In 1988 I purchased a Dutch Colonial home with a matching detached two story garage. The house was built in 1913 and needed restoration. After working on the house for a couple of years, I started on the garage. The previous owner family had also owned a lumber yard. In my research, I discovered that the garage doors were the first doors manufactured by the Overhead Door Company to be installed in the City of Washington, PA. I had initially planned on replacing the doors, but since they had "historical" significance I decided to restore them. The inside hardware was in good working condition, and the interior just needed repainted. The outside paint was weathered badly, and needed stripped. Using a heat gun I removed many layers of old lead paint. I then sanded, primed and painted the doors. Several of the plywood panels had warped over time and I replaced them. The doors also had the original Overhead Door brass badges that had been painted over. I stripped the paint from them, but left the patina. It was a garage that had previously been a carriage house. You could tell by the segmented concrete floor that part of the garage housed the carriage and the other part was a stable. I removed the old failing concrete floor and pour a new concrete floor. It had plenty of room and was great to work on cars. The second floor of the garage was excellent for storage.
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