Each time I see a modern house with clear glass garage doors, I cannot help but think of (a) Cameron's vintage car mishap in Ferris Bueller's Day Off and (b) what a neat freak one must be to pull it off. If you're in the market for one, check out the Clopay website. http://www.clopaydoor.com/avante.aspx
Glass garage doors are becoming more and more popular in non-garage areas of the house as well. As outdoor living spaces become more mainstream, these functional glass wonders offer a sleek way to turn indoor rooms into outdoor rooms with the simple push of a button. To add privacy, consider keeping lower panels solid or even frosted, then incorporate clear panels to flood interiors with natural light. Wanna divide space INSIDE your modern home? Check out LoftWall. http://www.loftwall.com/
Another excellent way to put glass garage doors to good use for interiors is to turn swimming pools or courtyards into focal points. In this situation, gorgeous views of the pool are visible from almost every common area of the house. This is also a dream for entertainment-savvy homeowners; with the doors raised on a beautiful night, the entire house becomes one gigantic, open, airy living room. It may also be wise to get yourself some flyswatters and Raid. Just hide them under your pretty furniture so as not to spoil the mood.
Custom wood garage doors with horizontal planks have mid-century appeal and, depending on grain and finish, can enhance other wood-clad elements of the same home's architecture. Repeating a material on the garage door can keep curb appeal from becoming too busy. No one wants a front yard with 99 focal points---neither do neighbors.
Take some inspiration from this modern masterpiece whether you're own home is traditional or contemporary. If your garage door isn't your curb appeal's best asset, paint it the same shade as the exterior. This way it sort of disappears allowing the stronger elements to shine. Hey, if you spent $145k on windows, you may as well show 'em off correctly, right?
As this example shows, horizontal wood slat doors can break up the monotony of heavy outdoor materials such as stucco, cinder block or concrete. Too much of an overbearing material can cause architecture to fall flat.
While glass garage doors are pretty to look at when frosted and lit from inside, they also add a sense of security. The interior glow makes its way outside illuminating everything around it.
Living in an uber-industrial building downtown? Class up your curb appeal with modern glass doors. And if riff raff come anywhere near your place with graffiti supplies, at least you can see them, take their picture and upload it to the Interwebs. Revenge through architecture!