When you picture a carport attached to the side of the house, you might first imagine a detached structure that stands apart from your home, somewhere else on the property. That’s a popular option, but it’s not the only way to go. In some cases, an attached carport will make more sense, as it can add to the function of your existing home and may make the entire property more convenient and comfortable.
If you have been thinking about a custom attached carport project, this article will introduce the basics of what you need to know. Of course, by the nature of a custom project, each job will be unique, and we can’t provide all the details for you on this page. With that in mind, be sure to reach out to American Carports, Inc. directly if you need help from our team. And, as always, you are welcome to visit our Build & Price tool to see what you can create.
Find the Right Spot for Your Custom Carport
The first step in adding an attached carport to your home is to pick out the spot on the home that is right for this addition. In many cases, that spot will be obvious – you’ll know as soon as you look at the house where the extra carport attached to the side of your house should go. In other cases, there will be multiple options, and you’ll need to consider the possibilities more closely before making a selection.
There are a couple of key factors to keep in mind when picking the location for your attached carport addition. The first is the use that you have in mind for the carport structure. If you will use it for parking, as is likely the case, adding the carport in a place where it will offer you easy access to the house makes a lot of sense. On the other hand, if you are just using this addition for some covered storage and you don’t need to access the area as often, you might be able to place it off on the side of the house where it will simply be out of the way.
Beyond the planned use for the attached carport, also make a point to think about the weather in your area. If at all possible, it would be best to place your house carport on the protected side of the house, rather than the side that directly faces the prevailing weather pattern. Remember, carports don’t have sides, so if you can place the carport on the protected side of your home, it won’t have as much rain blowing in from the side, and you may find it to be more useful.
Determine The Sizing of Your Custom Carport
Getting the size of the attached carport right is something you want to nail on the first try. You certainly don’t want to come back later and adjust the carport’s size, as those could be costly and time-consuming. As a general rule of thumb, you’ll want to build the carport just a bit bigger than you expect to need. Most people underestimate how much space they need, so if you pad that guess by a foot or two, you should wind up with something that will be ideal.
When to Consider a Detached Carport
There is nothing wrong with an attached carport, but such a structure does have some limitations. You’ll always have the house on one side of the carport, limiting what you can do inside and how you can access the space. If you have the room available on your property for a freestanding design, be sure to take some time to contemplate such an option and the many benefits it could deliver.
You might also find it easier to customize the new carport to perfectly suit your needs when it is going to stand on its own. For instance, you could add a wall on one or more sides, include an enclosed storage area, and add other features to come away with something that will
serve you and your family for many years into the future.
Build Your Custom Attached Carport Today with American Carports, Inc.
Whether an attached carport or detached carport is right for your property is a decision that you’ll have to make by carefully considering the pros and cons of each. Either way, you have already found the right partner for the job, as American Carports, Inc. has a great reputation for delivering quality structures for fair prices – and our customization options are second to none. Thank you for stopping by, and we hope to serve you soon!