We are looking to add a carport to our 1959 ranch. We like a modern or mid-century modern look. We need a new roof and because of the low pitch it’s been suggested to avoid shingles. We are looking into a metal roof. The budget of this carport is $15,000 (not including the roof)
SOME THINGS TO CONSIDER: the home is on a corner lot and is almost always approached from the SW corner. The carport will be the first thing people see when driving down the street so the look is important. Styles and ideas I like can be seen on my pinterest board: http://www.pinterest.com/jlstone/garagecarport-addition/
LOCATION: the carport will be in front of the house on the existing driveway (new concrete will be poured). We cannot enter the home through the carport so we’d like a covered walkway/patio to the front door incorporated into the design as well. This should all be under a new roof. Perhaps there is a way to enhance the front door entry area. Another option to consider is to make a curved driveway (entering our yard a bit further north on the street and curving back to a side entry carport). My two concerns about this are the cost of even more concrete and driving down the street and having the back of the carport being the first thing we (and guests) would see. I’m not sure if that’s very welcoming.
SIZE: we need storage. Space in the back for shelving or built in, secured storage is important. We have two vehicles and may get larger SUVs in the future so we do want enough space to park and open doors. We can drive golf carts in our area so if it looks pleasing we would like 2 ½ stalls (two cars and one golf cart). However, we don’t want our space to look like a large carport with a small house behind. There is space in the backyard around the corner we could use for a golf cart if necessary.
CURB APPEAL: Obviously we need some curb appeal! I’d like the carport to start the “new look” for us (more modern). Any other suggestions for possible landscaping is appreciated. Also, the house is cinder block. We would like to update the look of the exterior (hardie board or smooth stucco) to a modern finish. If you could incorporate that into your images or suggestions for us, it would be appreciated!