No Garage Dilemma-HELP! Pic Heavy!

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
1625 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@mrshoneybee:  I think I would enclose the carport. Is it a possibility to do that and then further down the road when you have more cash attach it to the house? I wouldn’t give up the extra space inside though.

Post # 4
975 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

I would prefer an extra room compared to a garage. Current hosue doesn’t have a garage, my parents house doesn’t. It already has a cover to protect from precipitation so I don’t really see the added benefit of having an indoor garage. It gets -40 here and I still don’t really see the advantage. Plug the car in at night and get a remote starter so it can warm up. 

Post # 7
42117 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

If he is worried about costs, the easiest thing to do is to first find out what they would be . Every city has people in the offices who can help you with these things. Take in some pics and they will tell you how much a permit costs and any requirements of the city re setbacks etc. There may be a reason the old owners added a freestanding carport.

I would enclose the carport as is. It will be next to impossible for a casual bypasser to even know that it is not attached, unless they see the house from a very specific angle.

At some future point you can attach it to the closed in garage if you like or feel the need.

Post # 8
2884 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

id enclose the carport and leave converted garage as extra space. i dont see how not connecting it to the house will make it look cheesy at all

Post # 10
1106 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

enclose the existing carport and find a way to attach it to the home when the funds are available. I think your resale value will drop drastically if you took away that much sqft

Post # 11
2562 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

You two will need a permit for sure, and the town might not let you put a new structure (which I think the enclosed carport would qualify as) directly in front of your house.
You might want to check local code requirements, and with your insurance company.
I really don’t mean any offense, but the existing carport is already kind of an eyesore.

Since you’re paying for that room as part of the livable space in the house (and I’m talking in your mortgage paying for that room) and NOT as a garage, I think converting it back is a waste of money (and tax dollars, as the town isn’t very likely to give you much of a tax break on a conversion back to a garage)

In your case, I would see what the town’s regulations are on sheds in the backyard (distance away from property line, height restriction, size restriction) and consider buying a pre-built unit. I’d tear down the carport and patch up the siding where the garage door was (is that even insulated?)

BUT I would want at least a year to do all this… how do you know what kind of space you will need if this is your first home? I would store my tools somewhere else (and FI and I are both handy – I understand how difficult that can be) and wait to see how I used all the rooms in the house.
Any architect worth her salt will try to understand how a space is actually USED by the inhabitants before they make major modifications (if they’re even required).

Does this house have a basement?

Post # 12
6951 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@mrshoneybee:  Do you NEED a garage, as opposed to a carport? I live in California so we don’t have to worry about weather or salt or whatever it is other people have to deal with. About half the homes around here just use their garage as storage and park in the driveway. 

Post # 13
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Enclose the carport and don’t worry about the gap between the carport and the house.  You can attach it later if money permits but I’m willing to bet in a few months/years you won’t even care.

Post # 14
920 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

what is the size of the home? in my opinion, i think it’s really half assed that the previous owners basically boarded up the garage and made it a living room. but if they were really lacking space and needed more room, I guess that’s a lot easier than doing a legitimate extension to the home. Does the room actually count as square foot in the home?

If storage is what you need, maybe you can build some nice closets inside the living room or a shed like others suggested. 

Post # 15
12875 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’d fix up that garage door to be like a normal wall, maybe add a window so it loosk like it was meant to be part of the house.  Then leave the carport as is and build a large shed in the back for tools and storage.  I feel like enclosing the carport might be too much of a large and overwhelming structure to the front curb appeal of the house.  And you can make the shed smaller than the carport if that’s still enough room and reduce the number of permits you need.


Post # 16
2173 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

@CakeyP:  +1  In my town, you’re not allowed to build in front of a house unless it is an attached garage.  And towns obviously vary.


@pinkshoes:  +1 I’d also do this.  THe garage door that elads to nowhere is kind of strange.

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