Okay, I figured I'd post this up here as there are a lot of clever and innovative people here on the HAMB. Here goes, I have finally come to a point where I can afford to move out of my brother's house and get my own place. I have found exactly the kind of house I want (built in 1954) in exactly the area I want, for a price I can afford. I'm about 95% finished with the paperwork and close on the 29th of January. Everything seems great - aside from the fact that there is no garage or carport so there's no place to put my tools, or keep my car hidden. My Mercury is tagged, titled, and runs and drives -it's just really ugly right now and not water-tite enough to keep the rain out. The house was originally a 2 / 1 that has had the carport enclosed (wood frame) into a room, so now it's 3 / 1. The driveway is narrow with a ditch on either side and not very long. I have a big backyard with enough space to get a car through on one side, but I have been told to be careful about rolling anything heavy over the septic tank and drain field. I will have about $5000.00 worth of pad left in my account after buying the house, but want to save as much as possible for those happy surprises that all houses come with. It's in a residential area, so I can't P O the neighbors. Should I hang a garage door on the third room and go back to a 2 / 1, should I put up a little shed in the back, cover the car and hope for the best, or should I just spend a lot up front and put down a concrete pad and a steel building? Money will be kinda tight from here on out so I have to think this through. What would you guys do? ... and "No" I'm not going to find another house.