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opinion or solution needed (privacy for a carport)

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Feb 28, 2014
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opinion or solution needed (privacy for a carport)

Hi guys,

Need some help here. Just bought a property with a fully unenclosed carport, there is no walls or doors on all side of it, only the roof. I know that I need a permit to enclose it, but I really don't want to go down that path since time and cost limitation.

All I want is a bit of privacy, and can store a bit of stuff in there. it doesn't has to be a fully functional garage. Does anybody have any idea / workaround / solutions. Btw, I live in BC.

Really appreciate it.

Thanks,
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Stuff inside may/will still get stolen.
I smile when I see container ships sailing past my house laden with stuff made in China
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Yup. I’m fully aware of that. So the stuff I’m going to store just some invaluable. The main goal is trying to get some privacy.
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Would some trellis or privacy screens work? Series of tall planters?
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How do you get along with the neighbours?
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google privacy screen, hit Images and there are ideas there.

Hard to give a lot of ideas without knowing specs of space, budget, ability of OP, temporary vs permanent, security needs etc.
We're all bozos on the bus until we find a way to express ourselves...

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Something that may work is using wood pallets for walls but it may also be tempting for an arsonist to torch.
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Exterior roller shades or side curtains.

You close them when needing privacy and open when not needed or too windy.
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I like being watched. You should try.
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How do we even answer this question without a picture op?
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kr0zet wrote: How do you get along with the neighbours?
This is very important. Most cities bylaw enforcement is complaint-based. Cozy up to your new neighbours and they won't complain about anything you do. If you don't get along, then they'll sic the bylaw enforcement officers and cause you headaches with anything you do...

Most municipalities consider trellis/lattice the same as a fence, so it'll be consider enclosed. But if you get along with your new neighbours, it'll likely be okay even if it's legally not.
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Katedontbreak wrote: How do we even answer this question without a picture op?
sorry about that man, I haven't moved in yet. I'm just thinking about it. may be put it in action later.
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kr0zet wrote: How do you get along with the neighbours?
the street I will move to has mixed type of houses and garage/carport. one of my neighbor has a proper enclosed garage, the other one added a garage door or a rollup door to his carport entrance and left other three sides open. but he has a fence along his carport on this property. I may end up do the same thing. but just want to make there is a better solution.

Thanks anyway.
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jm1 wrote: This is very important. Most cities bylaw enforcement is complaint-based. Cozy up to your new neighbours and they won't complain about anything you do. If you don't get along, then they'll sic the bylaw enforcement officers and cause you headaches with anything you do...

Most municipalities consider trellis/lattice the same as a fence, so it'll be consider enclosed. But if you get along with your new neighbours, it'll likely be okay even if it's legally not.
Thanks for the heads up. didn't actually know about this. learnt something new.


Thanks,
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gr8dlr wrote: google privacy screen, hit Images and there are ideas there.

Hard to give a lot of ideas without knowing specs of space, budget, ability of OP, temporary vs permanent, security needs etc.
thanks for the input.
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random pattern wrote: Would some trellis or privacy screens work? Series of tall planters?
Thanks for the idea, I look it up and they seem to be a good idea.
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chekazhou wrote: sorry about that man, I haven't moved in yet. I'm just thinking about it. may be put it in action later.
I would suggest some kind of fabric wall. Fabric coverings on structures are not considered permanent, so even if your neighbour isn't kind, it should not be a problem.
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chekazhou wrote: the street I will move to has mixed type of houses and garage/carport. one of my neighbor has a proper enclosed garage, the other one added a garage door or a rollup door to his carport entrance and left other three sides open. but he has a fence along his carport on this property. I may end up do the same thing. but just want to make there is a better solution.

Thanks anyway.
They do have cover kits for carports but they can be pricey. Canadiantire and wayfair have them for $300.
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All streets with so called car ports look ghetto around here. Garbage, hoarder's stuff, old junk bicycles, scooters - you can see all of it under those carports. Not sure how is it in BC. Why not consider proper shed in the back and use car port for porting cars vs junk storage? If you need privacy for your items, I guess it's stuff that not everyone wants to see.
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Tommy74 wrote: All streets with so called car ports look ghetto around here. Garbage, hoarder's stuff, old junk bicycles, scooters - you can see all of it under those carports. Not sure how is it in BC. Why not consider proper shed in the back and use car port for porting cars vs junk storage? If you need privacy for your items, I guess it's stuff that not everyone wants to see.
Well. with the carport in place I dont have a very big yard left, actually its pretty small. Also, a shed bigger than 10 sq meter still requite a permit in bc according to BC building code. The privacy is for the house since people can see through the carport to the back of the house, not the stuff Im going to put in there.

Thanks for your opinion anyway.

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