Garage Door Upgrade

Posting a project from the past…

We resided our house, upgrading it from a 70’s ranch to more of a craftsman style. The raised panels, while nice quality, no longer matched well.

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So one-by-one, we pulled out the raised panels and replaced them with tongue-and-groove boards we brought from BMR. Since the they are short, we used the most economical ones that had a few defects that we cut out.

The pieces are glued and stapled on the edges, and they have held up well.

We left the top row open for windows.

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Here is the final product: much more craftsman and a lot less disco. This took a weekend to do, not including painting.

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We reused the old garage panels, made of redwood, to make kitchen cabinets for out vacation house.


Time and Money – $270 / 2 days

  • $50 for the tongue-and-grove
  • $200 for the tempered glass
  • $20 for construction adhesive and silicone caulk
  • 2 days for my son and me, at a moderate pace

Review

We’ve had this in place for about three years, and I still really like like it. There were no issues with replacing the panels. I did end up caulking the edges, where the boards meet the frame, just to ensure rain would stay out.

For new wood doors it costs over $2500 for this size. Metal ones that look like wood carriage doors start at $1500.

The door is not insulated, which would be an advantage of buying new. It’s not a big issue for us – Portland, Oregon temperatures are fairly mild all year. If  I ever get really motivated, I’ll buy some rigid foam and glue it to the inside of the panels.

 

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