How to Protect Your Home from Hurricane Winds with Amarr Wind Load Hurricane Rated Garage Doors


Coastal homeowners are familiar with how damaging a hurricane can be to their homes.  The combination of wind and water can be destructive.  In the last two decades, building codes and requirements have been strengthened to ensure that homes and other buildings are ready to face hurricane winds.  What does this mean for homeowners, and how do homeowners protect their homes from these devastating hurricane winds?

A great place to start is with the garage door.

Why the garage door?
Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) experts say “the loss of a garage door during a hurricane can lead to an uncontrolled buildup of internal pressure resulting in the blowout of a house’s roof and supporting walls.”  A reinforced garage door that can handle higher wind load requirements reduces the risk of structural damage to a home.

What are wind load requirements?
When an area has a wind load requirement, building materials like garage doors must meet and be tested to uphold structural integrity up to a certain wind speed.  Wind load requirements vary by area, and homeowners should check their local building codes for their wind load requirement.

Dr. Steve Lyons, Hurricane Expert at The Weather Channel, says, “Wind pressure is often the most devastating culprit in a hurricane.  A Category 3 hurricane with winds of 130MPH exerts pressures equivalent to the weight of a typical family car on a two-car garage door.”  Having a reinforced garage door that meets wind load requirements reduces damage that your garage door and your house would take from hurricane winds.  Below is a video of Dr. Lyons conducting a wind tunnel test to show the effect of high wind speeds.

How are hurricane rated garage doors reinforced and tested?
Wind load approved doors use a variety of reinforcement materials, including Struts and R-Trusses which are engineered to meet specific building code requirements.  When installed according to our instructions and local building codes, Amarr hurricane rated garage doors withstand rapid cyclic pressure and static load forces for different wind speed ratings (with some models up to 245MPH that can also resist large missile impact at 50 feet per second).  Impact glass is also available for many wind load approved garage doors.  Impact glass may shatter in incredibly high speed winds, but remains intact despite the force, providing more safety for your home.


With Amarr garage doors, you don’t have to compromise curb appeal for hurricane preparedness.  Almost all Amarr residential garage doors are available with a wind load reinforcement system.  Check your local building codes to see what Amarr garage door models meet or exceed your area’s requirements.  Take the next step in preparing your home for a hurricane by making sure the largest opening in your home is reinforced.  Contact an Amarr dealer near you.

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Embrace Your Inner Designer with Amarr Color Zone

Amarr Color Zone

For many homeowners, the design of their home is an expression of their personality.  Since garage doors are often the largest opening in a home, they shouldn’t be neglected when it comes to home design!  With Amarr Color Zone, they don’t have to be.

What is Amarr Color Zone?
Amarr Color Zone is a custom color program for all commercial and residential steel Amarr doors (not available on Amarr Carriage Court).  Amarr Color Zone uses high-quality Sherwin-Williams SnapDry™ paint.  Sherwin-Williams SnapDry™ paint is resistant to dirt, fingerprints and UV weathering, so your new garage door or commercial door will stay beautiful and vibrant for years to come.

Amarr Color Zone Residential Garage Door

By choosing an Amarr Color Zone garage door, you can match your home’s shutters, trim, or entry door, giving any home a more cohesive design and increase curb appeal.  For commercial buildings, Amarr Color Zone can make a bold statement and help any business stand out!

How does it work?
Visit your local Sherwin-Williams store to choose from over 500 Sherwin-Williams SnapDry™ paint colors on our color list.  In a multi-step process, the chosen custom color is applied as a top coat to the Amarr pre-painted, galvanized steel sections, giving your door one more layer of protection from the elements.  Your new Amarr Color Zone garage door will even come with a bottle of touch-up paint to keep your door looking good.

Amarr Color Zone Commercial Door

How do I get an Amarr Color Zone garage door?
Visit our Dealer Locator to find an Amarr dealer near you.  Choose the Amarr garage door and color that’s right for you.  Then, let your inner designer shine!

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8 Ways to Get Creative with Your Driveway’s Contemporary Curb Appeal

By Lauren Dunec Hoang, Houzz

Driveways can take up a lot of front yard real estate but are rarely given as much thought as other areas of the garden. Instead of seeing the area as simply a track for cars, look at the driveway as an opportunity to increase curb appeal and set the tone for your front yard. Here are eight examples of driveway materials and placement that go beyond the usual pavers, cobbles and gravel to complement different styles of front yards.

1. Linear pattern play. Give a classic driveway material, such as poured concrete, a twist with a pattern that makes a design statement. This concrete driveway was poured in a linear pattern, leaving gaps for planting plugs of turf. The finished effect reads almost like an oversize bar-code pattern and complements the home’s clean lines.

2. Eco-friendly. Traditional paved driveways contribute to rainwater runoff, rather than draining water on-site. This permeable surface in Maryland shows a much greener alternative. The designer laid pavers designed with hollow centers and then planted them with plugs of blue fescue (Festuca glauca) sod. The driveway visually melds right into the front lawn and can be mowed to keep fescue low.

3. Contemporary geometry. Set a graphic theme to the front yard with a driveway made up of a repeating pattern of shapes and lines. For example, this geometric driveway transecting a low-water landscape is composed of narrow rectangles of concrete set in a compacted base and then surrounded with crushed limestone.

4. Green strip. Break up an expanse of driveway paving and increase permeability by removing stones and replacing them with planting pockets. The architects of this driveway in Manchester, England, created an irregular edge for the green strip by leaving the outer paving stones of various sizes in place as wheel tracks for cars. Plant the interior strip with lawn or a walkable ground cover such as Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile), silver carpet (Dymondia margaretae) or woolly thyme (Thymus pseudolanuginosus).

5. Courtyard driveway.
Treat your driveway more like a courtyard by extending the footprint beyond the edges of the garage and choosing a stylish paving material. In this Northern California landscape, the architect used a grid of light concrete pavers to form a graphic courtyard at the front of the home. Gaps left between the pavers promote drainage. The area acts as a walkway to the front door and a space for an outdoor table, as well as a car-friendly surface to connect to the garage.

6. Permeable bands. Rather than covering the driveway and carport with concrete, the architect for this home in Austin, Texas, came up with a clever solution to increase permeability and give the surface more visual interest. Alternating stripes of pale-colored poured concrete with dark-tinted concrete pavers (Uni Eco-Stone pavestones) create a graphic pattern and encourage rainwater to drain through the pavers.

7. Postage-stamp garden. On tight city lots, the driveway can take up much of the front yard. To carve out more space for plants, the architect of this San Francisco front yard left green strips down the driveway and planting pockets between concrete stepping stones. The neutral mixed pavers used for the car tracks and the multiple sizes of concrete steppingstones work well together surrounded by plenty of green.

8. Asian-inspired. Granite slabs and smaller cut stone pavers laid in an irregular pattern work well to complement a modern Japanese-influenced garden. Selecting a paving material that relates to the home’s architecture and complements the planting theme can integrate the look of the front yard.

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4 Ways the Amarr Smart Wi-Fi Garage Door Openers Help Your Home

This post is part of a series about Amarr garage door openers.  To read other posts, click here.

Amarr 840 & Amarr 860 Smart Wi-Fi Garage Door Openers

Not all garage door openers are created equal!  A new garage door opener can do great things for not just your garage door, but your home as a whole.  The new Amarr Smart Wi-Fi Garage Door Openers feature many benefits for your garage, home security, and smart home capabilities.  Let’s take a look at four of these benefits:

Amarr 860 Wi-Fi garage door opener with downward dispersing LED light


The days of a poorly lit garage are over.  The Amarr 840 & 860 smart Wi-Fi garage door openers bring workspace lighting into your garage.  Both openers boast bright LED lighting, with 1600 Lumens (100W) on the Amarr 840 and a whopping 3000 Lumens (200W) on the Amarr 860!  The Amarr 860 opener also provides a 24-foot wide diameter of downward-dispersing LED light that brightly illuminates the garage.

LED lighting saves energy and lasts over 100,000 hours.  Both Amarr openers allow you to adjust the LED lights to six different brightness levels, letting you select your preferred workspace light setting.  The Amarr 840 & 860 make your garage one of the most well-lit rooms in your house.

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Quiet but powerful

No one wants a noisy garage door.  The Amarr 840 & 860 openers are designed with sound dampening technology to keep noise vibration to a minimum.  The openers are also equipped with a powerful 800N DC motor, with smooth start & soft stop.  Available in chain or belt rail, the openers have intelligent, self-learning, self-adjusting torque settings to work just hard enough without using too much power.  The Amarr 840 & 860 also have a low-power standby mode to reduce energy consumption, making them a sustainable and energy-saving option for your home.

Entrematic Garage Door Controller app for Amarr 840 & 860

Smart control

The Amarr 840 & 860 garage door openers do more than work bright; they work smart.  Control your garage doors and lights from your smart device, from anywhere in the world with the Entrematic Garage Door Controller app!  You can also control access permission to relatives, friends, care providers or service workers, tracking their access activities in real time and removing their access at your will.

Amarr smart Wi-Fi garage door openers also connect to existing smart home technology to make your life even smarter.  The Amarr 840 & 860 are compatible with Amazon Echo, Amazon Dot, Google Home, HomeLink and IFTTT.

Amarr garage door and garage door opener solution

Trusted name in garage doors

Amarr, a leading brand in garage doors, now brings the high quality and safety homeowners expect from garage doors to garage door openers.  Now you can have an Amarr door and opener solution for your home!  With safety features like infrared photo beams, down safety reversal, up safety stop, and emergency quick release, along with a lifetime motor warranty, you can feel confident in choosing Amarr garage doors and garage door openers.

There’s more to learn about the Amarr 840 & 860!  Visit our website for more information.

Which feature would benefit your home the most?  Let us know in the comments below!

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A Vancouver Garage Turns Into a Dreamy Eclectic Studio

By Becky Harris, Houzz

It’s hard to believe that not long ago only the spiders used this detached one-car garage in Vancouver. Even though it was unfinished and full of cobwebs, the homeowner and her interior designer, Andrea McLean, saw the potential it had as a studio space. It was located just across the garden from the house, and they knew it would be free from household distractions when the owner wanted some quiet writing time. Having a good sense of her client’s tastes and knowing her Arts and Crafts house well, McLean created a fresh, functional space, complete with big garden views.

Photos by Luis Valdizon

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Room at a Glance
What happens here: 
Lots of writing, reading and some lesson planning by a teacher of young children
Location: Vancouver
Size: 100 square feet (9 square meters)
Designer: Andrea McLean of Andrea McLean Design Office

The garage was about the same age as the Arts and Crafts house and had similar characteristics. The contractor gave the garage a big upgrade, replacing rotten and water-damaged framing, adding insulation, creating the proper exterior with vapor barriers and installing drywall. The new tile floors have a radiant-heat system.

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“Her home’s architecture is traditional, but she likes an eclectic mix,” McLean says. “We wanted to embrace old details but also make it fresh.” The most traditional details in the studio are the mullions on the windows. Back when her writer’s studio was just a dream, the homeowner had collected some key pieces that wound up making it very special.

“Originally she wanted accordion doors that would open completely to the garden, but it just wasn’t in the budget,” McLean says. However, her client had something even better stashed away — back when the neighbors across the street had replaced all of their windows, she had salvaged their old windows from the Dumpster and saved them. The contractor was able to configure the new door and those old windows into a glass wall that offers great views of the garden. All the white in the studio provides a backdrop that makes the garden seem even more vivid.

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While the exterior architecture and windows brought the traditional, the white keeps things light, bright and contemporary. The Eames chairs add some midcentury modern style, and the floor is a geometric stunner that is both on trend and timeless.

McLean had always admired the beautiful patterned encaustic tile floors she’d seen in old buildings in Spain and Cuba. Having worked with her client for a few years on her home, she knew her style well, knew that she was a fan of Picasso and Gaudí, and knew that she loved to travel. This gave her the idea to present the design inspiration as a little writer’s studio in Barcelona. Just as she expected, her client loved it.

Tiles: Frame collection, Refin

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While the floors were a splurge, McLean saved by finding the sawhorse desk and the shelves and cabinets at Ikea. The way the shelves line up against the wall as one big unit gives them a custom built-in look.

The homeowner has loads of literature and psychology books out here — which, McLean assures, usually have their spines proudly displayed. They were turned around by the photo stylist to put the focus on the room’s design instead of the titles.

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A vintage steamer trunk the homeowner already owned holds costumes and toys for the children she teaches.

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A classic Eames chair is a comfortable spot for reading. It also adds to the feeling that the little studio evolved over time, as if another writer might have used it in the 1950s.

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While the homeowner has always enjoyed her garden, she had never made much of this space just off the new studio. Inspired by the studio renovation, she found some recycled bricks on Craigslist and mixed them in with concrete pavers to create an eclectic patio. The lounge chairs are another great spot for reading, having a snack and enjoying the view. She hung some more of her salvaged windows around the garden, further tying her little writer’s studio to the rest of the property.

Chairs: West Elm

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4 Easy Ways to Secure Your Garage for Vacation

Secure your garage for vacation

For many of us, summertime means going on vacations!  Protecting your home from intruders is a crucial step in preparing for some time away.  Here are four easy steps you can take to secure your garage before you leave for vacation and give your family some peace of mind during your R&R.

Secure your garage door opener

A good place to start with security is on the inside.  Most homeowners don’t think about securing their garage door opener, but it is a great idea to protect your home while on vacation!  Many garage door openers have a “vacation mode” setting, which disables garage door remotes and prevents the garage door from being opened from the outside.  If your garage door opener does not have a “vacation mode” setting, an alternative is to unplug it.  Consult your owner’s manual first.

Secure your garage for vacation

Lock your garage door

Does your garage door have a lock?  If so, fastening it while on vacation is another way to add security to your garage.  Locks are not necessary if your garage door is operated by an electric opener.  If your opener is older, check to see if your door can be opened from the outside.  If so, installing a lock could be a good idea for extra home security and more peace of mind.  Find an Amarr dealer near you to learn more about your options.  Remember to disengage your lock before using the garage door opener.  Otherwise, your locked garage door and your operating garage door opener will result in significant damage to your garage door.

Secure your garage for vacation

Install motion lights around your garage

Motion lights are a great way to discourage intruders.  Motion lights detect moving objects within a certain range and illuminate for a period of time when an object is detected.  The lights protect both your home and your neighborhood, as burglars and other intruders are less likely to approach a home with motion lights or a well-lit neighborhood.  Also, many types of motion lights allow you to turn the motion detector settings off, enabling you to use a switch to turn them on and off and giving you more flexibility of use while you’re at home.

Entrematic Garage Door Controller app for Amarr 840 & 860

Invest in a smart garage door opener

Many homeowners are investing in items for “smart homes.”  A smart garage door opener is just another tool to help secure an additional entrance to your home.  For example, the Amarr 860 Wi-Fi garage door opener allows you to control and monitor your garage door and lights from your phone, from anywhere.  You can view activity history and see instances in which your garage door has been opened or the light has turned on, letting you in on what’s going on at your house.  You can also allow others access to your garage – these users, such as dog walkers or babysitters, can even be set to access your garage at certain times only.  A smart garage door opener gives you the most control over your garage and helps keep your home safe!  Click here to learn more.

These tips can help you ease your worries about your home’s security, and let you have a happy vacation!

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Finally Clean Out Your Garage in These 8 Steps

By Jeanne Taylor, Houzz

On my street, every home has a two-car garage. Yet hardly any of the garages are used to park two cars. Even fitting one car in the garage is a stretch for many of my neighbors. Because let’s be honest: It’s pretty common for the garage to turn into a home’s dumping ground.

Often, people stash something in the garage because they can’t decide what else to do with it. Frequently, these stashed items are rarely used. In some cases, they’re never used. Many of us simply own too much stuff and tend to use our garages as storage units, which works as long as you have adequate driveway or street parking. But if you are downsizing to a condo, loft or apartment, you may no longer have the luxury of expansive garage space. Here’s how to seriously downsize the belongings in your garage in anticipation of a move — especially into a smaller home.

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What to Do Before You Start

Schedule time on your calendar. If you’re moving, you may already have a long to-do list. Think about adding the garage to your list and even putting a specific time on your calendar to attack this assignment. In my experience with clients, getting rid of belongings in the garage is a time-consuming job, so I recommend you think in terms of days rather than hours. Also, if you already know where you will be moving to, it’s a good idea to measure the dimensions of the new storage space so you have a feeling for how much you need to discard.

Assess your resources. What resources do you need accomplish this task? For your first step, you might look into ordering a dumpster from your local waste management company to dispose of unwanted items and trash. Also, consider researching charitable organizations that can pick up belongings you decide to donate. A list of consignment stores to sell household items to is another great option. If you have more time and are comfortable doing so, you might consider selling more expensive items on Craigslist or eBay. Finally, you might research a local resource where you can dispose of old paint, pesticides, motor oil and other toxic substances as well as electronic waste. These items cannot be placed in a trash or recycling container.

Collect boxes, packing supplies and large trash bags. A local grocery store or pharmacy is a good place to find free cardboard boxes, and many stores are happy to part with them. Craigslist can be another source for used boxes; people often give boxes away for free after they’ve moved. If you prefer new moving boxes, you can purchase them at a local home improvement store or order them online.

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How to Run Your Garage Purging Session

Clear some space and mark off zones. To keep your job organized, you might want to create as much empty space as possible in the middle of the garage floor. Consider moving the car and other large, bulky items, such as the lawn mower and bicycles, out of the garage. I suggest dividing the garage into six sections: donate, sell, toss, keep, return to someone else, and undecided. You can mark off each section with blue painter’s tape or colored chalk. It is helpful to save room on the floor for a staging area where you can place all items from one category before you make any decisions.

Work on one category at a time. I recommend picking a category, perhaps holiday decor, and then pulling every item from that category out of hiding and placing it in the staging area. Don’t forget about belongings stored in the rafters. Try to make a decision on each item in your category before moving on to the next one. If you really can’t decide, place the item in the “undecided” pile. However, try not to put too much in this pile, because it will only delay the decluttering process.

Expect sorting of family members’ items to go slower. Children who are grown and have permanently moved out of the house often think of their parents’ home as a storage unit. This also can be true for an ex-spouse who has moved out of the family home. You are unlikely to have room to store other people’s belongings in your smaller space. Unfortunately, dealing with other family members can sometimes be emotionally taxing. Because of that, I recommend you tackle these items last. That way, you can plow full steam ahead on culling your own belongings and not let any potentially difficult conversations slow you down.

Keep your goals in mind. If you have trouble making decisions to let go of some items, it can sometimes be helpful to envision your new uncluttered space. To quote Marie Kondo’s best-selling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, only keep items that “spark joy.” If you don’t truly love something or actually need it then, it is time to bid it goodbye.

Below are some common categories you might be tackling, as well as suggestions on what to keep and what to let go.

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1. Sports equipment, camping gear, beach chairs and old bikes. Move all sports-related items into your staging area and take a serious look at the things in this category, considering whether you will ever use them again. Yes, it was fun to go camping when the kids were young, but do you really plan to go again? Although I love to be outdoors in a beautiful natural setting, at this stage of my life I also love to retreat to a comfortable bed at night. The same goes for bikes, beach chairs, golf clubs, tennis rackets and ski equipment. Try to remember the last time you used each item. If you golf twice a month, then by all means keep your golf clubs. If the last time you used your clubs was in the late 1980s, it might be time to let them go.

Sports equipment, bikes and camping gear are popular items left behind by family members who have moved out. If that’s the case in your home, take all these items and move them to the “return to someone else” section of your garage. Set a time when the belongings can be retrieved. If family members live out of the area, send pictures of the items and ask them whether you can get rid of them. Consider setting a date for the family members to pick up their belongings they decide to keep.

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2. Holiday decor. Many of my clients have collected multiple boxes of holiday decor over the years. This is especially true for people who have raised a family in a large home. Fortunately, holiday decor is often relatively easy to part with since it is in storage much of the year anyway.

As you go through these possessions, picture the home you will be moving into. Will there be any outside space to decorate, or will you be moving into a condominium or apartment building with little outdoor surface? Also consider decorations for holidays such as Easter, Independence Day and Halloween. If your kids are grown, do you still decorate for these holidays?

I encourage my clients to free themselves first of large, bulky items that are difficult to store. Then think in terms of duplicates. For instance, do you really need five manger scenes or six menorahs? Think about the size of your new space and decide whether you will be paring down the size of your Christmas tree. This may be the time to free yourself of an overabundance of ornaments and only keep the ones you really love. For those you decide to keep, I recommend purchasing an ornament storage box at a local home store. As you sort, you can place the keeper ornaments in the box (or boxes) so that they’ll be ready for the next holiday season.

3. Suitcases, tote bags, book bags and backpacks. For some reason, I often find old suitcases, tote bags, computer bags and backpacks stored in client garages. Your children may have played sports growing up and received a new backpack every new season. Some people have a hard time discarding an almost-new backpack every year. The same can be said for people who collect computer and tote bags from trade shows. Over the years, this free stuff can get out of control.

Reflect on whether these items are adding value to your life and realistically think about the storage capacity in your new home. I recommend saving only the items you have used over the last year, as well as suitcases you use when you travel. Then donate the rest so that someone else will be able to use them.

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4. Gardening supplies. Ask yourself the following questions when deciding which gardening tools to keep:

  • Will you have a yard in your new home?
  • Will you be responsible for yard maintenance or will a homeowners association be doing it for you?
  • Will you have a lawn?
  • Do you even like gardening?
  • Will you be hiring a gardener?

If you will not have a yard or if someone else will be doing your yard work for you, feel free to donate your gardening supplies and lawn mower. If you will have a small balcony or patio where you can have containers, consider keeping a few small items such as a trowel, weeder and gardening gloves.

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5. Old shoes. Old and worn shoes often find their way to garage storage. My clients tell me they purchase a new pair of running shoes, hiking boots, snow or rain boots, and athletic shoes and put the old ones in the garage. They usually never get around to discarding old shoes, so the collection can become quite large.

You may want to think seriously about disposing of the unused footwear. It might be worth keeping one extra pair of running shoes if you work out in bad weather. That way, you’ll have a spare pair if one gets wet. Otherwise, I would recommend tossing all old shoes.

6. Unwanted household items. Unused furniture, out-of-date framed prints, abandoned craft projects and grandma’s china are all items I have unearthed in the dark recesses of my clients’ garages. Placing these items in the garage may be a way of putting off the decision to get rid of them. But the fact is, your new smaller home may not have enough storage space to house these items.

To discard these items, I suggest bringing them to a local home consignment store or, if you have more time, attempting to sell them on eBay or Craigslist. If you are in a time crunch, you may want to call a charity that can send a truck to pick up your unwanted belongings. Do keep a receipt and an itemized record of your donations for tax purposes. Goods donated to charity are tax-deductible.

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7. Warehouse-size household products. Downsizing to a smaller space is a good time to think about whether you want to stop buying toilet tissue, paper towels, laundry soap and cleaning products at warehouse stores. Products from these stores come in large sizes that take up an inordinate amount of garage real estate.

It’s possible that you’re downsizing because your children have moved out. Therefore, you probably don’t go through as much laundry soap and toilet tissue as you used to anyway. Consider using up your stash, then buying normal-size products moving forward.

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8. Old paint, motor oil, other hazardous waste and electronic waste. These items can’t be tossed in the garbage can, so check with your local waste management or trash service to see where you can dispose of these products. Some companies offer a once-a-year pickup of toxic and electronic waste, while others allow you to schedule a pickup. Some counties have a hazardous waste drop-off location where you can bring these toxic products. High schools and middle schools sometimes host electronic waste drives as fundraisers as well, and my homeowners association hosts a biannual electronic waste collection in the spring and fall. Check to see if your homeowners association provides a similar service.

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8 Popular Garage Trends

By Becky Harris, Houzz

Vroom, vroom! Whether seeking out a car turntable or a few extra feet to store lawn tools, people were fast and furious when saving these photos to their ideabooks this year. Much like the cars they house, these high-performing garage designs are stylish, sleek, classic, custom and futuristic.

8. We all fantasize about having a garage this neat and organized. Rails with hooks provide space for yard tools, hoses, ladders and more without taking up floor space. Opaque garage doors let light in. The stylishly speckled floor is every tire’s fantasy.

7. There’s more to this bonus stall than meets the eye. Its placement within the architecture transforms the driveway into a courtyard. This is a good strategy that keeps a garage from dominating a home’s facade too much. The little breezeway between the house and the structure doubles as a covered porch for the back door.

6. Judging from the comments Houzzers noted when adding this photo to their ideabooks, its popularity is more about the driveway than the garage. But what’s a driveway if not an extension of the garage? This driveway provides a modern grid that complements the contemporary Mediterranean style of the house. It is composed of poured concrete and turf.

5. Board-and-batten siding, a standing seam metal roof, a dormer and wooden garage doors with windows give this garage the charming appeal of a barn or carriage house.

4. Houzz Australia contributor Larissa Davis likened this fantasy garage to a bat cave, and the analogy is spot-on. The vehicles are just part of a large toy and game collection in this hideout.

3. Sited along the Yellowstone River in Montana’s Paradise Valley, this building serves as a garage, boathouse, Airstream trailer storage spot, and fly-tying and rod-making workshop. The outdoorsy homeowners prefer to walk and enjoy their property than having an attached building.

2. The only thing more eye-catching than the shou-sugi-ban siding on this Park City, Utah, home is the bright orange garage door. The contrast with the snow and the spectacular views of the Wasatch mountains helped nudge this garage to the runner-up spot.

1. Farmhouse-inspired style had a prominent spot across all of the most popular photo categories this year, and garages were no exception. With its board-and-batten siding, charming lanterns, “X”-motif doors, exposed rafter tails and breezeway, this Bluffton, South Carolina, garage was a shoo-in. Another aspect worth admiring is the way this building is so pleasingly scaled and massed. One stall is stepped back, and elements like the overhang help break up the facade. The roofline also keeps the building from competing with the main house’s proportions.

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How to Match Your Contemporary Home with a Modern Garage Door

Amarr garage doors Mosaic Window Options

Mosaic Window Options for Amarr traditional steel garage doors reflect your personal style.

Stylish, mid-century modern home design is on the rise, and more people are paying attention to garages and incorporating the garage door in the home’s façade.  Entrematic’s new Mosaic Window Options for Amarr traditional steel garage doors help homeowners capitalize on this trend and design unique garage doors that complement their contemporary home exterior and reflect their personal style.

Amarr garage door with Mosaic Window Options

Turn your garage into a room with a view by placing a window in each garage door section.

In just three steps, add visual interest to your contemporary, mid-century modern or transitional home:

  1. Choose the Amarr traditional steel garage door based on your safety, energy efficiency and durability needs. Amarr Olympus, Heritage, Stratford and Lincoln, in all constructions, are available with Mosaic Window Options.
  2. Choose the panel design that complements the exterior of your home: short, long, flush or ribbed panel.
  3. Create your door design with short or long panel windows, clear or obscure glass, in any standard position on any section of the garage door.
Amarr garage door with Mosaic Window Options

Mosaic Window Options on this Amarr garage door match the vertical lines of the home’s design.

Now you can design an Amarr traditional garage door with Mosaic Window Options for your home!  Visit our Door Designer and tell us in the comments below – what’s your window design?

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A New Garage Gives a D.C. Lot a Boost in Storage, Space and Style

By Mitchell Parker, Houzz

Looking for a garage structure to replace a grassy lot and provide storage and hangout space, these homeowners reached out to designer-builder Keith Vaughan for help. He designed a quaint, jewel-box-like single-car structure with smart storage solutions such as automated platforms that can rise to the ceiling with the push of a button. Meanwhile, a pitched roof allows clerestory windows that bring in natural light, making the new garage a well-lighted yet shady hangout area during sports games.


Garage at a Glance
Location: Capitol Hill neighborhood of downtown Washington, D.C.
Size: 16 by 20 feet (4.9 by 6.1 meters)
Designer: Keith Vaughan of Spectrum Design + Build

BEFORE: This photo shows what the small backyard previously looked like from the row house. The homeowners didn’t have a garage and instead had to park their car in a grassy lot in the alley on the other side of the fence shown here.

They wanted a contemporary garage structure that wouldn’t conflict with the mostly historic style of homes in the neighborhood, and they wanted it to offer storage but also shady space to enjoy on hot, sunny days.

They also had another request: Save the existing magnolia bush, seen here in the rear left corner of the yard.

Beautiful exterior makeover featuring amazing transitional-garage

AFTER: With the fence removed, the new single-bay garage now occupies the back lot. Two sliding glass doors allow the structure to be used as a shady hangout space when the car is parked in the alley.

Simple Hardie board-and-batten siding above an awning gives a bit of texture and interest to the exterior.


Inside, two motorized platforms on pulley systems help make use of the high ceiling space while keeping things such as luggage and supplies accessible. The homeowners use one of the yellow handheld controllers to raise or lower the platforms as needed.

Vaughan left the rafters exposed and painted them black, a style that reminded the homeowners of a brewery trip they took to Colorado.

Standard garage-grade cabinetry and a work bench take care of essential tools and other gear.


A painted and coated concrete floor transitions to pavers that connect the backyard to the home. A TV on the work bench lets the homeowners watch sports and other shows during parties.

A sloped roof allows for south-facing clerestory windows to provide natural light.


In addition to the platform storage, the vertical bike rack and slim cabinets help keep floor space open.


Looking at the garage from the alley, the unimposing structure provides all the storage and hangout space the homeowners needed — with a bit of style.

How could a garage update improve your home? Let us know in the comments below, and find an Amarr dealer near you to help your garage dreams become a reality with a new Amarr garage door!

Architectural designers: Spectrum; structural engineer: APAC Engineering, Silver Spring, Maryland

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How to Put the Ancient Pulley System to Work in Your Home
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