The open sides of a carport come with a lot of advantages. You can easily pull vehicles in and out without having to worry about a garage door, and you can store items that would be too large to otherwise fit in other structures on your property. The open nature of a carport design is part of what makes these types of structures so popular.
One downside to that open design, however, is the lack of privacy. In some cases, you might want to keep the items under your carport out of view, and a standard carport can’t quite make that happen. But this problem can be solved! Here, we’ll explore some carport privacy ideas that you can employ for additional protection.
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Not All Carports Are Open
Before we get into alternative methods of adding privacy to a carport, we do need to mention that not all carports feature the same design. While a standard carport has a roof and no walls, that’s not your only option when building a new one. If you’d like to think about privacy right from the start, consider having one or more walls included in the design.
For example, if your carport is going to be placed within sight of a busy road, you could have a wall added on the street side, so passersby would not be able to see inside. That’s a quick and easy way to add the privacy you need while still maintaining the overall function of the carport.
Some Creative Alternatives
If you’re trying to add privacy to an existing carport, or if you don’t want to add any walls to a new carport, there are some creative options you can employ to get the privacy you deserve. Pick and choose from the ideas below to determine which will work best in your particular circumstances:
A variety of plant options may be a suitable method for stopping curious eyes from spying on the contents of your carport. For example, you could add a row of small trees just outside the carport on the side that you want to protect. Even a tall grass like bamboo could do the job.
When going with a natural option for privacy, remember that there will be plenty of upkeep required, as you’ll need to feed and water the plants, trim them back, and more. Also, this approach might not provide privacy all year long, depending on the types of plants you select. If you use trees that drop their leaves before winter, the privacy you enjoyed in the summer and fall will soon disappear.
Build a Wood Screen
If you are particularly handy, or if you would like to hire a contractor for the project, you can add a wood screen that will block off one side of your carport. This is basically a small wall that doesn’t support or attach to anything—it’s a simple freestanding structure. With this option, you get privacy throughout the year, and you have the opportunity to design it to add aesthetic value to the space.
An Adjacent Building
If you currently need more storage on your property and are thinking about adding another structure, you could place that building strategically to add privacy to your carport. Even a small shed could achieve the goal of covering up your carport from view if it’s placed in the right spot.
As you can see, there are plenty of carport privacy ideas available for added protection. Depending on your needs and the location of your carport, you may need to employ a bit of creativity to come up with a solution that will stand the test of time.
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In addition to the performance benefits of a metal carport, many people are drawn to these structures because of their affordable nature. At American Carports, Inc., we offer carports that are durable, customizable, and affordable for most budgets. Whether you need a single carport to park a sedan or a large structure for an RV, we are here to serve you. Get started on this project today to add a useful, versatile new carport to your property!