A Lesson in Garage Door Detailing
One of the foundation details at the Oakley Home 2.0 that went from confusing to making perfect sense after looking more closely at my own Starter Home 2.0 garage door installation yesterday, was the notching in the concrete at the garage door opening. The reason for doing the notching is that it provides a continuous plane for the garage door track to mount against going up the inside face of the front wall. If not for the notch, the 8" wide concrete at the base of the door would be out of plane with the 3-1/2" (or 5-1/2") wide studs making up the remainder of the wall above, leaving a big ugly gap along the inside face of the garage door wall. Below are images of the garage door notches at the Oakley Home 2.0 as well as the one at the Starter Home 2.0 project in Pleasant Ridge, which has a block CMU foundation (with it being a detached garage) and shows the track mounted to the inside face of the wall that is flush with the notch below. Now you know why there are notches.