Carport + Patio


Typically, carports are used to park you car. Seeing as how we rarely, if ever, park our car in the carport, it’s pretty much a big unused concrete slab. Way down the road, we may end up closing it in and making either a one-car garage or a bonus room (my vote is for a bonus room!), but for now it’s just… blah! Here’s a picture we took this past fall (hence the leaves!)…

The only thing that’s changed since this photo was taken is that the large piece of wood is now in the shed along with the small pile of extra bricks that were sitting next to the door on the right (which leads to the utility room). Otherwise, it’s still a big open space for the garbage can.

On the left side of the carport is an aggregate patio. Like the carport, there’s not a lot going on here at the moment. It’s basically the place where we stashed the 5-piece patio furniture set we used on the balcony of our first place. We’re anxious to give it a facelift in the near future… now, I’m getting ahead of myself. More on that in a minute. Needless to say, this area of the backyard needs some help as well. But, in an effort to not get too overwhelmed, we’re going to take on these issues in stages. The first stage: the carport. So here’s the plan…

Greg and I want to turn the carport into a comfy covered patio and outdoor entry area…

Our plan is to find a new place for the garbage can and move the patio furniture into the carport along with an outdoor rug to define a seating area. We also want to bring some green in this mini concrete and brick jungle by hanging a few plants/flowers from the beam that separates the carport and patio. On the right side of the carport, we’re going to add a large “entry table” of sorts with some storage for various outdoor essentials. We also plan on upgrading the lighting and adding some wall art. To help you see what we see in our heads, and help along our own thinking process, we put together this mood board…

1. This brick is similar in color to ours, but ours has dark bricks mixed in here and there. I’m always worried about clashing colors with the brick, so I wanted to make sure to keep this in mind while putting together the mood board. Image from here.
2. We’d like to have some storage for things like grilling essentials and a few outdoor toys when our friend’s kids come to visit. A few of these baskets from World Market along with our entry table we’re planning on adding (more on that in #7) will do the trick.
3. Above the love seat, it would be really nice to add some sort of vertical garden to the wall (found here). I’m not sure how we’d do it or if it would even be an option with our area’s climate, the lack of sunlight and my not-so-green thumb; but I love the idea of adding some sort of green texture art-like piece on this wall. We shall see what transpires!
4. Greg and I both love the idea of adding industrial/barn-like lighting. Two of these galvanized steel hanging light fixtures will work out well and be a great industrial touch.
5. Over the outdoor entry table (again, more on that in #7), we want to add a large painted wooden sign. We aren’t completely sure what we want the sign to say just yet, but I saw this sign at World Market the other day in the clearance section and loved it! The only problem… it was 5″ x 8″. We’re in the market for a sign that’s more like 4 feet by 6 feet. You know what that means… time for some DIY!
6. I realize mason jar decor ideas are a dime a dozen these days, but I love them. There’s something about the classic simplicity of mason jars. They’re great for storage and even better as candle holders or vases. I have an idea in the back of my head about using giant mason jars and faux moss as cute simple candle holders on the entry table when we’re entertaining.
7. Now for the entry table. We’d love to have something long, rustic and about 36″ tall – tall enough to use it as a project table when we’re working on projects and an outdoor buffet when we’re entertaining. We’d also like it to be dark espresso to really stand out from the bricks.
8. I love fun vintage touches in the house and I’d really like to bring some vintage charm in the outdoor living area. This clock may not actually find its way into the carport but is a good example of what I’m talking about. I love the vintage shape and the color is one of my favorites. Also, I think the color would look great with the bricks, dark entry table, #9 and #10.
9. I love pillows in an outdoor space – and lots of them. Greg and I both really like this pillow in particular because it brings in a pop of color but doesn’t clash with the bricks like an “apple red” pillow would.
10. Our current patio furniture is a light walnut color that seems to blend right in with the bricks. Rather than buying new patio furniture (which is something we’d like to do in the future), we plan on giving it a makeover by way of a few cans of espresso spray paint. It will stand out from the bricks and tie in with the entry table.

I see a lot of shopping, rearranging and DIYing over the next few weeks, but we’re SO ready to tackle this area and get it ready for the fall (when the Virginia weather is perfect for hanging out outdoors). The first projects we’re going to tackle will be spray painting the patio furniture and finding a solution for an entry table. Let the fun begin!

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  • Reply
    July 30, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Love your mood board! I wish we had an outdoor space like that to transform. It’s going to look great!

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    Lori H
    July 30, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    What a great mood board! I can’t wait to see it all in place. Richmond does indeed have some lovely fall weather and you have the perfect spot to enjoy it!

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    Lara Patterson
    July 31, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Virginia is fall at it’s best! Gorgeous. Can’t wait to see the porch when it’s finished!

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    Megan Jones
    August 6, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    This sounds like such a great idea. I love covered, outdoor sitting areas. In the sweltering sun it is nice and cool in the shade and in the rain it is nice a dry, the best of both worlds! If I had my way every house that I lived in would have some sort of outdoor, covered living space.

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