I converted my garage to a spare bedroom a few years ago, and I’ve been regretting it a little ever since. Don’t get me wrong, I love having the extra space and it serves as great hideout when I want to get away from it all. The thing is I had to start parking my car on the street, and I just don’t like doing that.

So I did what any rational person would do, I went to the internet to solve my problem. After finding various answers, two options looked the best to me; building a new garage addition to my home or buying a metal carport.

The first thing that caught my eye was the home addition. The cool thing about it was that I could have old garage back and have it seamlessly blend in to the rest of the house. It would be just like my old garage except I don’t have to give up my converted garage.

The only thing that put me off was the energy and cost of going down this route. I’m not very handy, so I would need to find a contractor to do the work for me. That opens up a can of worms, since I would have to really do my homework and make sure the contractor I hired would do the work well and within my budget. Plus, the cost of materials in addition to the labor would push me outside of my budget for sure.

The next option was a metal carport. I’m not going to lie; I was initially put-off by the idea of a standalone garage structure. It sounded pretty ghetto to me. But, after doing more research, I found that there were a lot of stylish options. Plus, they took up less space and were very affordable.

So although I liked the idea of doing another addition to my home, I decided to go with a contemporary looking, steel carport. It cost me $500 instead of the $1,000 plus I would have spent on a garage addition. Plus, I got a metal carport kit, so I was able to put it together myself.

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