If you would like to add a new metal carport to your property, the first step is accurately measuring your space to determine how big your carport can be. It’s important that the carport is large enough to fit your needs, but it’s even more important to make sure if it fits on your property. Here’s a complete guide on lot measurement and potential mistakes you’ll want to avoid along the way.
Start with Zoning Restrictions
While it might be kind of a drag to start this exciting project by thinking about rules and regulations, this is the smartest way to get going. Specifically, you’ll want to look into any zoning and code restrictions that will limit what you can do with this project. The best way to get this information is to directly contact your local city or county department to be sure you are getting accurate, up-to-date information.
The rules are going to vary from one area to the next, but two important points to watch out for are setback rules and height restrictions. A height restriction is a limit on how tall a building can be on your property. As for setbacks, this is how close you are allowed to build next to the property line. A three-foot setback is relatively common, but be sure to check with your local zoning laws and fill out any necessary paperwork before constructing your structure.
Pick Your Site
Before taking measurements, take the time to select the right site on your property for this carport. In some cases, this part of the project will be obvious–there will only be one spot on the property that makes sense for a carport. With that said, if you have multiple options for a building site, weigh all the pros and cons associated with those options so you can settle on a winner.
Measuring Your Lot
Once you have the spot picked out, it’s time to begin the measuring process. So, how do you get the actual numbers you’ll need to order an appropriate carport?
Measure using a tape measure
The first option is to simply use a tape measure. You may already own a tape measure, so this first option can be convenient. However, because the tape measure may not be long enough, you’ll have to add multiple measurements to get the length and width and this can increase the chances of an error.
Use a measure wheel
If you’d like to take a step up from the tape measure approach, consider buying a measuring wheel (or maybe you own one already). These wheels are relatively affordable and easy to use, although they can struggle to get an accurate reading on rough terrain. This is a nice pick for a relatively flat piece of land that is too large to measure reliably with a tape measure.
Rely on GPS to measure the lot
Finally, you could turn to your smartphone for an assist with this project. Use a measuring app to mark the various corners of your chosen space and allow the technology to do the math for you. If you are comfortable with technology and regularly use your phone for GPS purposes, this method offers accurate results in a short period of time.
Allow for Additional Space
Remember to plan for adequate space around the outside of your carport as you figure out how big this building will be. If you take up all the available space with the structure itself, you might struggle to move vehicles or equipment in and out of the carport comfortably. Plan for how anything you want to put in the carport is going to get in and out so you can be sure that there is enough room for the activities you have in mind.
Order a Custom Metal Carport
Storing your things under a carport is a great way to protect their condition and maintain their value over the long run. When you invest in a new carport to add to your property, be sure to spend your money with a supplier that is going to deliver a high-quality product for a fair price. With durable materials, reliable customer service, and customization using our Build & Price tool, we offer everything you’ll need for this job. Feel free to contact us directly if you need help with the design or ordering process. American Steel Carports, Inc. is ready to serve you today, so let’s get started!