The thing about home disasters is that replacing them--while expensive--often gives you something better than you had before.
Replacing the furnace was expensive and not glamorous (hey everyone! look at our beautiful heat pump!), but the covering for the replacement looks much nicer than the old one. And our electricity bill has been cut by 25%.
Replacing the plumbing for our kitchen sink was also expensive and even more unglamorous (hey everyone! look under the sink at these pipes that don't have any gunk or wire hangers in them!), but it gave me a great story. Because honestly, not too many people have clogged sink stories that involve leaf blowers.
Replacing the carport may end up being expensive, but it will possibly be just a teeny tiny bit glamorous. Obviously anything attached to a mobile home is not going to be that glamorous. But you know. Relatively speaking.
So Thursday, after assessing the damage of the carport being tornado'd to various parts of the Family Farm, and after talking with my dad and being thankful that he hadn't died in his fixing-the-roof efforts, I had to sit down and think it over. And thinking it over meant I had to look on Pinterest.
We have to replace the carport because it provides that side of the house with some much needed protection from the elements, and we use it a lot. I mean, other than the obvious "place to park your car" spot. It's a great covered area, and we have hosted many parties under the carport. It provides a great covered area--whether from rain or from sunshine--and the cement floor is easy to set-up and clean-up on.
It's not a standard carport size, so it isn't something we can just find at Lowe's or Home Depot. Nope. It'll have to be built.
Certainly, there's the option of just replacing it as it was. Tin roof, metal support beams. The end.
Or...well, there's LOTS of "or's."
This would be similiar to what we had except it's wood instead of metal. I like the sky lights--any extra sunlight would be welcome--and I like those support pillars on the side. We wouldn't have the back closed off since we have a good view to the north, but otherwise, the design is good.
(via Young House Love)
Another possibility is having a pitched roof with something decorative--maybe like the above pergola design--in front. We wouldn't enclose the ceiling though.
Having a pitched room with some exposed beams is the direction we're leaning right now. I like the idea of being able to hang things from the beams--birthday decorations, Christmas lights, a pinata for the various fiestas we throw. We wouldn't paint it though. We'd stain it.
I like the idea of having some shelves or plant containers built between pillars. We wouldn't do this between every pillar, but it's kind of a cool idea to have in one spot. Could be very handy for herbs, or just as a place to put stuff while entertaining.
(via Apartment Therapy)
How cool is this? An observation deck on top of the carport! This idea is actually not in the running at all because my parents nixed it. In five years, they are moving into our house (and we're moving into theirs), so the idea of creating something to climb doesn't sound appealing to them. And since they are financing most of the carport rebuild, then we have defer to them.
But still. It's totally awesome.
(via June Price Interiors)
Hello, beautiful. Since it's somewhat impractical to spend more money on the carport than the house is worth, then this idea is the stuff of Pinterest dreams. The wood beams with exposed rafters and hanging lights AND FIREPLACE are really super fabulous, yes? And then if we had industrial doors that slid down on the sides to enclose the carport during the winter?
Well, now we're talking.
The insurance adjuster comes on Wednesday, so we still don't know what kind of budget we're working with. But until the budget comes in...as my mom says, It doesn't cost anything to dream.
Although my dad would like to follow that up with, Not the way you girls dream.