So, you’re thinking about converting your carport into a more secure and functional space—a garage. You’re not alone; many homeowners are making the switch for added security and storage. In this guide, Discovery Buildings, your trusted carport builder, will walk you through the essential factors you need to consider before you convert your carport to a garage.
1. Check Local Building Codes and HOA Regulations
Before you even pick up a hammer, it’s crucial to check local building codes and consult your Homeowners Association (HOA) if applicable. These entities often have specific requirements for converting a carport to a garage or building accessory dwelling units. Failure to comply could result in hefty fines or even having to undo your hard work.
2. Evaluate the Current Structure
Your carport’s existing structure will significantly impact your conversion project. Here are some key points to consider:
- Roof Condition: If your carport has a shingled or tiled roof in good condition, you’re off to a good start.
- Support Posts: Ensure that the vertical supports are sturdy and in good shape. If they are leaning or damaged, you’ll need to make structural improvements before proceeding.
- Slab Condition: A structural engineer or contractor should inspect the concrete slab to ensure it can bear the weight of added garage walls.
3. Measure the Slab and Carport Height
Before you dive into the conversion process, it’s essential to measure the dimensions of your existing carport accurately. This includes both the concrete slab and the height of the carport structure.
Knowing the exact size of your concrete slab will help you plan the layout of your new garage, especially if you intend to add storage cabinets, workbenches, or other features that require floor space.
The height of your existing carport will determine what kind of roof you can install on your new garage.
4. Consider Costs and Materials
Converting a carport to a garage is generally less expensive than building a new one, but costs can add up quickly. Here’s a rough breakdown:
- Labor: Expect to pay between $9,000 and $11,000 for a carpenter to finish the walls and install the garage door and an entry door.
- Materials: Framing lumber, siding materials, windows, and electrical upgrades will also add to the cost.
- Permits and Fees: Don’t forget to budget for building permits and dumpster fees, which can vary depending on your location.
5. Plan for the Garage’s Roofline
The roofline of your new garage should not only match the aesthetics of your home but also meet local building codes. Here are some options to consider:
- Flat roof
- Pitched roof
- Gabled roof
Final Thoughts: Converting Your Carport to a Garage
Converting your carport to a garage is a significant but rewarding project. It not only enhances your property’s value but also provides a secure space for your vehicles and belongings. If you’re ready to take the next step, Discovery Buildings can help you make this transition smoothly. For more tips, check out our guide on gutters on a metal carport.
Call us at (321) 383-4000 to discuss your plan to convert a carport to a garage today.