'Carport' or 'Garage' or 'Horseport' Which of these best describe a car space utility repurposed as a modern living area?
Hold the thought before you answer!
Let's look at the history of the modern carport design and discover the etymology (the history of how these words developed) and the evolution of the purpose of these structures.
No one ever heard of a HorsePort!
Prior to automobiles, the main form of transport was a horse, of course! And the stable or shed was the most common building structure to house these animals, with food, water and shelter.
A glance at Wikipedia explains the term 'Garage' evolved from the french verb "garer" meaning "to shelter". Specifically, Garage was used by the french to describe sheltering an automobile. Wikipedia shows a newspaper article from as early as 1901 calling for a definition of "a private collection of automobiles equivalent to a stable"
The Evolution of the Modern Carport; From Horse Stable to Garage to the modern CarPort
The word carport' (similar to airport) is portmanteau or joining of the words "car" (automobile) and "port" (shipping port safe shelter 'any port in the storm').
So from shed to stable to garage and carport. For this reason we've never heard the word Horseport!
Thus a carport sounds more modern than garage and conjures up a cleaner environment, less grease stains, less cobwebs and typically much less open to the elements. Certainly no hay, cobblestones, old horse shoes nor mud being sloshed in, with the exception after Saturday sport with the kids.
Accordingly the modern carport is more loved - and since there is no longer a stench of horse poo, its become 'attached' to the house, typically with internal access to the home proper. The modern carport is more of a living space rather than a dirty utility.
Below are some modern carport designs capturing the imagination of how the carport can extend the living space of your home
StoneSet for your Carport interior
Below is a project StoneSet installed recently at a rather large basement area in Bossley Park, NSW.
The homeowner being a Builder by trade, saw the advantages of having StoneSet supply and install this relatively larger installation, particularly since it was specific in its application being the interior, rather than exterior.
The home was newly built and for obvious reasons this was much easier for the StoneSet to be installed - no need to remove existing furnishings. The Flooring was of course completed before any cabinetry was to be installed.
At a square meter cost of approx $130 using Pitch Black stone (our darkest choice of stone) this was one of the most ideal choice for
Maintenance - Resin bound stone dries with a wet look, as the clear resin leaves a shiny appearance on the top of the stone once dry. For driveways, the hars UV rays remove this 'gloss coat' and depending on the amount of sun exposure (tree shade etc) the natural stone changes from gloss look to matt after approximately 6 months after installation.
However for interior areas, there is little to no sun exposure. The result is a longer lasting gloss look that retains that new, clean sleek look. For areas with sun exposure, say sliding glass doors etc, these can easily be re-coated every 12 months with the gloss resin
YBelow is a beautiful walk-in garaged paved with a pitch black StoneSet porous paving.
A before-shot, sweeping panoramic photo of this large basement style Carport and living space.
During shot of 16mm "StoneSet" i.e. 6mm quality stone aggregate bound by polyurethane resin.
The finished product - A beautiful carpet of "Pitch Black" Stone creating a pleasant living space
The grotty old garage with cobwebs, sawdust, dark damp lighting and decades of accumulated oil stains - this is a beast of the past! The modern home has re-invented this space by offering some tender love and care to these perviously neglected spaces.
Your carport is the transition from exterior to interior - where public meets private, why not make this more private than public, why not make this an extension of your home, rather than an extension of the road!
Not just a carport, the repurposed modern garage can become a laundry, a man cave, a teenager retreat, an area where garden equipment and power tools are loved, hung neatly and orderly rather than simply stored as a convenience .
Creating a living space out of an enclosed carport means the area is more welcoming, more orderly and ultimately looked after more rather than neglected as a dirty space.
What about Oil Leaks?
In this project we applied a 16mm topping of resin bound stone over an existing concrete or cement slab in the enclosed carport. A very fitting choice of mottled grey and white silver style 'sterling' stone
One of the first questions we were asked by the client was 'Will it be affected by oil stains'. There are two main considerations here;
Firstly, most modern cars leak very little oil, if at all. Particularly if you enjoy the benefits of off-street parking with a fully enclosed garage, you certainly can not expect the type of oil stains you see encrusted on the asphalt at your local Coles or Woolworths car park.
Secondly, StoneSet can easily be cleaned by simple application of detergent, warm water and some scrubbing. So for example, should your son or daughter head back from a Byron music festival in their mates beaten up Kombi, rest assured even large blotches of pitch black oil can be removed from the surface using a decent application of dish washing detergent and elbow grease.
Further, StoneSet recommend periodically cleaning all applications of StoneSet - either 'overlay' resurfacing of existing concrete, or 'porous' applications on a permeable base like soil and compacted blue metal or 'road base'. The easiest way to achieve this is use of a standard high pressure water cleaner - Gerni or Karcher style electric pressure cleaners that can be purchased for just over $100.
Of course your choice of stone should be dark - mainly because you cant expect to be able to get to the oil stain straight away and much like dark carpet is used for public bars and rental properties, a darker colour stone will not show up any small traces of oil that have yet to be pressure cleaned out.
Frame your home with pathways
Whilst you are extending the living spaces of your ultimate dream home, why not finish it off with matching decorative stone on your driveway, pathways and other paved entry points around the home!
Natural stone is perfect for entry points as inherently slip resistant, being made of granite or marble - the friction rating is higher than other alternatives such as some natural tiles. Also, the stone has hard edges and corners on a very fine level, which provide a significant amount of friction in their own right.
On top of this, StoneSet can be designed to meet all slip resistance standards for public places and councils. For example, for a steep driveway we would recommend using a crushed rock (rather than a rounded pebble), and using a larger stone also makes a difference to the traction on driveways.
For Public spaces, we incorporate a very fine element of glass or sand into the mix, which ads significant grit to the surface and through out the mix. Not any sand can be used, be cause too fine aggregate can have the effect of weakening the polyurethane bonds that form between the stone.
So if you own an enclosed garage or carport with roller shutter access, dont let it squander as a beast of the past! The modern home has re-invented this space by offering some tender love and care to these perviously neglected spaces.
So dont go looking for a quote from garage builders Sydney or shed builders Melbourne - Get a quote for StoneSet supply and install and clear out the garage! From as little as $100/sqm you can purchase the materials and install yourself or look to add installation surface at the same square meter cost.