From Home Design and Decor

No longer simply a utilitarian part of the house, garage doors have recently taken center stage in home design and renovation projects. As an emphasis on curb appeal grows, homeowners have turned their attention to designing garage doors that match the beauty of their home’s elevation.

Phil Cox, co-owner of Cox Door Company alongside his sister Pam Betts, recognizes this growing trend of builders and homeowners installing wooden carriage-style doors on their garages. Cox Door has been customizing and installing wood carriage doors for many years – most notably for the two Street of Dreams houses in Charlotte and a Southern Living Idea House; both of which garnered the company nationwide requests from those wanting to replicate the high-end look.

From chateauesque to Craftsman style, carriage doors capture the historical charm of various periods while using upscale materials, such as paint-grade cypress, knotty red cedar, redwood, red oak, African or Honduran mahogany, and even reclaimed vintage wood.

The architectural options are limitless, according to Cox. He can specify a cove molding on a carriage garage door, for example, that matches what the architect designs in the house’s interior.

There are several major suppliers of custom carriage doors, but Cox is proud that his small, independent family-owned company can specify the right carriage door for his customers regardless of manufacturer. Many who want the carriage house look but are interested in a lower maintenance product can rely on manufacturers such as Clopay to provide wood composite overlay wrapped around a steel door.

“We have been at the forefront of perfecting the custom carriage house look for many years. As an independent company, we can buy from whichever supplier best achieves a homeowner’s particular vision,” Cox says.

As a value-added service, Cox Doors reviews architectural drawings and modifies engineering specifications if necessary to move homeowners’ visions of carriage doors from concept to feasibility.

“We also are able to make recommendations to lower the costs of garage door designs so architects can make the most informed decisions for their clients,” Cox says. “Our high-end clients expect perfection, so we really focus on creative ways to give them the looks they are after.”

Cox Door representatives can also make stain suggestions and smart home technology recommendations based on many years of experience.

“Not sure if you closed your garage door before leaving for a trip? We can enable you to check and close the door from a smartphone app while you’re lounging in Europe,” Cox says.

The details are important to the Cox family, which is why this year marks their 30th anniversary in Charlotte. They’re looking forward to continuing to delight customers with their attention to detail, dedication to time spent with the client, and commitment to customer satisfaction.

Want to upgrade the look of your home with wooden carriage house garage doors? See the options at or call 704-821-8898 to find out how to customize your doors.