How to Plan for Enclosing a Carport

What You'll Need
Computer Software (Optional)

Enclosing carport is a great way to make some extra space in your home. However, enclosing a carport is not an extremely simple project, it's essential that you spend time planning so that you can convert your carport safely and turn it into a useful and practical space for your whole family.

Planning for enclosing a carport isn't actually that difficult. As long as you take plenty of time and effort to plan for this properly you shouldn't encounter any problems. Planning before starting any type of project is important because it will help to reduce the chances of encountering any unforeseen situations which could result in costly mistakes.

Step 1 - Thinking about Your Requirements

First spend time measuring the size of the carport so that you can work out exactly how much equipment and materials you will need to purchase and also work out how long the job will take to complete. Inspect the current condition of the car port so that you can decide exactly what needs to be done. If, for example, the roof is in bad repair then this may need to be replaced before work can continue. Sort out your basic requirements before setting out your planned changes.

Step 2 - Planning Your Design

Once you know exactly what you need from your carport you should then be able to use this to create a design which will provide you with everything that you need. Take the measurements and create an accurate plan of the carport on a piece of graph paper. Alternatively you could use a piece of computer software to design this if you prefer.

Step 3 - Working Out the Materials List

When you know the design and are happy with it you should then be able to work out the equipment and materials that you will need to complete the job. Take a look on the Internet to estimate how much these will cost which will help you to understand whether or not you can afford to complete the project. Sometimes the materials can cost a lot more than you might expect which is why it's so important to work out a list of materials. 

Try to include everything that you need on this list so that you can get an accurate idea of the cost of completing the project. Include an approximate number of nails and also allow for some extra material in case of wastage.

Step 4 - Getting Help

If you are unable to complete the project by yourself then you will need to get some extra assistance. Get quotes for subcontractors to complete various parts of this project if required.

Step 5 - Ordering Materials

Once you are ready to start you should then order the equipment and materials required to start the work. Shop around when buying these to make sure you're getting the best deal possible. You will also need to make sure that you have enough space to store all of the materials before work can commence.