Can I build a car-port on the side of my garage?


I have a 2-car attached garage but three cars in the household. While I'm obviously aware I can just leave the third car in the driveway, it inconveniently blocks the cars in the garage and in the winter it gets covered in snow.

I'd like to make a parking space on the side of my garage (most likely with pavers or concrete) but I'd also like to be able to put a roof over this space to keep the snow off.

If I do get a concrete slab poured, I could have them place some 4x4 post bases (like this or this, I'd imagine) to use on the one side, and then I think I'd have to install some kind of ledger board on the side of the garage and then of course build a simple slanted roof between the ledger board on the garage and the board running across the 4x4s on the other side.

Here's a picture of the side of the garage, and a terrible sketch of my 4x4 posts and my ledger boards (I'd probably use 3 posts, not 2, but the drawing was bad enough already...)


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Garage vs Carport

We all know what garages are and how important they are for the safety and security of the cars of a household. There are also carports built by some homeowners, to park their cars. Many people remain confused between a garage and carport as they cannot make out clear cut difference between the two structures. While it is true that one can safely park his automobile inside a carport just like a garage, there are differences in the construction of the two structures that cannot be overlooked. There are also differences between the functionality of the two structures that will be highlighted in this article.


A garage is a small room that is permanently built with brick and mortar and is a part of the house. Normally it is in the front side, to allow the homeowner to park the car easily upon arrival and also makes it easier to take out the car whenever he needs to move out of the house. A garage has walls on three sides, and a...

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I was just wondering if you all prefer houses to have garages on them or not? Do you care either way? What's your preference.

When I make houses, I almost always add on a garage. The only times I recall that I haven't, is a house I made to be affordable, one on a small lot, and two island lots (and obviously houseboats). But maybe I don't need to add a garage every time?

Also, what about multiple garages? I almost never add more than one garage, though usually fit two parking spots in a home with a single garage door. I think they usually look weird? One house I made months ago had two, but the garage doors were facing to the left, instead of straight out in front of the...

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Building Regulations approval is needed for any freestanding garage or carport of 30sq m (323sq ft) or more floor area.

Building Regulations approval is needed for any detached carport, garage or other buildings of less than 30sq m (323sq ft) floor area, if it is situated less than 1m (3ft 3in) from any boundary, unless the building is constructed of substantially non-combustible material (that is, there is no timber in its construction except for doors, windows and fascias).

Building Regulations Approval does not apply if

It has a floor area less than 30m2
It will be single storey
It is open on two or more sides

Please be aware that planning permission and building regs approval are two entirely different things. Although it may not need building regs approval I'd advise you to contact your local planning department to ask whether planning permission is required in your...

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Casati said:

Hi I'm looking at building a garage behind my house (on a rural site.)

I understand that 25sq m garage are exempt but if I build the garage with internal size of 25 sq m but with a car port (i.e. No wall on three sides) of say 10 sq m to one side, could this also be exempt?

I'm thinking it is exempt as car ports attached to a house are not included in the total sq m of habitable space but appreciate if anybody knows the official line

Gut feeling says it's not exempt.
It's similar to a canopy over the front door of a house. It's also not counted in the floor area for obvious reasons, but the canopy is limited in size to the exemptions of a porch so 2 Sq.m.

Get a local professional to view and advise.

Also, doesn't a garage have to be attached to the side of the house and match in finish to the main dwelling? Out the back is a...

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By: Chris Hogan MSc - Updated: 26 Oct 2010|*Discuss

Building a car port or a garage is a popular way of extending a property. In urban areas where older housing wasn't built with cars in mind off-street parking can add significant value to a property and that value will be increased if you can fit a car port or garage in as well.

Planning Issues For A Car Port Or Garage

Let's look at the planning implications first. If you already have vehicular access to the property and a drive or parking space then you will probably not need to apply for planning permission for a garage, at least in England and Wales. New planning regulations came into force in October 2008 that treat garages and outbuildings as 'permitted development' as long as they fit certain size and positioning constraints. Note that different areas of the UK have different regulations, particularly if there is a conservation order on the area so it is wise to check first.

Car ports do not usually...

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What’s the difference between a carport and a garage?

A carport is a semi covered structure that is designed to park vehicles and to provide limited protection to them. They are mostly open from two sides and are either usually flat roofed or modular in India. A carport is a cost effective way to provide protection to one’s car from the elements such as rain, wind and scorching heat from the sun. Carports offer less protection than garages, but allow for more ventilation. They’re also much cheaper and easier to build and construct compared to a garage.The structure can either be freestanding or attached to a wall. If you've been parking your vehicles outside, investing in a protective structure to house them in can increase the life of your vehicles and even increase the value of the home if you build your project to code.

What are some convenient carport ideas for the front of the house?

Unless you have quite a big front yard, a carport at the front...

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A residential garage ( or ) is a walled, roofed structure for storing a vehicle or vehicles that may be part of or attached to a home ("attached garage"), or a separate outbuilding or shed ("detached garage"). Residential garages typically have space for one or two cars, although three-car garages are used. When a garage is attached to a house, the garage typically has an entry door into the house. Garages normally have a wide door which can be raised to permit the entry and exit of a vehicle, and then closed to secure the vehicle. A garage protects a vehicle from precipitation, and, if it is equipped with a locking garage door, it also protects the vehicle(s) from theft and vandalism. Garages are also used for a variety of projects including painting, woodworking and assembling of projects.

Some garages have an electrical mechanism to automatically open or close the garage door when the homeowner presses a button on a small remote control. Some garages have enough space,...

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We had the same dilemma. Ultimately we went with the garage and ended up making other modifications to the design which brought the cost down to where we wanted it to be. Building in the spring.

Our architect explained that he could design the carport so that it could be converted into a closed garage later. We thought about that as it seemed a workable compromise.

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Located in the Hype Park historic district of Tampa this two-story garage was designed and built by Historic Shed.

They completely renovated the existing one-story garage to include what you see now, a two-story one car garage with a 240 sq. ft. cottage.

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Would you add a tiny cottage above your garage? If so what would you use it for?

Two-Story Garage with 240 Sq. Ft. Cottage

Images © Historic Shed

Images © Historic Shed

For more information on how Historic Shed can help you build a two-story garage and much more contact them here.

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