Preventing the ‘Pimple on a Pumpkin’: Guide to Aesthetically Pleasing Carport Additions


Building a carport may sound like a fairly simple task, but creating one that seamlessly blends with your home exterior design can be a challenge.

The last thing you want is for it to stick out like a sore thumb. Here are a few key considerations to help you incorporate a carport into your home without compromising its aesthetics or functionality.

Harmonise your Colours and Materials:
The first step to avoiding a “Pimple on a Pumpkin” is to ensure the colours and materials are in harmony with your house. Use similar or complementary colours and materials to create a natural extension of your home exterior design. For instance, if your house has cladding, consider incorporating some cladding into the carport design. If your home is painted a specific colour, coordinate your carport to match or subtly contrast, lending cohesion to the overall aesthetic.

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Complementary Rooflines:
The roofline of your new carport should be one of your key architectural considerations. A roofline that is drastically different from your home can be visually jarring and disrupt the flow of your overall design. Try to match your carport’s roof pitch to your home’s existing roofline, or opt for a design that complements it. This could be a flat roof for a modern home or a gabled or sloped roof for a more traditional or classic look. The success of your home exterior design relies on this!

Compliance is Key:
Building a carport is not a decision you can make without taking into account local building regulations. Ensuring that your carport design and location is compliant with the local codes and standards is crucial to avoid any legal implications and costly adjustments down the line. This includes aspects like the carport’s height, size, sides and potential impact on neighbours or public utilities.

Mind the Setback:
Each council will have its own rules regarding how far structures like carports need to be ‘set back’ from the road or the property line. Before building, check with your local zoning laws to determine the requirements for your area. Failure to adhere to these could result in penalties, or worse, having to tear down and rebuild your carport.

Budget Conscious:
It’s easy to get carried away with grand visions of the perfect carport, but it’s essential to keep your budget in mind throughout the process. Detailed planning before construction begins can help avoid any unexpected costs. Be clear on what materials you plan to use, who will perform the work, and any permits you’ll need. A well-researched and realistic budget will keep your carport project on track and prevent it from becoming a financial burden.

Ultimately, the aim is to build a carport that’s an aesthetic asset to your property as well as a practical one. By considering the above, you’ll be on track to add a carport to your house that doesn’t look like a Pimple on a Pumpkin and a value-adding addition at that!

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