Garage addition for 5th wheel

Old 08-15-16, 11:11 AM
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Garage addition for 5th wheel

I really want to just build a pole barn, but that's not in the budget. So, I'm trying to decide how I could build an addition on my garage to help cover our 5th wheel. It would probably have to be 12' high or so. I'm not sure how I would attach something or where to even start looking.
I have attached a picture of the front of the house that I nabbed off the for sale listing from when we bought it. There is a paved pad on the left side of the garage where that white van is sitting where we currently park the trailer.
We will worry about building permits and such later, I'm just trying to determine what might be feasible first. Thanks
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Old 08-15-16, 11:41 AM
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Are you looking to extend the garage, or add a covered (but not fully enclosed) car port type area next to it?

My first thought would be to mimic the double peak feature you have on the right side but on the garage peak. That would probably give you enough height at the peak to raise the left hand section of the garage roof up enough to buy you the room you need next to existing garage.

Would take some designer time though and I'm not sure it would be cheaper than a simple standalone pole barn.
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Big project - as Paul said, your current roofline isn't going to work.
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I can't imagine that adding a garage onto the house would be less expensive than a pole barn. Attached to the house you'll have a different set of codes to comply with and a more expensive construction method where a pole barn can be built quite inexpensively.

And, honestly a pole barn off the the side somewhere would look a lot more appropriate than scabbing on a monster garage with a 12'+ high bay to your existing house. The garage would be so massive and out of proportion to your house. If you could hide it around back... maybe but out front it's really going to scream.
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Great observations, like I said, I had no idea. Thanks for the input. I'll get more serious with the wife about that pole barn
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It should be quite easy to build another bay onto the left side of your picture, but the roofline would need to be a gable, perpendicular to the existing garage roof. The front and back walls would be your load bearing walls and so the header over the new garage door would need to be sized accordingly, if you wanted the doors on the same side they are now.

But I agree, a separate building away from the house would look a lot nicer... perhaps even downhill a ways so that it doesn't look like a monstrosity.

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