information and to begin a quote, contact Alex MacKenzie, quotes@versatilewp.com.

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Case Study: Evergreen Chapel

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(photo courtesy of Woofter Architecture)

Located at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville OR, the Evergreen Chapel opened it’s doors in September 2013.

Designed by architect Miles Woofter, the chapel was intended to resemble a 1930’s log cabin.

The chapel is over 5,500 square feet, was constructed with Douglas fir logs, and has cedar ceilings. Inside, on the west and east wings of the cruciform, there are two functioning wood burning, stone fireplaces.

Known to Hoffman Construction and architect Miles Woofter as a local supplier, Versatile Wood Products was chosen to produce the highest quality custom windows and doors for this job.

For this project, Versatile was the supplier for all exterior windows and doors. We produced a total of 28 units – over 1000 sq feet of glazing.

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What was the goal?

The goal for this project was to produce custom doors and casement windows​ using vertical grain fir, to compliment this traditional 1930’s log cabin design. All of the units were to be built within an eight week timeline.

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What were the challenges?

As some of the doors were especially tall (each 36” x 114” x 2 ¼” thick), incorporating commercial door hardware specifications was a challenge.

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What was the Uniquely Versatile solution?

Our solution was to combine a custom, craft-built traditional wood window with a high-level commercial sensibility. We also wanted to incorporate modern-day materials, such as insulated glass, while maintaining the look of the 1930’s design.

Working seamlessly with the largest general contractor in the state requires on-target communications, submittals, delivery and follow through. While this is not unusual for Versatile, it was emphasized when working in a commercial field.

 

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