Single Car Lean to Carport – Free DIY Plans

This step by step woodworking project is about free single lean to carport plans. I have designed this sturdy carport with a lean to roof, so you can protect your vehicle from the weather elements. Make sure you take a look of the local building codes, so you make sure you comply with the legal regulations. My plans come with step by step instructions and you can easily adjust all the dimensions to suit your needs. See my other DIY projects HERE.

We recommend you to invest in the best materials you could afford. Therefore, you should buy weather-resistant lumber, such as pine or cedar. Always take accurate measurements before adjusting the size of the components at the proper size. Drill pilot holes trough the components before inserting the wood screws, to prevent the wood from splitting.

 

 

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Single Car Lean to Carport – Free DIY Plans

Building a lean to carport

Building a lean to carport

 

Materials

  • A – 4 pieces of 6×6 lumber – 132″ long, 4 pieces – 156″ long POSTS
  • B – 2 pieces of 6×6 lumber – 288″ long, 2 pieces – 138 1/2″ long BEAMS
  • C – 16 piece of 6×6 lumber – 36″ long BRACES
  • D – 19 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 168″ long RAFTERS
  • E – 2 pieces of 1×8 lumber – 169 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 288″ long TRIMS
  • F – 8 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″ long, 2 pieces – 48″x48″ long, 2 pieces – 24″x96″ long, 2 pieces – 24″x48″ long ROOF
  • G – 35o sq ft of tar paper, 350 sq ft of asphalt shingles ROOFING

Tools

Time

  • One Day

 

 

Building a single car lean to carport

Laying out the posts

Laying out the posts

The first step of the project is to layout the posts for the carport. Use string and batter boards to layout the posts for the single car carport. Apply the 3-4-5 rule to the corners so you make sure they are right-angled. Moreover, you need to measure the diagonals and make adjustments so they are perfectly equal.

Anchoring the post into concrete

Anchoring the post into concrete

Setting the 6×6  posts in concrete is essential for the rigidity of the carport. As you can easily notice in the diagram, we recommend you to dig 3′ deep holes and to pour 2″ gravel on the bottom. Install the tube forms to the holes. Secure the posts with braces before filling the forms with concrete.

Alternatively, you could use posts anchors. Secure the metal anchors into concrete, as to lock the wooden posts into place properly. Align everything with attention and with great care.

Top plates

Top plates

Build the beams for the sides of the carport from 6×6 lumber. Mark the cut lines and then make 2″ deep parallel cuts inside the areas. Use a chisel to remove the excess material and then smooth the surface.

Fitting the plates

Fitting the plates

Fit the beams the top of the posts and then align the edges with attention. Drill pilot holes through the beams and then insert 5 1/2″ screws into the posts. Make sure the corners are right angled.

Attaching the braces

Attaching the braces

Fit the 6×6 braces to the posts, as shown in the diagram. Use a saw to make the 45 degree cuts at both ends of the braces. Make sure the posts are plumb, check if the corners are square and then secure the braces into place with 3 1/2″ screws, after drilling pilot holes.

Building the rafters

Building the rafters

Build the rafters for the single carport from 2×6 lumber. Make the notches to the rafters, so you can fit them into place tightly.

 

Fitting the rafters

Fitting the rafters

Fit the trusses to the top of the carport and place them equally spaced (every 16″ on center). Use a spirit level to make sure the trusses are plumb. Use rafter ties to secure the trusses to the support beams.

Fitting the roof sheets

Fitting the roof sheets

Fit the 3/4″ plywood sheets to the top of the lean to carport roof. Align the edges with attention and start installing the sheets with the bottom part. Leave no gaps between the sheets and insert 1 5/8″ screws to lock them into place tightly.

Fitting the roof trims

Fitting the roof trims

Fit 1×8″ trims to the exterior of the roof. Align the edges with attention and secure them into place with 2 1/2″ screws. Drill pilot holes  before inserting the screws to prevent the wood from splitting.

Fitting the roofing

Fitting the roofing

Cover the roofing sheets with tar paper. Install the tar paper starting with the bottom of the roof and make sure the strips overlap for at least 2″. In addition, fit a 12” strip over the top ridge. Install the shingles starting with the left- bottom of the roof, after fitting the starting course. Use roofing tacks to secure the shingles into place.

How to build a lean to carport

How to build a lean to carport

Last but not least, you need to take care of the finishing touches. Fill the holes and the dents with wood putty and then smooth the surface with 120-220 grit sandpaper. Apply a few coats of paint or stain over the components to enhance the look of the project and to protect the components from the elements.

12x24 Do It Yourself Lean to Carport Plans

12×24 Do It Yourself Lean to Carport Plans

This carport with a gable roof is large enough for one car. The large roof with generous overhangs is ideal for a car, as it will protect it from rain and excessive sun. If you like my project, don’t forget to SHARE it on Facebook and Pinterest.

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