02:09PM | 04/02/05
Member Since: 04/01/05
1 lifetime posts
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
345 lifetime posts
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


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.


type the code from the image


Post_new_button or Login_button

If you are interested in more about fans and air conditioning, consider: How To: Install a Ceiling Fan How To: Choos... It turns out that many bath and kitchen cleansers contain chemicals that are dangerous to the skin and eyes, and often pro... So often we paint tiny nooks white to make them appear larger, but opting for a dark, dramatic wall color like this one—Be... Chocolate-colored walls and large window frames allow the exposed wood beams to take center stage in this small screened p... If you're not crazy about the idea of commingling plants and pool, this modern variation may be more to your liking. The s... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... Pursue what's known as the stack effect. To achieve it, open the windows on both the upper and lower floors, and as warm a... Like no other floor type, a checkerboard design works wonders to underscore the retro kitchen theme. Vinyl flooring, ceram... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements yo... In this urban apartment, a standard-issue patio became a serene and green perch by replacing the typical concrete with gro... If you put the washing machine in the mudroom, you can stop the kids from walking through the house in dirty, grass-staine...
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon