Garage Envy

Ever walk by a house and take a second glance (ok, full-on stare) because it looked so good? Or maybe because it didn’t?

Someone, somewhere, once said our homes are reflections of ourselves. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to enhance the look of your home without breaking the bank.

This St. Patrick’s Day (and beyond), bring on a whole new shade of green—neighbour envy—when you try out one of these garage and/or garage door ideas.

Add dimension with windows

Windows break up solid garage doors and add warmth to an otherwise dark space. They also complement the other windows of your home, making your garage feel like more than place to park your vehicle.

Related: Things to Consider When Adding Windows

Have a beachfront home? Maybe a summer house in Kelowna? The reflections off your garage’s windows will create stunning scenes of the water and beach that are sure to wow those passing by. From contemporary to colonial, single pane to dual, our eight branches carry a large selection of garage door window styles that will give your home a cohesive look—like this modern home in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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Set trends with a luminous door

Nothing says, “wow” more than the bold, sleek style of a Wayne Dalton Luminous garage door. Perfect for the architectural style of a modern home in areas of Vancouver British Columbia, Luminous doors are real showstoppers that add natural light and preserve scenic views.

Related: Garage Door Trends for 2018

Wayne Dalton’s Luminous garage doors are also a great way to enhance the curb appeal of an older home looking for a makeover. Check out Western Canada’s first Wayne Dalton luminous garage door, which was installed in Calgary, Alberta.

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Bring garage doors inside

Most people don’t think of garage doors for the interior of their home. However, garage doors are a great alternative that can easily increase the value of your home—and the admiration of others. Plus, there’s plenty of styles and options to choose from—single panel, sectional, carriage house, glass, and more.

TIP: When selecting a garage door for non-traditional use, opt for an insulated door to keep cold air out and mitigate noise levels. Our experts are happy help you find the right door for your space.

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Go from garage to endless possibilities

With a little creativity (or a lot), you can transform your garage into anything you want. Whether that’s a playroom, gym, or home office, you’ll love the extra space, plus the intrigue from the neighbours.

Related: 4 Ideas for Converting Your Garage into a Unique Retreat

Once you decide on the type of room you want, you can finish the look with a complementary garage door—a rustic wooden door to add warmth to a den; a glass door for a lounge; or perhaps a luxurious copper door by Martin Door for a sophisticated bedroom.

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Light things up

Adding a few lights around your garage is a simple and cost-effective way to add ambience, without having to put in a lot of elbow grease. More importantly, it creates a safe space to access and park your vehicle.

Related: Choosing a Safe Garage Door

When choosing lighting, it’s best to start with a plan. Determine which areas of your exterior garage require lighting, such as your driveway or a side door. From there, you’ll need to figure out the type of fixture to use. We recommend exterior grade pot lights or wall sconces, which are easy to install and create a warm glow around your garage.

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TIP: Compact Fluorescent Lamp bulbs (CFLs) are great for outdoors because they perform well even in the harshest weather conditions. They also last 10 times longer than other bulbs and are cool to the touch.

Any of these ideas are sure to impress the neighbours and elevate the look of your home. Our friendly experts are here to help, so contact us today, and make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more design tips and advice!

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