Whether you are building a new house in Brisbane, remodeling your current home, or just tired of brushing snow off of your car, you may be deciding whether to get a carport or a shed. There are many different reasons to choose either one, so you will need to assess your requirements, your budget, and your aesthetic preferences. Here are a few questions to ask.
Carports: Brisbane homes have them
A garage is a permanent structure that is either attached or detached from your house, but it has a foundation, cement floor, walls, a door and a roof. It usually has windows as well. If you want a building that will stay with your house if you move, a garage is your best choice for most homes in Brisbane. But if you prefer something that can be taken with you if you ever moves homes, then carports are the best alternative. Looking for carports Brisbane will yield a large number of sample structures that you could consider.
A carport typically consists of a roof and four supports, without walls, although many models share a wall with a house or garage or have two walls. Carports may be permanent or temporary, attached or free-standing. Historically, carports started being used in the early 1900s by architects, and they were attached to the house and were designed to complement the home. They were often made out of the same materials as the house. According to architect Frank Lloyd Wright, automobiles should be displayed and not hidden away; the carport “framed” and displayed the automobile. Today’s carport are often made of metal, and may have a canvas roof or a metal roof. They are sturdy and stable, but they can be taken down or moved.
What is your budget?
Garages are going to be much more expensive than carports, especially for larger garages or special models. They are typically between $3,000 and $30,000, with the average being around $5,000. Carports can cost anywhere from a couple of hundred dollars to a few thousand, depending on the size and materials in the structure.
Need a large structure? Consider farm sheds
Are you just looking to park your car and keep it out of the elements? Then a carport is a good option for you. If you are looking for a place to work on projects, store tools and outdoor equipment, and even provide extra storage for your household, you will want to go with a garage. Your garage will lock, and will provide privacy and space. A carport would quickly become cluttered-looking if you were trying to store things below it, and it doesn’t provide adequate protection from the weather for household items. A carport could be a good option for storing a boat if it is properly weatherized, but it will not be a good option for a motorcycle, golf cart, or riding mower.
A portable or permanent carport is also a great idea for shading areas of your lawn in the summer, including a small pool, or for using as a relaxation area with outdoor furniture under it. If however you need more space, such as a workshop or for machinery (if you have a large property), you could consider farm sheds as a good alternative, as they usually offer much larger space as well as a confined space.
What is the weather in your area?
Does it snow where you are? If so, a canvas-roofed carport is definitely out for you. You may choose to go for a permanent carport, which will provide more protection, but you will still have the cold and snow to deal with. A garage is probably a more practical solution for you. Also, keep in mind that if you live in a cold climate, your car is going to be much more pleasant to get into if it has been stored in a garage, regardless of whether you get snow or not.
How quickly do you want it finished?
Along with cost, this is one of the most important factors in your choice. A garage will take a lot more time to build, and will require permits and inspections. Additionally, depending on local laws you may be required to use insulation and special fireproof materials. The carport goes along a lot more quickly, even if you are a building a permanent structure. Often it doesn’t even require a permit, and the construction/setup process goes more quickly because there are no walls.
Do you want it to match your house?
You can use the same exterior and roofing materials as your house whether you choose a carport or a garage, but many people prefer the garage because it makes the house look more finished. It also looks nicer if you are storing things. Carports come in many varieties – you can build one yourself, or you can order a kit and put it together. You can have a contractor build your carport, or you can have a professional company come and install one that comes in pieces.
As you can see, there are many different factors to consider when choosing between a garage and a carport. And no decision is permanent since either a garage or a carport can be converted to a spare room in the future if you wish. It just makes more sense to determine your final plans before you even start, to save money, time and work.…