Do you know what happens after you collaborate with our experts and send your custom iron door through the fabrication process? Those 10-12 weeks before installation are critical in bringing your unique piece to life—and the artisans behind the process exude an unwavering passion and pride for their work. We are proud of the incredible team of talented iron workers and craftsmen. Learn more as we sit down with the head of manufacturing for an exclusive conversation.
Clark Hall’s artisanship begins with the end in mind; the vision of our client. We are proud to have the collaboration of the best experts in our trade on our Clark Hall team—people that are very proud of their skills, labor, and knowledge. Some may think that our trade is losing its charm because of modern-day advances, but our artisans are able to combine new tools with classic training, creating truly unique, handcrafted pieces.
2. What is required to develop these beautiful pieces of art?
There are 3 distinct elements required to create these stunning custom doors:
3. Can you describe the art and precision needed for the craft?
Simply put, being an artistic and precise iron worker means that you must blend technology with skill. At Clark Hall, we transform iron from a rough material to a beautiful piece of art—and to do so, we have to apply our knowledge of science and technology, and our skills and passions as artists. When we’re working on a custom door, we don’t solely rely on technology, but instead, use it as a way to support our craft. After all, a tool or piece of technology will only work as the hand commands. It will never matter how modern or “fancy” your tools are if you lack the knowledge, expertise, and experience.
4. What makes Clark Hall doors different?
Clark Hall doors are different because they’re each a unique piece of art. We’re committed to fulfilling each client’s vision and bringing it to life—no matter how difficult the project may be, we are confident that we will find a creative way to solve the challenge. Additionally, we support our work with many quality controls that tackle different areas including technical, operational, and aesthetic.
It goes without saying that our team’s love for the trade is undeniable. Our fierce passion and expert skillset breathe life into every client’s dream door—whether it’s an intricate ornate piece or a sleek modern entryway. It is both motivating and satisfying to know that clients trust us and that we get the opportunity to help make their vision for their home become reality. If you’re interested in taking the next step to designing a fully-custom door, please contact us to schedule a consultation. And, be sure to browse our entire project gallery to find endless inspiration.
When you partner on a project as beautiful as this one, it’s always fun to look back and reflect on how you arrived at the finished product. Chatting with the brains and inspiration behind the design is one of our favorite ways to do it. Follow along as we interview Collette Wilson, the professional decorator that worked on this luxury Lake Norman Waterfront Estate.
A: “We are southern Californians, and we, as well as our grown children grew up on the water surfing…Lake Norman is a great lake community with plenty of acres for all the water sports. We also knew that if we bought a home here on the lake, we would have guests all summer long, which is what we enjoy most! This north [lake] facing property has beautiful, 180 unobstructed views of the main channel and beyond. From the 4th floor, at almost 80 feet up, the waterscape is breathtaking. We enjoy both sunrises and sunsets year round…can’t ask for much more than that.”
A: “When we bought the house, there were three layers of overgrown hedges which literally blocked the view of the lake from the ground floor. We removed all of that and re-landscaped with the view in mind. In addition, we have installed three floors of glass balcony railings to eliminate the busy black scrolled railings that were here when we bought the property. To finish that effort, we installed ‘ghost screens’ on all the upper decks in order to enjoy the outdoors bug-free all year and again, provide a clearer, beautiful view of the water.”
A: “It’s all about welcoming and gathering at the lake. We all know that getting together for meals is one of the most enjoyed events for family and friends…we want everyone to know that’s just what is going to happen the minute they walk through the door. Not to mention, who wouldn’t want to have dinner with that view?”
A: “Simplification, modernization and aeration. We knew immediately that the house was too dark and needed to be white painted brick with black trim. That was a must. Secondly, it needed to breathe. Clark Hall Doors and Windows, along with other design elements, helped us achieve that effect with more glass, less bulk and thus, light, space and air. Our home has a whole new bright life now.”
A: “The re-design of the property was approached with minimalism at the forefront. Most of the dramatic changes made here over the past year weren’t actually made by [adding] elements, but rather simplifying or removing them. As you can see in the ‘before’ pictures of the home, there was a very heavy wood door that actually said ‘stop.’ The sleek lines of the Clark Hall iron door with the glass lights spoke to the transition of the overall feel of the property as now being a welcome, open home that says ‘come in.’”
A: “The ease in which it happened. We were working with many many contractors over the past year, and also with the same supply chain issues that most homeowners who are remodeling lately have been experiencing. Clark Hall made two trips to our property in which we decided on the door and window and then were given the specs for our contractors to prepare for the install. We were given an approximate date of delivery and install, and believe it or not, it actually happened. Not the status quo for most of our projects. And then, the install happened without a hitch. Yet another pleasant surprise. We couldn’t be happier with the entire process.”
We can’t thank Collette enough for her partnership and creative collaboration on this project. This one-of-a-kind home will be available for sale in Fall 2022. If you’re interested in working with Clark Hall on your own project, Collette has a piece of advice: “Do it. You won’t be disappointed.” Contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our experts, and be sure to visit our blog to see how you can start the process of designing a fully-custom door.