If you don’t have a garage at home, a carport is a cost effective way to provide protection for your vehicle, whether it be a boat, car or motorcycle, against the ruthless elements. Carports can also double up as an additional storage facility, a workshop, or even as a place to play for the kids. But who would have thought that carports could be so complicated? These days in Australia, you have a wide variety of choice in terms of materials, styles, and building options.
Whatever your taste, there are a number of different things to address before you commence the building of your carport. Here are five key considerations before you get started!
1) Find out if you need approval
Depending on your state and the type of carport you wish to build, you may not even need council approval, as long as you adhere to the strict guidelines around size and location. Contact your local council for more specific details to ensure you don’t get it wrong.
2) Plan carefully
Just like larger structures, building a carport requires a lot of planning and careful site preparation. You wouldn’t cut corners when building a house, so don’t risk the safety of your family by doing so with your carport. Start from the bottom and get it right from the very foundations by creating a flat and even surface to build upon.
3) You have a choice of carport designs
Carports are a lot better looking than they used to be! The world is your oyster in terms of carport size, colour and material. With a range of options, from the contemporary to the standard, you can easily match your carport design to the style of your house, and in most cases, it makes sense to do so.
Consider expanding on the carport to include an entertainment room, a workshop, or a private office. But don’t go too crazy. Bear in mind the actual purpose for your carport, and design it in a manner than best serves the vehicle or equipment you’re storing.
4) Consider practicalities like the weather
Local weather conditions including snow, dew and rain should all be taken into consideration in terms of carport location, positioning, building material, structure, and design. Less expensive materials like timber, are a more cost-effective option, but won’t last as long as the likes of aluminium, plastic or steel. If you do decide to go for wood, ensure that what you buy is already pre-treated with wood preservative.
5) Look at budget options
You don’t have to spend the earth to build strong and stylish car ports. If you consider yourself to be a bit of a handy-man, carport kits can be a cost-effective, reliable and stylish option for building new carports. You will need access to common tools including a hammer, measuring tapes, a drill, spanners, a level and tin snips.
Ensure you do your research, and go with a trusted, reliable and reputable brand which will offer you support and advice throughout the process. If you doubt your own capability, ask a tool-toting friend to guide you through the process.
Joanne Lemke is a final year creative writing student at UOW, who is looking to break into the corporate copywriting space once she graduates and hopefully go on to eventually some day write a book around her other passions, namely finance, cooking and travel.