Garage Doors Can Be Really Pretty

Designs Northwest Architects

It’s all the rage, here in Australia, to do the double garage door thing…. one big, bland, rectangular door, smack bang in the middle of the front elevation of the home … so the more I see the ‘separate garage door’ arrangement, the more I love it to bits.

It’s so much more pleasing to the eye. Wouldn’t you agree?

Studio C Architecture and Interiors

It’s a quaint concept, the 2 separate door thing. It brings in a little bit of symmetry, which, really, we are all hardwired to be drawn to. It adds depth, creates interesting shadows and adds definition to an otherwise boring space.

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What do you think?

Notice something else? They all feature the most beautiful lights. ‘House Jewellery’.

Real Carriage Doors

Decorative Architectural Arbors

John Kraemer and Sons

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Case Design and Remodelling

RJ Elder Design

RJ Elder Design

David Phillips Architects

Van Brouck and Associates

We generally don’t have the luxury of space to be able to position the garage off to the side, like this, or around the back of the home. It features in the front elevation of most of our homes and takes up the majority of the street elevation. The garage is most not even considered in the design of the home. It’s just a given … there will be a big blank box in the front elevation. I tried to hide mine, on the lowest level of the home, behind some pretty gates … so the gates were the feature, not the boring garage door.

Green Design Build

Conte & Conte

I love the idea of a decorative pergola over a garage. Adds just that little bit more detail.

Lasley Brahaney

Lasley Brahaney

Love those brackets.

Real Carriage Doors

Refined Custom Home Builders

Cole Design Studio

Siemasko and Verbridge

Lantern and Scroll

Pretty, pretty, pretty. What a gorgeous addition to a front elevation! Greenery, pops of flowering colour, window muntins, panelling, gorgeous lights and interesting door hardware. See how the doors are one piece? The hardware is not functional, merely decorative. Each door opens up, in one piece. I love this idea. They’ve really put some thought into their garage doors!

Crisp Architects

I haven’t met a ‘Crisp’ project that does not stop my heart. All those lovely textures. The stone is the perfect touch.

Schappacher White Architecture

I could live in any/all of these.

McCarthy Custom Homes

Especially this little one.

Happy Thursday!

A-M xx


This is where I muse about home design, interiors, life with my boys and other stuff that stops my heart. I own my own Real Estate agency, 'Cape Cod Residential', through which I stage, style and sell beautiful homes all over Brisbane, Australia.

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  • Heather @ Barefoot Crafts
    July 11, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    I was just talking with my husband about this the other day. We move into our next house in a month and I’m already dreaming of a wooden, craftsman style garage door. Great inspiration!

  • Julie B. [Holland]
    July 11, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    As I stated in the earlier post about garage doors, mine are like the David Phillips but in the dark green with cream frames. I just love them. Ours dont roll up but open out. I cant wait to see your next home A-M and all that goes on with it.

  • Littlemissairgap
    July 12, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Not meaning to be facetious here, but what do the “average” Americans do for garage doors? The above houses are absolutely beautiful, but I doubt the average Joe Blow owns these kinds of houses. Or are Joe & Flo Average able to afford these kinds of doors because from what my well US travelled friend tells me, there is a price point for everyone for everything in the US i.e. cheap doesn’t always equal ugly?

  • Anne
    December 9, 2015 at 6:27 am

    Where are you able to get these carriage style doors in Australia? I cannot find a supplier. love the look and hoping more vermin proof than other modern options . About t o start building a new out house come garage in country nsw and wanting the classic look. Any feedback appreciated!

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About ‘A-M’

This is where I muse about home design, real estate, interiors and life with my boys. I am starting my next house build, 'The Next House That A-M Built', and hope to have some action on site in January 2018. While I am building I will continue to run my Real Estate agency, 'Cape Cod Residential', through which I stage, style and sell beautiful homes all over Brisbane, Australia. I have an unrivalled staging inventory which enables me to present all manner of homes in their absolute best light for sale. It brings me such joy to be able to do Real Estate so differently and achieve great results for my clients. I am so grateful to be living such a creative and exciting life ... that I have created through blood, sweat, tears and physio appointments!
A-M xx

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