Customizing Your Carport for Your Needs
It is very possible to customize your carport for your needs. Whether you are creating carport plans from scratch or you inherited a double carport when you purchased a home you can customize either space to work for you. The best thing you can do is know what you will be using the space for and customize to fit.
It is fairly simple to add workshop space to a carport for when you choose to work outside. You can build a workbench and locking cabinets to hold equipment. Unless you can guarantee the safety of parts and tools is not a good idea to leave them unattended and unlocked in an open carport.
You can add walls to one or three sides of your carport. Do this when more protection is needed from the elements or where you are in need of an enclosed structure. Like in areas with high winds, or when the sun beats down on only one side of a vehicle all day long.
Depending on the layout and building plan of the carport additional places for storage might be available. Check the rafters to determine if they are a secure place for additional storage. You can also ad shelves or cabinets along the sides of the carport for storage of outdoor supplies and equipment.
Closing in the Structure
After having a carport for a while you may decide that it would be more useful as a garage or a workshop. It is possible to convert most carports into either. Adding walls on all sides with an access door with work for a workshop but if you add a garage door to the front it can function as a garage or a workshop whenever your needs change. Try to keep the customizing versatile so that it will be useful to you for years to come.
Choosing a Material
If you are building a carport from scratch you can customize the materials that are used to build it. Wood is more versatile yet will not last as long as an aluminum designed structure. You also can use an alumiwood which will look like wood but hold up like aluminum in order to match other structures on the property.
Customizing your carport roof for your weather conditions is important. If you are in an area that gets a lot of rain then a drainage system will be a must on your carport. If you are in a heavy snowfall area then you will need to ensure that the roof can handle the weight of the snow season after season. Choosing a quality roof is important for the protection of your vehicle.
There are a lot of different ways that you can customize a carport to fit your needs. Whether you are using it to store an RV or yard equipment different things will be required of the structure. By keeping these in mind you can customize your carport space to work with you.