Transforming a carport into a garage is a great way to get the functionality of a garage without having to spend all the money starting from scratch on a new structure. In taking on this type of project, you will be able to provide better protection to your vehicle from the elements, and add greater security to your storage area.
Here’s an overview of the steps you should take to transform your carport into a garage:
- Planning: Sit down with a professional to discuss how you can plan your project. You’ll need accurate measurements and blueprints to work from, especially if you’re taking the project on yourself. Look into the permitting requirements for your area and see if you’re allowed to turn your carport into a garage. Consider your property line and the lay of your property as you design the footprint of your new garage.
- Prepare: While you will not need to dig out a foundation for the garage, there are some other aspects of site preparation you will need to factor into your planning. The ground must be stable, and you should have sufficient drainage. Remove anything covering up the columns or joists, and get everything out of the carport before you start working.
- Walls: The first step of the actual building process of the transformation is to build and install the walls that will surround it. Usually, people transforming carports will use a pressure-treated bottom plate and wall framing. The framing should be 16 inches from center to center, and the bottom plate must be covered with plastic sheeting to guard against potential moisture infiltration. The walls should get attached to the existing carport structure at the sides and top.
- Doors and windows: After the walls are up, you should install the doors and windows. Windows are, of course, optional, but you will need at least one access door to get in and out easily without having to open the main garage door. Include all openings in your building plans so you don’t have to cut them out later, after the walls have already been installed.
- Put in the garage door: This is a spot where you will definitely want the assistance of a contractor if you haven’t been working with one already. Include a slope at the threshold of the garage door to ensure water drains out toward the street or down your driveway.
- Electricity and insulation: Next, wire the garage to provide electrical service. It’s important to let professionals handle electrical wiring, especially if you are not experienced. Insulation is optional, but it’s desirable if you want to maintain a certain level of control over temperature in your garage space. You should absolutely insulate your garage if it will be attached to your home.
- Finishing touches: If you are finishing the garage on the inside, you can add drywall. Put the siding on the outside and add any decorative moldings or paint.
For more information about turning a carport into a garage, contact the team at Action Door Service today.