How to start to build a wooden carport

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How to start to build a wooden carport
Carport (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Building your own carport has many advantages over buying a manufactured carport. Some of these advantages include a carport designed especially for your needs and being installed in your time frame. Wood is an excellent material for carport because it is strong, durable, versatile, easy to work with and can be blended into the roof of the home or building. The most important part of starting to build a wooden carport is design and preparation.

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Grid paper
  • Pencil

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  1. 1

    Contact the city hall for the town you live in and ask about restrictions and building permits. The code and permits for buildings vary from city to city, and it is always a good idea to contact them before you began planning any building project.

  2. 2

    Measure the area where the carport will be placed. Decide what vehicles will be parked under the port and if the carport will house one or two vehicles. A major complaint about carports is that they are not long enough. Do not make the mistake of building a carport for a compact car that could be sold or traded in for a van or pickup. A carport should be at least 180 to 210 cm (6 to 7 feet) tall and long enough to park a large vehicle and have one foot on each end. Twenty-five-foot-long carports will work for almost all cars, trucks and SUVs. Carports for RVs are quite a bit taller than carports designed for cars and trucks.

  3. 3

    Decide on a design for the carport. The most important things to remember when designing a carport is drainage for rain and stability. Carports can be dome-shaped, A-framed, slanted or flat. Consider the area where people will be walking to and from the house. Think about adding gutters or diverting the rain water away from that area.

  4. 4

    Draw out a plan for the carport or grid paper. It is a good policy to draw one plan as a front view of the carport and anther from the top looking down. This allows you to get a total view of the carport. The 25 mm (1 inch) squares on the grid paper should represent one foot selection on the carport. This allows you to create accurate dimensions and determine how much supplies will be needed. Start with the basic dimensions gathered in Step 1 and apply your design as you go. Once the drawing is complete, go over the entire drawing and document all the supplies you will need. Remember to take in consideration that 60 to 90 cm (2 to 3 feet) of the corner post will be placed in concrete.

  5. 5

    Buy your supplies. Weather-treated lumber is a must for any outdoor building project. Consider using galvanised steel screws bolts and metal braces. The roof should be covered with shingles or other roofing material.

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