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The Best Carport Designs in Australia: A Quick Guide

Owning a garage provides value to any home, especially if you own a car. Depending on your car’s size, the size of your garage must be proportionate to it, but what if you don’t have a garage? What if there’s simply no space for you to have a garage built? The most straightforward answer is to park your car just outside of your home. However, you can quickly be flagged for blocking the street or perhaps fall prey to thieves. 

Thankfully, you now have the means to keep your vehicle within the boundaries of your home: using a carport. Carports are covered structures where you can park your car. The difference in carports is that they only protect the car’s overhead, unlike a garage that offers complete protection on all sides. Carports are a good investment, but homeowners are often confused regarding where to start.

Luckily though, there are different kinds of carports that you can have built for your home. What exactly are the best carport designs that you can have? Here are some of the most commonly used ones today: 

Hip Roof Design

The hip roof style is one of the more common and popular styles for carports. It has a simple frame, and its rafter layout allows for a practical yet sturdy design. They’re also made to withstand extreme weather conditions, thanks to their aerodynamic design and overhanging eaves.

This carport design is also completely customisable, and the design can also expand up to three times, especially if you need the extra room.

Dutch Gable Design

The Dutch gable design is not as standard as the hip roof, but chances are you’ve seen this kind without realising it. This design follows the same structure as the hip roof, with few noticeable differences. 

The difference is that the roofline features a gable, a triangular design on the front and centre. Another notable difference in this design is that it requires extra support for its structure, which increases the costs if this is what you’re having built.

Gable Design

The gable carport design is popular in Australia because many homes built between the 1970s and 2000s are made with gable roofs. Simply put, the gable design compliments it. 

Aside from that, this carport design is also customisable, much like the hip roof design. Custom options typically include the material of the front parts and pillars to match your home better.

Skillion Design

The skillion design is the most basic and go-to design for homeowners. Its flat roof feature is also a favourite for the budget-conscious because there’s no flashy design, and it simply gets the job done.

There are two factors to consider when having this carport design made. First is its height, because there should be enough space for the vehicle and other things, such as drainage. The second is which side should the roof slope on because it also helps with the gutter.

FAQs on Carports

#1: Do I need a building permit to have a carport made?

Yes, you will need a building permit if you were to have a carport made. However, each state in Australia has different rules and regulations, so it’s best to consult with your local city council.

#2: How much do carports cost?

Carports come in a variety of designs, so there’s no single acceptable answer. A carport’s price varies greatly upon several factors, such as the materials used, the structure itself, and the manual labour costs. 

DIY carports are usually the cheapest option. However, be mindful of the quality and how many years you will get out of the structure. On the other hand, a fully customised carport design can still be affordable. For the best answer possible, consult with a contractor who has experience in handling carport projects.


Carports are a good investment if you have no time to have a garage built. They come in many different designs, so you should be able to choose one that will fit your budget and your home. That said, make sure to keep this guide in mind when planning your next move!

Excelfit Pty Ltd is one of the leading manufacturers and builders of carports on the Sunshine Coast. If you want a carport made for your home, our experts are more than happy to take on the project. We have been designing and constructing fully engineered carports for clients across the area. Reach out to us today!

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