A New Garage Door Adds Old World Charm to a 90s Home

Feb 02, 2017

The goal of most exterior remodeling projects is to update a home’s curb appeal. But in this case, the owners wanted their house to look like it had been around for centuries.

A new Clopay garage door helped our January imagineNATION Makeover Contest winners add a touch of Tuscany to their 19-year-old Canadian house.

January 2017 imagineNATIOn contest Winner

The transformation is dramatic. But it didn’t happen overnight. It actually took five years and occurred in stages.

The homeowners had redecorated the interior using a Tuscan theme, but the outside remained stuck in the 90s. They replaced the original front doors with stained fiberglass doors that had a rustic feel but stopped there. Last summer they decided it was time to merge the split personalities.

Before imagineNATION Winner January 2017

The family replaced the original front doors five years ago but stopped there.

They drove around local neighborhoods looking for inspiration and found it in a Mediterranean house with natural wood carriage house style garage doors that would complement their front doors perfectly. They loved the look but knew the maintenance would be challenging in Edmonton’s climate.

The heart wants what the heart wants. So for the next four months the family searched for and found a perfect low-maintenance, look alike solution – Clopay’s Canyon Ridge Collection Limited Edition Series faux wood carriage house door.

Clopay Canyon Ridge Collection Limited Edition Series

Clopay Canyon Ridge Collection Limited Edition Series faux wood garage door, Design 37.

Leana says she saw it from afar and knew it was the one. It wasn’t in the budget, but she admits that when she likes something, it’s hard to change her mind.

Her family tried to talk her into going with a plain door because after all, it’s just a garage door. Instead, she trusted her gut and it paid off.

January 2017 imagineNATION winner after

The Canyon Ridge Collection garage door is constructed of a durable low-maintenance composite material that won’t rot, warp or crack. It is extremely energy-efficient with an insulating R-value of 20.4.

She says the day the garage door was installed, her vision for her dream house was complete. It has been 5 months and people still drive by just to see it. Her neighbors have a strong case of garage door envy and can’t believe it’s not a real wood door. The family is thrilled with the results and happy that she didn’t give in to a plain garage door.

Clopay Canyon Ridge Collection Limited Edition Series

Another example of this Canyon Ridge Collection garage door installed on a Mediterranean style home.

Get more curb appeal ideas for Mediterranean style homes on Clopay’s Pinterest board.

Have you transformed your home with a new Clopay garage door or entry door? Submit before and after photos to Clopay’s imagineNATION Makeover Contest for a chance to win $1,000. The contest runs through December 31, 2017. Read the rules.


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