Overhead garage doors have been used in commercial (especially restaurant) renovations for years. Often, an old garage has been renovated and the choice has been made to keep the overhead door in order to open up the building to an outside terrace or sidewalk. Once the door is lifted up and out of the way, diners may enjoy the fresh air and the transition between inside and out is seamless.
Today, we are seeing more and more residential renovations in which an overhead garage door is included for the same reason—to provide a large opening that makes integration and use of the indoor and outdoor spaces of the home easy and unobstructed.
While most people would think of an overhead garage door in the living area of their home as a contemporary element, an overhead garage door can be placed in a traditional style home with great success as long as other design or decorating features are included to balance this one otherwise odd design element.
Regardless of type of overhead garage door selected (metal, wood, or fiberglass), adding one to any home will add an industrial style element to the design. Many people think of a loft when they see one used in a residential living space and those who are drawn to the idea of urban loft-living often view this one addition as a way to capture that ambiance. Although I’m not sure many are used in urban lofts, the association of the two seems to go together.
One thing to consider before including one in your home design is the insulation factor. Notorious for not being well insulated, most garage doors are installed in the garage, a space that is, traditionally, neither heated nor cooled so this is not typically an issue. However, it is possible to get thicker doors with an increased R-factor in order to help control energy loss.
If you are looking for a less expensive alternative to a folding glass window wall, consider adding an overhead door. Many of your friends won’t be bold enough to include one in their home but they will all comment on how cool they think you are.