Do you have any idea of what to do with this old car port?

6 wood posts and metal bars.
q do you have any idea of what to do with this old car port, outdoor furniture, repurpose furniture, repurposing upcycling, This old car port use to have a boat in it I bought the house one year ago I still don t know what to do with it Tear it down Or put some kind of roof on it and use it for entertaining
This old car port use to have a boat in it. I bought the house one year ago .. I still don't know what to do with it!? Tear it down? Or put some kind of roof on it and use it for entertaining !?
q do you have any idea of what to do with this old car port, outdoor furniture, repurpose furniture, repurposing upcycling
q do you have any idea of what to do with this old car port, outdoor furniture, repurpose furniture, repurposing upcycling
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  • Ann Ann on Jan 22, 2016
    This would make a great green house or if it can be moved use it for a covered patio area. Can use canvas for the covering.

    • Paige Paige on Jan 22, 2016
      @Ann Do I get canvas at Lowes and Home Depot or do I get it at Joann Fabrics? Thanks for answering me! :)

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jan 22, 2016
    If it was mine I would make a greenhouse .

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    • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jan 22, 2016
      @Paige Plants are great to bad. A nice seating area sounds nice to. Good Luck

  • Carolyn Carolyn on Jan 22, 2016
    Could put some sailcloth or canvas fabric across the top for shade, lay brick, gravel, or pavers down for "floor", hang breezy thin curtains as "walls" and add a path leading to your garden room/retreat. As large as this is, could include a hammock with pillows at far end, table/chairs, etc. Or, add some trellis walls with growing plants for "walls". Add pots of blooming flowers as accents. Can go with calm monotone white/creams, or use a variety of really bold, bright colors, to suit your taste.

    • Paige Paige on Jan 22, 2016
      @Carolyn I love the idea of curtains and hammocks! :) Thank you!!

  • Barbara Butters Barbara Butters on Jan 22, 2016
    Create a pergola using the frame , adding more verticals and horizontal pieces of either metal piping or wood slats , start growing some Virginia creeper ( it grows really fast ) or some other vine type , wisteria , clematis , seating benches or table and chairs , or wicker seating arrangement under neath , add a water feature , the sky is the limit

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    • Paige Paige on Jan 25, 2016
      Hmmm sounds interesting!!! I want to try that! Thank you!!

  • Ann Ann on Jan 22, 2016
    I don't think they sell the material but maybe they have tarps. Tarps probably have the gromets already.. Probably a fabric store or Discount boating supply store. Of course sunbrella canvas prob. would be the best. you could put gromets along the edge and use nylon rope to whip along the sides to hold it on. I live in Stuart but check out the web discount boating stores in your area. Don't waste your time internet can be a good place to research your area. Good Luck and hope you enjoy your project.

  • Dfm Dfm on Jan 23, 2016
    oh you lucky dog. the frames are the most expensive part of the out building. tarps and bungee cord to secure them for the roof....i'd use tarps for the sides on back end, a shade cloth on the front roof portion and shade cloth curtains for the front. if you do it right, you can use poles to "blow out the sides" ie make the side a roof for easier access. shade cloth lets the air in, and depending what level of sun block you want, can block up up 90% of the suns rays. makes a very nice play area/ pool area/ potting the plants area. check out a commercial growers supply catalog....yup they sell to us lay persons... and occasionally have pieces of industrial green house supplies- odd ends from building green houses... cheap... and or can make covers for most grow houses/ carports. or have them in stock...

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    • Dfm Dfm on Jan 27, 2016
      @Dfm you're welcome! the "growers supply company" has an on line catalog, and shows structures that very closely resemble what you have. you might want to check it out and see if the ready made "roof" is more cost effective than tarps. i'm spoiled- the co. hq is just 20 min. from where i live. I've raided the bargain bin more than once.

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  • Marlena Marlena on Jan 24, 2016
    The structure is the most expensive part. I would create an outdoor entertaining area. You can get some great outdoor material and use the clip grommets if you don't want to sew. I bought some at Joanne's and used my 50% off coupon. Very affordable. UAdd them to the poles. You can gather them when you want sun inside or close them when not. You could use patio pavers for the floor. It's a DIY project that would be fun. I would put planters with plants and if you are feeling up to it, you could make some pallet seating. Oldies has some amazing prices on planters, or make some with wood.We made an outdoor chandelier with wood and mason jars with candles. You could hang something similar by attaching it to the structure. It would be beutiful.

    • Paige Paige on Jan 25, 2016
      @Marlena Wow that sounds amazing! Wish me luck! HA

  • Bsland Scaping Bsland Scaping on Jan 24, 2016
    Build raised planting beds, cover with heavy clear plastic and have a grow tunnel.

  • Dawn Kurtz Dawn Kurtz on Jan 24, 2016
    Teekki hut!

    • Paige Paige on Jan 25, 2016
      @Dawn Kurtz I would love to but havent looked in to the price to have someone come out and put more wood on frame and then all the palms... But that would be GREAT

  • Kayo Frazier Kayo Frazier on Jan 24, 2016
    Here's my 2 cents...This would be a perfect enclosure for a hot tub...Place the hot tub in the middle that way you can get in/out on both sides & make 2 spots for seating & be able to hang out. I would make curtains out of weather resistant cloth to keep nosy neighbors from peeking.

    • Paige Paige on Jan 25, 2016
      @Kayo Frazier That sounds awesome!!!!! But living in Florida... I don't know how much I would use a hot tub! But.... I do like hot tubs!!! :)

  • Naomi Naomi on Jan 24, 2016
    I can suggest an idea, it will cost you about $1,000. First it looks like it needs to be reinforced that may include a center pole. We had a carport that had a dome shape, we bought steel the length of the building and converted it into a mower shed. We used earth anchors around the perimeter, setting the building on blocks, on the floor we used plastic and crushed limestone. We used a roll-top door on one side, and a vent, and the other side we put in a window and a vent. Your roof will most likely be different that the dome shape we had to work with. Anyway you have options.

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    • Nay Nay on Jan 27, 2016
      The building on the right is the shed we store our lawn equipment in it was a building similar to your structure. The one on the right we park a tractor in, the top was a corn crib roof, we built a structure and use the roof of the corn crib.

  • Lynnabecker Lynnabecker on Jan 24, 2016
    Make a greenhouse out of it -- cover with plastic sheeting, old windows, or hard plastic or glass sheets.

  • Susan Susan on Jan 24, 2016
    Measure the height from ground to center top bar, double it, ad 20centimeres. Buy this length shade cloth at hardware. Also buy rivets to punch in to the fabric at bottom hems on both sides of the carport, to anchor to the ground with tent pegs, and punch rivets into fabric, about 4 per line where the fabric will drape over each of the top frame bars. About 4 rivets along each length, and use strong cord to tie shade cloth to frame. depending on the position of the sun, you can also insert a long dowel into the hem of one length, and then sew or glue some velcro straps at each end up towards the top of the wall, one on top and one underneath, then just roll up that wall and secure with the straps to create outdoor sitting area. Shade cloth protects from rain too, so put some old recovered chairs, and some cheap home painted plastic planters full of shade loving plants, including tall growing ones around the perimeter for privacy, and low maintenance garden relaxation area. Good luck and cheers.

    • Paige Paige on Jan 25, 2016
      @Susan Wow that's a great idea and lots of info!!! Thank you very much!!

  • Sandra Sandra on Jan 24, 2016
    Oh, I think it would make a great place to sit and enjoy your Florida yard. Go online and look at patios or back yard entertainment. Lord knows here and on Pinterest there are many suggestions on how to make your back yard look inviting. Even if you use pallets to make the floor and furniture it will be great you can take fabrics and wrap it all around the top form for a roof. Then around the side posts as curtains. OR plant Bougainville, guiding it up and over the top to form a beautiful arch way. I don't think grape vines will work this far south, but it works up north. If you like the tiki bar idea, use palm fronds all over the top. Wrap wire ove r the top in a grid and attach the fronds with wire. Like a thatched roof. I think your back yard will look great with a beautiful outdoor room.

    • Paige Paige on Jan 25, 2016
      @Sandra I would LOVE a Tiki bar... but I don't think I would be able to do that my self LOL I do love Bougainville!!!! I would love an arch way! Great ideas! Thank you!

  • Debra Palla Wilcox Debra Palla Wilcox on Jan 24, 2016
    I would make a cute cabana area, which you could do with curtains and pavers for the floor.

    • Paige Paige on Jan 25, 2016
      @Debra Palla Wilcox Cabana is a cute idea... with a napping bed.... WOW great idea :)

  • Anne Marie Anne Marie on Jan 24, 2016
    part green house part chicken coop

    • Paige Paige on Jan 25, 2016
      @Anne Marie To be honest... I do want chickens!!!!!! hmmmmm

  • Cindi Cindi on Jan 24, 2016
    I think it would make a great greenhouse or chicken coop, if you do that sort of thing, I don't, so if I had it, I would use it as a nice area to sit and read, paint, etc., cover the top and hang curtains on each corner, pave the floor area. I like Moroccan and Gypsy styles, so like bright colors, which would brighten up the whole yard. So many things you could do with it.

  • Greg Forrest Greg Forrest on Jan 24, 2016
    If you like Kiwi's you could buy several plants and start growing them on this apparatus how ever you may have to re-in force it as the plant grows as it grows like grapes, or you can grow grapes, or squash lots and be done with it, lots of info online.

    • Paige Paige on Jan 25, 2016
      @Greg Forrest I love KIWIS!!!! hmmm never thought to grow those... I will have to research if they grow in Florida!

  • Linda Santo Linda Santo on Jan 24, 2016
    Measure it and order a new cover. Sides with windows or screens if you wish. They are available on line in many sizes. Canopy roof.

    • Paige Paige on Jan 25, 2016
      @Linda Santo Do you know what website I would go on? LOL it would be alot easier just to purchase a cover! HA....

  • Charro Charro on Jan 25, 2016
    Turn it into a she shed. (Roof, siding, floor, Windows, etc.) Use all salvaged materials. It'd be cute!

    • Paige Paige on Jan 25, 2016
      @Charro534 I am sure it would be super cute... but a little over my DIYing LOL

  • Greg Forrest Greg Forrest on Jan 25, 2016
    Also if it became a kiwi grower it would also make for a great place in the shade for sitting and entertaning any make shift tarp placed on this unit will easlily get ripped off by wind, how ever a grape or kiwi bush grows tight and intertwineds with the metal bars, you may have to as more bars that being plastic, metal or wood would do the trick for eventual strength as the plant takes over the apparatus.

  • Kayo Frazier Kayo Frazier on Jan 25, 2016
    Paige...Just some food for thought...You'd be surprised how much you would be using it. After a long hard day at work having sore, achy, tight muscles would melt away after an hour. Now granted during the day I can understand you might not use it as much because it is southern Florida especially during the summer months, however in the evening or night when it's cooler is possible. Especially if you make the area around it landscaped to make a comfy & cozy spot. Do you have any idea just how popular you'd become w/ family & friends! You'd become the party spot! LOL...Of course, it all depends on what your lifestyle is...This idea might not work at all for you, but just some things to consider.

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    • Ray Phillips Ray Phillips on Jan 26, 2016
      @Paige Look on craigslist for hot tubs, there are always listed, and in my area free. hope this helps.

  • Nay Nay on Jan 25, 2016
    You will figure out what works for you, good luck.

  • Susan Susan on Jan 25, 2016
    You're welcome Paige, if you decide to do it, and have any probs, don't hesitate to contact. Regards, Susan.

  • Linda Santo Linda Santo on Jan 25, 2016
    There are lots of places on line. From to Harbor Freight,, ysbw. Google Garage canopy, portable canopy, measure the supports and then xxbyxx canopy cover, whatever. Lots of choices.

  • Sarah A. Victory Sarah A. Victory on Jan 26, 2016
    Make a shelter from the sun and outdoor eating area, add fire pit, water feature, grill--whatever your finances and imagination can handle. Guess who has been watching way too much HGTV? :) ME!

    • Paige Paige on Jan 27, 2016
      @Sarah A. Victory I would LOVE to have a seating area and grill area... I already have a deck on the back of the house and a fire pit in my back yard... I don't know if another seating area would be worth it.. But I think that is what I have decided on. Thanks for your ideas :)

  • Funnygirl Funnygirl on Jan 27, 2016
    I would cover the top with several drop clothes sewn together.Then add light gauzy drapes to the sides.

  • Deb K Deb K on Feb 09, 2022

    Hello, put a roof on it and some chairs and a table and you have a nice picnic area in your yard, shade and shelter from the sun and rain! You can even build a nice deck or patio blocks for the flooring

  • We screened in our covered porch and I bet you could do the same with this structure. You'd need to add a roof or covering of some sort, but the screening kit is available at Home Depot and would fasten to the wood supports.

  • LukeHayes05 LukeHayes05 7 days ago

    You could put a roof on it and a concrete bar/desk idea at one end or side and use for outdoor cooking and entertaining :)