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What if you bought a home without a garage or need an additional garage? Building one out of brick and mortar is expensive, and you can’t shift it either. The solution? Enclose a carport! But, enclosing one will require in-depth research and planning on your part. We also recommend involving a professional contractor if possible. But, whatever you choose, DIY or professional help, this blog will aid your research by discussing how to enclose a carport?
Moreover, enclosing a carport can increase your house area if done right. And if built with proper ducting, wall sockets, and permits, it will increase your home value considerably.
A carport is an extremely useful multipurpose structure. It can serve as a garage for your vehicles and shelter for outdoor parties. And being low-cost, you can build it with reasonably low investment and hassles.
Now that we know how beneficial having a carport could be, let’s see the materials needed for building a metal garage. The list isn’t long, and as long as you have all the tools, equipment, and materials in place, you can even attempt a DIY!
But if the process seems a bit too challenging, consider opting for professional help to enhance the quality. After all, who wouldn’t want a job this important done to perfection?
Things You Will Need To Enclose A Carport?
Tools And Equipment You Might Need
Visit your nearby store for the following equipment and tools:
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Site Preparation Before Enclosing The Garage
Step #1: Begin by cleaning the floor of the carport. The location should be free of dirt, debris, and vegetation.
Step #2: If there is no existing concrete slab on the location, start by pouring one. A slab is crucial as it will support the entire room.
Step #3: Use 2×4 wooden boards and place rebar in a grid into them. Measure the size of the carport and cover this area with these rebarred wooden boards.
Step #4: The concrete should be poured into this form. And make sure the wooden boards can hold the concrete until it settles and dries.
Step #5: Measure and ensure that the concrete slab aligns with the existing home floor. Laying the slab is somewhat technical and laborious. Thus, you can also sign up a contractor for the same.
Enclosing A Carport- Complete Process
Build Partial Walls Using Boards, Wall Studs, And Garage Door
Step #1: Measure the size of the garage and begin building the partial wall frames.
Step #2: Start by building the wall using 2×4 boards and wall studs placed 16 inches apart.
Step #3: Place this board flat against the ground and frame verticals into it. Now attach the next board above these verticals.
Step #4: When the required height is achieved, straighten the frame up for easy installation.
Step #5: Make a series of such frames for long walls.
Step #6: Lastly, make frame openings for installing garage door and windows.
Fixing The Frames
Step #1: Secure the frames to the concrete flooring using bolts.
Step #2: Attach the existing roof to the new walls using long screws.
Applying Plywood And Wall Covering
Step #1: It is time to cover the walls with plywood to cover the frames.
Step #2: Once done, many wall covering is available, like siding and stucco.
Step #3: This is also your cue to install doors and windows to the frame openings you left initially. With attaching the garage door, the skeleton of the new room is almost done.
Time For Insulation And Electric Work
Some states authorize you to do your electric work by yourself. But it would be best if you were utterly sure about your abilities before undertaking this feat.
But if you do not have enough hands-on experience, you can get help from an electrician for your new room. And even if you do the electrics by yourself, you need an electrician to sign it off.
For the insulation, you can install insulation between studs. Insulation makes it cheaper for you to heat or cool the space.
Adding The Finishing Touches
Now that your additional room is almost ready, it’s time to finish.
Step#1: Add drywall to the inside of your walls.
Step #2: Add your chosen floor covering- tiles, carpet, or wood.
Step #3: Prime and paint the drywall, and you are all set to place your furniture and fixtures.