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 homeo a connecting space|
|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|