Bespoke Door Canopies




My name is Peter McDonnell, welcome to my website.




I'm based in Leeds, West Yorkshire and have over 20 years experience in designing and building traditional wooden Georgian door surrounds, wooden door canopies, gallows brackets. I offer a personal bespoke service, for those who wish to replicate an existing door surround or needs a "non standard door canopy design". All my made to measure kits are built using softwood and are all straightforward to assemble, fit and then finish.


I also have a selection of handcrafted wooden products for sale on  ebay  (see the link lower down this page). They are all in stock, ready for immediate collection, local delivery or posting via Parcelforce 48, where I can.


Your door canopy or door surround is one of the first things visitors see, part of that important first impression and I believe they should compliment the look of your home. Too many houses are let down in this area I think, by having the wrong canopy design fitted, making it look out of place or by simply having no door canopy or door surround at all.



Take a look at my "previous builds galleries" for the many examples of the wooden Georgian door surrounds, door canopy kits and gallows brackets I've supplied around the UK, with one in France and another in Germany. I even have one covering a dog flap in Wales !!






All the handcrafted wood products shown on my website are designed, made and supplied by me, then fitted by the customer.






A large decorative Georgian door surround designed and made by me, then fitted by the customer.



My aim is to give a bespoke personal service, from first enquiry through to order completion and delivery. Help and advice is always available, even after you have fitted & finished your door canopy kit. I specialize in quoting to build to your individual design, replicate your existing door canopy, door surround or gallows bracket supports.


Please note:  None of my door canopy kits are made from Oak, moulded fibreglass, glass reinforced plastic (GRP) or have plastic components (PVC). They are all made from softwood and do take more time to design, build and deliver. Please bear this in mind if you are comparing prices, as plastic canopies will always cost less. Importantly I think, all my timber door canopies are handmade, individual to you and not mass produced by machines.


A recent comprehensive, replica timber framework kit, as supplied. It is shown fitted and finished in the previous builts gallery

The simple order process

The build and lead times do vary, due to the work I have on at the time of order. But once you have paid your deposit, I'll start work on the design drawing as soon as I can. When all the details have been confirmed, then comes the construction phase. The photos below show the simple process, with the last photograph showing a typical door canopy kit finished and ready for dispatch. You can arrange a courier yourself, collect from me in Leeds or I can arrange local delivery. For smaller, one piece door canopies or gallows brackets, I can send via Parcelforce 48 in the UK.

Typical build/lead times from order can be around 6 to 8 weeks, but will also depend on the work I have on at the time. I will always endeavour to finish your order as soon as possible, please read my "business information page" for further details, before you order. All my wooden door canopy kits, Georgian door surround kits and gallows brackets are handmade, using sound, traditional construction methods.




Galvanized steel post shoes can be used on support posts to prevent rising damp, from direct post to ground contact




 Click on the ebay link below, then browse all the handcrafted wood products I sell

Please feel free to ask any questions....



They are all in stock, ready for immediate collection or local delivery.

A few can be delivered across the UK

via Parcelforce 48.






Restoration & Repair service

I may be able to help with your Georgian door surround repair if you are local to me in Leeds. Send me full details and a few photos if possible. Below are some examples of the projects I've undertaken, with a

selection of before and after photographs. After a site survey, I will always confirm the details of any work required in a free, no obligation written quote.


Any questions, just ask.




My latest restoration project- in need of TLC!
Repaired, repainted and finished! Heworth, York.
Very rotten canopy front.
Repaired, repainted, restored! Bramhope, near Leeds.
A door surround in need of some TLC. Monk Fryston
TLC applied!
Very rotten wooden mouldings and framework
Repaired, renovated, finished!
Large apex before restoration
Repaired, repainted, finished! Clifford nr Leeds.
Georgian surround renovation, customer to then arrange painting.
Rotten pillar foot and timber mouldings
New pillar face and decorative timber mouldings
Flaking paint and a rotten timber canopy top, existing lead sheet covering is sound and can be reused
Rotten canopy top timber removed, loose paintwork removed to check on condition of timber underneath
New canopy top timber fitted
Original lead sheet refitted and sealed into a brickwork joint, ready for painting
lead sheet re-fixed clout nails, ready for customer to arrange painting, Kirby Hill, Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire..
Double gallows bracket brace replacement needed, undercoat & gloss needed.
New, shaped gallows bracket braces fitted, Barwick in Elmet, near Leeds.
Gallows bracket brace replacement needed.
New brace fitted, ready for painting. Renovation finished! Barwick-in-Elmet.
Door surround before renovation, a little worse for wear....
Restoration finished! Adel near Leeds.
Before repair and restoration work
Restored, repainted, finished! Chapel Allerton, Leeds.
A little worse for wear.
Repaired, repainted, finished! Crossgates, Leeds.
A new foot for each pillar!
Repaired by me, then repainted by the customer..... finished! Scarcroft near Leeds.
New gallows bracket required.
Replaced, ready to paint. Halton, Leeds.
Before work started
Very rotten!
Pillar foot replaced
Surround repaired and repainted. Yeadon near Leeds.
Some rot and loose brickwork
After repairs, ready for customer to repaint. Adel, leeds.
Before restoration...
Finished ! Farrow & Ball light Grey with a waxed pine surface
lightly restored Chippendale table and chairs

For your free no obligation quote



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