However, don't make the mistake of thinking that a garage is your only option. If your property can't accommodate even a small garage, building a carport is still a great way to protect your vehicle from the elements.
Carport advantages over a garage include: Construction time – a quality carport can easily be built as a do it yourself carport project over a weekend, VS many weeks or even months to complete a garage Construction ease – when using a carport kit, modern-day computer based technologies help ensure precision measurements and cutting for quick and easy assembly with minimal skill requirements. Construction cost – as noted before, a carport can be built for a fraction of the cost of building a garage. Construction classification – whereas building a garage is a more involved process, a carport project is usually considered an outbuilding that doesn't require planning consent. (However, as with any new construction or renovation project that alters a structure, because each local is different always check with local building officials before beginning work.) Construction design – because of its open design, a carport allows air current to freely flow over the vehicle; drying off rain and dampness, instead of allowing it to cling for prolonged periods of time. Carport design is also more maintenance free than a wood or metal garage.
Far too often, homeowners make the mistake of using their garage solely for vehicle storage. While this is the primary purpose of a garage, most structures have an abundance of space which sits unused.
If cost sounds a little out of your range, don't lose heart. Consider the wallet friendly option of a carport, instead.