Carport to Playroom Conversion
By: Danny Lipford
To meet the needs of a growing family, we convert an existing underused carport into a 13’x15′ playroom for the family’s three children. Plus, there’s enough room for two storage rooms and a grilling station for Mom and Dad.
Although time consuming to create, a custom tapered roof with modified rafters and rolled roofing material provided the needed slope to solve drainage problems. With a combination of new walls and modified existing walls the playroom quickly took shape.
A new concrete slab was poured and fiber cement siding replaced damaged wood siding. On the inside, a two man crew managed the drywall work.
Finishing touches included moldings, a fresh coat of paint, a custom built entertainment center, and built-in lockers for the kids.
Outside there’s both covered and uncovered space for entertaining or just plain relaxing and with a great new grilling station even the cooking chores don’t seem like much work.
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Simple Solutions with Joe Truini:
Safety Equipment Storage
Everyone knows the importance of using safety equipment around the house, and do-it-yourselfers are even more aware of the need when using power equipment. The problem is finding the safety gear when you need it. Keep safety equipment easy to find and by putting safety glasses, dust masks, and earplugs in a resealable plastic baggie. Attach a binder clip to the baggy and hang your safety equipment in your garage or shop on pegboard or by nail.
Best New Products with Danny Lipford:
RIDGID Woodboring Bits
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Fall Lawn & Garden To-Do’s
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