If you are the owner of an older home, chances are many of the original hardware pieces could also still there. From light fixtures, trim, doors, and maybe even the original key that fits all of those old locks.
They sure don’t make stuff like they used to, so keeping those original elementals might be crucial to the aesthetic to the home. However, the odds that more than one of the original key is still floating around in a 100+ year home is pretty slim. But who wants to share a single key throughout the whole house? Sure, you might get lucky at your next flea market or antique store trip to find a potential old key, but that is unreliable at best.
So what do you do if you want some privacy? Sure you can simply add in a simple hook and eye, but that requires drilling into the antique door and frame. Another option is to replace the locking mechanisms in your doors, which could be challenge for a number of reasons and it could change the entire look of an antique door.
So what DO you do? Another option you might not have thought of would be to have another copy of that old key made! While the process can be a challenge, it can also help preserve the functionality of your home and preserve the originality of your home. The only thing required is to have a key to make a copy of first.
It’s also a good idea to have a professional give all of the old locks throughout your home a once over. Nothing would be more unpleasant than using your new key in a lock, only to have the worn pieces within the locking mechanism fail from age and a lack of use.
So if you have an older home, speak to us and we can assist in keeping those antique locks working great!
Within a short time your home will be even more historically accurate with some beautiful and functional original door locks that can give you privacy, safety, and will just be pretty cool to gloat about.