When you'd like parking space instead of (or in addition to) a garage, check out carport house plans. A carport (also known as a porte cochere) provides a covered space next to the home for one or more vehicles to park or drop off groceries or people without going to the hassle of entering a garage. If you're dealing with a narrow lot, this is a good way to use space efficiently.
Many of the plans in this collection feature simple, modest footprints that fit nicely onto a tight lot to keep land expenses at a minimum. Others showcase splendid luxury and much larger dimensions, with a porte cochere linking the garage to the main house. Either way, a covered parking spot provides many advantages: keep the sun, rain, and snow off your vehicle.
Ranch homes and cottages offer charming curb appeal that doesn't always look right with a large garage in front. But with a carport, the emphasis is on the house and not a garage, so you get to keep the traditional feeling of the exterior without sacrificing the neighborhood-friendly vibe.
With larger, European-influenced home design styles, a porte cochere offers a slightly different function. Many of these homes do include garages, but you may also want a spot for your visitors to park. A porte cochere serves as a kind of temporary parking spot with the added convenience of being located close to the main house. This way, you can drop off kids with a minimum of fuss (or have the carpool driver stop here), or unload a big load of groceries as close to the kitchen as possible.
Vacation House Plans also can benefit from having a carport, since you probably don't need fully enclosed parking in a short-term living space. Or if you do include a garage, you may want to use if for storage of sports equipment like skis, snowshoes, pool noodles, and so on.
Related categories include Garage Plans and Garage Plans with Apartmentsfor even more space.