If you have a carport, you have a private cabana: meet the "carbana" #Home#backyard#driveway#garage#hawaii#party July 25 | Megan Finley meganfinley My parents don't have a garage in their Maui house, so when they're off the island their truck gets covered and parked under this carport to avoid the sun and rust (ah, island life). While they were on island over this past Fourth of July holiday, my mother (of nautical hemp lamp fame) decided to turn their empty carport into a space to entertain. Thus resulting in this fabulous "carbana." Of course, you don't have to have a home in Maui to enjoy some relaxing island-style backyard action. If YOU happen to have a carport instead of a garage, you could TOTALLY pull this off. Check it out… If your carport has sides, take them down and stow 'em away. My mother purchased 40 yards of inexpensive gauzy fabric and cut each panel to the length of each carport section. My dad then attached five grommets onto each panel and then hooked the panels by the grommets to the rod that runs around the top of the carport, using zip ties. My mother then attached several grass mats to match the length of the carport, brought over her lounge chairs and a couple of outdoor tables, hung a funky light fixture to the middle of the carport (you can see the red, white, and blue paper lantern she used for Fourth of July in this pic), and BOOM! the carbana — instant, party-ready, backyard lounge area. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Megan Finley Megan Finley is the Associate Publisher and Editorial Overlord. When she's not slaving away for the Empire, she's sharing her dork side on her own blog. @meganfinley @meggyfin PREVIOUS Get your cute baby bird fix with a glass bird house NEXT Composting with a PVC worm tube Show/Hide comments [ 10 ] That is a great double use of a space! I dig it Reply UM WHAT!!!?! I need this on the side of our house… yesterday. Reply Of course! If ANY of you do this, I need to see pictures though. Because I'm just a little obsessed with carbanas now. Reply I could totally do this with our ramshackle "outside room"! We already tore the walls down because they were falling to pieces, so it's opened up now, and looks… less than good. Pretty fabric and some mats on the floor (plus getting rid of old spiderwebs… ick) could totally improve things! 2 agree Reply What brand of car port is that? Most I've seen are completely enclosed, walled with semi-gloss plastic sheeting and rather less visually appealing. 1 agrees Reply It actually wasn't a kit! We made it from galvanized pipes and connectors that are readily available at hardware stores. The carport ("carbana") measures 10' X 20'. and the vertical poles were sunk into concrete. The vinyl top measures 10' X 20' as well, and was obtained via the internet. We used hardware store 7" and 10" bungees to secure the vinyl top to the frame. 1 agrees Reply Our neighbor offered to give us a frame like this. I wasn't sure what to do with it. Now I know! Thanks! 1 agrees Reply If you build a frame like this clear plastic panels for the walls will make it a great greenhouse for winter veggies too! or a dry outdoor play area for offbeat kids. 1 agrees Reply My dad did this on half of his driveway. Except he made a little fence around it, and turned it into a sort of patio area, with a potted garden in it and twinkly lights. Very nice in summer! 1 agrees Reply my friends just did this for a kids b-day party that got rained out. They put table, chairs, toys, coolers, etc, under the carport area. decorated with kid-themed decor and streamers. it worked out great as an alternate party spot! Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.