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Old 10-11-2012, 11:04 PM   #1
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How would you make this patio area more.. liveable?


I want to spend more time outside in my backyard with my dogs and do some work out there, set up music and watch tv but it's starting to get a bit chilly with fall and winter around the corner, is there any cheap cheap DIY solutions to kind of weather proof a patio area that looks something like this?



That is not my house but the patio is very similar. Metal rods holding up a metal roof. No walls. 2 of the walls are my house so if I can somehow figure out a way to enclose the other 2 sides, it would make a nice work area.

I'm not looking into anything crazy, we're talking ghetto rig make shift, less than $500 solution. I was thinking of hanging tarp from the roof so it rolls down and becomes a semi-tent like enclosure. It will at least protect me and my dogs from the winds and rain and we can put a couple portable heaters out there to keep the heat in. But obviously this is real annoying to roll the tarp back up and have it sloshing around.

THere was a listing for free office cubicle furnitures on craigslist and I was going to fashion a few walls but didnt have a truck and they were gone by morning.

Any other ideas? Maybe a real cheap way to go to home depot, get some wood and build a frame for 2 walls and just put up some drywall and insulation and call it a day. Not sure how it would stand on its own and it certainly wouldn't attach to the weak roof.

Any suggestions appreciated.

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Old 10-13-2012, 10:21 AM   #2
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Where are you just to start? You should update your profile.

Anything under $500 is not going to be a very aesthetic or sturdy and you are not really planning to plunk a giant television out there under a cheap tarp are you?

You can probably build yourself some sort of "temp" ceiling from sailcloth, canvas, etc. that will trap some heat from the space heaters you add. You will need a framework though. You might be able to find some actual cut sails past their prime at a boatyard you can have for cheap. Just need masts for them and they can make decent patio windbreaks.

It is probably too late but maybe you could find one of those gazebo kit things for under $500 at a closeout place. Be careful, some of the tubing on many of them is so flimsy it bends in the first wind.

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Old 10-13-2012, 10:28 AM   #3
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Plastic sheeting is your friend.

I can't believe you would want to do this, but just staple up a lot of plastic sheeting and build a framework for it as necessary.

Put in a torpedo heater. A carbon monoxide sensor is optional and you are ready to go.
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Old 10-14-2012, 07:55 AM   #5
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I once had a back porch that was open to the strong westerly winds and when I used to smoke that was my area. I purchased a large roll up bamboo blind. It was about 6 foot wide and 6 feet tall for around $40.
When it was nice I would just pull the string and roll it up just like mini blinds. Maybe a couple of those would help.
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Tough to do with that budget, there are some economical ways to do it with vinyl enclosures. Could create a nice 3-4 season room (depending on your climate) for 1500-3000 depending on the size of your room.

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