Depending on your budget, carports can be elaborate or extremely simple. The most basic consist of a supported roof or awning, while the most intricate often feature a durable roof and are enclosed on three sides by fencing. Some are quite beautiful, made of trellis fencing over which climbing plants have been allowed to grow. Simply because a carport is a less expensive and smaller option does not mean that it has to be unsightly or inconvenient. If your budget allows for it, a carport is a wonderful option for homeowners who just can't fit a garage onto their property.
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.
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.
If your home design is rather plain, stick with this theme when planning your garage. If your home is distinctive, incorporate some design elements from your home into the design of your garage. Colors follow the same rules; they don't have to match exactly, but they should look good sitting next to each other.