Construction, Day 25: Installing Garage Doors

The four small doors go in quickly.

On May 20, 2014, I began blogging about the construction of my new home in Malaga, WA. You can read all of these posts — and see the time-lapse movies that go with them — by clicking the new home construction tag.

I didn’t even see most of it happen — it was my birthday and I was busy with other things. Relaxing indoors, writing blog posts, and just taking it easy in the morning and then going out to be treated to dinner at Cave B in Quincy by four pilot friends and two of their wives.

The crew of four guys put my garage doors on: all four of the small ones. I should note here that the “small” garage doors are not all that small: they measure 10 feet wide by 8 feet tall. I wanted them to all be the same size and I needed them to be wide enough to fit my one-ton Ford pickup, which is pretty darn big.

I stopped by early in the day to take a photo for my scrapbook and to answer questions about where I wanted the windows. We decided on the top of each door so lots of light would get in but the casual snooper wouldn’t be able to look in without a ladder.

Garage Door Panels
The garage doors come in panels and are assembled onsite.

The big garage door isn’t expected to arrive until July 15 or thereabouts. The crew will need a man-lift to install it, so they wouldn’t have been able to install it on Monday anyway; the freshly poured concrete needs a full week to cure before vehicles can be driven on it.

The time-lapse shows how the job was done; note the bees on the lens at the very beginning of the movie:

4 thoughts on “Construction, Day 25: Installing Garage Doors

  1. I’m fairly impressed that you were able to do this yourself. My wife and I are redoing a lot of the exterior of our house. Something we want to change for sure is the garage door. What material is yours? I like the way it looks and if it’s easy to install, that’s a bonus for sure.

    • I didn’t install the garage doors. It was part of the contract for the folks who built the shell of my home. It’s pretty standard stuff, insulated. A local garage door company installed them for me.

      Good luck with your project!

  2. Thanks for sharing your home construction process! It is cool to see just how everything is done when it comes to building a structure that we live in. It seems like installing a garage door is not something you can do yourself. I thought maybe I could try doing that, but now Ill start looking for a contractor to install the doors for me.

What do you think?