Interior designer Suzanne Shaker was longing for the sound of a screen door opening and closing in her Shelter Island summer home, so her husband, Pete Dandridge, designed and built a simple pair of cedar doors.
Dandridge, who also built their outdoor clothes line (see our recent post DIY: Shelter Island Clothes Line) designed, built, and installed the doors leading into the breezeway entry. As Shaker says, "the challenge was to have a screen door that was not metal and could accommodate the opening; as one pair would need to open in and one pair opens out. We wanted to have a feeling of summer, and that meant wooden doors as opposed to metal doors." Dandridge used cedar frames to create the two sets of doors; the only hardware needed is four commercial-grade aluminum and metal springs; see our sources below.
Above: Shaker's entryway on Shelter Island; to see the rest of her house, go to Architect Visit: Deborah Berke and Suzanne Shaker on Shelter Island.
Above: For those as ambitious as Dandridge, source Aluminum Screen for $172 per tube at Home Depot, cedar wood custom cut at your local hardware store, and an Adjustable Zinc Door Spring for $3.47 each also Home Depot.