Enclosing a metal carport. Questions....

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Enclosing a metal carport. Questions....

I've got a metal carport that's 18' wide by 19' long. The height, I haven't measured, but is probably about 6' tall on the sides, and maybe 9' or 10' or so in the middle at the peak.

I'm thinking of enclosing this as it's not being used right now, but I could certainly use the space as my shop shop and garage are getting full.

I've got a 1988 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS that's my weekend toy (unfortunately, only a few weekends out of the year). It's in my shop and it's kinda' in the way of my other stuff and being able to work on things. My sister's daily driven pick-up, a 1985 Chevrolet Silverado (which I have literally hundreds of hours of work and thousands of dollars invested in) is on the verge of being parked because of all the fuel it takes to get it down the road. This is her first vehicle and I've become somewhat attached to it myself, but she's ready for something more economical. She's considering selling it. I'd rather she didn't and I really think she'd regret it if she sold it. How many times have ya'll heard the story, "Man, I used to have one of these. I wish I never sold it!". Well, if she were to park her pick-up and get something else as a daily driver, she has nowhere to put the pick-up and this pick-up doesn't deserve to be left parked outside, that's for sure.

My idea is to enclose the carport I have extra and put my car and her pick-up in it kinda' as a hot rod garage type thing.

One of my main concerns is what I would use for doors. My car is roughly 6' wide and her pick-up is 6.5' wide, so there's room to work with. What I pictured in my head is two single doors with a pillar of some sort in the middle. I HATE single doors, but if this is just for the sake of housing a couple oldies but goodies that'll just be taken out every once in a while, I can manage that.

Enclosing the three sides'll be fairly easy. But my hangup is the front where the vehicles will go in and out. I need some help from the experts! Anyone here done something like this? Have any ideas?

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Old 08-07-11, 03:53 PM
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We did this one for a client a year or so ago. We build the back "storage" shed several years ago. He just wanted us to add on to the front so he could have a storage place for his golf cart and lawn mower. Just to give an idea.

 
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Thanks for the reply and the pictures, Chandler. Looks like ya'll did a really nice job on it.

My caroport is identical to that one. Same colors even.

The sheet metal on the outside of the wooden storage room is exactly what I'll use more than likely on the three sides to be closed on mine.

While what ya'll did on that particular carport ain't what I got planned, but it certainly helps put things in perspective and could be exactly the answer someone else is looking for when they're reading this thread years down the road. Ya' know, these little carports really are quite roomy.

I've put a little more thought into it in the past couple hours.

I think matching sheet metal for the sides and the back for the enclosure and perhaps a wood frame for the front with same matching sheet metal attached to it for the doors, etc.

I figure what'll have to be done is the door on the left will swing to the left and the door to the right will swing to the right. Both doors will close to the middle where there will be two latches and locks.

I wish this carport were sitting on a concrete slab. As it is now, it's sitting on partly gravel and partly grass. I belive it's fairly level, but it sure would be sweet to have concrete.

We'll see what the budget allows when it comes time to build this thing.

Keep the ideas and pictures flowin'!
 
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Old 08-08-11, 04:04 AM
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I think matching sheet metal for the sides and the back for the enclosure and perhaps a wood frame for the front with same matching sheet metal attached to it for the doors, etc.

I figure what'll have to be done is the door on the left will swing to the left and the door to the right will swing to the right. Both doors will close to the middle where there will be two latches and locks.
I think you are on the right track. If you allowed your framing to stick just below your exposed stationary metal on top so the doors will hit it when closed,and install a locking flap (similar to an astragal) on one of the doors, you may dodge the bullet of having to install a central post, which would be nize.
 
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Chandler, I think I know what you're talking about. I'm certainly no carpenter!

I looked up astragal to see what it even was and I think it's similar to what we have on our rented boat dry stall storage unit. Then again, maybe it's not. lol I'm trying to picture it in my head and it's too early on a Monday morning!

It's basically just something that sticks out from the top of the framing to where the doors have something to press up against, right? I'm liking this idea. It really would be nice if I could do away with a pillar in the middle. As I said before, I hate that! Waste of space if you ask me...

Happen to have any pictures of what you're talking about just to make sure I'm thinkin' of the right thing? Haha

Thanks again
 
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An astragal is a type of door stop that is attached to one of the double doors. Basically it prevents the 2nd door from being closed past the 1st door..... it also seals the gap between the 2 doors.
 
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