Summerhill Optical is seeing barn doors

Located on a residential street minutes from Summerhill subway station, this amazing optical clinic ( will having you seeing all things beautiful! They have the most exotic and beautiful glasses frames I have ever seen. And all these frames are sitting there in this stunningly hip space---eclectic and elegant at the same time. And to top off the beauty of the space, Dr. Naeem has asked us to create doors to cover an unsightly nook that houses electrical panels. These bypassing barn doors covers a nook right in front of the store that houses electrical panels. Now they are the center of attention!

I'm not kidding about the amazing frames you'll find here. There are even frames made of wood. Those are my favorite!

The space is filled with personality but still retains a sense of minimalism and tranquility.

Not only is the space where you want to come to have your eyes checked and feast on the frames, but you'll enjoy your time with Dr. Naeem and his staff--amazing customer service. I know because I've seen it while I was there photographing, and through working with Dr. Naeem on the barn door.

One last look at the barn door. As you can see, the horizontal lines of the barn boards mimic the horizontal lines of the shelves for the frames creating an echo that bounces back and forth across the walls.

The walnut slab door feels right at home in this gorgeous art-filled loft

Wanting to replace a old sliding door for the front closet, our client asked for our opinion. After seeing the space, nothing speaks louder than a solid walnut slab door with horizontal planks on the stainless steel barn door hardware. At the end of the loft is a built-in bookshelf that was also made of walnut, so we thought we would have a dialogue going with the walnut pieces. As it turns out,the newly renovated kitchen area also has walnut cabinetry.

Oh, and did I mention the art? Both Rock and I were so overwhelmed by the art in this loft that was hard to focus on the question at hand -- the barn door. It's like going to a gallery, except this was in someone's home, and so the curated collection was much more interesting . No wonder this loft was featured in Designlines magazine.

There it is. I can't say anything more. It's just simply stunning, and those black shoes on the it art? or is it function? See what I mean about it being much more interesting a gallery?

The walnut flows  nicely with the orange front door. The loft is being re-design by Eduardo and his team at I like the orange so much I called Eduardo to ask for the code. We ended up painting the door we displayed at the Interior Design Show this orange.

This picture doesn't do justice, but your senses and brain get a stimulation rush in this place.

Rock always has to make his way into my picture somehow. I love that black piece that looks like a double tobacco pipe.  And of course the door. The horizontal planks leads the eye into the loft where all the excitement awaits...



Sculpting a door out of barn boards and having it revolve in the middle of a house.

Building, making, and constructing a door is what we normally do, but sculpting one and have it revolve in the middle of a house takes a bit more work than we're used to. But our client wanted just that. The door then became a sculpture and a room divider for this modern home in Bayview and Steeles The door is 7" thick, over 6' wide and 7' high.

Take a look for yourself and see if this is really a barn board door or a barn board sculpture?

Rock is getting the revolving hardware in place, while my brother is cutting out some baseboards to make room for the door. No need to mention here how big the door is.

Ta-ra! i's in place and now rotates if you push it.

Behind the door is the kitchen and dining area, and in front of it is a sitting area and an office.


This is view from kitchen and dining area.


When the door is revolved to a position that it cuts the opening in half.

The red clock is where the office is.

Here is a view when it in a position of closing the opening.

Last one, that's Rock's pony tail.

If you like to have a revolving door in your house, talk to us! 

We hit the Interior Design Show 2015 this weekend!

Our first time at the IDS, and we are pretty excited! We'll be part of the featured exhibition "Maker". Come and check out what we have to offer! Our booth number is 2225 at the Metro Toronto Conventional Center. The show is from Jan 23 to Jan 25. Please see more info on IDS website Just like our home, our booth is really small, in fact the smallest one there--but we compensate.

Here is us setting up for the show

Rock doing last minute touches. Behind him is a wall of hardware.

We decided to do a traditional style barn door on the horseshoe hardware.  Thewalnut credenza is named "work horse" because of the white paws for the legs, and it is completely solid walnut. So are the stools here, one made as a stepping stool  for a toddler, and the other one is an occasional stool.

A 600sqf Condo is Not Shy from Style...Especially with the Help of the Barn Doors

The entrance to the bedroom is left opened in this small condo, so to create privacy at the same time as adding some really cool elements to the space, our clients have opted for the Union Jack double barn doors stained grey. Our clients have really nice sense of style with striped sheet pattern which goes so well with these panel barn doors.

Union Jack Doors have become the focal point of the condo and look at that rug beside's perfect pairing for a sense of unexpectedness.

Because our client does not have a full length mirror in the condo, they thought it would work out nicely if the bathroom is sliding barn door mirror. And so we made it happen.


Here is the side where you get to see a bit of the bathroom. What an ingenious idea for a bathroom door!

Bypass Panel Glass Doors for Closet in a Victorian Home Downtown Toronto

Hello closet doors! Being without closet doors can be unsettling, especially if your closet is not the most mine. But our client's closet seems quite neat, hence he is so bold to go with the frosted glass panels (I wouldn't even venture there). These are doors on the telescopic bypass hardware. We had to install this because it is tricky installing door so that they slide and nestle on the adjacent wall.

You can still make out what's inside, but it does a neat job at diffusing closet stuff into something that might look artsy.

Notice the exposed brick wall, very nice with the sliding barn doors.



A Touch of Farmhouse Makes this Dreamy Nursery Official

Up, up on the 29th floor of a modern condo in Mississauga, a nursery is complete with the addition of the barn door. This nursery was a den before, and now with a beautiful barn door, it has upgraded itself to the "second bedroom" status. That's good news for resale time. We had to create a headspace with a woodblock in order for the heavy metal barn door hardware track to be mounted on. And the result is a touch of farm house in this dreamy white on white nursery.




Black flush pulls were installed for the door. As you can see the adjacent interior door, the barn door was made to mimic the paneling those doors.

Before the barn door revolution.

An Update to the Industrial Office Loft

I finally got a chance to see this awesome office in Liberty village for myself. And it's gorgeous! Now that the furniture and the company's logo is up, everything works together to make this an office to awe over. The original post is here As you enter, this is what you are greeted with!

Inside the board room where the barn door is used for the entrance, you see this! It's like working under heaven's light (the skylight window really helps)

Doesn't it look like heaven is looking down inside this board room?

Here is a close up of the handle for the door.

Close up of the aluminum hardware.


An Eclectic Home Makes a Bold Move with Two Yellow Barn Doors

Say hello to yellow, the Danforth! Just look at this main floor closet covered with two brightly painted barn door on our bypass system. The two doors are are 7' high, made out of poplar and painted a curry spice yellow.yellow_Z_door_bypass_02



If you would like us to build the barn doors and install a bypass system for your closet, contact us!

The Old Joists gets Re-purposed into this Beautiful Barn Door

When our client decided to demolish their house and rebuild from scratch, they couldn't bear to throw away the old joists that held up the house for all these years. They instead contacted us and ask if a slab barn door can be made with their joists, and the result... is a beautiful, sentimental, and historically important piece of art that happens to also function as a sliding door for their hallway.

These joists were old old pine. They were milled down to make a slab door, but still retained enough character to speak to the history of the house.

Can you imagine how beautiful it is to have this is a completely new and modern space?

If you would like a door or table made from your own reclaimed wood, contact us!


A Lofty Office Gets the Reclaimed Treatment

Check out this hip office with a stunning barn door made of reclaimed barn board and custom aluminum hardware. The planks on the door are held together with aluminum straps to match the hardware. The hardware uses the aluminum spoke wheels and aluminum flat track. The door also has a long aluminum handle. All custom made.

Notice there is a featured wall inside the room with barn board cladding.

Here is the featured wall. Our client want to mount the TV in the center of this This looks like a board meeting room, I don't think I'll be able to concentrate in any meeting if the the TV is mounted on this wall and the door is just off to the side like this. What torture!

If you like the flat track custom made in aluminum, contact us!


The Love for Barn Doors is Undeniable in This Complete House Reno in Bloor West Village

A charming house in Bloor West Village gets a complete gut from top to basement bottom, and renewed with a new love, the barn doors! The space was designed by architect Kate Harrison ( and architect Andrew Edmundson with smart space saving ideas and a tons arresting features. The barn doors of course act as both: space saving and arresting features. All four bedrooms up stairs have sliding doors for the closets, with modern grey and see through slats doors. All doors are designed by Kate Harrison, made and installed by us! We also got a chance to work with a really great contractor, Kazik (you know how hard it is to find one) from Kazik Contracting and Renovations LTD.

This is one of the bedroom's closet. The simple horizontal slats is just perfect to hide closet stuff. So sleek and modern.

The closet before the doors are installed.

This is the master bedroom closet with three sliding doors. The ensuite is also a barn door, but it is sliding on the Heavy Metal barn door hardware.

This is the en-suite door on the Heavy Metal. The door is made like a panel door, and no see-through slats, for obvious reasons.

We are now arriving in the basement of the house and first peak is the barn door.

Second peak is whole hallway adorned with barn doors on both sides. They were all special installed with that the wood block with not behind the track.

A closer look on one side of the hallway


On the other side of the hallway

So, after 14 barn doors installed, I can safely say love is in the house (that's love for the barn doors, if that's wasn't made clear from the beginning).

You can read our review on from Kate here

If you would like to have your space redesigned with the modern barn doors in mind, talk to Kate, if you would like barn doors, talk to us! And if you would like a great contrator contact