There are nearly endless possibilities for how you can use a carport. You can use your carport for traditional applications like parking or storage, but that is only a starting point. You can also use a quality carport from American Carports, Inc. to create a bonus room on your property. This type of project can take on many different forms, but the end result should be something that gives you a new place to spend memorable time with friends and family.
The key to success with this project is ordering a durable structure that has been carefully customized to suit your needs. For that, get started with our Build & Price tool, as it will allow you to design something that matches your vision precisely. If any questions come up, don’t hesitate to contact us for help from a friendly member of our team.
What is a Bonus Room?
When you hear “bonus room,” you often think of an extra room over a garage, but bonus rooms can also be converted from carports. You can convert your carport into an additional work area, a relaxing family room, or into a guest room for friends and family. Is this intended to be an extension of your house, or do you want it to be a separate structure? It’s important to decide the purpose of this bonus room before moving onto construction so you can include any necessary designs elements like windows, electricity, or plumbing.
Designing Your Bonus Room
Plan the Location
Using the right spot on your property for this new carport is an important element to consider in the planning process. Even the best bonus room setup in a carport isn’t going to be used often if it is difficult to access. For example, if it’s a long walk from your home to get to the carport, you may decide to pass more often than not when you have time available.
Plan the Construction
Remodeling your carport into a bonus room takes more than design planning like where windows or doors will go. You’ll have to consider if you’ll need any heating or cooling for the room, and if any plumbing is necessary. At this stage, it’s important to contact a contractor who is skilled in remodeling so you can be sure your bonus room is up to code.
Planning the construction and design of your bonus room includes many details, but it’s important to be thorough in this step. The way your carport is designed is going to be impacted by how you want to use it as a bonus room on your property.
File Any Necessary Permits
Remember to take any relevant code restrictions into account when working on this project. You’ll want to be sure that you can add a structure in the area you have in mind before you do any site prep work or have the carport constructed. Going through these hoops is a bit of a hassle, but it’s better to do it now than to find out later that the carport has to come down. Specifically, pay attention to setback rules for your property that dictate how close you can build to the property line.
Use Your Carport for an Outdoor Living Space
Another option for using your carport as a bonus room is to create an outdoor living space. Building a carport is one of the most affordable ways to add a roof to your property, and having a roof over an outdoor living space is a great way to make it more comfortable. Most outdoor living areas use features like furniture and other amenities to make them enjoyable, but they lack a roof to keep the hot summer sun, or the occasional rain, at bay. By creating yours under the shade of a carport, you’ll have a place to enjoy fresh air that is usable in many different weather conditions.
A Carport Is an Affordable Solution
If you have looked into other ways to add comfortable, covered space to your property a carport is a great option. This is a cost-effective solution that will serve you well over the coming years while being kind to your budget. Don’t give up on the dream of adding a bonus room when traditional forms of construction prove to be too costly. Expand your horizons and discovered what can be created with a quality metal carport from American Carports, Inc!
This article is for educational purposes only. Some of the depictions, designs, materials, accessories, setup, etc. may not be included or even compatible with our actual products. Please get in touch if you have specific questions.
All our units are not rated for living spaces, just for storage. When choosing to make modifications, it is the owner’s responsibility to take on any liability. Any modifications made to the existing carport may void any warranties in place. Contact American Carports, Inc. for any questions and clarifications on which modifications you can make.