Clopay recently partnered with D&D Garage Door Company in Methuen, Mass. to install carriage house garage doors for a unique project on TV’s This Old House.
This season, the crew followed a young couple as they created their dream home—not by renovating an old structure, but by choosing a 19th-century-style farmhouse from a catalog.
Realizing that neither a custom build nor buying a thoroughly renovated old house was in their price range, the couple decided to purchase a house from Connor Homes, a company in Middlebury, Vermont, that specializes in a type of mill-built reproduction home-building process called panelization.
The house was made at the Vermont factory, and the pieces—wall panels, windows, doors, joists, roofing—were bundled, stacked, and shipped to the a wooded lot where a local contractor assembled them.
For the barn-style garage, the homeowners selected Clopay Reserve® Wood Collection Limited Edition Series insulated carriage house doors constructed in cedar and factory stained. The doors look like they swing open, but they roll up and down with an automatic opener.
The goal of this season was to show how it's possible to get old-house charm from scratch with new materials. The end result is a new home that looks like it's been there for at least a century.
In addition to being chronicled on the television series, the North Shore Farmhouse project highlights are featured online at