Most gates types used in polished okc construction plans are often designed with in view the ordinary garage needs. Most are either roller-door type or manual, outwards swinging doors.
If you plan converting to a garage barn, there is a large choice of barn-style doors for garages. These are normally either carriage doors or side-hinged doors. You also can choose between single, double or triple garage door sizes. You can also choose either manual or automated garage doors.
If you have a manual garage door and wish to automate it, you will have to budget for the cost of an opener mechanism, which consists of a control box (with can come with an optional backup facility), two motor units, as well as the wiring.
Judging on all the garage opening mechanisms I have seen on the market, the brackets generally extend to about 250mm backwards. Unless you have a very large garage, I am sure you do not want the mechanism to swing inwards to open you garage. In fact and quite unfortunately, most opening mechanisms normally open inward – and not outwards, as should be the ideal in a garage construction plan. Ideally, you want the garage door to open outwardly, not the opposite.
The only option to get that is to place the mechanism outside of the garage, which is not a particularly brilliant idea. If you choose the place the mechanism outside the garage, not only you expose it to tampering but also it is not very aesthetic. The mechanism’s box can also become a hazard for yourself and other pedestrians. It becomes obvious at this point, that using the normal gate opening mechanism to automate your garage barn door is a little more complex than you may think.
I have personally opted for outward-swinging garage doors and the drive is mounted on the back of my pillar. The mechanism’s arms are a little longer than the inward-swinging type (which as I mentioned are not very practical in a garage configuration). I chose the outwards-swinging model because it was the only reasonable option available to me given the limited space in my garage plan. For a garage construction plan such as the one I was using, this issue was not really material.
My suggestion here is to ask the gate-opening manufacturer to mount the swinging arm in the middle of the gate rather than the edge. My experience is that this configuration often works better.
As far as the garage doors concern, they often consist of two stiles, three rails as well as a pair of braces each. These run upwards from the lower outer corner to upper inner corner of the bay. The doors can be made out of timber or simply welded from steel, and then clad with your choice of timber or metal.
If you are using a garage construction plan with a double door configuration, use a proportionately big motor to open it. Remember too to look after it in order to keep the garage door in excellent working condition.