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Checklist for Converting a Carport into Garage

When it comes to providing protection for your vehicle from the elements, a carport is the cheapest thing you can get. However, it is not as beneficial as a garage. Luckily, you can convert your carport into a garage. Here is a checklist to help you make a smooth transition.

The first thing you will need to do is make sure your project adheres to building and HOA regulations. Most likely you will need a permit to build and the garage must follow certain safety rules before it will pass inspection. For instance, you will likely be required to build a fire-rated wall between the garage and the home.


Garage Dimensions x
Single Garage Doors
Double Garage Doors
Windows/Sky-lights
Gutters
Garage Door Opener
Aproximate Garage Cost:

The dimensions must match the number of cars you hope to house in the area. The concrete slab should be at least 20-feet deep and 10 feet across for a single car. Two cars require a width of at least 18.5 feet. To make sure there is enough room to get around, pad the dimensions with at least 2 to 4 feet.

The garage should provide a clearance of at least 8 feet 1 inch to accommodate the height of the vehicles and the garage door. The standard header is 2 by 8 feet or 2 by 12 feet.

You may need to replace the roof of your carport. Typically, they are built with shed or gable roofs. While this is fine for a carport, it may not look as nice enclosed. If you want to keep the roof, have it inspected first to make sure it is in good condition. It is best to scrap a roof that is in poor condition at the beginning of a project than it is to try to retrofit a new roof later.

The concrete slab for your current carport must meet code requirements. It should be structurally sound, deep enough in the ground, and provide enough traction for feet and wheels. You will have to address these concerns when you obtain a building permit.

If you want to add utilities like electricity and plumbing, decide where you want these items to go in the garage and how those services will be delivered. Work with an experienced plumber and electrician to help you make the best decisions for your garage project.

 
 
 
 

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