New Insulated Garage Doors

Project: Building an Addition for an Elderly Parent, Episode 3, Part 1

Bob is on site where insulated, steel garage doors are being installed to replace the original, low-budget fiberboard doors. He walks through the new insulated concrete addition with the homeowner Howard Brickman, who explains how the layout of this in-law addition essentially doubles the size of the existing home. They talk about the concrete construction, how quickly it went up, and how insulated concrete form (ICF) construction allowed them to get a basement and slab, full upper story, walls, and first floor poured for nearly the same amount of concrete as a traditional basement wall-and-slab design.


This building process purposely uses innovative techniques and improved building practices – like the stay-in-place forms for the footings, the under-slab insulation and vapor barrier, the engineered lumber for I-joists and rafters, and the innovative DryPly decking being used for the second floor. Not only do these these technologies reduced waste, but any waste generated is being sorted for reuse.

Part 1: New Insulated Garage Doors
Although the Norwell house project primarily involves adding an in-law suite to the home, homeowner Howard Brickman is replacing the original garage doors and installing two doors on the new garage. Bob talks with Brickman, who built this home 24 years ago on a fairly tight budget. Brickman estimated that construction costs probably ran about $50 per square foot, a figure that would not be possible today. Bob talks with Robert Rainey of PJ Overhead Door about the installation of the new doors. The existing garage doors are fiberboard in a wood frame, with no insulating value. The hardware is worn and the track is outdated so they will be replaced with new hardware and operating mechanisms. The new two-sided steel door hs two inches of polyurethane insulation, a vast improvement over the existing doors. The interior side has an embossed wood-grain finish, and the exterior has an embossed panel with a carriage-door design. The door has the appearance of wood and the performance of factory-finished metal. A rubber gasket will act as a seal to prevent air and water from entering the garage. The first panel is put in place and then the track will be assembled.
Part 2: Installing the New Garage Doors
Part 3: Reviewing the Addition's Footprint and Garage Doors and Laying Down the Second-Story Floor
More and more homeowners are converting their houses into multi-generational homes for themselves, their children, and their aging parents. In Norwell, MA, Bob Vila meets a couple making room for a mother-in-law.