Friday, 27 August 2010

Carport to Summer BBQ Room

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Like many, I have a carport…I wish it was a garage, so I could paint year round, and maybe one day that will happen. The space is smothered in light in the evening, as it’s west facing, so I always thought it would be a nice place for BBQ nights, and hanging out with friends and family. Back in May I bought really inexpensive curtains and rods from Ikea, a gallon of concrete paint, a fence panel and a couple of concrete post holders (I know there is a more technical term), then went to work transforming a carport to an eating area. The key piece was a shed from Home Depot to store all the furniture off season, and the gardening gear.

We have used the space quite a bit this season, and for the winter, I will hinge back the fence panel, and regain a place to park my car.

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  This is what my carport has looked like most of the year.

Best… Michelle

14 comments:

Peggy Braswell said...

Hi...am new to your blog..love it. I too am an interior designer! glad to meet you! xx peggy

Ann said...

What a great idea! Looks cozy and comfy.

This year I wished I had a screened in porch- the mosquitoes have been awful.

-Ann

Brillante Home Decor said...

Michelle, this is amazing and I am glad you put the before picture too! That shows that lots of creativity, a few items purchased wisely and a gallon of paint can do miracles. It must be magic in the evening.

nannykim said...

Nice idea. We have thought of doing this , but we would need some kind of curtains that act like screening since we have a prolific mosquito population. Nice idea!

pve design said...

What an amazing after...I think you should send this to Nate Berkus for his show~ He would love it.
He loves challenges. You certainly did a marvelous transformation.
pve

Layers and Layers said...

Brilliant Idea. Looks lovely ... I bet its quite dreamy with some candles in the evening? Great job!

Sharon said...

Great outdoor make-over! The curtains are such a good idea.

qerat said...

Michelle
This is absolutely brillaint. No wonder you are using it a lot. Its beautiful.

Suite Styles said...

Such a great way to make the most of your space!

Mary C. said...

Wow, I love how you basically made a one room addition to your house in like a day! This is great and beautiful. Congrats.

Renae said...

Love what you have done and to be able to go back and forth between carport and summer eating area is great!
xx

La Boheme said...

Excellent idea! Very clever!

Michelle said...

I love it! What a great idea!

th407 said...

Hi,
I'm not an interior designer, in fact I'm struggling to even find the right fresh paint colours for my small home (while dreaming of tearing down walls and creating an art studio!). The photo of your carport gives me comfort, mine is similar!

Thanks for your wonderful photos and ideas. Arrived at your website and blog via a SketchUp case studies page. Do you have notes to share about the paint colours used in your portfolio? (ie: the warm wall colour of Eaglerock's DR?)

Thanks,
Barbara