There's nothing like a hand forged firescreen, I'm tired of the store-bought versions you see at every house. If one can afford it, this is the only way to go. Your fireplace makes a statement, if you've spent the money towards stonework and the flat screen that hangs above, then you must finish it off with the proper screen.
These doors have really become popular in our part of the woods, I've actually had the opportunity to work with a local company as a contract designer for a while. I designed over 50 different styles including the ones you see here. I even installed one on my own house. They're great looking, safe, sturdy and very well built. I highly recommend using an iron door for the front of your home. There are over 50 different manufactures selling iron doors, if you live in a major metropolitan area, you'll probably have a supplier in town.
These are just a few:
This is a great way to enhance the look of your Garage Doors. Wrought iron hardware comes in all shapes and sizes. If your doors take up a large portion of the front of your home, then dress them up a little. Most people use "Dummy Hinges", they look real, but have no function other than looks. Here are some examples of great looking Garage Doors.
This is one amazing peice and it's very well put together. I love the industrial feel. It's obviously heavy, so it was constructed in multiple sections. The raw steel finish highlights all of the welds and grinder marks, which is one of my favorite finishes.
Fireplace screens come in many different shapes and sizes, these peices ended up working perfect for the space. It's important when designing a piece such as this, that you keep children in mind. Designing the scrollwork in a tight pattern will keep kids from sticking their heads through. It's also important to make sure that the feet are substantial enough to keep the screen from falling forward, this piece ended up being pretty heavy. The finish has a black satin base coat with a copper glaze. Then it's coated with a polyurethane.
I love that it can be worked into almost anything that you can think of. It looks great with other products, such as: wood or stone. I've been working with iron since I was 16, it's the one thing I'm really good at. I'm currently working on designing a line of accessories. I'm trying to decide on whether or not to take the e-commerce route. I picture a line of products sold exclusively through catalog and the web. The problem isn't designing, it's the manufacturing. I don't like the idea of taking the fabrication over seas, you loose the quality control and the right to say "Made In America". We'll see, I'm taking my time. I plan on doing it right the first time.