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Out­door hard­ware with sources.

Arts and Crafts Homes - - CONTENTS - by Mary Ellen Pol­son

WHEN CON­SID­ER­ING CURB AP­PEAL and hard­ware or met­al­work, it’s nat­u­ral to fo­cus on the front door’s en­try hard­ware. What about other very vis­i­ble hard­ware? Take a look at the garage and out­build­ings, which make up a lot of the vis­ual real es­tate. Win­dow shut­ters, so promi­nently dis­played on the façade, also need ap­pro­pri­ate hinges and hold­backs. Don’t for­get the front gate, a good place for hefty pe­riod-style strap hinges and latch. The garage doors are an­other op­por­tu­nity.

You can play up qual­ity, pe­riod style, and ar­chi­tec­tural in­ter­est in all these ar­eas. Take in­spi­ra­tion from the orig­i­nal en­try hard­ware on your house, tra­di­tional hard­ware fa­mil­iar from turn-of-the-20th cen­tury car­riage houses and out­build­ings, or even more dis­tant an­tecedents.

Whether largely faux or func­tional, early Amer­i­can forms like the thumb latch, strap hinge, slide bolt, and shut­ter dog tran­si­tion well to Arts & Crafts ex­te­ri­ors. A lift or thumb latch serves the pur­pose on a gate with­out a lock, for in­stance, while even a purely dec­o­ra­tive strap hinge adds scale and pres­ence to a garage door.

Be­cause the forms have been in use for so long, they’ve sur­vived and even thrived through many style tran­si­tions, from colo­nial spear-ended strap hinges to twisted-ring Mediter­ranean Re­vival pulls with floral es­cutcheons. Even the Span­ish-in­flu­enced clavos now so pop­u­lar for rus­tic styles have a par­al­lel in colo­nial-era clinch nail pat­terns.

Hard­ware out­side of the house should look func­tional, even when it’s not. Just as you would choose hard­ware with the ten­sile strength to op­er­ate a swing-out or slid­ing door on a garage, faux strap hinges and latches should be of sim­i­lar size and scale to the real thing, even if the door ac­tu­ally rolls up at the touch of a re­mote. Place­ment is ev­ery­thing: if a strap hinge or ring pull is po­si­tioned in such a way that it doesn’t look op­er­a­ble, it’ll be a dead give­away that it’s “faux.”

The same rule goes for shut­ters and gates: Strap hinges should be placed as though the shut­ter is op­er­a­ble. Shut­ters should have sturdy pin­tles—the piece that piv­ots the shut­ter from open to closed—and of course, shut­ter dogs, which can be as fan­ci­ful or pe­riod-spe­cific as you like. a

ABOVE fron gate hard­ware is the fin­ish­ing touch for this ap­peal­ing en­try. BE­LOW LEFT A solid brass gate rim latch with heart mo­tif, from Sig­na­ture Hard­ware, comes in three fin­ishes. BE­LOW An au­then­tic steel shut­ter dog from Shut­ter­craft is like those re­vived in the early 20th cen­tury.

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