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DIY carriage garage doors

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I was thinking of eventually installing real carriage doors on my garage (not painting/adding veneers to the existing overhead door). My garage is too small for a car anyway, and it would offer me greater flexibility in adding a garage attic if I could just do away with the overhead door altogether.

I've looked up information on garage carriage doors, and all I can find is how to add veneer to an overhead door, or at the opposite end of the spectrum, where to buy extremely expensive custom-built hardwood carriage doors.

So what I want to know is, how hard can it possibly be to rip out an overhead door and build a swinging double door in its stead? It seems anyone capable of building a garden gate could do this, but it doesn't seem that anyone HAS done this and written about it. I grew up in a house with a detached garage with swinging doors that were just made out of dimensional pine. Anybody got plans? Should I look at barn doors, perchance?
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It really depends on how wide the doors are and what kind of hinges you want to use. Making sure that they don't sag would be the hardest thing to do. And you could always put a wheel at each end so that they will roll out as you open them.
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