In these days of social media, it’s all about what’s trending or going viral. So, we thought we’d take a look at what’s trending in carport designs in Melbourne. We’ll also take a quick peak into our crystal ball (we had to give it a polish first as it was quite dusty!) to come up with what we believe will be carport trends in 2022.
The shape of things (and carports) to come
- It used to be that if you wanted a carport and didn’t really care about how it looked, you put up a flat roof carport. Now, you’ll see them built against many stylish and expensive homes. One of the main reasons for their growing popularity is that they complement perfectly the modern and contemporary homes that are being built all over Melbourne. They also exemplify the minimalist look, which again is very trendy inside and outside. While basic flat roof carports are less expensive to build, today’s flat roof carport is a little more elaborate than its predecessor. Therefore, they’re no longer necessarily a budget choice.
- It’s probably fair to say that the ‘quarter acre block’ is virtually dead and buried in Melbourne. With block sizes gradually decreasing and seemingly home sizes growing, less space is left over for green areas and outdoor structures. Therefore, many people are combining carports and entertainment areas. It’s a great idea and, with a bit of thought, can work perfectly well for many homeowners.
- While flat roof carports are growing in popularity, some of the more traditional roof styles are still extremely popular. We’re talking about roof designs such as hip, gable and Dutch gable. Some, particularly Dutch gable, look magnificent when paired with an older-style Melbourne home, even more so when that home has a Dutch gable roof.
We should add that a lot of these trends highlighted above are in some ways not trends at all. Many of these carport ideas have been popular for some time. And we’re guessing they’ll be popular for a long time to come.
What is fair to say, however, is that Melbourne people are becoming more style conscious when it comes to carports. It wasn’t that long ago that it was okay to put up four timber or galvanised steel posts, pop on a roof, and call this carport design.
Today’s clients understandably want a carport that perfectly matches or complements their home and provides wow factor. Homeowners are also well aware that if they spend a bit more on a stylish carport, they can add significant value to their property.
What you’re likely to see more of in Melbourne carports in 2022
- Integrated lighting
- Solar panels on carport roofs
- Carports with ceilings
- Carport with insulated roofs, to keep you and your car cooler in hot weather
- Particularly given that carports can also be entertainment areas, carports with louvered and opening roof systems
- Concealed guttering and downpipes
- Carports with integrated jacuzzies. Okay, we made this last one up but it does sound good, doesn’t it!