Traditionally, we think of carports for car storage and protecting from the harsh Australian sun. But there is so much more that your carport can be used for beyond just providing coverage for your vehicle. With a little creativity, you can turn a carport into an extension of your home, an outdoor sanctuary, or small garden shed in Sydney.
Keep reading to learn 5 ways to turn your carport into a different kind of effective space.
The Best Carport Alternatives
1. Outdoor Covered Porch
Who doesn’t like to sit outside and enjoy the beautiful Australian weather? While you could always pull up a chair and bask in the sun, the summers may be too hot for you to handle. Instead, you can take advantage of your vacant carport to create an outdoor sitting area or porch.
Consider adding mosquito nets or a screen to the exterior of the carport to keep bugs and critters out. Then once you have a safe haven, you can add chairs, a fire pit, or any other outdoor furniture you want for a fun outdoor space.
2. Pet Shelter
While many Australian dogs and other pets are often used to the weather, it can still get incredibly hot in the summer. A metal carport is the perfect accessory to outdoor cages or kennels. With them, you can create a low-cost barn. They will provide coverage from the sun to prevent overheating in addition to displacing rainfall to help keep them dry and comfortable.
3. Picnic or Party Area
If your family enjoys spending time outside, the protection of a metal carport can shade you from the sun and block rain from spoiling your party. A large carport can likely house multiple tables or a large picnic table, providing enough area to have lunch as a family or invite friends over.
Consider placing a carport near your pool area to give you somewhere to escape the sun while still keeping an eye on pool party swimmers.
Looking to hone your green thumb? The sturdy structure of a carport makes it a great location to build a greenhouse around. You can add temporary walls to keep the heat controlled and customise your carport with skylights to maximise the natural light they receive. The awning will also prevent rainfall from overwatering them or the heat from baking them. This low-cost alternative to a garden shed in Sydney allows for flexibility in use and a great value for aspiring botanists.
5. Children’s Play Area
Do you want somewhere for your children to play outside without worrying about sunburn? A carport can be used as an effective sun shield for children’s play areas that’ll keep you comfortable while supervising. Add a sandbox, place it on cement to make a bicycle track, or just enjoy the shade playing catch. A large carport gives you all the benefits of outside with the comfort of shade.
Finding Your Perfect Carport
Carports are versatile, sturdy, and durable. Adding one to your property (or converting an existing one) lets you create effective outdoor spaces for more than just car storage.
Let the experts at Col Western Sheds help you find the perfect carport for you. Choose between a variety of styles, colours, and customisations to make an option that you and your family will enjoy. From outdoor patios to small garden sheds in Sydney, the possibilities are endless