First a little background. The carport was here when we got ol' 173, and here's what it looked like:
There's The Bruegger-Monster - such a great pooch! That's what the back yard at 173 looked like back in 1997, chain link fence, iron pole and the angle-iron carport with the plastic (?) roof. The yard went through some subtle evolutionary changes those first five years, then came the great re-do of 2001 and 2002! Picket fences went up, and the roof of the carport was replaced:
|Just starting the dismantling.|
|Kai, a friend from Germany helped build the roof.|
|Looks like I was a little ungrateful for the help!|
|This shot looks kinda posed!|
|Enhancing the posts.|
Because of city codes, I really didn't want to take the carport down, but I did want a more substantial look to the posts, so I bolted wood to the angle iron to give it a totally different look!
|The posts look much more substantial yeah?|
That was all 14 years ago! And here's why that is impressive to me - I did it wrong, and it still lasted that long! For the roof deck I had used OSB, didn't put Ice and Water or even tar paper on it, didn't use pressure-treated lumber, and installed a tiny drip edge. Like I said - it held up pretty good all these years, but finally tragedy struck (don't you love melodrama??):
|You can't really tell here, but the rain gutter had fallen off.|
|Here's a better shot after removing the metal roofing.|
|Totally stripped down.|
Before the final reveal - here's another early shot of that corner of the yard and the carport:
A little better huh? Hopefully, in view of the fact that I "did it right" this time - maybe we'll get even more than 14 years out of this!
Next project!! Thanks for reading!