At Carport Kingdom, we believe strongly in the importance of customization. As you can see from the Build & Price tool on our site, it’s easy to create the building of your dreams when you work with us.
With that said, customization can bring in some indecision when trying to design your structure. For example, how big should you make your carport? With so many possibilities, you might get stuck on this basic element of the design process. To help you get over that hurdle, let’s talk about some of the most popular carport sizes. And, if you have any questions or would like help getting started on your own project, just contact us at any time.
Start with Width
There are three important dimensions to consider when designing your new carport – width, length, and height. To get started, think about how wide your carport will need to be to serve your needs. Often, the width of a carport is expressed not in feet, but rather in how many vehicles will fit inside, side by side. Some of the popular options include:
- Single carports. As the name suggests, this is a carport designed for a single vehicle. Commonly, these carports will be approximately 12’ wide, although you can tweak that number to better suit your circumstances and the vehicle you plan to park under the roof. The 12’ width provides not only enough space to pull the vehicle in properly, but also room for the driver and any passengers to get in and out comfortably.
- Double carports. For space to park two vehicles, a double carport is the right choice. Anything from around 18’ wide up to 24’ wide will fit into the category of a double carport – again, you’ll need to select your dimensions based on your needs. So, if you have two small passenger cars, an 18’ wide carport should work just fine as a double. On the other hand, two bigger pickup trucks may need at least 20’ – if not more – to fit without trouble.
- Triple carports and beyond. Once you get up to a width of around 30’, you are in the territory of a triple carport – and it’s possible to build them much wider for commercial applications or large residential properties.
It should be noted that the space you have available for your new carport is a factor that should be considered right from the start. You don’t want to get too far into the planning process before you realize that the carport you are designing won’t actually fit on your property.
Is Extra Length Required?
For most needs, a standard length carport will work just fine, with enough room to pull passenger vehicles like cars, SUVs, and pickup trucks in without a problem. However, if you want to do something like park your truck with a trailer attached, and have everything covered, you will need to design a longer structure. Also, additional length could be useful if you want to park under the carport while still having space available to store some items.
Enough Height for Every Vehicle
The typical carport is going to be tall enough for standard vehicles, but things like RVs and boats might need more vertical clearance. This is an important fact to consider if you want to have the option to pull those kinds of toys under the roof from time to time. Even if you aren’t going to leave your bigger items parked under the carport regularly, having a roof tall enough to make that possible gives you flexibility.
Check Property Codes
As it relates to height, and the rest of your carport’s dimensions, be sure your plans fall within any code restrictions that apply to your property. Taking a new carport down because it doesn’t meet with building codes is no fun, so get ahead of this issue by checking in advance and getting any permits you need to go ahead with the project.
One of Many Decisions
Settling on dimensions for your carport is a big step in the right direction, but there certainly are more choices to be made. For example, you’ll need to decide if you want to add any sides to the carport, what you’ll do for a foundation, and what color will adorn the exterior. Take your time to work through these various choices and turn to our team for help if you need assistance along the way. Thank you for visiting Carport Kingdom!