If you lead a busy life or have a big family, chances are your garage is filled with useless junk like dusty old toys, exercise equipment
that hasn’t been used for decades, and storage boxes that contain
some mystery items. This leaves you with no space to park your car
(which is the real purpose of a garage). So what’s the solution? To
build a simple carport where your automobile will be kept relatively
safe, clean, and always ready to hit the road.
What is a
A carport is a roofed
structure used for storing vehicles, primarily cars. In most cases,
it is attached to a house and supported on posts. In contrast to a
studio that is usually fully enclosed, a carport has
one or more sides open.
house carport ideas
A garage without
walls: if you’re going for the minimalist effect then this
option is the way to go. This structure is built in place of where
you would build a garage. Add a foundation to make the ground
stable; this will help the structure stand firm. Afterwards, add
pillars and a roof.
The great thing about aluminium is that it’s a lightweight
metal that allows you to create designs that are out of the box. The
pliability and strength of this metal makes it easy for you to be
innovative with the architecture of your carport.
Flat Roof: This
type of carport is made from plywood decking or other wood, which is
then covered by rolled roofing or a vinyl coating. While these roofs
are affordable to construct, they do need coating every 3-5 years
and puddling can occur in certain spots. The flat structure will
cause rain and snow to accumulate on the roof, so regular scraping
and cleaning will be necessary. This roof is best for climates that
do not experience heavy rainfall and snow.
Roof: This type is best suited for high rainfall and snowfall
regions. Even a small slope will be effective enough to drain rain
and snow. This type is a bit pricier than the flat roof, but doesn’t
require as much maintenance.
inexpensive way to install a prefab carport
The way you assemble a
carport will be based on the type of carport kit you have purchased.
Following the instruction manual is key when it comes to assembly.
When you plan the design of your carport, make sure that it fits in
with your house and does not clash. If it is visible from the
street, it should also blend in with the street frontage. A
professional architect will be able to advise you on these aspects. Let’s take a look at a
simple way to construct a simple DIY metal carport.
Step 1: Lay the
foundation: A concrete slab works best for this purpose. If you
already have a concrete slab that you can use, then simply measure
it to be sure it meets the size specifications for your carport.
Assemble and attach the base rails: Start by laying out your
bottom rails, which are the horizontal pieces of your carport frame.
Bolt your rails into the concrete, making sure that the bolting
doesn’t damage the concrete.
Assemble and attach the trusses: The trusses are the main
frame pieces of your roofing. Assemble the trusses once the rest of
the siding is stable and in place. Purlins are further support
pieces for the roof that may or may not be present, but should be
attached last after the trusses.
Step 4: Attach the
sheet metal on the roof: Now that your framework is sorted, go
ahead and attach the roof. Once it is securely in place, attach any
siding that you may want to add.
carports vs prices of prefabricated carports
A normal carport that
isn’t prefabricated and needs to be installed by a company can cost
roughly in the range of £2,500 to £3,000. A prefabricated carport
kit will of course be cheaper, as you don’t have to pay someone to
install it or you. The type of material and the manufacturer will
determine the price of the prefabricated kit. Wood is more costly
than metal for instance. In general, a basic carport kit starts from
a few hundred pounds, whereas the more sophisticated ones can range
in the early thousands.
Carports (vs. Garages)
It costs much
less than the price of building a garage: The average cost of
building a garage is £18,000. A carport is thousands of pounds
cheaper, hence the better option if you’re strapped for cash.
easier to install than a garage: Whether you hire someone to
install it for you, or get a prefabricated one, the simple designs
means constructing it is made simple too.
It’s faster to
build than a garage: For the prefabricated version, your carport
can be up
and ready for you to park
your vehicle in a matter of hours. A garage on the other hand takes a
minimum of two days to complete, depending on the size.
Carports (vs. Garages)
against the elements: A carport is open on the sides, so your
car is more likely to be affected by rain and snow. A garage on the
other hand is fully enclosed, making it the better option for colder
against theft: According to the Telegraph, the number of car
theft incidents in UK has risen to 30% in the last three years,
making it more important than ever to store your car in a secure
spot. If there is a high rate of theft in your area, consider
building a garage instead of a carport.
Not suitable for
storage: A carport is less versatile than a garage. For example
it’s not a suitable place to store items that you need to protect
from heat and/or harsh weather such as important paperwork, clothing
and delicate crockery. Its sole usage is to store cars and other