The Advantage of Building a Carriage House

Keep Your Cars Clean, Secure & Dry in a Timber Carriage House

When it comes to living in the country many homeowners experience the problems associated with not having a lot of space. Another thing that really annoys people is that there are a lot of birds that live and fly around in the area. In these cases what happens is that people constantly have their vehicles covered and bombed with bird droppings. This can become an unnecessary and annoying problem with having to clean off the dust and bird droppings every single time you choose to leave your home and go out and drive to a different location. Because of this problem carriage houses become a natural remedy and make this problem disappear and they are an essential item to any home. We will discuss the advantages and how to build a wooden carriage house within the following article.

A carriage house is a stand-alone structure that offers your vehicle the protection from the elements and weather as well as animals and bird droppings. They are typically freestanding buildings that are built on a secure concrete foundation. If you find that the weather and elements impacting your car or bird droppings cause problems for you and your vehicle then investing into a parking structure like a carriage house would be a more then likely good idea. It increases the lifespan of your cars paintwork and protects you from the rain and sun as you get in and outside of your car. They can also add value to your home for when you decide to sell your home or put it on the real estate market.

A humble carriage house will increase the lifespan of your vehicles. Image credit: Pinterest

There are two common options when it comes to implementing a carriage house with those being buying a prefabricated carriage house or building your own out of wood. You have to make the appropriate design plans and know what kind of structure you will need to build. You will have to check in with local authorities to make sure you follow local building regulations and also be sure you will not be impacting any water, sewage, gas or electrical lines below ground. We will discuss the various details that you need to know about building your own do it yourself carriage house project below.

The first thing you will need to do is find out the building permit requirements and different rules within your municipality. You will need to know whether or not you are allowed to build timber carriage houses on your property. Next, you will need to have a plan to use. You can draw up the plan yourself or a get a builder to design it for you. There are also predesigned packages available online as well as prefabricated wooden kits available on the internet too. You can also choose to hire a local contractor.

When you purchase the materials you will want to buy pressure treated lumber for better longevity and resilience. They are very durable and are an effective medium to build your structure with and they are incredibly sturdy. The next thing you will have to do is prepare the ground you plan on building on. If you have a bigger car or truck you will have to make the proper adjustments to make sure your structure is big enough. You will need to level the ground and cover it with either gravel or you can always use a concrete slab.

A Carriage House requires a suitable concrete slab before construction. Image credit: About Civil

You will need to dig holes around the perimeter and build the beams. You want the holes to be between 2 and 3 feet deep. Set the posts on a side at 9 feet with the posts on the other side being 11 feet which allows for a natural decline which will allow for drainage and runoff from rain and snow. You will then want to pour concrete into the holes and plant the posts in the middle of the holes surrounded by the concrete. Afterwards fasten the beams together with crossbeams. You will then want to build rafters and place them around 3 feet apart. Next will come building the actual roof. You will want to fasten plywood across the rafters and you want to have a 6-inch overhang from the front to the back of the structure for runoff as we mentioned earlier in this article.

Finally, you will want to finish the overall job by caulking the plywood roof joints. You can also place shingles on the top of the plywood roof to make it last longer. You may also want to reinforce the joints with metal plating and lastly don’t forget to stain the wood elements to make it last longer and not suffer damage from weathering.

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