The house we recently purchased has a detached 3 1/2 car garage that has seen better days. The entrances to the garage door consist of a 2-stall garage door, and a 1-stall garage door. Luckily, the 2-stall door is in pretty good shape- just needs a new opener, a bit of trimming/sealing, and a coat of paint.

The single-stall door, however, is a complete loss. The door is rotting to the point that it is falling apart, the door sliders are falling off the ceiling, and the garage door spring is broken. The good news is, I plan to use this side of the garage for a small workshop, and to store our lawn tractor. In other words, I don't need an automatic garage door. However, looking at the typical sliding garage doors, they are quite pricey, even in a single stall size. Any thoughts on other options for doors? Would it be practical to build/install a double barn door for the stall? Any other ideas of a non-traditional garage door for the single stall side?

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These look nice

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You could probably build a simpler version pretty cheap.

Also if the doors are large enough, and you are ambitious enough you could put a smaller "man" door in one of the doors. That way when you go in and out you don't have to open the large doors, but you still have the large doors for getting large projects/lawn tractor in and out.

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  • Thanks Tester-I think that is along the lines of what I want to go with. While the man-door idea is intriguing, the door that is being replaced is only 8'x7', so I think a man-door would be a bit overkill ;). – MarkD Nov 12 '10 at 15:11
  • Magic search term here is likely to be "carriage doors". I have similar plans for a 1-car garage door. Some good links: a discussion with diagrams and a how-to page with process photos. – Jeremy W. Sherman Oct 23 '12 at 20:57

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