Development of a carports design will take into account some, or all of these criteria:
Accomodation & height requirements
Possible extension to, & integration into the home's form
Architectural style of the home
Physical constraints, eg. shape of home & land, easements
Except for large homesites, the location of the carport will be limited by the space available convenient to the homes entry, either attached or free-standing. Care must be taken to ensure the carport enhances the home's street appeal.
A gazebo is a free-standing verandah, that is, an unattached, open sided roofed structure.
Gazebos are often used as a garden feature, for outdoor living separate from the home, or as a gathering point in common areas of residential developments. A gazebo associated with a swimming pool is called a cabana.
A gazebo is not necessarily designed to match the architectural style of the home, it may be a "folly", although where it is close to the home, blending in with the homes style would remain important.
Like verandahs, gazebos provide for all-weather outdoor entertaining or leisure activities.
Like verandahs, carport & gazebo roofs may be:
Skillion - flat, with a min. fall of 2°
Gable - triangular, with vertical ends
Hipped - triangular, sloping (hip) ends
Dutch gable - hipped end with feature gable
The pictures in our carport & gazebo project gallery above show the diverse range of styles, roof shapes & geometries we are able to build for our clients.
A carport attached to the home may be considered as a verandah for vehicles, & they share the same construction criteria, despite their different functions.
A carport not attached to the home, & a gazebo are equivalent structures, except that a gazebo often has 6 or more sides. This makes the roof framing more complicated, but the structural principles & requirements, and choice of materials remain the same.
Details are found under Pergola & Verandah Construction on our Pergola & Verandah page.
There are some special building regulations only applicable to carports relating to setbacks & fire separation. Refer to our Legal Stuff page for more information.