Got something on your property you’d like to make disappear? Mine was the door on the no-car garage, located right beside our new outdoor dining area. Prest-O Change-O, the fugly door is no more! Details and pictures:
How to Hide A Garage Door
The garage dates back to the time when our backyard was an asphalt parking lot. I dug up the asphalt in 2006, and planted a huge garden there. And I turned the garage into a much-needed potting shed.
Removing the garage door was not an option for me, because…expensive. Furthermore, I rather like the “Genie Automatic” system that opens and closes the door with the push of a button.
The solution? Rustic swing-out doors, hinged in front of the existing garage door! I asked John the Handyman to build the doors from tongue-and-groove pine. He did just that in a single afternoon.
I heaved a sigh of relief when John hung the doors.
Paint was merely the icing on the cake.
Here’s an inside view of one of the doors. Each door is strong and secure.
Black hard ware (hinges and latch) give the doors a pleasant “old world” look. And that’s a good thing, because the structure next to the garage was built c. 1795.
The latch is spring-loaded. To open the doors, you simply pull up the u-shaped lever with one finger.
To secure the doors against gale-force wind, John attached the above bolt to the door on the right. I call it a “pull-down bolt,” but I’m sure the gadget has an official name.
The electronic garage door can be rolled up or down even when the swing-out doors are closed. I opened them for the photo above, just to remind you that the four-window garage behind is fugly indeed.
Oh. I should probably mention that I have nothing against roll-up garage doors! I simply don’t like them when they serve as a focal point for an outside dining area. You might have a different opinion.
Now that the roll-up garage door is out of sight, our eyes can freely focus on the patio, the pergola, and some pretty Martha Washington geraniums. (We will paint the pergola white after the wood has dried for one season.)
Got an eyesore on your property that you’d like to address? Speak your mind in the comments field below!
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