Carports - Designs, Ideas, Materials, Builders, Costs & More!

Everything you needed to know about pergolas and more.

On this page you will find the following pergola sections including information, articles & advice.

  • Carports Ideas
  • Carports Designs
  • Carports Materials
  • Carports Plans
  • Carport – DIY or hire a professional
  • Choosing a Draftsman & Surveyor
  • Choosing a Carport Builder
  • Carports Builder Directory

Our goal here at Affordable Pergolas is to help you build your new carport with as much ease as possible.

Attached Gable Carport



Carports come in a vast array of sizes, shapes and the materials placed above them to offer cover and shade.

Types of carports can include but are not limited to the following:

  • Simple carports.
  • Flat roof carports.
  • Gable carports.
  • Freestanding carports.
  • Column carports.

For these and many more great ideas visit carport ideas page.



In addition to the carports ideas above, although we have finished building now, we have a whole gallery on carports that we built over the last 15 years.

These include mainly timber carports, raw carports and freestanding carports.

To view these structures visit our carport design gallery.



CARPORT materials

For any construction of a Carports there are many choices of a variety of materials to choose from.

Below is a list of materials of which we are expanding and adding too as time permits.

In addition to the above articles, here is additional information on the pros and cons of each carport material.


Whether you are building a Carport yourself or getting an experienced tradesman to do the work, pergola plans are a must.

Apart from having carport plans designed by a draftsman or architect, plans already drawn based on set dimensions can be purchased.

These include plans for an attached pergola or a freestanding pergolas. For more information visit carport plans.


Choosing The right Draftsman, surveyor


Finding a good draftsman or surveyor at the right price and who provide quality work can be a time consuming task.

Draftsman alone can cost anywhere from $800 to $2,500 just for simple outdoor living structure plans such as verandah & carports and surveyors can charge similar similar.

To help you walk this path at minimal cost, I have written a concise free guide that provides:

  • Details of how to find the best surveyors & draftsman in each Australian capital city.
  • How to save money on your council permit and planning costs.
  • How to choose the best tradesman at competitive prices.
  • If doing DIY, how to save money on your build in regards to:
    • Timber
    • Roofing
    • Fixes
    • Decking
    • Pool fencing

Grab your free Pergola – Outdoor Living saving guide today.

Building Surveyor


  • How do I know if I am getting an experienced tradesman?
  • How do I know if the builder has all necessary licences & registrations?
  • How do I pick a builder who will do a great job at a decent price?

These questions & more are answer in out Outdoor Living Savings Guide, grab it today.

CARPORT Builders Directory


Where to find a great pergola tradesman in your area? On deciding on a carport and having obtained all the necessary paperwork, please visit our outdoor living builders directory to find a great pergola builder to suit your needs.

Some of the builders and professional services you will also find in our directory include:

  • Pool Builders
  • Pavers
  • Landscapers
  • Draftsman
  • Surveyors



Here you will some great Carports builders we have hand picked from each state. Have a look at their work and see if it may suit your needs.

  • Pergolas Brisbane – Specializing in excellent modern timber pergolas as well as patios & carports. Based in Brisbane.
  • Totally Outdoors – Offering a complete range of timber, steel & aluminium pergolas including kits and complete installation. In addition to these services they also have affiliate partners who can supply plans and permit. Based in Melbourne.

pergolas... faq's


  • What is a carport?

    A carport is a covered structure used to provide limited protection to vehicles, primarily cars, from the elements.

  • Are carports different from garages?

    Yes, carports are open-sided structures with a roof, while garages are fully enclosed structures with walls and doors.

  • Can a carport be attached to a house?

    Yes, carports can be attached to a house or built as stand-alone structures in a yard or driveway.

  • What are the benefits of having a carport?

    Some benefits of having a carport include protection from sun, rain, and snow, extending the life of your vehicle's paint and interior, and providing a covered outdoor space.

  • Do I need a permit to build a carport?

    Permit requirements for carports vary by location, so it's important to check with your local building department to determine if a permit is needed.

  • How much does a carport cost?

    The cost of a carport can vary depending on its size, materials used, and any customizations. On average, a basic carport can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000.

  • Can a carport be used for purposes other than parking cars?

    Yes, carports can also be used as covered outdoor spaces for gatherings, storage for outdoor equipment, or as a workspace.

  • What materials are commonly used to build carports?

    Common materials used for carports include steel, aluminum, wood, and polycarbonate panels.

  • How long does it take to install a carport?

    The installation time for a carport can vary depending on the size and complexity of the structure. On average, it can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days.

  • Can a carport be customized to match the style of my home?

    Yes, carports can be customized with different roof styles, colors, and materials to complement the architecture and aesthetic of your home.

Affordable Pergolas

About Affordable Pergolas

Yes, more than an information resource on outdoor building projects! We have built many outdoor projects and been in the construction game for over 20 years.

For further information on who we are and what we aim to accomplish with this building resource, please visit our about us page.