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20 Cool Carport Ideas That Will Boost Your Curb Appeal

wooden carport with red roof

Carports may be budget-friendly alternatives to garages, but that doesn’t mean they have to look boring! There are many modern carport designs with unique styles that compliment your property and increase the resale value of your house. 

If you’re considering adding one to your home, here are twenty stylish carport ideas to inspire your next project.

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.  

2. Opt for Prefab Metal 

prefab metal carport with enclosed walls

If you’re looking for an inexpensive design, prefabricated carports are at the top of the list. These types of carports are the most cost-effective option since they’re manufactured off-site and later delivered to your residence. 

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 later you decide to fully convert your carport into a garage, just install a garage door! 

4. Install a Gate

modern carport with gate

Another enclosed carport idea is one with a gate. Not only are gates trendy designs for properties, but they also add extra security for your vehicles and items. 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 

dual carport and balcony on house

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. 

7. Use a Shade Sail

For a beachy or coastal vibe, consider shade sail carports. The best thing about sail fabric is that they’re waterproof and designed to withstand strong winds. 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 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

mutifunctional carport for outdoor space

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.

10. Incorporate Mixed Materials

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

11. Embrace the Pergola

pergola carport idea

The versatility of pergolas make 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!

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

14. Build a Carport-Garage Hybrid

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. 

15. Design a Porte-Cochère Style Carport

white porte cochere 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.

16. Add an Arched Entry

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

17. Solar Panel Rooftop

carport with 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 them on your carport roof will also spruce up an ordinary design.

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. Grow Lush Greenery

metal carport surrounded by 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. 

20. Add a Storage Room 

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

For more ways to make your carport stand out, check out these customization tips below:

ways to modernize carport designs


Now that you have plenty of inspiring carport ideas, use our 3D Builder below to plan and visualize your project. You can explore different customization options, instantly see how the finished product will look, and receive an estimated price to get you started.

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About the Author

Alan Bernau Jr. has helped more than 50,000 homeowners design and install custom carports and garages. If you need a custom carport, and you live in the eastern half of the United States, Alan’s Factory Outlet is here to help.

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