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3" Thick Swinging Doors

Garage doors may seem to be a very mundane topic, not worth much thought in the overall scheme of home design, but in our office, that is not the case.  When you think about it, garage doors are quite large elements, which need to be worked into the composition of a building. Those considerations are important whether it is a stand-alone garage, garage/guest house, or a garage connected to a home.

We have designed 3” thick authentic swinging carriage house doors for an owner who didn’t mind clearing the snow in the winter, and we have chosen ‘off the shelf’ doors to match our structures.  Most often we take an ‘off the shelf’ door and modify it with cross members or other details.

172 Aguin Guest

Doors With Modified Details

The proportions, details and colors of garage doors are as important as any element in the design of a home or accessory building.  We strive to make sure that the garage door style both matches and enhances the surrounding architecture.

Schaad Garage Overall Copy

Door Selected From Manufacturer

Crisp Summ 09 20090708 1377 Enfused Copy

Doors Which Match Color and Details of Home

Pringle Guest House Head On

Simple Modified Doors

About the Author: James Crisp

James M. Crisp has been an architect for well over 30 years. His architectural firm, Crisp Architects, designs projects throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. In April of 2007, Taunton Press published 'On the Porch' by James M. Crisp and Sandra Mahoney.

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    Lisa M. Gasparro July 7, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Absolutely love the structures, styles, color selection and everything about the pictures. Great work and great choices! Simply gorgeous.


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    ilana July 7, 2011 at 10:07 am

    I love the looks, especially the green one!

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    James Crisp July 7, 2011 at 10:14 am


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