Thursday, April 28, 2011

"What Were They Thinking Thursday!!!???" - Garage Doors

As I have been searching for a new house I keep noticing all these ugly garage doors. I have always said that I want a rear entry, attached garage, but with the Dallas area being so compact, most of the houses have them in the front or detached in the back. I have carried enough loads of groceries in the rain to realize how much I really want an attached garage. But am I willing to trade off with a front entry?

Well maybe if the garage doors looked like this:


The garage door seems to be over-looked all too often and builders just throw whatever is the least expensive on there. And then what happens? People try to improve the look of their garage doors on their own and you end up with these tacky doors:



Never ever paint murals on your garage doors!!!


These people should get paid for advertising



No matter how well the mural is done, it does NOT belong on your garage door!


Yikes!


Nice try, but no, that doesn't look good.




What were they thinking!!!??









Garage doors are not for leaving messages, no matter how funny they might be.

So, here are some examples of ugly garage doors, not tacky, just ugly. If your garage door is in the front like these, you should save your money and buy some new ones that will increase your curb appeal.

I love the shingles, stone and wood trim but why did they put that ugly garage door in there! Would have looked a lot better with some carriage garage doors or wood ones.







Not terrible, but again it would look better with some doors with more character like the rest of the house.


This is what I see a ton of! Why not jazz up your curb appeal with a nicer garage door?


Ok, let's take a look at some before and afters so you can get a better idea of what I am talking about. These houses don't look horrible before but just look at how much a new garage door makes a difference!





Ok, so maybe they got a little more than a garage door!



Wow! What a transformation! I love how the garage doors tie in with the front door.

There are all kinds of awesome garage doors out there, from modern to cottage. Here are some examples of all the different doors that are out there:






















Garage doors are usually made from steel, vinyl, wood composite or wood. Prices vary based on size, material and design and can range anywhere from $600-$7,000. Obviously, the wood doors are the most expensive followed by the wood composite and then vinyl with steel being the least expensive.

If you are thinking about changing out your garage doors I would recommend taking a picture of your house and then cutting out different garage doors and placing them over existing so you can see what they would look like. Or, if you have photoshop do some experimenting!

~Jessica

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Whoever said that you cannot put some creativity into garage doors is definitely wrong! Looking at these garage doors, I can say that it is possible! And I think these garages are also up to date with the latest technology. Some of them surely have some carports and openers. Well, it is not a bad idea to combine creativity and technology, especially if you are talking about home improvement.

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Sharron Folkes said...

The murals are kinda funny. I love this post! You definitely gave me an idea on how to transform my garage door. Well, I really need to change them now since I can spot damage on them. The designs here are awesome! I’ll ask my husband to look for a garage door that will fit the curb appeal of the house. He’s very good at renovating the exteriors of the house. :)

Anonymous said...

You may find the murals on these garage doors shoddy, but I think it was the homeowners’ choice to have these kinds of design. Well, we can’t do anything about that. Hehe! Anyhow, I can still see a lot of great garage door designs in this photo collection. :’)

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And additionally, I don't think it's very fair to say "what were they thinking" about a few of those first garage doors. Obviously several of them are newer and just done in very bad taste, but a couple look very dated and like they were probably like that since the house was new in the 50's or 60's or 70's. They were probably very stylish in their time. Never forget, some day, someone will see pictures of the "nice" garage doors you posted at the end and will wonder "what were THEY thinking???"

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