Inexpensive Carport Ideas For Your Home | Immovable
A carport is a covered structure, freestanding or attached to your home, intended to provide some protection for your vehicle from the elements. Because carports are just a frame with support columns and a roof, they are much more open than garages and can easily detract from your home’s curb appeal if not designed and used properly.
“Carports are becoming a cool thing, especially on mid-century homes,” says Allison Vaccaro, co-founder of brick&batten, a virtual home exterior design service. “In some cases, we think having a carport is almost cooler than having a garage. We’ve even added new carports to some of our recent home designs.
- Adapt your carport to the architectural style of your home.
- Be smart about the materials you use.
- Light up your space.
- Add some greenery.
- Keep your space clean.
- Options for fencing your carport.
Match your carport to the architectural style of your home
You can choose any style of carport, but Vaccaro recommends designing your carport to match the architectural style of your home. “Stylistically, we follow the architecture of the house when designing a carport – it can be traditional with lots of heavy trim and moldings, or modern and sleek, perhaps with a butterfly roof” , she says.
Your carport, whether attached or detached, should be an extension of your home. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean it has to match exactly. Your carport can be used either to complement the finishes of the house or to contrast with them.
Be smart about the materials you use
Wind, rain, snow, cold, heat and sun all affect the condition of your home and can have a significant impact on the structure of your home. The weather conditions in your area determine which materials are best suited for that particular environment.
“The architecture of the house and the climate determine the materials we recommend using,” Vaccaro explains. “We often use wood in a carport, but we’re also starting to do a lot of iron on our more contemporary designs.”
No matter where you live or the architecture of your home, there are a variety of material choices to suit your personal style. Wood is one of the most sought after and popular materials to use in a carport. The wood is durable and can last for years even in some of the worst weather conditions.
The materials used to build your carport are a big factor in how much you will end up paying. For example, homeowners can expect to pay between $15 and $30 per square foot to have a wooden carport installed while the materials for a metal carport typically cost between $10 and $30 per square foot.
Light up your space
Proper lighting of the carport ensures that you will not encounter objects with your car or travel while walking, but it can also improve its overall visual appeal. “We like to use drop lighting, even in the carport,” says Vaccaro. “It dresses things up.”
Pendant lighting is a single light fixture suspended from the ceiling, usually from a chain, cord, or metal rod. Pendant lights can be hung individually or in linear arrangements with multiple pendants and are available in a variety of designs to suit your style.
Vaccaro says the lighting can also be used on the column supports of the carport canopy, particularly where you enter the space.
Uplighting is another option, which consists of singular light sources based on architectural details or points of interest. “Uplighting can be dramatic and a great way to light up the space,” she adds.
Lighting is also an essential part of an effective home security system. Bright lights around the outside of the house can help deter potential burglars. “Outdoor lighting is smart for safety and visibility. Plus, it’s another chance for homeowners to coordinate with the home’s inherent architecture or express their personal style,” says Vaccaro.
Lighting is offered at different prices. For a suspension and its installation, owners can expect to pay anywhere from $120 for a basic lamp to $395 for a higher quality lamp. If you plan to install motion sensor security lightsthe price varies between $350 and $500.
Add some greenery
“In addition to making smart material choices for columns, interior surfaces, exterior lighting, all doors outside the carport, and paint colors, our designers often recommend using planters at inside or just outside carports to bring in natural greenery,” advises Vaccaro. .
Since carports provide bright, indirect sunlight, a wide variety of plants should be able to thrive in containers around the carport. Large pots with small trees or shrubs can even be placed in front of the carport pillars. You can also add natural landscaping around the carport to bring the space to life.
Keep your carport clean
Unlike a garage, there is no door to hide your belongings. “Carports are wide open for the world to see. “Be sure to consider that everyone can see inside your carport – it will kill your appeal if you store things in your carport, so put everything away,” she says.
Vaccaro and his team usually suggest storage solutions inside or on the side of the carport so their clients aren’t tempted to turn the space into a place to store their stuff.
Options for fencing your carport
When it comes to enclosing your carport, almost anything can be done. “One element that we like to incorporate into carport design is privacy screens,” she explains. “They provide visual interest, plus they have the functional use of blocking the view of your car (or) your belongings from the street.”
You can also permanently fence off your carport and turn it into a garage. “To make that happen, you just need to frame the new garage itself, then add the motor and whatever else makes the garage door functional,” Vaccaro explains. “Of course, it’s fun to choose a new garage door, and it’s something we’re happy to help our customers with.”
Car shelter fittings are expensive, however. To convert your carport into a garage, prices start at $18,000 and go up from there.