Carport Plans - The Essential Ingredient Of Your Project

Published: 26th May 2011
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A carport is not just a place to park your automobile but when you give some thought to the planning and design the result can be a valuable and functional enhancement to your property. While a carport won't provide the total protection of a garage it will, nevertheless, protect your car from environmental elements such as rain, wind and snow. A well designed carport will be easily accessible and convenient while being an asset to your property. Carports can be build as a stand alone structure or attached to your house. In either case it provides additional parking space and functionality like a garage. A well designed carport will be easily accessible and convenient while adding value to your property.

When you're preparing your carport plans as with garage plans, site selection is extremely important. If you are considering a location where water tends to accumulate, then you should also provide for proper drainage. In all cases you'll want to use pressure-treated lumber to prevent rotting . In addition, you should pay close attention to your primary support posts. Check for the possibility of the post shifting over time due to sandy or waterlogged soils. If you're in a climate where the ground freezes in the winter make sure the post holes are dug down below the frost line. If you're likely to have a lot of snow or rain you want a roof with enough pitch to allow for adequate runoff.

All complete carport plans will have a complete list of materials that you will need for the project. For your primary structural support, you can use wood posts such as 4x4s or 4x6s that are carefully sunk in concrete. You want to make sure that you use sturdy bolts when you assemble the various parts of the frame. Using bolts rather that nails will give you the flexibility to enlarge, disassemble or even move your carport at a later date if needed.

There are several choices when it comes to the carport floor which will be determined, in large part, by your budget. The easiest and least expensive is to just leave it as dirt. Other choices include gravel, concrete, or even asphalt.

The roof design for a standalone carport can be either a gable or gambrel roof. The gable is the easiest to build, however, the gambrel has the advantage of providing overhead storage space. If your carport will be attached to your house then the roof will be a single plane slanting away from the building where it is attached. The roofing material should match what is on your house to maintain consistency in both structures. If you have a good set of carport plans you should have no trouble constructing any of these.

Before you begin any construction project make sure you contact your local building inspector as you will need a building permit. You also want to make sure that you are aware of the latest building codes that would apply to your project.

In summary, get hold of a good set of carport plans and follow them carefully. The result will be a completed project of which you can be proud and will provide enjoyment for many years to come.


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