Carports and Architecture

Carports for Queenslanders

When you hear “carports” what do you think of? Maybe ‘wannabe garage’ or ‘just another extension’. We are here to break the mundane mould and tell you there is a lot of architectural design and thought involved in the humble carport.

Although Queenslanders follow a set of rules, all of these houses have very different personalities. The character of these beautiful homes is unique and wonderful, adding to the charm.

For example this Queenslander in Newmarket is beautiful but very dissimilar to this Queenslander in Auchenflower. They have different personalities completely, requiring the architect to echo with the whole house in mind.

Because of these visual differences, PlaceMate Architects pays a lot of attention to the character of the house and feeds the details through the carport.

Architectural Case Study 

A recent client came to PlaceMate with an issue. Their gorgeous Queenslander had a garage area underneath the house, but it was mainly used for storage. The way classical Queenslanders are built, storage will always be a bit tight. Many homeowners repurpose their garage space into a storage area because of the lack of inbuilt storage in the main living rooms. This storage decision by the homeowners consequentially made them park the cars on the street. For these homeowners, parking their cars on the street was not ideal and the thought of having a carport was a great option.

PlaceMate Architects worked strictly under the Brisbane City Council rules for carports. Because “double lock-up garages” are not permitted within the front setback of a house, we designed this carport with a roller door: adds security and is still permitted under BCC rules.

When building any sort of extension, PlaceMate Architects aims to echo the original house as much as possible while aligning with the owner’s dream. For this particular house, we were able to design a carport that matched and replicated the details of the existing Queenslander.

The new addition of the carport is separate to the existing house as this is more cost-effective. From the trimming, to the timber, to the tin roof, the new carport blurs the lines of new and old, and fits in to the houses character like a puzzle piece.

Another Queenslander that required an extension was our project in Mitchelton. The owners were after a deck in the back garden to bring the outside in. We echoed this deck with the same materials and structure as the rest of the Queenslander to match its existing personality.