Designing the Kitchen Archway

Way back during the framing stage, Dad and I changed the rough opening of the kitchen doorway to a Tudor style arch that matched two other original archways within the house.  Part of the goal of this restoration is to bring the back of the house more in line with the front of the house in terms of architectural features, and I thought that an archway from the hallway into the kitchen might go a long way in doing this.  Up until now I hadn’t thought much about how I would trim it however!

It was back in the Spring last year that dad and I relocated the kitchen doorway and increased it in size from 3′ x 6 1/2′ to 4′ x 8 1/2′.   Because the wall is load-bearing we framed in a new double 2″ x 10″ header and used jack and king studs.  Below is a photo of the archway during the framing stage last year:


In designing the new archway I’d like to stay in keeping with the existing trim in the house.  With this in mind I’ve been thinking that I might draw inspiration from the archway leading from the front room into the hallway.  This archway had been blocked off for decades when a doorway had been framed in sometime last century, presumably to minimize heat loss.  As part of the restoration I removed the retrofitted doorway during demolition, here’s a photo of the before and after:


And below is a photo of how the archway currently looks now that we have drywall up in the hall (no trim yet though).  The new kitchen archway is right in the middle of the archway below:


I like the simple frame and panel design of this archway, with the unique corbels at the corners of the arch.  With this in mind here is what I’ve come up with for the new kitchen archway:

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I’ll use quarter sawn Fir stained to match the original trim in the house.  I even have some scrap pieces from the original wainscotting that I can use for the three panels at the top of the arch!


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