Metic­u­lous restora­tion, cus­tom win­dows and doors

The Hamilton Spectator - - HAMILTON BUSINESS - STORY AND PHOTO BY JOHN RENNISON

“We do a lit­tle bit of ev­ery­thing,” says Mike Kennedy. “That’s our goal ... but we do spe­cial­ize in hand­made cus­tom wooden win­dows and doors.

“We’ve started to do more restora­tion. We’ve done a lit­tle bit of work at Dun­durn Cas­tle and some of the city’s other his­toric prop­er­ties.”

They also take on the oc­ca­sional fur­ni­ture job.

“We just did a desk at the Work­ers Arts and Her­itage Cen­tre.”

It usu­ally starts with a client meet­ing.

“Say they’ve got a bro­ken down door they want to re­place in their house. We show up on site and talk to them about what they’re look­ing for. If they want to do some­thing con­tem­po­rary with the ar­chi­tec­ture or if they want to do a more mod­ern door. We can work with them to do that too.

“We de­sign ev­ery­thing. All of our mould­ings are cus­tom de­signed, ev­ery­thing.” Most im­pres­sive job to date? “We were re­ally happy when the city asked us to do the door for Dun­durn Cas­tle. That was huge for us. It’s a for­mal door. It’s not the front door to the house, but it’s a door that

ev­ery­one passes through when they do the tour.

“It was com­pli­cated. It was a re­place­ment for a re­place­ment. The one that was there was rot­ting at the bot­tom and it was re­placed in the ‘60s ... Not only did it not func­tion very well but they kind of ig­nored some de­sign keys.

“We scoured the build­ing look­ing for what we thought were some orig­i­nal doors. There’s not a lot of orig­i­nal doors there, but we took mould­ing pro­files off of them and recre­ated them. We put some­thing in that we thought was more har­mo­nious and true to what was there orig­i­nally.”

The busi­ness has been in Hamil­ton for five years. Kennedy moved here from Toronto, where he’d been work­ing in oth­ers’ shops, build­ing win­dows and doors.

Mike Kennedy, 42, right, of Lower City Join­ery, with John Mar­tin work­ing on a win­dow from the old East Flam­bor­ough Town Hall. The hall was built be­tween 1846 and 1857.

Kennedy with some of the doors the busi­ness has made.

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