How to Convert a Carport into a Garage

by Nathaniel Miller

If you currently have a carport that you want to convert into a garage, rest assured that it is a relatively easy transformation, provided your existing carport is in good condition. Structurally, a wooden carport is built about the same as a garage. All that is entailed in making a carport into a garage is simply adding sides, insulation and a door.

Examine the existing carport. You do not want any spans of more than 2 feet between wall studs in your carport. Start at one corner of the carport, measure 2--foot intervals along the walls. At each interval, you will install a 2x4 wall stud.

Cut the 2x4s to the length of your carport ceiling, and then begin installing the wall studs as follows. Stand the 2x4s upright at each 2-foot interval, and nail the top of the 2x4 into the roof edge and the bottom of the 2x4 into the floor of the carport. Continue in this manner all the way around the carport until the entire structure is framed.

Cut the sheets of plywood to proper length to fit on the outside walls of the carport. Lean the plywood against the walls you just framed in with 2x4s, and nail them to the wooden frame. Butt each panel of plywood against the edge of the other pieces of plywood to prevent gaps, and continue until the entire carport is covered, save for the door opening.

Determine the type of garage door you are going to use, and then have a professional door company install the door on your newly built garage. As some doors require a crane-like apparatus to install, it pays to have this part of the project professionally done.

Roll the insulation in between the wall studs on the interior of the garage and staple into place. You now have your choice of finishing the garage (i.e. You can put siding on the outside or just paint it, and you could hang drywall inside the garage, or just leave it as is).


  • check Installing aluminum siding on the outside of your garage will ensure years of worry free use.

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