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The Fancy Garage Door
A few miles from my home there’s a high-end neighborhood with 5,000-square-foot homes. The residential area is located along a road populated by large lots, many of which have extra acreage for horses and other farm animals.
On one end of this stretch you’ll find older homes, most built in the 60s and 70s, nearly all are one level that have spread out over time as additions were made. But if you go a few miles farther west you’ll find newer homes, those built in the last 10 years. They’re beautiful with large, circle driveways decorated with foliage and fountains.
Of course, the garages match the homes’ grandeur. A few have updated to the carriage house, and most have what appear to be wood garage doors. It’s clear these homeowners understand how their garage door affects their home’s curb appeal.
Earlier today I came across an interesting blog about garage doors in an upscale neighborhood in Seattle. The blogger admitted he was surprised to find himself writing about garage doors, but found the doors to be “quite urban, and full of useful lessons.” Primarily, the garage doors matched their home’s aesthetics, and many had adapted over time. The doors are all from the Harvard-Belmont Historic District on the west slope of Capitol Hill. Many of the homes were built in the early twentieth century by the city’s early merchants, industrialists and businessmen.
A few weeks ago, PDD associate editor John Carlisle blogged about another creative garage-door solution in San Francisco, an area that struggles with space.
While the cookie-cutter approach to homes—and their doors—has taken root over the past quarter of a century, there are still many neighborhoods, old and new, featuring stylish garage doors. Discerning homeowners understand just how much a garage door can impact their home’s curb appeal. They’re seeking new styles, colors, windows, decorative fixtures and even design materials. Homeowners are looking for improved function and style from their garage door openers as well. You can read more in this article.
For many, the garage door is the entrance to the home and a major focal point. To others, it’s simply the place where they park the family car. Regardless if your customer has a million-dollar-plus home or an average one with a simple two-car garage, it’s your job to uncover their needs and desires, then deliver.
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