marți, 10 februarie 2015

How to Build a Carport

A wooden carport is one of those projects that require an average amount of money, but it will make a huge impact on your life. If you have a nice concrete slab in your backyard, things will be even more simple. You just need to anchor the posts to the slab and install the roof structure.

On the other hand, if you will start the project from scratch, there are a few things that you should do in order to get the job done in a professional manner. In most of the cases a building permit is requires, so make all the due diligence prior to the actual construction of the carport.

Choose the location for the carport with great judgment. Make sure the surface is flat and perfectly level. Remove the vegetation layer and pour gravel or a concrete slab. Dig 2' deep holes and set the posts into place using temporarily braces. Plumb the posts with a spirit level and fill the holes with concrete. Align everything with attention, making sure the corners are square.

How to Build a Carport

A lean to carport is one of the easiest approach, as it involves less cuts and materials. Adjust the slope of the carport to suit your needs. In addition, make modifications to the carport according to the size of the vehicle.

n most of the cases, the carport should be 9' wide and 16' long. However, if you drive a large car, you should make the corresponding adjustments to the carport. Place the rafters equally spaced and leave no gaps between the components. Fit 3/4" plywood sheet to the rafters and secure them into place using galvanized nails.

See more diagrams, instructions and a full list with the materials needed for the job here.

Alternatively, you can build an attached carport. If you want to have the car parked close to the house, building an attached construction is one of the best solutions. If you want to have a proper access to your car, especially during the winter, a nice attached carport is a good solution.

Fit the beam to the wall and the posts into the ground. Use the same techniques to get the rest of the construction done. Learn how to build an attached carport by clicking this link.


If you have two cars, you can shelter both of them in the same construction. Just use the same techniques described above and adjust the size of the components. Work with attention and make sure the structure is rigid enough to support the weight of the roof.


How to build a carport plans - Step by step video

As you can see in the video, a flat roof carport can be built relatively easily by any person with average woodworking skills. The simple shape is on your advantage, as you can get the job done in a just a few days, using common tools and materials. Follow the instructions shown in the video and make any necessary adjustments.