27 May. 2011|
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Parking our car got a little more scenic this weekend with the completion of our carport pergola. Last week we talked about dressing up our carport with the help of some pergola plans from Workbench Magazine. Most attached pergolas don’t have the column in the equation (they just attach to the walls beside or above a garage door or a french door), but because our carport only had posts on the left side (see below) our first assignment was to add one on the right to add symmetry and create a place for the pergola to attach.
To attach a post to our concrete floor, we used this post base which is built for situations like this. I attached another metal post base on the ceiling (this time just using heavy-duty screws) so that we could slide a 4 x 4″ post right in there and nail it into place. Oh and if you have a carport that already has two columns (or a garage with outside walls to rest the braces on) and you buy the braces instead of building them it would be about 50% easier (and should cut out around 2 days of work).
We’ve been talking about building a pergola for our back patio, but we need to get around to redoing the patio first haha.
It took a bit of finesse to get it all done without attaching something slightly crooked, but eventually we got the job done. And the DIY price can’t be beat – especially when we heard that custom attached pergola kits are being sold for over 2K! It definitely makes the carport look more like an actual thing and less like an unfinished garage!
It definitely adds charm and character, and it makes the carport an even nicer space for those occasional family gatherings or whatnot.
Here I am using our nail gun to attach the boards in place and give the column a chunkier look.
So by the end of day two we had built two braces, but I couldn’t call this step complete since they were neither painted (that happened the next morning) nor hung (which also got done the next day). It has actually turned two anti-carport people (remember we almost didn’t look at this house just because it had one) into carport lovers. What you need to know is that there were four main parts to this building project: 1) the column, 2) the braces, 3) the joists, and 4) the lath.