Bank Vault Front Door
Our most complex piece yet, this project took 2 1/2 months from concept to installation. The client, a developer and homebuilder, wanted a unique and impressive front door for his company's showcase house in San Francisco's North Beach. He loved the look of classic bank vaults, and for years had wanted to turn a door into one. This piece turned what many thought was a crazy idea into a one-of-a-kind, elegant conversation piece.
The door skin is 18 gauge steel, riveted on. The faux vault door and hinge add a modern and flowing touch to the classic vault design, adding some curviness to what is typically square. The parts are 1/8" thick steel for a solid look and feel. All of the parts are bolted on securely with stainless steel machine screws, and powdercoated for a smooth, shiny, long-lasting finish.
Integral to the piece are the mechanical parts, which add a touch of whimsy. On the back of the door is a set of rotating gears with a hand crank, turning as though they were locking the vault from the inside. On the front of the door is a spinning stainless steel wheel, "unlocking" the vault from the outside. The door pull is a genuine solid brass vault door handle.
The house was designed and built by Master Builders of San Francisco.