We've talked a lot about garages, with little mention of carports. For most homeowners, a garage is simply a better option. They offer more options, more versatility, and more security than an open carport.
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.
At the other extreme is the homeowner who currently owns a small, sporty car. Not wanting to overspend, he builds a very small garage, thinking that even if he buys another car in the future, he'll be well accommodated. Over time, this homeowner may very well get married and have children. Suddenly, the household isn't well accommodated at all.
Storage can be extremely useful in and of itself. Installing or purchasing tall cabinets is a great way to store infrequently used items that won't be hurt by extreme temperatures. The space above the rafters is also a great place for storage. A few inexpensive sheets of plywood can turn those exposed beams into the basis for a handy place to store larger, lightweight items when they're not in use. In order to get the most out of your new investment, it only makes sense to use all the space available.