The fate of garage doors – any garage doors – does not exactly rate high on the list of world problems.
But for Julie Good, her new garage doors are a triumph, a piece de resistance, a tour de force. Less hyperbolic, they improve her house’s curb appeal.
“I’m very sad at the prospect of having to remove them,” Good, 62, said.
When she bought the North Tustin house a decade ago, it featured a long garage with three narrow egresses. Good kept banging up her car getting in and out.
“I lost two mirrors and scraped a side panel,” Good said. Last year, after one repair bill too many, she decided a garage remodel was well past due.
Completed in mid-January, the face lift merged two of the garage doors into one larger entrance for easier maneuvering.
Aside from the pragmatics, Good is thrilled with the aesthetics – Southwestern-style metal doors bearing a weathered, patina look. “They’re even more gorgeous than I had imagined.”
But that feeling isn’t universal. Soon after the grand unveiling, Good learned that her homeowners association is not so impressed. Retroactively, the board denied approval.
“Needless to say, I was shocked,” Good recalled. “It’s mind-boggling.”
A bank executive, who also holds a masters degree in architecture, Good has a head for business and an eye for beauty. She could not fathom replacing old generic doors with new generic doors. After all, the garage consumes almost the entire front of her split-level, most of…