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Nov 21 2016

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Carport Plans Have More to Offer than You Might Expect

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Carport Plan 051G-0048Most of us think of a carport plan as a simple structure designed to protect our cars from the elements. But don’t be fooled! Carport plans have more to offer than you might expect! Their practical, versatile and budget friendly design make them a good choice for all kinds of needs. If you are in the market for a structure to protect your automobiles from the rain, ice, hail, snow and sun, a carport is a practical choice. It will take less time and effort to construct than a garage, and it is less expensive to build than a garage when the cost of materials and labor are considered. Additionally, these practical carport plans are a simple solution to a broad range of needs due to their versatility. Besides offering covered parking, carport plans can be used for boat storage, working on cars out of the sun or rain, storing other bulky items that won’t fit in the garage, a covered grilling porch, a pavilion for outdoor dining or an outdoor work space for hobbies and crafts that you might not want to work on inside your home. Carports are ideal for use as a shady retreat beside your lake, and they are just right for storing a tractor if you do not have a barn. If your house lacks a covered back porch, building a carport in the backyard creates the perfect place to hold outdoor barbecues or just relax at the end of the day. There are numerous possibilities when it comes to building a carport plan.

 

Our collection of carport plans consists of basic designs and more elaborate plans that offer some special extras. Additionally, our plans range in size from 2-car carport designs to a 6-car carport plan. We also offer RV carport plans designed to accommodate the extra height, length and width of a RV, camper or motor home. Some plans in our collection feature storage closets, covered porches, or even usable space overhead. Below are just a few of the carport plans we offer.

 

Carport Plan 066G-0002066G-0002: Prefer a rustic look? Check out this two-car carport plan with complete with storage closet. It is 24’x28’ and features rustic details that allow it to blend nicely on a wooded lot. The storage area makes it a great choice for an outdoor living space giving you a place to store patio furniture or the grill when not in use. Or if you prefer working on crafts, this carport provides a protected area to work outdoors where you can use paint, glue and other chemicals without having to worry about ventilation. And when you’re finished for the day, simply store you supplies in the closet.

 

051G-0048: This basic carport plan is 20’x20’ and accommodates two cars, but it’s simple design makes it well suited for a covered porch or pavilion if you prefer. Just add some patio furniture or a picnic table.

 

062Carport Plan 062G-0030G-0030: If you have a long and narrow strip of property to work with, consider this tandem-style carport. It is 13’x45’ and works well along the side of a house or along the edge of your property. Its tandem design is just right for parking one car behind the other or for protecting your truck and boat together. This design is also a good choice if you need to work on your cars at home and wanted to be protected from the hot sun or rain while you work.

 

Carport Plan 051G-0088051G-0088: This 2-car carport plan is designed for the family handyman. Its overall size 24’x48’, but it offers a 23’x23’ workshop behind the double carport. While the carport protects two automobiles from the elements, it is ideal for use as a grilling porch as well. The workshop is a dream come true for the weekend DIYer providing plenty of room for tool storage and a workbench or workspace.  Double doors on three sides of the workshop make it easy move large and bulky tools and supplies in and out of the workshop without any hassle. With a workshop like this, there’s no excuse not to finish any home improvement projects!

 

Carport Plan 006G-0165006G-0165: Have an RV, camper or motor home? This RV carport plan is sure to please you! It is 25’x36’ and specially designed to accommodate the height, length, and width of you home away from home. Investments such as an RV should be protected from the elements when you’re not on the road and this carport plan is an economical solution. And for those who live in motor homes communities when they are not on the road, this RV carport plan makes the perfect home base. In addition to protecting your investment, it features two storage closets and a covered porch for grilling and relaxing.

 

Carport plans are practical and flexible enough to satisfy a variety of needs. Not only do they offer shelter and protection for your cars, they are suitable for many other uses as well.

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Jan 13 2014

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Featured Design: Two-Car Carport Satisfies a Variety of Needs – The Garage Plan Shop

Carport PLan 006G-0017With a simple and conservative design, this two-car carport satisfies not only parking needs, but it can be utilized for a variety of other uses. Being supported by six 6’’ posts, this carport is sturdy enough to protect vehicles from the elements, eliminating that voice in the back of your head asking if you remembered to roll up your windows. In addition to cars, the shelter can also be used to protect other motorized vehicles or machinery, such as farm equipment, which are often subjected to nasty weather conditions because of limited garage or storage space. Going beyond vehicles, this carport is capable of serving as a pavilion, providing an environment in which barbeques, celebrations, and gatherings can continue despite what Mother Nature has planned. To view more designs like this one, please browse our collection of carport plans.

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Aug 12 2012

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Featured 2-Car Carport Plan with Storage Space – The Garage Plan Shop

Carport Plan 006G-0048If you want to add sheltered parking to your home without the expense of building a garage, consider this featured, 2-car carport plan with storage space. A stylish design adds a touch of elegance not commonly found with carport plans. Furthermore, two storage spaces provide enough room to store lawn and garden tools, ice scrapers, extra window washer fluid, and the like. You may even choose to use one storage space for your recycling center. Both storage areas offer double door access making it easy to store and access bulky and large items. The parking area is large enough for two cars and is designed to be a used as a drive-thru facility if the lot allows drive-thru accessibility. Additionally, the design incorporates a breezeway to connect with an existing home. Some home owners may opt to build this carport for use as a covered patio for outdoor living instead of sheltered parking. The choice is yours! Practical, stylish and flexible, this carport plan with storage makes a valuable addition to any home.

 

View our entire collection of carport plans to find the one this will best accommodate your needs.

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Jun 22 2011

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Planning Electrical Wiring for your New Garage, Outbuilding or Carport Plan – The Garage Plan Shop

Electrical PanelWhen building a detached garage plan, shed, outbuilding, barn or carport, The Garage Plan Shop recommends planning ahead when it comes to electrical wiring. All of the above mentioned structures are flexible and can be used for of a variety of purposes, so the first thing you need to think about is how you will use the structure. Will you use your garage or carport just for parking cars? Will you need lighting in your garden shed? Do you plan to use power tools in your outbuilding? Knowing how you plan to use your new addition will help you plan for electricity.

 

Begin by hiring a licensed electrician to help you. Let this professional review your garage blueprints to get a better understanding of the completed structure. With your electrician, come up with an electrical plan to accommodate your needs. This will keep you from over-wiring your structure and spending more than you need or electrical outlets, switches and fixtures. Your pre-determined electrical plan will also ensure that you have everything you need to use your new garage, carport or outbuilding the way you wish. Furthermore, it is better and less expensive to install electrical wiring during construction than it is to go back and retrofit the building for additional electrical needs at a later date.

 

When it comes to using power in your barn, outbuilding, shed, garage or carport, there are six main categories to consider:

  1. Lighting
  2. Heating and cooling
  3. Tools
  4. Garage doors and garage door openers
  5. Special accessories (refrigerator, TV, radio)
  6. Charging station for an electric vehicle

 

Talk with your electrician and determine what types of outlets and fixtures you’ll need to accommodate your specific needs. Consider amps and voltage. Read packaging and labels to determine what each of the above items will require. Have the electrician install outlets, fixtures, switches, circuit breakers and the electrical panel accordingly to accommodate all of your needs.

 

Anticipating your electrical needs for your new utilitarian structure will ensure you new outbuilding, garage or shed plan will accommodate all of your needs while paying the best price by installing wiring during the construction phase instead of after the building is finished.

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May 12 2011

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Pros and Cons of Building a Carport – The Garage Plan Shop

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Carport Plan 006G-0007If you are only looking for sheltered parking to protect your car for the elements, a carport will probably be a good solution. But before you make a final decision to add a carport to your property, review the pros and cons of carports listed below.

 

Pros:

  • Carports are relatively inexpensive to build in comparison to other alternatives such as building a garage with garage blueprints.
  • They are not as complex as other structures so you won’t have to work around as many building codes and city regulations as you might if you were building an alternative structure.
  • Due to their simple nature, these structures are quick to build if you are handy allowing you to complete the project in just a weekend or two.
  • The carport will achieve your main goal, protecting your car from sun, hail, wind and debris during storms.
  • Carport plans provide a way to prevent tree sap from damaging your car’s paintjob.
  • These structures offer plenty of natural ventilation.
  • Larger designs are flexible and can be used for storing boats, farm machinery and other equipment.

 

Cons:

  • Carport plans to not offer protection on all four sides as they usually have one or two open sides.
  • Most designs are not very large providing just enough room for one or two cars.
  • Due to their typical small nature, there will not be room for a workbench or storage cabinets as you might find with a garage.
  • Because there are usually open sides, carports do not offer the best storage for items that cannot get wet.
  • The open sides do not protect against wildlife and critters that might find their way under your carport and under your car.
  • Carports cannot be locked so they are not good for storing tools or basement and attic overflow as with a garage.

 

Keep these thoughts in mind when making a decision to purchase a carport plan or build a carport.

 

Visit The Garage Plan Shop to view an outstanding collection of carport plans.

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