How to choose a carriage house door to give your garage a classic look

How to Choose a Carriage House Door to Give Your Garage a Classic Look

"Carriage house" brings to mind a simpler time when craftsmanship and style mattered and even a simple garage door could appear well‑made and even luxurious.

Carriage house garage doors were very common in the 1950s and '60s. They started to reemerge in the early 2000s as homeowners searched for a way to give their homes a more classic, country‑style look in an urban or suburban setting.

Manufacturers of metal garage doors have embraced this nostalgic design trend. They have created doors that are metal, but look very similar to the wooden swinging doors. Of course, since they are metal, these new "carriage house" options are easier to maintain than the original wood doors.

Garaga is at the forefront of this classic look. The company has 7 different door models just in the carriage house style alone! This means people who want this classic look have to choose the door design and style that best fits their design plans. Here are some tips to help you choose the best classic garage door design for your needs.

Will a carriage house garage door match my home’s design?

If your home has any classic or historic design elements, its look could be greatly enhanced with a carriage house garage door. Words like "historic" or "traditional" or "classic" can mean a number of things. Some examples of "classic designs" are dormer windows, railings, lattice windows, porches or covered patios, and brickwork. Homes originally built in the 1950s and '60s would certainly qualify, but newer homes with classic accents are an equally good match for carriage house designs.

Carriage House architectural accents

Carriage house garage door options from Garaga

GARAGA designers were inspired by the vintage look of classic carriage house doors. They have come up with seven unique options that you can choose from.

The EASTMAN door, models E‑21, E‑22, E‑23 with decorative overlays

Eastman models
Standard+ Prestige XL, 9’ x 7’, Desert Sand, 8 lite Orion windows
Standard+ Classic XL, 16’ x 7’, Ice White, 4 vertical lite Orion windows

The Standard+ door, North Hatley model

Eastman models
Standard+ Classic XL, 16’ x 7’, Ice White, 4 vertical lite Orion windows

The Standard+ door, Shaker XS model

Eastman models

The Cambridge door, CS model

Standard+ Classic XL, 16’ x 7’, Ice White, 4 vertical lite Orion windows

Enhance your garage door with windows

Inspiration to help you choose the right carriage house door for your garage

Garaga has a wide choice of various size Windows to enhance its carriage house door models. These can help you match the door’s look to that of the rest of your home.

Options include clear glass, printing process, Thermacrystal, satin or textured glass. Grids or plastic inserts can also be used.

Many window designs and combinations are available

Do you want to add authentic‑looking decorative hardware?

Wrought iron hinges and handles were a common enhancement on classic carriage house doors. Garaga offers optional look‑alike additions that can further highlight the country‑style feel of your garage door.

Consider the addition of authentic-looking decorative hardware

Interested in a carriage house door? Here’s what to do next

Contact us at 616-453-0164 or come to our showroom and see samples for yourself. A third option is to request a quotation by email. We always include multiple options in these quotations.

You can also use our resources to get some more inspiration. You can see what your new door will look like at our Design Centre, or take a look at our image gallery to get some new style ideas.

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