Most people will agree that having the summertime last for just a little bit longer – and maybe start a little earlier each year – could be nice. If you have a carport, then this does not have to be a fantasy. It could be a reality. You can turn the carport into a living space where you can spend more time with friends and family, and it is easier than you might imagine.
Let’s look at some tips that you will want to keep in mind.
Never Start Without a Plan in Place
This is simply good advice for anything that you do in life. You want to have a plan that is in place to help guide you from start to finish on your project. It provides you with a nice roadmap, and it can help you to keep under your budget. One of the first things that you are going to need to consider is just how you are going to be using the carport. Are you only going to use it as a living space for part of the year? Are you going to have the cars in there for a few months out of the year? Perhaps you want to use this as a permanent living space.
Depending on what you want, it is going to change your overall plans. Determine the answer to this question and how you plan to set up the space. A carport is typically going to have at least three walls that connect to the outside. Consider the space that you have around the carport, including how close you are to the neighbors and how feasible it is going to be for the different walls to open.
You might want to consider working with an architect to help you with this. They can help you to put the final touches on your plan and make sure it is actually going to work.
How Much Could It Cost?
One of the first things that you are going to need to consider is that all projects are going to be different. It will depend on just what you want to do and the types of changes that you are planning to make. In most cases, you will find that it is going to cost between $10,000 and $20,000 for the changes. However, it could be possible to reduce the costs of construction. Some ways to do this include not laying footings or pouring concrete walls, not adding a lot of wiring or plumbing, and not changing the carport floor.
To get a better idea, you will want to refer to this text. It can give you a better idea of what needs to happen when it comes to turning a carport into a garage.
Using Natural Light
Natural light can be great, and when it comes to your carport, there is a good chance that you have quite a few options available to access that natural light. It will often depend on your overall plan and what type of traffic flow you want through the carport.
For example, if your façade from the house to the supporting post of the carport is 12 ft. (3.6 m) wide, you could add a 9-foot (2.7 m) overhead garage door in the front and back. You could have the front wall have a garage door made of glass, such as the California model from Garaga. You could also consider one of their contemporary style doors with wide 40″ x 13″ (102 x 33 cm) windows.
For the rear wall, you will want to think about how you are going to be heading into the backyard. You might want a garage door there, if you are going to need to bring large items through the carport. However, you have plenty of options. For the walls, you might want to consider having some rows of windows. Of course, in order to help keep the temperatures just right, you will want to make sure that you have double-paned thermal windows.
When you are choosing windows, you need to think about the level of privacy that you want to have in the carport. Fortunately, you have quite a few options. If you aren’t looking for much in the way of privacy, there is always a clear option. However, there are privacy glass options, as well. Take your time to explore the various choices that you have and find one that is going to work well for you.
Time to Get Started
If you are determined to turn your carport into a living space that you can use throughout the year, you need to make sure you do it the right way. The next thing you want to so is contact us so we can provide you with information on preparing the openings for your living space. Because you are going to be using garage doors, we can offer our expert opinion. We can help to explain the right choices to make for your needs, and for your budget. We have a showroom that you can visit, and we can send you a quotation by email.