Carports are effective and economical alternative shelters for cars, instead of a garage. Even if you already have a garage, a carport offers additional parking space for cars..
A carport as a structure, evolved out of a need for home owners to build a car shelter, that did not cost as much as a garage. Besides offering a low-cost shelter for your car, it can also add to the overall ambiance of your property. If you are planning to build one, you must be on the lookout for some designs online. However, I would personally advise you to make your own designs instead of going for ready-made ones. The ones that you design on your own are the best because they are tailor-made to your specific needs and expectations. Let me present some tips on how to go about designing your own carport plans in the next section.
How to Plan Carport Designs?
Creating designs and plans, made to scale, is essential, before you even think of going for construction. It gives you an idea about budget allotment and time required for construction. Besides, planning things in advance never hurts you! Here are the things that need to be taken into consideration while creating your own designs and plans:
Decide the Budget
Deciding on how much money you can allot for the carport construction is one of the first things to take into consideration. All your choices of materials and design will be dictated by the money factor. So roughly decide on the maximum amount of money you are willing to spend on building the carport.
Next important thing is deciding on the dimensions of your carport structure. Depending on the size of the vehicle you park in that carport, you must decide on the length, width and height of the whole structure. If you are planning on adding some storage space, let the dimensions be a couple of feet more. The size and measurements of the whole structure will give you an idea about the material costs of designs that you create.
Choosing Building Materials
The most important choice, when creating designs is for the building materials. Your two prime choices are wood and metal. If you are looking for a low-cost structure, metal is the material that you should go for. Metal carport kits are available that come with easy construction instructions and can be set up quite easily. If you are willing to spend more, wood is the choice which can provide you with a range of elegant designs. Cedar and salt pine are the popular wood choices when it comes to building a carport. A wooden structure has a great visual appeal, compared to a metal one. Some may even go for a stone and concrete structure.
Browse through as many designs as you can. You can search online or just have a look around the neighborhood. You could always come up with your own unique and unconventional design. Make a list of desired features that you want in your carport and start sketching one, which is a right combination of aesthetics and functionality.
Deciding the Location
Decide on where would you like to build the carport. Is it going to be attached to your house at the front door or is it going to be a standalone structure away from the house? Finding an answer to this question will affect carport designs that you could choose. Make sure that the carport gels well with the overall architecture of your house.
Like every other structure, it's essential that the carport has a strong concrete base. Let it have a good draining mechanism. A sturdy concrete foundation automatically gets rid of mud problems that you would face in the rainy season, if you go for a gravel foundation. Most importantly, ensure that there are no water or gas lines laid out in the area where you plan to build the carport. Check with the local authorities for any authorization or permits that may be required for building the structure. Also ensure proximity to the nearest drain hole and plan out the plumbing.
Number of Posts
Posts or pillars are the structures which will hold your carport together. According to the size of the carport, you must decide on the number of posts to be erected, to stabilize the structure. Deep holes must be dug and filled with concrete after fixing posts in them. Then you can begin fixing rafters and bearers, followed by the roof.
One of the last things to consider is the roof part in your carport design ideas. You could build a skillion roof, a sloping roof or a flat roof. You may also opt for a simple sheet roofing material, which is easily fixed. The style you opt for will largely be dictated by the overall design style of your house.
If you have experience in construction work, then building it on your own will save costs too. Unlike an airport, carports are pretty much easier to build and maintain.