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Carports are a versatile addition to a home ( and they can even provide protection for your car. If you do not have a garage for your car but want to give it some shelter from the weather, a carport can be a practical alternative.

It will also give you cover when the weather is wet or wintry, especially when you have things to unload or load into the car.

A carport can be more than just a shelter for your car. It can also provide a covered area in which to store a caravan or boat. Garden furniture can be stacked under it, and you can also clean your lawnmower there. It can even provide a spot to dry the washing.

Security is also an added bonus of having a carport, as once under cover your car will be less likely to be vandalised or stolen. It can also act as a useful covered work space.

Constructing a carport can be a suitable DIY project. Start by making sure your drive is in tip-top condition before you embark on any work. A carport is basically a roof on legs and can either be freestanding or a lean-to structure attached along one edge to the wall of the house.

You can buy one in kit form or design and build one to your own specification.

The typical carport kit will come with all the necessary parts that you will need and will make it easier for you as you will not have to design one from first principles. The carport's roof can be supported by slim steel posts, which are often supplied in the models that come in kit form, or with timber posts or brick piers. If the carport is of a lean-to type, flashing strips will seal the junction between the carport's roof and the house wall, and guttering will carry away rainwater.

A QUICK FIX ( SHORT ANSWERS TO TRICKY QUESTIONS

QUESTION: What can I do with old logs from a felled tree?

ANSWER: Why not cut them into short lengths and create yourself an unusual path around your garden?

QUESTION: Where is the best place to dig a pond in my garden?

ANSWER: Dig a pond in an open area of the garden away from overhanging trees where it will receive plenty of sunlight.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 26, 2005
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