8 Carport Ideas Visualized

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Looking for carport ideas that will work with your overall exterior design? Our cofounder Allison Vaccaro recently chatted with U.S. News and World Report‘s real estate team about what homeowners can do to spruce up their carports. The conversation inspired us to pull together a bunch of our carport visualizations for you all to enjoy. We love helping our clients visualize what to do with these spaces! Read on for ways to add a carport to your home, how to upgrade your existing carport (with ideas for commercial building owners, too!), or even enclose your carport to make it a garage.

The design of your carport should mesh with your building’s architectural style and your entire curb appeal vision. It isn’t always simple to come up with a way to make that happen! That’s what the expert designers at brick&batten are here for. Our exterior visualizer services will guide you on all decisions, big and small, that you’ll want to make when updating your property. Learn more about what we do.

Before and after of a brick ranch home with an updated carport design idea

#1 // White brick + wood accents

We gave this brick ranch a refresh with a coat of Alabaster by Sherwin Williams. This paint color has the added benefit of lightening up the carport. Wood accents in the form of a column support and header bring warmth. Next, the wall-mounted outdoor planter is a great way to incorporate some greenery, and we lined the opening to the right with a raised plant bed for the same reason. Finally, lighting is huge for carports. Here, we suggested an outdoor pendant light in the carport as well as a sconce to its left, as a way to both light up the address numbers and the pathway to the front door.

Before and after of a mid-century ranch with a butterfly roof that extends over its carport

#2 // Butterfly roof over carport

This adorable mid-century modern home has a butterfly roof that extends over its carport. We dressed this space up with wood paneling beneath the overhang, wall sconces, and plentiful planters. We love that this carport has built-in storage — we rendered the storage doors in a near-black for a layered accent.

Mountain rustic home with a new carport as a third stall

#3 // Adding a carport

We helped these homeowners visualize a new carport addition to the side of their two-stall garage. They wanted something more permanent than their car shelter and something tall enough for a vehicle with a tall profile. We suggested an overhang with a slight slant. The back of the carport mimics the look of a privacy fence and coordinates with (or could even be painted the same color as!) the home’s fascia and soffit. (Learn what those vocabulary words mean here.) The side wall acts as a support for the awning and connects with the wood elements on other parts of the home.

Before and after of a modern home with a lower level carport

#4 // Lower-level two-stall carport + idea for enclosure

This gorgeous home has an inset lower-level carport that takes up a good portion of its façade. Our designers used industrial steel-and-concrete columns in the carport and to support the balcony overhang. The addition of ample downlighting and a few wall sconces is good for security, visibility, and aesthetics. Wood cladding keeps the vibe warm, as does introducing some plant life.

We also helped this homeowner visualize what it could look like to enclose their carport into a garage, below. This alternate design makes use of stone veneer siding and a modern glass-and-aluminum garage door.

Visualization of a carport enclosed into a new garage

Before and after of a stucco home with an updated carport design

#5 // Simple touches

We didn’t change much on this home’s carport design, but the simple updates our designers recommended made the space so much more elegant. First, the new color palette of Benjamin Moore’s Seapearl on the home’s stucco and Wall Street on the gutters, downspouts, and metal roof is fresh yet understated. A stone veneer at the base of the carport columns coordinates with that on the front of the home. Lastly, a beautiful lantern pendant and simple planters complete the space.

Before and after of a Cape Cod style home that visualizes some carport ideas

#6 // Coordinating carport with portico

Our designers coordinated the design elements used in this home’s carport design with those in the front portico addition. The doubled-up wood columns and built-in downlighting connect the separate spaces in an intentional way.

Before and after of a ranch home with a carport that's been enclosed to make a garage

#7 // Carport enclosure, two ways

We gave the owners of this charming ranch two visualizations for how to enclose their carport (above and below). Spot the difference? Above, a single entryway is flush with the face of the home and the garage door. Below, a covered, inset entryway allows for separate doors into the garage and the home.

Rendering of a home with an enclosed carport and separate entrances to home and garage

Hotel carport ideas

#8 // Hotel carport ideas

Hotel carports are hugely important components of their exterior design. For many guests, driving up to an entrance beneath a carport is their first impression of their stay. We dressed up this hotel’s two carport areas while maintaining the property’s warm, rustic charm. Abundant lighting welcomes guests arriving in the dark, making the space warm and friendly — and allowing guests to more easily read the hotel’s address and name, which is particularly helpful after hours of travel. Wood paneling and stone accents modernize the feel. Finally, placing plants throughout the space balances all of the asphalt.

Front entry of a home with a carport

Bring us your carports!

It might not be a popular opinion, but we dig carports. Done well, they can provide architectural dynamism to an exterior. We also get why you might want to enclose your carport, whether for aesthetic or functional reasons, or both. Our interview on US News & World Report is full of tips about what to do with your carport (and a few things not to do), straight from our co-founder and lead designer. However, nothing beats visualizing your carport’s potential with an exterior design. Get started on your project today!