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Front door, as it was being constructed by Ray Hanson.

In keeping with our goal of 75% of new material coming into the building coming from the US waste stream, most of our doors are repurposed. Here is a gallery of our various doors with a description of where we obtained them from. These doors were selected to minimize air infiltration.

Custom Entryway Doors

Ray Hanson of Antil Window and Door provided all of our wood-framed glass doors. Some were used for the interior and some for the exterior. Woody Melcher of Woodbury Associates did the design. The exterior front door matches the original 1920 door when the building was a Model T showroom.

The 2 outside entry doors are made from fallen black walnut harvested by Lon Ullman, who is part of an urban forestry group in the metro Detroit area. The doors form a unique design, with 2 pieces of wood surrounding a piece of cork to provide a thermal break. The glass is new, as it has to be compliant with code requiring tempered (shard-proof) glass. The doors were also installed with historic closers bought from Fred's Key Shop and reconditioned.

Bathroom and Shower Doors

Ken Byzcinski (who did our insulation) reclaimed these doors from a school that was being remodeled. We painted them black and used them for the rest rooms and the shower.

Office Doors

We found these doors at Senate Antiques in Detroit, a home for all kinds of used materials. Address: 828 W Fisher Fwy, Detroit, MI. Phone: (313) 963-5252.

Solid Exterior Doors

We have 4 Therma-Tru exterior doors that came from Fingerle Lumber in Ann Arbor. They have a fiberglass skin and an insulation core. We picked them for longevity, weather resistance, and for the fact that fiberglass provides a better thermal barrier than steel.

Truck Entry Door

The insulated garage door was selected for its R value. It's a double-thickness door and comes from McKernan Inc in Roseville. It is traditionally used in cold storage facilities to resist heat infiltration. It has double weather stripping and a special sealer at the bottom, all to prevent air infiltration. In the winter we put in a 1/2" round temporary weather stripping around the perimeter to close off any remaining air infiltration, and it seems to work well.

Specialty Doors

Some specialty doors.

Original Door

We left one door in its original location in the building, the door to the basement. We gave it a coat of paint and it was good to go.