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Old 05-03-2013, 04:33 PM   #1
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I want to make an outdoor room for my deck for a reasonable price.

I went to home depot and they priced me putting up a wood structure but the price on wood alone was 500.00 and it was really beefy for a plastic roof

I was thinking of a pop up canopy. but for the price and how people say it will be destroyed in a year.

So i started to look at use metal pipe and maybe a canvas top or anything i can pick up at lowes or home depot or locally.

like this but on a bigger scale
http://www.outdoortheme.com/wp-conte...ign-ideas1.jpg

I would like a roof and some sort of screen for the sides

Any suggestions? I can't seem to find anything online.

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Welcome to the forum.

How big of an area are you trying to cover? Posting some pictures would help, so we can see what you have to work with. How to attach a photo to a post

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Old 05-03-2013, 05:51 PM   #3
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Welcome to the Forum! you may want to edit your profile to include your location as answers to questions sometimes are dependent on your location.

an outdoor room? are you talking about an enclosed weather resistant space?
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:03 PM   #4
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my deck is 16x16 roughly
I don't need a weather proof room. but i wouldn't mind if i could sit outside in a light rain and not have the roof leaking everywhere. I want to lay outdoor carpet like the green stuff then have some LED lighting, and some nice furniture not the 3 dollar plastic chairs. but if we leave furniture outside now it gets nasty like any uncovered deck.

I was thinking of building a cube from metal pipe then attach a top and then i can hang some sort of mosquito netting.

Now i'm in GA we do get strong winds but since i'm surrounded by trees the winds are greatly reduced.











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Old 05-04-2013, 06:47 AM   #5
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This is my DIY awning. Although it is not exactly what you are looking for it may give you some ideas. I built it as 2 - 12' x 5' frames out of ripped in half PT 2 x 4s then joined the 2 frames together end to end when I attached them to the house.
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Old 05-04-2013, 09:26 AM   #6
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that would be perfect if i could put some screen sides and stretch it out 16 feet.

home depot said i needed to use 4x4 posts 2x6 trusses every 2 feet. I was thinking to my self i'm not going to walk on this roof

where can i get the material to make the roof like you did.
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Call one of your local awning companies for the canvas. I drew up a diagram of what I wanted and a local awning company made it to order for me. It's a lot cheaper in the winter when they are not busy than it is now when they are very busy making awnings. Drywall screws and fender washers hold it in place for the summer season.
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From someone who has done carpentry work for years and now operates a Household HandyMan business: Please don't listen to any of the big box employees when they start telling you how to build anything. They are not trained at this and IF/WHEN they tell you a mistake, it will be your mistake. Making a Pergola style cover and then covering it with a canvas material may not be a bad idea. Try to find a local company that make the canvas covers truckers use. We have a local one that will build anything you can draw, if you will pay for it. One problem I see (IMO) is the small steel post holding everything up. I would have to check into how much more weight they could hold by adding on what you want.
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Hire the guy that did this shed. He could do your project for about $100.00 and still make a good profit.



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I don't see anything you could build that cheaply lasting more than one season.

Do you have a clothesline outside? Try this: On the next breezy day, attach a bath towel or large T-shirt to the clothesline. Then hang on to the bottom corners when the wind blows. It may surprise you to feel how much pull you will feel. Then multiply that many times for the walls of your structure. Even with screens, the wind will catch it.

Mother nature is gonna want to rip this right off your house.

Edited to add: Have you considered cleaning out the area under your deck? If it is tall enough, you are halfway there!

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This is my idea after looking at the cost of EMT then placing a corrugated plastic roof on top or some sort of tarp.
I just can't seem to find the connectors cheap enough yet just started to look

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I guess that guy on the shed project was still in the learning stage good gust of wind and easy demo just haul it away

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