Sometime carports are not particularly attractive and many people tend to neglect them and use their carport solely for auto storage. However, with a little thought and even on a limited budget, it is possible to turn your carport into a truly inspirational extension to the home.

Not only does a covered car port offer protection from the elements but can even add an outdoor living experience and usually there is no need to alter your carport’s construction in any way -saving time and money.

You can alter the whole appearance of your carport by decorating the floor area, introducing outdoor furniture, adding window dressings (such as wood blinds, netting or curtains) and making full use of decorated stained glass or perspex.

Plants can look wonderful inside or outside a carport, especially if you can find unusual weatherproof pots or containers to house them. Hanging baskets can often be found fairly cheaply and filled to the brim with seasonal flowers or foliage. These can also be highlighted if you use outdoor or solar paneled lights.

Decorating your carport need not be too costly. One way of sprucing it up is to thoroughly clean the concrete floor and then use outdoor paint to create a block or blocks, stripes, abstract designs etc. Those more artistically inclined can even paint oriental or faux rugs! Obviously it depends on your budget, but it might be an idea to have a rubber or tiled floor fitted, it’s up to your purse and taste.

Take advantage of boot and garage sales as you can often find bargains galore such as bamboo or roller blinds, netting or fabric which can soon be altered to enclose your area. There may also be outdoor furniture or iron ware items which could be re-vamped and use in your new outdoor space.

Once the floor is finished and the enclosure is installed then attention can be paid to the furnishings and accessories. Whether you live in an urban, coastal or rural area there are usually bargains to be found and all you need do is add a little TLC. For instance umbrella stands, tiles, advertising signs, wheels or even plain pieces of wood that can be used to create works of art. Oftentimes there are interesting and unusual pieces to be found on beaches such as driftwood, shells, dried seaweed etc which can be washed, dried and left plain or embellished as you wish.

Some people like to have a particular theme and enjoy carefully planning and designing everything for the home whilst others enjoy a more spontaneous approach – whatever personality drives you there are great benefits to be had from transforming the carport outside your home that you may have just considered to be only for auto storage.