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gllinc2

02:09PM | 04/02/05
Member Since: 04/01/05
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Has anyone heard of permanently affixing a garage door to the house and using it as a wall? We are in the process of making our garage into a living area and would like to keep the garage door so we don't have to brick the outside. Any thoughts?

Jim D

12:18AM | 04/04/05
Member Since: 01/06/01
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GLLINC2 - hi, my mother-in-law's dining room used to be a 1-car garage. A previous owner removed the door and installed 2 large glass doors into the space like floor-to-ceiling windows, along with some new brickwork. The doors can be opened outward if need be, but they've been caulked pretty heavily to keep moisture out. They basically function as large floor-to-ceiling picture windows. Not quite what you have in mind, but it may give you other ideas to look into.

Your approach probably should depend on the likelihood of ever wanting to use the garage door again. If you're confident that you won't, then you should be able to lock the door down using the door latch on the inside, disconnect the key lock from the latch mechanism, and then build an interior wall over the door area, leaving room to adequately insulate between the garage door and the new interior wall. You should be able to remove the old door tracks/hardware above the top edge of the door, so your new interior wall can go straight up to the new ceiling.

On the outside, you may want to install some 2x4 studwork that's attached to the top and sides of the door opening; then, attach the garage door to it. You can paint the new studwork to match the door/trim. It'd help hold the door firmly against the door opening to help weatherproof the opening.

Maybe someone else has done this and will give you some helpful feedback. Good luck - regards! Jim D/West Point, VA
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