11-05-2009, 02:17:38 PM
I'm thinking about building a carport to house my 86 Firebird over the winter, because the Camaro is going to sleep in the garage. Has anyone built one at home? I live in NH, so the winters are pretty rough and snowy, so I have to take that into account. For the guys with building experience, if I was to build it a basic and cheaply as possible, about what would my cost be for the raw materials? It needs to cover the firebird, which is 16 feet long, and 6 feet wide, so figure 18 feet long and 8-10 feet wide. Any ideas?
11-05-2009, 05:10:46 PM
Depending on your source of material.
Around here we can get drill pipe or tubing for next to nothing so building the structure is cheap! shuckle rods for braces and add tin and you got a cheap building.
11-05-2009, 06:20:05 PM
Sounds pretty good, Not sure where I'm going to get material yet, to be safe I'm assuming that I'll go through a lumber yard and get roughcut stuff.
11-10-2009, 08:25:21 PM
Are you going metal or wood?
I just got the frame done on mine. Spent almost $200 on just framing lumber and concrete for wood post. I built mine as a 12x35 lean to off side of garage. and also wrapped it around the back of garage which added 22ft wide and 10ft deep.
10ft wide would be cheaper cause 10ft boards are cheaper than 12ft. If you went 8ft it would be even cheaper. Roll shingles here in louisville, Ky are $70 a roll. You'd need at least 2 for 10x20. 10x20 wood built with 4x4 post and quarter inch thick plywood roof, enclosed completely done yourself, about $500, if you build it to hold that 3ft of snow. Very easy and fun to build. Makes me want to sell my house and buy one with no garage and some land and build a massive pole barn.
11-11-2009, 09:53:14 PM
Not a bad price at all, I'd like to go with wood, ideally. I'm going to look into material costs around here and then get going on it hopefully. moms1978, do you have any pics of you're setup? If you don't mind me asking, how much do you think it will cost you when you're all done? Seems like you'll have a ton of space when it's finished!
(A ton of space that should be filled with Camaros) :bowtie:
11-12-2009, 12:37:30 PM
Yes, a ton of space for a 1970 chevelle, an hopefully another cheap old chevy car or truck. Right now I've spent about $250 just to build the frame,and the roof is whats so damn expensive, it'll be $650 to $750 for mine, I'm buying the material myself and paying a independent roofer guy to be here and teach me how to do it. Hes going to charge me about $100 to be my supervisor for the day.
Enclosing the entire thing will take about another $200out of my pocket for plywood, sealent, paint and making some doors.
01-12-2010, 11:14:41 PM
Make sure it's anchored down solid. I watched my metal one fly by the picture window one a real windy day years ago. Had 6x6 x 2' treated posts buried in the ground, pulled them right out and flung them out in the field.