“I build and install carports for homes in Gauteng.”
Carports are a popular property trend in Gauteng.
I think because they can be a very stylish addition to the exterior of most homes.
By nature, they are standout design features and done properly they can be tasteful showstoppers.
Here’s my take on carports and what they can do for a home:
What is a carport?
To anyone in the know, built-up carports are technically considered a permanent structure.
Technically, they are counted as an extension of your house, rather than just a temporary add on.
This is why you need a qualified builder to assemble one, even if it is a DIY kit.
So, just think of it as an outbuilding – and you’re not far off.
Will a carport add value to my property?
In my professional opinion, a carport is a value-adding feature on most homes.
In a word:
It can be used in so many different ways for a family and therefore vastly improves the enjoyment of your home space. (Especially if you have children.)
If you asked me to choose between a carport or a garage for my house…
I’d say carport in a heartbeat.
Although it’s just a partial shelter i.e. open sided, it actually does just what you need it to:
- protects your heads from rain as you enter your home from the car
- gives a design uplift
- can be used as a sheltered outdoor space
…and better still, because of its internal visibility, a carport doesn’t attract all of the household junk that a garage does.
How big should it be?
If it is to store a single car, probably no bigger than 36 sq.m. (including some extra for loading).
What (planning) development approval do I need?
It’s always best no matter what the project, that you seek the professional advice of your local planning and development department.
Here’s a head start for you if you live in Johannesburg.
Does a carport need foundational support?
I’d always say, if you are building on a driveway then concrete spot pads should be used for a carport.
Otherwise, a concrete hard-standing should be the standard.
What are the different types of carport?
Carports are typically know by the material used or roof styling.
By roof type you might have the following names for them:
- A-Frame Roof
- Arched Roof
- Flat Roof
Or by function, you might have heard of:
- shadeports: like gazebos, with a stretchable (and durable) fabric awning
- solar carports: with solar panels attached
And finally, by material:
- Timber wood
Different ways to use carports
Carports are really quite versatile.
The question, “What can’t you use a carport for?” is probably sooner answered.
It’s surprising at times, the very many uses that a family will have for theirs.
Let me share a few:
- As a patio alternative
- An outdoor workshop
- Al-fresco home gym
- Picnic or barbecue area
- Outdoor activity zone
- Open-air meeting space
- Public meeting space at venues
If you ask me, it doesn’t take much to change the use either.
If you are currently thinking of having a carport, please feel free to contact me by calling the telephone number below.