With 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.
If 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.
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When 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:
- Heating and cooling
- Garage doors and garage door openers
- Special accessories (refrigerator, TV, radio)
- 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.
If 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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With the right set up, a carport can do so much more that just protect our automobiles from the elements. True, they are a nice storage place for the car, truck or other vehicle when not in use, but have you thought about what else a carport can store? If your carport has at least one solid wall, you can easily install storage cabinets on the wall at eye level or higher as not to interfere with the cars when parked inside. Wall cabinets provide an opportunity to organize and store clutter they we might otherwise leave on the ground where it can be tripped over, stepped on or even rolled over by the car. Arrange your wall cabinets in such a way that the items you store are handy, simple to find and easy to reach when you need them. They can be used for anything for tools and auto parts to gardening supplies and even used paint cans. Cabinets are available in a variety of materials including wood, metal and plastic. Installing cabinets in your carport increases functionality and optimizes the usefulness of the space.