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Whether you call it a shelter or a lean to, the three sided building is often a remarkably flexible way to add storage space, house livestock, or even to serve as a temporary place to weather a storm. For this discussion we will look at the costs and requirements of constructing an attached lean to that can serve easily as a covered patio, carport, or even as a wood shed. We will consider a somewhat "average" sized shelter of 288 square feet (24'x12') which can easily accommodate a vehicle, provide ample wood or protected storage, and even serve as a nice patio area. Building a shelter is among the easiest of "DIY" projects, but if you are not comfortable tying into the exterior walls of your home by all means consult several contractors who can pour concrete footings or supply carpentry work. They might also pull all necessary permits as well.
For the building of the shelter, the typical costs will include:
Cost to build a shelter varies greatly by region. Get free estimates from garage, shed and enclosure contractors in your city.