How to Design a Carport
Curb appeal plays a big role in your carport design. You want to match the carport to your home’s architectural design to make it look as if it was part of the first structure. Otherwise, your carport will look to be an add-on and might detract from the value of your house. Check local building codes to ensure your carport design is in compliance and pull the required licenses prior to building.
Locating a Spot
Analyze the area around your house for a suitable spot to situate the carport. Ideally put it adjacent to your house in which you can enter via a mudroom or a kitchen. You can also construct it behind your house, if that provides a more acceptable fit with your home’s design and present landscaping scheme. Carports usually have at least one or two sides that remain open to the weather without a closing garage door. You can also put in a vehicle in front of the current garage to get extra vehicle protection in case you do not have access to the side or rear of your home.
Measure the area you have in mind for your own carport to ascertain how much room you have. Transfer the dimensions to graph paper to create a to-scale drawing. Work out your design on paper first, since it is a whole lot easier to alter a paper design than it is once you get started building your carport. Consider the direction the wind generally blows in your region, as that is the side to enclose. The local construction jurisdiction will even need to-scale drawings and renderings to your carport’s design.
Carports can have flat roofs, pitched roofs or single-sloped drop roofs. Layout the roof to match your current rooflines, or at the least, add the exact identical pitch in your carport design used in the building of your home’s roof. As an example, if your house has a 4-in-12 pitch, the house raises 4 inches for every 12 inches of horizontal run. Many Californian Victorian homes have steeper pitches around your 6-in-12 pitch or greater and might require a carport designed with a comparable pitched roof to get cohesiveness. Even in the event that you decide on an angled shed roof, to find the best appearance, match its pitch to the property’s roof.
The substances that you construct your carport with should be part of your overall design and match the color and texture of the exterior of your home. If your house has stucco siding, adding an enclosed side to your own basement with this exterior finish can tie at the carport to the home’s architectural design. Also, match the roof’s finish materials to the property’s roof to get a completely unified appearance.