Adelaide is well be known as an elegant capital city, renowned for its diverse architectural styles and beautiful landscapes. However, for a long time our carports didn’t match this image. Built more for function than looks, early carports were simply a way to provide shelter for our vehicles and anything else we wanted protected.

In this blog, we will take a journey through time to explore the evolution of carports in Adelaide. From their humble beginnings to current time, where carports often feature modern designs and utilise innovative products.

Adelaide carports in the early days

Carports weren’t needed before the early 1900s in Adelaide, simply because we didn’t have cars. It wasn’t until 1915 that the Ford Model T was officially launched in Australia. Even then it took a while before cars were commonplace. In 1921 there were around 100,000 motor vehicles registered in the nation.

At this stage, carports, like most of our homes, were basic and functional structures. Early carports were often free-standing, open structures. They simply served the purpose of providing shelter for vehicles while allowing easy access for people.

Post-war carports

The post-World War II period saw Adelaide’s rapid expansion. The car industry also grew rapidly. The first Australian-made car was released to the public in 1948, the Holden FX.

During this era, carports began to evolve, with various materials and styles becoming popular. Some carports featured flat or gabled roofs, while others embraced the idea of blending with the home’s architecture.

Adelaide carports in 1970s and 1980s

As Adelaide continued to evolve, so did carport designs. The 1970s and 1980s saw a shift from free-standing towards integrating carports with the main house structure.

Carports became more aesthetically pleasing, too, with the use of materials like timber, Colorbond steel and even brick. These carports added character and curb appeal to Adelaide homes.

By the way, it wasn’t long after this that Mr Carports began trading in Adelaide, in 1991.

The modern carport

Of course, carports have continued to evolve. In the 21st century, Adelaide’s carports have witnessed a significant amount of innovation. Modern carports are designed not only for vehicle protection but also to accommodate evolving lifestyle needs. Some of the key trends include:

  • More focus on sustainability and energy efficiency.
  • Carports now serve as versatile spaces for various uses beyond vehicle storage, such as outdoor entertainment areas.
  • Integration of smart technology – such as automatic doors, lighting, and security features – has become a common feature in modern carports.
  • Today’s carports feature stylish designs that seamlessly blend with the overall architectural style of the home, contributing to a more aesthetically pleasing streetscape.

An Adelaide carport may still primarily be a way to protect vehicles, but it’s humble no more!

What are we likely to see in the future of carports in Adelaide?

Among the trends are more sustainability, with solar panel integration and rainwater harvesting, electric vehicle charging and continued adoption of smart technology to improve access, security and energy management.

Get a free design and quote from Mr Carports

To organise a no obligation discussion, plus a free design and quote for a new carport in Adelaide, phone Mr Carports on 1800 557 782 or submit a form on our contact page.

Carports in Adelaide are still used to protect vehicles, but they’ve come a long way from the humble structures that were first built.
Carports in Adelaide are still used to protect vehicles, but they’ve come a long way from the humble structures that were first built.