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21 Functional Carport Ideas to Boost Your Curb Appeal

With architectural styles and modern materials, you can transform a carport into a functional and attractive space. Check out these unique carport ideas for inspiration.

car parked under modern metal carport

Carports are budget-friendly alternatives to garages that offer both style and function. While these structures are more simplistic, it doesn’t mean they have to look boring! There are many modern carport designs with unique styles that complement your property and increase the resale value of your house. 

If you’re considering adding one to your home, we’ve rounded up 21 stylish carport ideas to inspire your next project. Check out each one below, or jump straight to our video.

1. Go Sleek and Modern

Modern designs—those that incorporate natural materials, minimalism, and simplicity—are making a comeback in architectural trends. A carport made of sleek steel or smooth wood can be a stylish addition to your home while protecting your vehicles from the elements.

2. Opt for Prefab Metal 

If you’re looking for a quick and easy-to-assemble option, prefabricated metal carports are inexpensive and low-maintenance. These cost-effective carports are manufactured off-site and later delivered to your residence, helping save time and money.

car parked under metal carport

3. Enclose It with a Wall

Is your front yard open to a busy street or neighboring houses? Consider adding a wall or two on your carport to enclose it and create some privacy. If you later decide to fully convert your carport into a garage, just install a garage door.

4. Install a Gate

Another enclosed carport idea is one with a gate. They not only add extra security for vehicles and other belongings but also create a trendy look for properties.

metal carport in driveway with an attached gate

Additionally, gates function as stylish garage doors on carports. You can install mechanical sliding gates that open and close automatically upon vehicle entry and exit.

5. Choose a Transparent Top

Love the idea of a luxurious skylight for your carport? You can achieve it with transparent roof panels. Durable roofing material, such as polycarbonate panels, have the translucent qualities that let in natural light while still protecting your cars from UV damage.

6. Construct a Balcony 

Balconies make great additions to any home. If you prefer a carport attached to the house, you can team with an architect and contractor to design a functional space on top of it. For example, by expanding the second floor of your home and parking cars beneath it, you’ll create a carport balcony that overlooks the yard. 

dual carport-balcony attached to side of home

7. Use a Shade Sail

For a beachy or coastal vibe, consider shade sail carports. The best thing about sail fabric is that it is waterproof and designed to withstand strong winds, making it an ideal choice for an open carport. Use them to create a cool and breezy cover for your vehicles and shade for your yard. 

8. Install a Retractable Awning

Speaking of yard shade, you can create some with a retractable awning. It’s the perfect solution for a transitional outdoor space, becoming both a single-car carport and a comfortable lounge area when needed. You can even install a motorized retractable awning for convenient shade at the push of a button.

9. Make It Multifunctional

There are plenty of creative ways to use a carport that don’t involve cars. If you choose a carport size for two cars, consider reserving one side as a multipurpose space for outdoor leisure.

multipurpose carport shade area in driveway

10. Incorporate Mixed Materials

Who says you can’t mix and match? DIY carports made of various materials add texture and engage the eye. You can use visually contrasting materials in your DIY carport structure, such as metal and wood or stone and glass, to make a statement.

11. Embrace the Pergola

The versatility of pergolas makes them perfect additions to homes. Whether attached or stand-alone, pergolas shade your outdoor furniture and serve as an architectural accent just about anywhere in the yard. If you have one large enough, you can use it as a stylish carport for your cars!

sleek metal pergola in driveway used as a carport

12. Go for a Barn Style

Are you a farmer or horse owner? Lean-to carport styles make excellent barns. Design one with a storage area for tractors and farming equipment, as well as shading and sheltering livestock.

13. Use Attractive Colors

Gone are the days of the boring aluminum-colored carports. Modern steel carport versions are available in many different colors, which you can select for the carport roof, trim, sides, and even a classy two-tone on horizontal siding. Since all of the colors are directly baked onto the steel carport metal sheets, you don’t have to worry about peeling paint. 

14. Build a Carport-Garage Hybrid

Maybe you already have a garage, but it’s not enough space for your vehicles. In this case, consider a hybrid carport structure. Create the best of both worlds by installing an awning or extending the garage roof to create a shade area for additional parking. 

An easier alternative is to add a new carport in front of or next to your garage to accommodate more vehicles.

modern carport attachment in front of garage

15. Design a Porte-Cochère Style Carport

If you’re up for a home renovation project, you can attach a carport to your house entrance area to create a passageway. This architectural style is known as the “porte-cochère,” in which a covered entryway is large enough for vehicles to drive through and park beneath.

porte-cochere style carport on a driveway

16. Add an Arched Entry

For a luxurious look, design a carport with an arched entryway. Curves and other geometric designs on carport architecture draw the eye and add a sense of elegance to carports.  

17. Install a Solar Panel Rooftop

Metal roofs are one of the most compatible materials for solar panels, which definitely come in handy for energy-efficient homes. Installing solar panels on your carport roof will also spruce up an ordinary design. Just make sure your carport design can carry the extra weight before installing them.

metal carport with solar panels on roof

18. Use Creative Columns 

Make your carport stand out by replacing the support beams with attractive columns. Choose different materials like stacked stone or painted aluminum to make your carport the focal point.

19. Cover with Lush Greenery

Level up your landscaping by planting climbing plants on and around the carport. It’s also a natural way to add privacy to your parked vehicles beneath it.

car parked beneath metal carport surrounded by plants

20. Go Rustic

Do you have a wooden home? Add a rustic timber carport to mimic the design and appear as an extension of the home.

21. Add a Storage Room 

Need extra storage space? If you’re building your own carport, you can construct a room or shed attachment to store and conceal bikes, tools, and accessories.

Video: Stylish Carport Ideas

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Alan Bernau Jr. is the founder and owner of Alan’s Factory Outlet. He has helped more than 75,000 homeowners design and install custom carports and garages over the last 20 years.

Alan Bernau Jr. is the founder and owner of Alan’s Factory Outlet. He has helped more than 75,000 homeowners design and install custom carports and garages over the last 20 years.

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