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Carport to garage

Discussion in 'Renovation & Home Improvement' started by Davidson, 10th Aug, 2016.

  1. Davidson

    Davidson New Member

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    I'd really appreciate some help understanding the cost and the work involved in converting a remote lock up carport to a garage. The type of carport I am referring to is shown in the property below that I've linked to.

    3/24 Charlton Crescent Reservoir Vic 3073 - Unit for Sale #123172954 - realestate.com.au

    It looks fairly simple as it is already closed from three sides. There is also electricity there from what I can tell. I really don't need a carport as I have a motorbike and not a car, but I could use a garage as I have some fitness equipment (a home gym).

    My question is how expensive would be to do this, and if this would be complicated (would I need a council permit to do something that simple?)
     
  2. Joynz

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    I can't tell which picture you are referring to. However, if it is just adding a roller door or similar on to the front, then that isn't so expensive. A double door is around a couple of thousand with motor installed. Depends on whether the structure is strong enough to support it though.

    You should definitely ask Council - you can ask anonymously - as a permit may be required.
     
  3. podilamaya

    podilamaya New Member

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    picture is shown from the back side of the garage. should be easy to build up a wall. (brick or weather boards).

    But check with builder, was there requirement to keep it open. I can see a water heater or heat pump in the corner of the garage. if that the case, you will not be able to cover it with wall. but there might be other options.
     
  4. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    I'd install a roller shutter. Doesn't require a development approval like a wall.

    Can be left open when you want a party room.

    Will be done in a day without fuss or mess.
     
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    Is the carport over an easement? That would be the only reason I can think of as to why the builder wouldn't have made it a garage himself. If that's the case you won't be allowed to enclose it, but then again who's ever going to know?
     
  6. Davidson

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    Thanks for your suggestion about the roller shutter. I think that will do what I want and is inexpensive.
     
  7. Azazel

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    I can't picture it.
    What's the difference between a roller shutter and a roller door?
     
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  8. bob shovel

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    I could think of a few
    Greedy developer:p
    Front facade is important, rear doesn't matter
    No cost to close in
    No cost for roller door
    Sell it as an "entertaining area"
    Less work to do
    :D
     
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    Roller door - garage type
    Roller shutter - shop front style or "half price shutters" (which are ****! Half price for a reason:p ) these will still be expensive > $2500 id think
    Or a canvas type awning perhaps? Low security though
     
  10. Azazel

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    So a roller door on the front, and a roller shutter on the side?
    Doesn't look very appealing in my mind.
     
  11. Nemo30

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    I'd say it wasnt closed in originally because the backyard is tiny. Leaving it open makes the yard look bigger and allows you to use the space as an entertaining area.

    I really like Scott No Mates suggestion of a roller shutter - allows the best of both worlds
     
  12. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    Shutter is more expensive, not warranted on residential generally. It is a stronger shutter made from segments which are interlocked pivot over each other.

    Roller door is a single sheet of rolled steel.

    The terms are often used interchangeably though not correctly.

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  13. Azazel

    Azazel Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, I think I get the difference.
    Would some framing and board look better from the backyard?