Project Description

This Union County family had an older ranch-style home with a parking pad and nothing overhead to keep their vehicles out of the elements – particularly heavy spring pollen that can damage paint. They had tried a collapsible tent, but were frustrated with this temporary solution.

Carport project goals and challenges

  • We wanted to create a functional, attractive carport to protect their vehicles.
  • We wanted to tie the new carport into the existing home as much as possible, but the residence had a metal roof that we didn’t want to compromise.
  • The family had a tight budget, so we wanted to keep costs down.


  • We designed the carport using trusses for support; that minimized the adjustments we had to make to the existing parking pad, which was out of square.
  • We designed the carport roof so that it hit the existing structure just under the soffits. That allowed us to leave the existing metal roof untouched. We used shingles on the new roof to reduce roofing costs.
  • Rather than leaving the interior ceiling open – where bats, birds or mud daubers might be tempted to move in – we added a vinyl plank ceiling and white vinyl soffits so it’s reflective and clean.
  • We then added 6 canned lights to provide illumination at night. It’s now a much safer space.
  • The finished ceiling and lighting also allows the space to serve dual purposes – the homeowners can move the cars out and use it as an outdoor room for BBQs and parties.
  • We used Hardiplank siding and vinyl soffits to reduce future maintenance issues.
  • This was a quick project that made a major difference in this home, taking just one month from conception to completion.
Once our project got started, work progressed efficiently and quality and workmanship were outstanding. Most importantly, communication was excellent throughout the project. We would highly recommend Palmer Custom Builders and plan to use them again for our next project.
B. Imseis, Master bathroom remodel
The house looks completely different on the outside. More vibrant, improved exterior and interior. Neighbors notice the change and compliment the work. Driving up to it feels better since the house looks so much better…I’d absolutely recommend PCB.
M. Melendez, Exterior renovations
We would definitely recommend Palmer Custom Builders. The work was done quickly, efficiently, and completed to my expectations. All the workers who came into my home were polite, kept my house as clean as possible, and were very particular with the work they performed.
D. Pitsos, Shower renovation
I would recommend Gary Palmer and Palmer Custom Builders to anyone! I found him on the web when looking specifically for NARI certified remodelers. When I spoke with him and described what we wanted, I immediately felt comfortable with him. His crews are great guys and very pleasant to work with. They come in, clean up after themselves and even offered to vacuum. I never felt any compunction about having them in our home or leaving them alone in our home when they were doing work. We are very happy with the results!
Joan Everett, Family room renovation
We were so satisfied with Gary’s work on our kitchen remodel, we knew we could trust him with a large renovation project. We’ve been very happy with the quality of work and the attention to detail.
Tate, Dramatic addition, See photos of this project
Thank you for your fine efforts in our recent project to upgrade and repair the exterior of our home. At 20 years old, several problems had developed, which required much creativity and a broad array of trades and skills to complete the tasks at hand. Everything has been completed to our total satisfaction.
David and Tina Boyuka, Structural repairs