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Hi all,

Looking for ideas for an inexpensive carport.
My Volt must be parked in our driveway as our garage was converted into a studio.

Weather isn't really an issue as we get little rain (no snow) here in SoCal however...

There is a giant pine tree that hangs over the car. It's huge and very old. Trimming it, won't solve the problem as it is far too large to trim it to the top and the tree would be very lopsided. In addition, it is on our neighbor's property. In the hot months it's drips sap! In the past I've avoided parking there but this is the only place for me to charge the car.

Was hoping not to go with a cheesy cloth canopy and metal frame as we do get some wind which has destroyed these in the past.

I do have a car cover, but putting it on every day is a bit of a pain.

Suggestions?

Many thanks in advance.
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If you were thinking of putting up a canvas canopy I assume you don't have HOA issues. A steel carport may work, I just saw some advertised on eBay, some with total installed cost of less than $1k.
 

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I'm not sure how low quality your metal framed carports were in the past, but my family has a two-car carport that has withstood 5+ years of harsher winds than I've ever encountered in SoCal. As long as it is bolted to a concrete base/foundation, you shouldn't have a problem. My guess would be a couple thousand dollars on cost, including installation.
 

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As long as it is bolted to a concrete base/foundation, you shouldn't have a problem.
Otherwise in the right wind conditions it could fly away causing property damage to your neighbors or your car.
 

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Hi all,

Looking for ideas for an inexpensive carport.
My Volt must be parked in our driveway as our garage was converted into a studio.

Weather isn't really an issue as we get little rain (no snow) here in SoCal however...

There is a giant pine tree that hangs over the car. It's huge and very old. Trimming it, won't solve the problem as it is far too large to trim it to the top and the tree would be very lopsided. In addition, it is on our neighbor's property. In the hot months it's drips sap! In the past I've avoided parking there but this is the only place for me to charge the car.

Was hoping not to go with a cheesy cloth canopy and metal frame as we do get some wind which has destroyed these in the past.

I do have a car cover, but putting it on every day is a bit of a pain.

Suggestions?

Many thanks in advance.
:)
I thought California was the state that you could force the trimming of YOUR NEIGHBOR'S trees, especially if it affected solar panels...sounds like you should consider solar panels if it would force the removal of that pine tree...:rolleyes:
 

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Have you considered an extension cord, or an alternative location for the EVSE install? Might be cheaper.

Is it on the side of the house? Could you use a retractable awning?
 

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After seeing your pictures I think an old fashion steel carport may be too agricultural, I like the carports in your pictures. Why not have someone build something similar?
 

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Thanks for the responses!

Here is the front of our house.
The Volt is parked where it needs to be to charge.



Here are some ideas I'm liking...




But I would like to keep this project under 1k.

Thanks again for brainstorming with me.
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Nice Place!

If you're taking votes, I like the top one with a canopy that matches the color of the seating around the tree. I'd anchor the posts on the left into the brick trim about 2.5' deep and belled in concrete.

Then I'd ask your significant other/wife/family for their thoughts. Their opinion matters more than what guys on the Internet think.:rolleyes:
 

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If you can park past the gate, maybe a lean-to off the house? Might be able to pull that off for a grand.
Parking behind the gate is problematic.

Being a city guy, I have very little experience with suburban living, contractors, etc.
I sincerely appreciate all opinions and suggestions.

Think four sunken posts and some sort of stretched canvas might work?
Looking for that minimalist, modern, zen vibe.

Maybe something like this shade sail?
http://www.perfectshadesails.com/?page_id=21
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WTF?

I was just quoted $3500 to sink 4 metal poles and hang a pice of fabric! LOL!

A very rude guy from a company called "Got Shade" almost brought me to anger. Didn't even mention the Volt.
How can someone do business this way? He was rude from the get go. Insisting that I need something way bigger than the space available. Pathetic.

Sad, because their product looks great.

http://www.gotshadenow.com/

$3500 for this? Good lord.
Back to the drawing board.
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Have you considered all metal (or is that too cheesie)


Something like
http://i.ebayimg.com/t/12-x-21-All-Metal-Carport-Installed-/00/s/NTM5WDcyMA==/z/5K0AAMXQoiJRh72p/$(KGrHqV,!l0FFznYis42BRh72plsBw~~60_3.JPG



http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Steel-Carport-12-FT-X-21-FT-DELIVERED-and-INSTALLED-RVs-/00/s/NTM0WDgwMA==/$(KGrHqR,!rcE88g9dqpTBPbOV4BTV!~~60_12.JPG


Can be obtained for < $1000 installed.


http://www.ebay.com/itm/12-x-21-All...919?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item460f24067f

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Steel-Carpo...H_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a80d49029&vxp=mtr
 

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Costco used to sell sturdy carports that you can assemble for less than $200. I wonder why they dont sell those anymore.
 

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Thanks for the responses!

Here is the front of our house.
The Volt is parked where it needs to be to charge.



Here are some ideas I'm liking...






http://www.b2bfoo.com/products/2016...r-Shelter-Folding-Carport-Carport-Covers.html

http://www.outriggerawnings.com.au/index.html

http://outdoorpatiocovers.net/carport-kits-metal-carports-and-awnings/

But I would like to keep this project under 1k.

Thanks again for brainstorming with me.
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What are your towns law about erecting structures in your front yard?
Also are there SETBACK laws(from your lot edges) you need to meet?
 

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@larry4pyro - That looks very interesting. I'm contacting them about pricing and shipping

@Norm51 - Thank you for taking the time to sketch that out. I like it! I wonder how I'd go about getting this built? Looks very good with the house. Thanks again!

This community rocks!
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