Laurel Julienne Langelier Carport April 19th, 2018 - 12:11:17
The delineation between house and carport should not be clearly marked or it will look like the carport is not an integral part of your house. You want your home and carport to look as though they blend together as one. Another reason is related to functionality of the roof line. If you live in an area that has a great deal of annual snow fall you will want to make sure that the ice will not gather between your house and the carport. In the spring thaw, the runoff melted snow will need a clear and direct path to escape to the ground. You do not want the water from the melted ice to puddle against your home. Exposing your masonry work to standing water is a sure way to prematurely age and damage your brick work.
2. What is the purpose or the car port? What needs will be served by the carport? Carports generally provide shelter for a car. However, other people use carports as a porch cover or a shaded playing area for their children. Is the carport intended to protect the car from the sun or is it to protect from the snow? Are walls necessary to achieve your intended purposes ie. prevent wind and/or snow drifts? Are you expecting to store things safely in the carport. Will you need an area for cupboards? Make a list of goals you want to meet with your carport. 3. What building permit requirements and possible building restrictions exist in your community. Do you have a copy of the local building codes? Are you even allowed to build a carport on your property? For aesthetic and preservation purposes many heritage communities severely restrict additions to existing structures. There are costs and waiting periods associated with obtaining building permits so make sure you know what these are before you start to build.
An experienced contractor could probably do the job in one day. Using the roof as a deck or even the base for a second story addition is made easier if there is a pre-existing window over looking the carport location. Changing this window into a doorway is a easy proposition both work-wise and financially. These structures are also not limited to small spaces and be stand alone structures. Consider location of your new carport in relation to the purpose. Building in a small space might limit your choices. Once the carport is constructed you will have to look at it for a long time. Make a careful choice. A lean to carport or a single slope carport might suit your needs best.
The two commonly used carport types are wooden carports and metal carports. There may be others, but the two rank high as the carport types that are very familiar. If your main concern for getting one is how this will visually appeal together with your home, then you need to confirm this from where you intend to buy or the manufacturers web-site.. A home built mostly with wood may do better aesthetically with a wooden carport rather than metal carports. Although alumawood; a metal that looks like wood can be used in place of wood to make wood looking metal carports, the major disadvantage with this type of metal is that it is heavy which can increase your cost of transportation.