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I want to enclose our carport, which is open on two sides, and make a master bedroom. I also want to use the adjoining utility room and make a master bath and laundry. Currently the utility room houses the washer and dryer and the water heater. There is electricity in the carport. One outlet and a overhead light. Does this sound like something that would be possible? I'm in Arkansas.
Posts: 2 | Location: AR | Registered: Oct 17, 2013Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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It is possible, the question is how much?

It has a roof structure that is supported by footers under the slab. Adding walls shouldn't be a huge problem. HVAC will need to be added. Your existing system will likely not be able to handle the extra load. I'd probably install a mini-split heat pump system to heat and cool this space given your southern location.

Electrical will need to be upgraded as a bedroom will have more electrical requirements than an open carport. More lighting, possible TV, etc. Plumbing will need upgraded as a toilet takes a larger drain line than a washing machine.

Zoning and any covenants for your neighborhood need to be considered. This work can't be done without a permit. Info about mini-split systems

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Posts: 6993 | Location: Cary, North Carolina | Registered: Sep 18, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Is the floor elevation the same as the house?

If this is a concrete slab carport I doubt that there was a vapor barrier installed.
Posts: 733 | Location: Applachain | Registered: Feb 13, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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The carport is a about a half a foot to a foot lower than the house. Basically a step down.
Posts: 2 | Location: AR | Registered: Oct 17, 2013Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Neat way to add some square footage to a house, but as noted above, it will be sub-standard living space.

When we lived in SoCA most of the cities in the county would not allow this conversion because the code required off-street parking (typically a garage) after the conversion. Also the code requires safe egress from a bedroom and a certain amount of window area for a bedroom.

To get code compliant living space, you need a permit, and that is when you will find out about the requirements. You will need a sign-off permit when you go to sell in the future.

Sorry to be so negative, but in your particular situation it might be worth looking into.
Posts: 12204 | Location: Ft Collins, CO USA | Registered: Sep 18, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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