How do I build cheap covered parking for a rental house?

Judith A. Bowen
by Judith A. Bowen

How do I build cheap covered parking for a rental house.

  6 answers
  • Nicki Petruzzella Kerns Nicki Petruzzella Kerns on Jul 01, 2019

    Would something like this work? https://www.harborfreight.com/10-ft-x-17-ft-portable-garage-62860.html?cid=paid_google%7C*PLA+-+Heavy+Products%7CHeavy+Items%7C62860&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&mkwid=ss1jlQ3d4%7Cpcrid%7C278917202040%7Cpkw%7C%7Cpmt%7C%7Cpdv%7Cc%7Cslid%7C%7Cproduct%7C62860%7C&pgrid=57020752472&ptaid=pla-488978799752&pcid=1458481897&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-oyHt-yU4wIVFL3sCh10cganEAQYAiABEgIWpvD_BwE

  • April April on Jul 01, 2019

    Fastest and easiest would be to buy a "portable carport" - they are available on Amazon in different sizes. This would not be a good option if you are in an area that gets: heavy rain, hurricanes, tornadoes, etc. To build, you could do a simple carport with 4X4 posts, 2X4 beams and crosspieces, and either corrugated metal for the top.

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Jul 01, 2019

    You can buy steel carport kits from Menards for under $2K. You’ll need a proper slopes concrete pad and epoxy in anchor bolts.


    No matter what you do, the liability of not securely anchoring-in a structure, is huge compared to the costs of the structure. Imagine if storm winds picked it up and hurled it into the neighbors’ house or car.


    I would not use a canvas or tarp structure, because hail, branches and UV will make it short-lived.


    Please find out what the local Building Codes are, first. They’re there for everyone’s health and safety.

    If you have to get a Permit, it is like a form of Insurance: as in you won’t get the Permit until the City approves your drawings & specs.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jul 08, 2019

    Just keep in mind you want this strong enough to withstand snow on top and heavy wind. After a freak snow storm several months ago we saw many neighbors who had flimsy carport held up with thin metal braces find their cars under a collapsed roof. Really appreciate hubby over built ours.

  • Beverly Goodman Beverly Goodman on Apr 02, 2022

    I'm currently living in Phoenix. I assure you, no one here worries about snow or rain. We are worried about 2nd degree burns from hot car interiors. 🤣