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Getting a carport: steps & price ranges

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From November to April, it’s pretty much car shelter season. We’re all so “lucky” to see these white plastic car shelters sprout on many driveways. Okay, maybe we aren’t. They clearly don’t provide an extra appeal to your home – and rather have the contrary effect. We’ve been wondering if there aren’t any interesting alternatives to these dull structures. After a little research, we’ve decided carports are certainly an alternative to consider!

carport and garage

Of course, the cost is a bit higher than the car shelters we’re usually used, but they bring an interesting look and value to your home. Here are the steps you should follow to get one – as well as the costs associated:

1. Request permission from the city

This step has no direct cost, unless you don’t actually ask for permission and find yourself in a little trouble! In fact, each municipality has its own regulations and city authorization can be more complex in certain areas. We advise that you don’t start planning until you know for sure what your city is asking for and is accepting for this kind of renovation project. Essentially, make sure you can get a building permit before starting your carport construction – it’ll be mandatory.

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2. Create plans and apply for the permit ($500 to $1,200+)

That’s right! Even for this kind of reno project, you’re likely to need plans – all depending on your city’s regulations. For this step, the estimated budget varies quite a bit. Are you looking for custom-made plans? Pre-made plans? And attached carport? Or, a detached one? A pre-made carport plan can start at $500 and go up to $2,000 (if not more) for a custom plan. Note: you might need an architect or technologist to get custom plans made. Once you have your plans, you can have them approved by your municipality and request a building permit accordingly.

Carport

3. Building the carport ($12,000 to $25,000)

This step still includes many price variations. Indeed, an attached carport will be significantly more expensive, especially if you opt for the same exterior siding as your home. Its price will be higher because it will have to be treated as an extension. It can, however, be converted into a garage in future years, and thus bring more value to your home.

As we live through snowy winters, to ensure that our carport can withstand this often heavy snow, it’s important that its foundations are solid – this applies to attached and detached carports alike. In fact, a concrete foundation slab would be important and it’s strongly advised to have the concrete poured by a specialized contractor. Screwed piles can also be part of your structure to add more strength and durability – which also guarantees frost and snow resistance. As for your carport installation, the process may not be that long depending on whether it’s a custom-made or a pre-fabricated port. However, it is always advisable to seek the assistance of a carport or garage contractor if you don’t want an avalanche to fall on your head on a winter morning before heading to work. 

beautiful carport

You carport material choice

You can choose wood or metal for your carport and you can easily adapt it to your home. It’s true that metal is often more expensive than wood, but you can very well choose the material to use according to your budget. The price difference can also vary depending on the size of your carport. The type of roofing you choose can be interesting as well. You can opt for a pitched roof, a flat one, shingles, or membrane roof. You can essentially choose anything you’d like and which you believe will match your home’s look.

If you don’t mind having a plain white plastic or canvas car shelter in front of your home during winter months, that’s fine as well. However, if you want to look for a more sustainable and good looking solution, Call us or fill out our form to get in touch with one of our Renovation Advisors! They’ll assist you throughout the project at no cost, no obligation to you! They’ll even find up up to three 360° Verified Contractors to get quotes for the job ahead!

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