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Whether you are looking for carport design ideas or for ways to decorate and use your carport for things other than parking your car, read on. We have tips to fit these needs.
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August 9, 2006

I need inexpensive ideas for decorating my carport. We have a nice table and chairs and grill out there so we can cook and eat outside with friends, but the only space available is our carport (which we don't park in). It is very basic, pavement floor, very open... I would love to hear ideas on making my carport a prettier space to entertain!

Jodi from CT

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August 10, 20060 found this helpful
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How about painting a "rug" onto the cement floor? Pioneer housewives used to paint rugs onto their floors, with beautiful results. I don't see why it wouldn't work in a carport, and it will be waterproof, in case of rain or flood!

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By gail2656 (Guest Post)
August 10, 20060 found this helpful
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Plant some flowers around the border. If you're not a gardener then wrap some fake flower vines around the poles. Hang some cute lights in there. Be inventive. Have fun!

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By jodigirl25 (Guest Post)
August 10, 20060 found this helpful
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Grow vines up around posts, and add large potted plants, just green or ones that bloom, spaced around. Oh, and add some windchimes or birdfeeders.

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August 10, 20060 found this helpful
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Hang potted plants on the side of the carport. Add wooden benches around for conversation.

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Also, an oversized table. My mother in law had a wooden wire spool and had plants on it. Painting a rug sound very nice. Have fun.

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By Donna (Guest Post)
August 10, 20060 found this helpful
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If you have an overhead light fixture change it for an ceiling fan, works wonderful on hot days and adds that tropical look. scarlet runner beans grow fast and and have nice red blossoms, they can be planted and just require a net to grow on to create a privacy wall of greenery

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August 14, 20060 found this helpful
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I would buy a few strings of festive mini party lights to hang around the ceiling edge. They have a nice variety now, Japanese Lanterns, Christmas lights,etc. and all on sale here. Music piped in on speakers would be very festive also.
Jill :>)

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July 24, 20100 found this helpful
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Hang up wood lattice or bamboo rolls.

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February 9, 2006

We are looking for a design for a car port.

Richard from FL

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February 10, 20060 found this helpful
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I live in Wisconsin and we have Menards lumber stores everywhere. They provide free quotes for Garages and Carports. If you ask they will give you a complete material list with the quote.

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If you decide to purchase it from them (that is what we did) you then get instructions and a blue print from them. Have you checked with your local lumber store? I would guess they have something very similar for you.

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February 10, 20060 found this helpful
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Whatever style you choose, make it larger than you think you will need - because you will find other uses for it!

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I would like to install sunscreen netting on the upright stanchions of the aluminum awning that shelters the driveway of my mobile home. Any ideas of how to do this? This would give me some privacy from my neighbors and keep the sun off my beautiful red car. You can see one of the stanchions in the picture, but there are actually four of them along the driveway.

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August 6, 20190 found this helpful
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I think you would need some kind of tie or buckle that would go around the posts. I have the same ones and you dont want to make holes in them.

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You might want to use shade cloth. What we did was to install blinds. There was a lip on top of our awning that we slipped it in.

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As you can see, my carport is not used for a car. In this hot Florida sun, it is the perfect place for my beautiful flowering container garden. It is March 17 and right now I have in full bloom several containers of white petunias, 2 pots of white allysium, red amaryllis, red and pink geraniums and some seeds that haven't bloomed yet. In the background is my Norfolk Island Pine.

I use containers of various sizes to make an interesting display and they don't always have to be the same color of pots. White and yellow flowers show up best from the road and seem to last longer. When these beautiful flowers have shed their last leaf, I will repot all of the containers with something new and in season and I do this about 3 times a year. I get a lot of compliments from the neighbors and I now have several of them starting their own flower gardens.

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Nature makes me smile! How about you?

By Florida gal from Spring Hill, FL

A carport filled with flowers.

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