Chris, Colin, Ward, Bob and Julie Van Dervort.
Cheryl Gerber Photograph
Clearly doors are important to any architecture, but unique materials and innovative design can make a door not just a privacy provider, but also an integral part of a room’s decor. Since 1959 Jefferson Door has been offering high quality doors and so much more to the New Orleans market. “Contrary to what our name may suggest, we supply more products than just doors,” says Chris Van Dervort, Jefferson Door co-owner. “Our full product offering includes columns, windows, cabinets, door hardware, moulding and stair parts. We provide one-stop shopping.”
Are there any exciting projects you are working on that you would like to share? I honestly get excited about all of our projects, from the smallest starter house to the largest, most custom home. Any project, no matter the size, requires a great amount of vision and creativity, and it’s fun to see that effort take shape and come to life.
What sets you apart from your competitors? Our level of experience, ability, and range of product offerings sets us apart from our competitors. Also, unlike many of our competitors, we do all of our door unit assembly at our own shop, which allows us to provide a shorter lead time and greater flexibility.
How does living in New Orleans influence your inventory? It influences our inventory in both style and material choice. New construction and renovation here tends to be strongly influenced by the variety of historic architecture in the area. This taste in architecture requires us to select suppliers and products that are rooted in historic architecture, while still satisfying today’s trends and tastes of homeowners. In addition, the hot and humid climate is not kind on wood products, so we often look for alternative materials, such as aluminum or fiberglass clad windows, polyurethane mouldings and permacast columns that can provide homeowners with a more maintenance-free home.
1227 First Ave., Harvey