Glazed or solid panel doors were typical for exteriors, while interior doors were often panelled or hollow core.

External doors

The front or main entry door was typically a glazed, framed door, generally with a series of equal-sized panes of opaque, patterned glass in a vertical arrangement. Solid panel doors became more common later in the period. Entry doors were typically 34” or 36” (860 or 910 mm) wide.

The back door was likely to be similar to the front entry door, but in some situations doors were framed and ledged with TG&V sheathing and a single glass panel incorporated in the top part of the door.

During the 1960s, timber French or casement doors were provided from one or more living spaces onto the concrete patio and towards the end of the 1960s the aluminium ranchslider became available. Some early aluminium joinery was not anodised and did not prove durable. Running gear deteriorated and the doors tended to jam.

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Internal doors

Internal doors of the 1940s and 1950s were typically panelled in configurations ranging from two to several equally sized panels arranged vertically. There were no mouldings around panels, which gave a heavy shadow line to the doors. The timber used for interior doors was generally rimu.

By the 1960s, interior doors were generally hollow core flush doors with a 3/16” (5 mm) veneered plywood finish and matching clashing strips to the vertical edges. The door stiles, rails and lock blocks were timber (often untreated pine) with a core typically consisting of thin cardboard honeycomb.

Common internal door widths were 28”, 30” and 32” (710, 760 and 810 mm) with a height of 6’ (1.8 m).

The 1960s saw the use of concertina or folding doors to divide the lounge area from the dining.

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Common modifications

It is common for original indoor/outdoor flow to have been incorporated into 1940s-50s houses through installation of aluminium sliding, hinged or bifold doors. See windows for more.