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Question DetailsAsked on 6/1/2013

I am looking for a contractor to convert a carport to a garage. can anyone recommend someone.

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I cannot recommend anyone for your area - check under general contractor for listings and reviews in Search The List in green menu bar.

Before you consider doing this, check your land use and building code regulations.

Generally, a carport is not attached to the house and has no utilities to it, so is allowed to be built on pedestal or on-grade concrete pad foundations.

A garage is considered a residential structure and is presumed to have utilities to it (at least heat and electric), so it is required to have foundations that go below frost depth, and to a certain minimum depth regardless of frost exposure - typically 3 feet. Therefore, the conversion would likely mean tearing down the carport and building a garage in its place, possibly salvaging some of the materials from the carport.

Just putting walls around the carport might not be aq viable option either - for land use compliance, but also because open-sided carports are not designed for full sidewall wind load, so you would have to add posts and wind bracing if you close it in.

I would talk to your local planning and zoning departments before going ahead with this - you do not want themm dinging you with violations, or later trying to sell the property only to find the garage is on-conforming with code so you cannot sell the house.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD


JP from Angie's List here. I would recommend using the "Search the List" function as @LCD mentioned to search for local contractors in your area. The categories I would recommend searching under would include "builders - garages & sheds" and "carpetntry - framing." Good luck with your project!

Answered 6 years ago by JP

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