Making Every Opening a Design Opportunity

Reinventing the landmark family Home of Scott Schmid, TruStile’s CEO.

The Design Opportunity

The Schmid family’s home was designed in the 1920s by Burnham Hoyt, the architect of the famous Red Rocks Amphitheater outside Denver, CO. With the decision to remodel, the Schmids selected an experienced team that would respect Hoyt’s design. Ekman Design, an architecture firm with an active historic renovation practice, happily took up the challenge. Robbins Weiner, a top Denver interior design firm, also joined the team.

TruStile is on a mission to transform the way building professionals and consumers think about interior doors. As the CEO, Scott lives by this mission and was a driving force in challenging his design team to think of every opening as an opportunity to make a design statement. He pushed them to design doors into this project rather than leave them as an afterthought.

In prior projects, designer Peggy Bender and her team put thought into the classic feature doors of a home — the ones that are more prominent and need to be made special. The difference with the Schmid home is that they “applied that thinking to every room and every opening, even the closets, making it more fun and interesting.”

The design team really rose to the challenge, using the doors as a lead element that directed the project.

After learning about the full capabilities of TruStile, the team walked through each room of the home and thought about how interior doors would fit into each space’s layout.

They chose multiple door styles in paint- and stain-grade, used various glass types, added mirrors, and created custom design options to accent details found in the home.

Each space had doors designed into it, and the door choices throughout the home wove together to create an impactful interior design.

TS3010 in paint-grade poplar with custom linen fold panels to match existing cabinetry.

Emphasizing the Design

There are many ways to use interior doors to elevate every project. The team wanted to give a nod to the French-inspired exterior of the home, but in a simplified way. For rooms that were heavy on historic details, they wove in traditional references.

TS1000 with custom gothic-inspired moulding and mirror.

More glass was used throughout the home than normal which brought in light and gave more depth to the rooms.

— Ryan Rushton
Project Manager, Ekman Design Studio

TS3010 pocket door in MDF with Tuxedo glass.

TS2210 in MDF with White Lami glass.

AD3030 in MDF and White Lami glass with custom pattern insert.

VG4010 barn door in Wire Brushed White.

Putting it All together

A cross buck pattern was used as another base style for modern spaces and modified to fit the aesthetic of each opening.

No matter if it’s a distinctive wood species or a paint-grade MDF door, the design can be carried across them all — keeping the rhythm of the design flowing from room to room.

VG4010 barn door in wire-brushed white oak.

VG1000 in MDF with custom applied cross bucks

VG1000 in wire-brushed white oak and MDF.

Every Opening is an Opportunity

Split finishes were common in homes of this period so the design team embraced the concept. The entrance of the media room matches the other plank doors in the hallway while the interior side features a luxurious leather panel.

VG1000 in wire-brushed white oak with Edelman Pampas leather.

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