Since you probably realize by now, I’ve explained that I don’t have a garage at this time. So with winter coming, we tried to figure out how to make my patio a workplace during the winter. So we went and bought a pop-up canopy. The measurements didn’t work out to fit our patio, but we thought we could make it work. After opening the frame and realizing it WAS NOT going to work no matter what we did, we decided to scrap that idea and start from scratch!
I started out by pulling out my drawing pad and drew up a rough idea of what the patio looked like from the building and how I saw it in my head what I wanted to do with making a frame for the canopy. Once I had an idea for the frame I drew up an idea for the top of the canopy, and aerial view of how I wanted the slats of the roof to look like before I put the cover over the top.
Then we had to decide where to get the supplies from. I looked up everything online that I thought I would need for the project like, the corner tie braces for the roof of the canopy and then hurricane tie braces to mount my canopy studs to the fence posts, “L” braces for the middle studs to hold the weight and more stability of the roof and then I got 20 2 x 4 holding braces to hold the 2 x 2 rafter boards. I had 3 2 x 4 studs which are eight feet tall. Now my other three studs by the fence I cut down to 7 foot even hoping to give me the right pitch so the snow can slide off. The same three lower studs that were cut to seven feet are all well anchored to their fence post studs with 2 1/2″ grabber screws at the top and bottom along with “L” brackets to have extra strength. I installed my hurricane ties to canopy studs at the west end of my fence where most of the chilling wind comes in, and I felt that’s where they would be needed the most.
If you look at the pictures you will see my buddy who also happens to be my neighbor in the pictures. We also made one on his patio a couple years ago.
I decided to go with a large 2 colored heavy duty tarp that measured 12 x 24, that I wanted to stretch out and anchor with screws and oversized washers threw the eyelets hoping it will work for protecting my projects so we can continue to bring great things to our blog! I also want to thank Stringham Lumber on 3200 So Main Str Salt Lake City, Utah. for their help for their Low Prices on lumber and their great staff also for being so close to my place & for being the small business company that continues to make people happy with following the values they started out with when they started out many years ago. They were very happy EVERY time we walked into their doors with yet another purchase from them and a smile on their faces. We’ll always be coming back here no matter where we move to in Salt Lake.