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 very individual wooden Georgian door surrounds, wooden door canopies and gallows brackets. I offer a personal bespoke service, supplying to the DIY person or self builder who needs that "non standard door canopy design". All my made to measure kits are built in softwood, using traditional methods. They are all straightforward to assemble, fit and finish.


I also have a selection of ready made door canopy kits for sale on  ebay  (see the link lower down this page). These cost a lot less than made to measure door canopy kits. They are all in stock, ready for immediate collection or delivery across the UK.


Your door canopy or door surround is one of the first things visitors see, part of that important first impression and 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 !!  I've also posted some pictures of other peoples door canopies and door surrounds, just to give you some design ideas, for your own project.


If you have any questions, let me know.






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 specification or replicate an existing door canopy, door surround or gallows bracket supports.


Please note, none of my door canopy kits are made from glass reinforced plastic (GRP) or plastic (PVC). They are all made from softwood and do take more time to design, build and deliver. Bear this in mind if you are comparing prices, as plastic canopies will always be cheaper. Importantly though, all my timber door canopies are individual to you and not mass produced by machines.


A recent comprehensive, replica timber framework kit, as supplied. It is shown fitted and finished on another webpage.

The simple order process

Once you have placed an order and paid your deposit, I'll then work on and provide you with the design drawing. When all the details have been confirmed, next 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. If you wish, you can arrange a courier yourself, collect from me in Leeds or let me arrange delivery for you. For smaller, one piece door canopies or gallows brackets, I can send them via Parcelforce 48 in the UK.

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




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


Please click below for details of the typical starting prices of made to measure canopy kits.

Ready made kits


I also have a small selection of handmade wooden door canopy kits for sale on ebay. They cost a lot less than a made to measure door canopy kits and are a straightforward DIY project to fit, then finish. They are all in stock, ready for immediate collection or delivery, across the UK.


Click on the ebay link below, then browse all the canopy kits from there.

Please feel free to ask any questions....

Restoration & Repair service

I may be able to help with your timber door canopy or Georgian door surround repair & restoration project, if you are local to me, send me full details and a few photos. 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 quote.


Any questions, just ask.




My latest restoration project- in need of TLC!
Repaired, repainted and finished! Heworth, York.
Very rotten canopy front, Bramhope!
Repaired, repainted, restored! Bramhope.
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 into new top timber with aluminium clout nails, ready for customer to arrange painting, Boroughbridge.
double gallows bracket brace replacement, undercoat & gloss needed.
New shaped gallows bracket braces fitted, Barwick nr 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, 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.

For your free no obligation quote



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