If you are like me (and I suspect an awful lot of other people) then your garage is filled with almost anything except what it was designed for – your car! In this day and age where we seem to just accumulate “stuff” the garage becomes a natural overflow of the house and before you know it the whole space is filled to the rafters with clutter that you simply can’t get rid of (I’m not suggesting you’re a hoarder of course!)
So what about the car? Your pride and joy left abandoned each night on the driveway with its headlights seemingly staring longingly at the garage ahead of it.
Most people would probably leave it at that – the garage is a storage area now and the car stays on the drive exposed to the elements (and bird droppings!)
However there is a solution which doesn’t involve losing that precious storage space (or home gym if you’re organised enough) and that is the car port. Car ports are open sided but yet offer protection from storms and sunlight and also add value to your home.
A little bit of history – The carport was first created in the early last century (not long after the car itself) and were later given their name (coming from the French term “porte-cochère”, referring to a covered portal) by the famous American architect Frank Lloyd Wright who used them in his architectural designs in favour of traditional garages because he remarked that “a car is not a horse and doesn’t need a barn”
There are basically three types of carport freestanding, traditional and cantilever. Freestanding carports, sometimes referred to as standalone, are fitted when your carport is away from any existing structure and require supporting on all sides (rather like a garage with no doors) whereas a traditional carport extends from the building and is supported by pillars making a large covered area. Cantilever carports require support from a single side and with no posts they require no ground works.
Carport kits offer a lower priced option to custom built carports. Most carports have open sides, yet the weather protection they offer vehicles is sufficient in most areas. Although garages usually offer much more shelving and storage space, larger carports also allow some room for these options. Since carports are roofed, yet open on the sides, you may like to add a picnic table for rainy day outdoor eating if the carport is located off the kitchen for example.
Whichever route you decide to take be sure to use a well-established and reputable Carport and Canopy Company as this will be an investment in your property as well as a very useful and practical space so you want to get it right first time.
Your car will thank you for it!