I never knew I could be so happy about garage doors

When we commissioned the construction of our carport (way back when we jumped onto the renovation roller coaster), we always knew that we would finish the space into a garage. Secure parking and outdoor storage were important to both of us. Despite relating this to our contractor something got lost in translation, and when the concrete pad was poured, the drop from left to right was so severe we couldn’t find standard garage doors that would work.

Aaron, the primary home material researcher, relayed this message to me on a particularly bad day at work. He said some sort of custom door arrangement might be possible, but that wouldn’t be in the budget for some time. Maybe it was the work stress, but this revelation sparked more than few tears. Yep, I cried over garage doors. Renovations are weird and can be emotionally draining.

I dried my eyes, time passed and I became resigned to the fact that our cars wouldn’t be fully secure. This spring, we attended the St Louis Home Show hoping to find a good deal on a replacement tree for the one that was felled by the electric company (no dice) and looking for a window company to create some custom windows we have in mind for the first floor living room. On a whim, we explained our garage door predicament to the people at The Wright Door Company booth. They said some of the sweetest words I’ve ever heard: “That’s no problem.” The addition of an extra thick piece of weather stripping would allow the doors to sit properly, despite the several inch drop off.

Aaron had to do some framing for the doors (no progress pics because our cameras were getting cleaned), and now our cars are snug in their new home. We’re still marveling at the change!

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We opted for brown doors to help them blend in. We still need to decide how to finish this side of the garage: stain the wood or more ipe (which you can JUST see in the picture above – the slats above the steel on the right side of the garage.) Ipe would be nicer, but since this faces the alley we’re not sure if it’s worth the effort.

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You know you’ve become an adult when you become inordinately excited about purchasing garage doors. I’m totally there.

I’m so glad we stopped at The Wright Door Company booth. After their positive response, we actually approached another well-known garage door company at the show and were told that we’d have to replace that section of concrete with a level section in order to have doors. Pfft! We’ve since learned from the Wright Door Company that they get a lot of business because they’ll do custom jobs, like ours. We were incredibly pleased with their responsiveness and service. If you’re in St Louis, give them a shot!

8 comments

  1. Kati from so happy home

    That’s amazing. Go, smart garage door people! Here’s my vote on the ipe v not ipe: you see it, so even if the doors “only” face the alley, they also face YOU. You’ll be sad if you don’t.

    Congratulations on another smart spend. Your little oasis is turning into a 5-star resort.
    xoxo

    • Heather

      It’s definitely a consideration. I think we’re both a little ipe tired right now… But it could be a chance to use some of the nubs/short boards that won’t go anywhere else. We’ll see where we finally land.

  2. Christine

    Woww.. They look really good! You can also see how rusty ya’lls fence is getting 🙂 it’s beautiful!

  3. DessertForTwo

    Seriously, thanks for the rec! You’ll see our house..we have a similar garage situation, but we were told we needed to re-level the concrete too!!!! Thanks a million!!

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