Today’s Carriage House Garage Door Project

I’ve envisioned adding carriage house hardware to our garage doors. And today, I did so. The job included careful eyeball measuring (I’m a walking tape measure and leveler, all in one, I tell you), marking with pencil, pre-drilling holes, and attaching  the hardware. That doesn’t seem like lots of work, but in heat and humidity it’s a sweaty job. Due to my aversion to heat, humidity and sweat (and you ask why are we building an India pied a terre, ha ha ha!) I’ve put this job off, but could wait no more. The heat ain’t goin’ nowhere but here.

Behold, the result:

These doors were boring solid doors. They were quality Clopay, but basic. We had the dealer replace just the top solid panels with glass-paned panels, which also brightens the garage interior. So if you want a new look, you don’t have to replace the entire doors. See if you can redesign by replacing only one panel.

With the carriage house hardware (from Martin, found on eBay), the house has ramped up curb appeal. Our house is a colonial farmhouse style cedar house, and these garage doors now add to the charm.

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Beautiful Garage Doors

EDITED 7/31/11 to add a pic of our formerly boring Clopay basic garage doors, now with carriage house hardware from Martin:


We repainted our house this week, and as part of the cosmetic overhaul, we’ll be adding carriage house hardware (from Martin) on our garage doors. While researching carriage house style and hardware, I found that the utilitarian garage door can be beautiful …

Amarr Garage Doors:

From ICD Industrial Door Co.:

Via Scottsdale Art Factory:

From Jeld-Wen Estate Collection:

Via Evergreen Carriage Doors:

Featured at This Old House:

Via Castillo Doors:

From the Real Carriage Door Company (I think I understand exactly what they do!):

They demonstrate that real carriage doors swing out:

Via Artisan Custom Doorworks:

From Country Living, beautify your garage entrance with climbing flowering vines:

From Sousa’s Garage Doors:

And if you’re looking for hardware, I love the tagline at 360 Yardware’s site: “Life’s too short for crummy hardware.” I agree! You have to look at your garage doors every time you leave or come home. Why not have them look interesting? There’s so many ways garage doors can look beautiful, like those above — who knew? Now you do!

And if as for most people, custom cedar doors are not in your budget, consider paint effects to give your garage doors more unique curb appeal.

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Chennai India Terrace Garden

Right now I’m gardening in Chicago. But when we complete the India apartment, I hope our garden terrace looks something like this:


We already have the space, the balusters very much like these, and even the banana and coconut trees!

For now, this low maintenance cyberspace garden was created by me at Olioboard. Thank goodness, because I already have enough gardens to keep watered and weeded in real life.

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Cool Summer Lagoon

Like, who has a lagoon at their home? Probably fewer people than those who have a courtyard, another feature I’d love to have in a home’s layout. What about a lagoon in a courtyard? Oh boy. Well, here’s one:

Unfortunately it doesn’t exist in real life, but you can find all the elements to put it together here.

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