The Coolest Carports
Move over, garages. Your open and airy counterparts have cars covered and add major style points to these homes.
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This contemporary home is all about cars. The main level is designed as a car collectors' garage to display and house the homeowners' beloved collection. The master bedroom is cantilevered over the driveway, creating a strikingly current home design while also acting as an utterly cool carport.
Wide Open Spaces
Though this family goes minimalist with a tiny home and stays on-the-go with an Airstream trailer, their cars still need a place to be when home. A coordinating carport features horizontal slats on one side to protect from the elements and is open on the opposite for easy access to the house.
Grounded in Tradition
Classically Tudor, this home has gates that open to reveal a hidden carport for parking cars in the event of bad weather or to provide extra spaces. Plus, it acts as a passageway to the rear driveway. Two-toned pavers create an eye-catching diamond pattern.
In addition to the garage, the HGTV Green Home 2012 offers extra parking under its carport. Designed to look like an old wagon shed, the fiber cement boards replicate the look of traditional lap siding. Black myrtles, English laurels, serviceberry and yaupon hollies add softness around the concrete foundation.
Knotty wood siding juxtaposes against the clean lines and white stucco of this modern home. Adding a noteworthy contrast, the sleek black roof of the carport protects the collector's cars.
A Classic Passage
An extension of the traditional home, this porte-cochere provides protection for cars and guests as they enter the house. Brick columns and Old World-inspired lanterns reflect the home's design to create a flawless transition.
Open and Uncomplicated
Crisp in white, this contemporary home boasts a simple and streamlined carport that fits in seamlessly with the home's design. The exterior mixes two distinct looks: board-and-batten on the second floor and shiplap on the first. The materials combine with the sharp angles of the architecture to create a compelling balance of styles.
An open-to-the-sky carport feels right at home in sunny Miami. Warm earth tones create a chic exterior surrounded by lush bushes and trees. At the end of the driveway, stair-stepped planters are full of beautiful grasses.
Drive up to this historic Cape Cod home for a seaside getaway. The gravel driveway flows through the carport, which features a weathered wood floor and ceiling. Above the portico is a porch to enjoy the outdoors and take in the gorgeous views.
At a Slant
Earth-toned stonework combines with a classic red exterior for this Texas abode. An angled roof over the carport adds a decidedly of-the-moment note to the ranch-style home, which boasts an inviting front porch and courtyard surrounded by a low stone wall.
Horizontal slats surround the carport to define the space and infuse it with style. Natural wood contrasts against the black exterior and a bright yellow door brings a dose of color to the home.
Squared-off and geometric, this contemporary home exudes mod style. Windows flanking the corners add an unexpected element, and tucked beside the garage is a simple carport for ample parking at the condominium.
Arches surround this carport, adding an elegant and time-honored aesthetic to this all-white brick-and-shiplap home. The differing exterior materials create visual texture and interest on the ivory façade.
Clever and Functional
Serving a myriad of purposes, this carport acts as a covered walkway between the main house and mother-in-law suite, as well as a place to pull the car up during bad weather. Instead of adding a concrete driveway over the lawn, a pair of brick paths are a more decorative solution that cars can drive on without harming the yard.
Separate from the main house, this totally modern carport mixes metal and natural wood. Not only does it shelter cars, but it also provides ample storage in the built-in shed.