An Impressive Entrance

Inviting elegance into a modernised home

Rich hardwoods and full-length windows bring warmth and light to this redesigned entranceway.


Our client was undergoing extensive renovations on their 1960s Rotorua lakeside property and engaged Lee Brothers to create a stunning, modern entranceway. As we were also partnering for the renovation of the kitchen, situated just after the entrance, it was essential to instil a cohesive theme throughout.


With the unusual placement of the kitchen just after the entrance, the first challenge was to make the front door and hallway flow seamlessly into the newly renovated kitchen. Kwila and western red cedar were chosen as the primary materials for the entranceway, both for their attractive colours and high-quality finish. The height and size of the timber frames alongside the complexity of having large, double-glazed windows presented an additional challenge and required our technical expertise during manufacturing and installation.

custom made entrance

Special features

The choice to use a dark kwila frame creates a dramatic entrance, echoed in the kitchen cabinetry, which ties the two parts of the home together. The front door itself was crafted from beautiful western red cedar to provide a needed contrast, and to harmonise with the leafy exterior. A smooth pivot hinge was used for what was a very heavy door – an impressive feat. A matching sliding door, separating the hallway and kitchen, continues the theme into the house.


Full length, double-glazed windows now offer a bright, light-filled hallway while maintaining temperature. They also allow the client to enjoy their beautiful view! Sleek, brushed metal door handles provide a touch of luxury to this stunning timber entranceway that makes a bold statement to all arriving guests. The project was also a finalist in the NZ Master Joiners Awards in 2019, for both Best Door & Window and Best Use of Imported Timber.



The client was thrilled with the continuous feel between the entranceway and the kitchen, and the grand feature entrance that can be easily seen from the long driveway.

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