“We encourage clients to collaborate with us when it comes to designing their new front door,” says Olivia Ditcham of Ayrton Bespoke, “perhaps make it more exciting with a bold colour or out-of-theordinary door furniture, or we can design something completely different from what was there before.” Ayrton Bespoke has specialised in the design, manufacture and skilled installation of period timber doors and windows since 2006 and have a wealth of knowledge in the industry together with highly skilled teams working on each project through from design to reality.
The design team work on each front door to almost architectural levels, considering the period of the property, the surrounding architrave, mouldings, panelling, the lettering which may be above and the step which might be below. “The door is the first thing anyone sees when they approach a house and you yourself may see it several times a day, so it’s really important that you love it and that it has that ‘wow’ factor’,” says Robert Ditcham, CEO. “Also paramount,” adds Olivia, “are insulation and security, and all our doors come with Banham locks, the best on the market. “Your front door should be a safe-andsecure barrier against the outside world. We replace the entire frame with a new, more substantial 65mm frame, door leaf and threshold, on average more than 50% extra timber than your previous door, which makes it something to be reckoned with! We also put modern seals around the whole frame with a steel weather bar to keep out rain, draughts – and whatever else the great British weather chooses to throw at you. Combined with three Banham locks this is simply no match for a forced entry,” she concludes. Ayrton Bespoke has based its business on exceptional craftsmanship and beautiful design, working with their clients to create the ideal replacement for their old timber door, exemplified perfectly with their ability to help you create something unique.
“AYRTON BESPOKE HAS SPECIALISED IN THE DESIGN, MANUFACTURE AND SKILLED INSTALLATION OF PERIOD TIMBER DOORS & WINDOWS SINCE 2006”
“We continue to up our game while others around us are heading in the opposite direction. We do lots of stained glass when others won’t even go there. It requires skilled and often artisanal techniques, and we have an incredibly talented team based in Lithuania who are experts in this field.” Creating stained glass to be put into a double-glazed unit can be an expensive and time-consuming process which is quite hard to find nowadays. Ayrton’s reputation for this skilled and sometimes fiddly work leads to the ‘Bentley product’ being available to their customers. “It’s wonderful to be able to preserve or replicate what is often an original part of the house and the quality of our team allows this to be part and parcel of our regular offering,” adds Robert.
All Ayrton’s glass is bought from the top producers in the world and whatever style or pattern you’re looking for, be it stained, leaded, etched, textured, security or privacy glass, this can be incorporated into your project with safety glass as standard. A front door from Ayrton Bespoke includes the quality fitting element of the project which can often involve masonry work. An architrave or step may need to be removed and reinstated, all skilled work that will form part of the design process from the very start.
Clients will be guided as to what needs to be considered and what may work best with the style of the house. Doors do shift over time; they contract and swell; teenagers come and go (sometimes loudly). In keeping with its aftercare service and to accommodate these small changes, Ayrton have found adjustable hinges, ideal for the first 18 months when a new door is settling into its aperture. A simple tweak with an allen key can work wonders. Beyond the crucial bones of a front door are the all-important adornments and Ayrton will guide you through the array of options. A broad range of colours including Farrow & Ball and Little Greene can be replicated, and the choice of door furniture includes knobs, knockers, spyholes and letterboxes. The world is your oyster here, and Ayrton often works with Adams & Mack for bespoke handmade door knockers – think bumble bee, dragon or fish – as well as the more traditional styles. Lettering or numbers can be replaced or added to a top light and beading and mouldings will all be part of your wellconsidered bespoke design. A timber front door from Ayrton begins with a design survey which will help you create the door of your dreams with the assurance that it will be made with security and integrity at its high-quality heart, shaped by expert workmanship and fitted to exacting standards with an aftercare service that is second to none.