Cleverly extend your carport

Cleverly extend your carport


A carport can be much more than a shelter for the car. Those wisely widening it will gain storage space or a place for garden parties.

Legislative changes

Whether a purchase or conversion of the carport requires a permit is governed by the state building regulations and municipal ordinances. The responsible building office provides information about this.

As a rule, buildings that do not exceed a certain size are permitted without a building permit. Depending on the location, the size is based on the enclosed space or on the floor area.

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Part of the regulations are subject to special conditions. So it is possible that the retraction of walls to get a tool shed, is regulated differently in a community. For example, construction along the wall of the house is permitted while it is prohibited on an open side.

Permission is usually required when under-roof garaging, as a pitched roof becomes a pitched roof. This changes the appearance considerably.

In general, it is advisable to change a carport that is on the property boundary only after consultation with the neighbor. This avoids hassles.

Tip: Variable installations usually require no approval. A hinged privacy screen often serves the same purpose as a solid shed under the carport.

Smart use of carports

Small tool sheds attached to carports or garages should always be considered by homeowners. Garden equipment, bicycles and even spare tires can be found here.

Accommodation in a closed storage room protects property from thieves. In addition, an empty carport looks neater and tidier than one in which bicycles and lawn mowers stand.

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A half-height shelter for stowing garbage cans also serves as a storage area and workbench. Low shelters offer further possibilities, for example as storage space for garden furniture in winter. They usually count as furnishings and are therefore generally permitted without authorization.

It is possible to open up the carport to a multi-purpose room. Screen walls made of wood protect against wind and rain. So the parking space for the car becomes a party room when it starts to rain at the garden party.

By the way: The carport is ideal for storing wood for the winter. There it is airy and protected from rain.

Carport construction: what does it cost?

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We answer these and many other questions on our carport topic page.

Effort and costs of the extension

The costs of an extension depend of course on the type of carport. The construction effort is low, as there are ready-made kits.

For carports in the usual wooden stand construction, a large assortment is available in stores. The built-in elements can be easily attached to the beams of the building and bolted to floor supports. An experienced handyman can do this easily with an assistant.

A small equipment room with a footprint of three to two meters costs about 850 euros. Screen walls of 180 cm width are available from 190 euros. Windows cost about 200 euros.

The installation of folding or sliding elements is more expensive and more expensive because of the necessary fittings between 50 and 100 euros per moving component. These flexible attachments are less stable than fixed walls.

Unless the expansion encounters insurmountable legal obstacles, nobody should be content with a carport alone. The benefits of an additional storage room are huge. The effort and costs are low compared to



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