If you’re thinking of expanding your living space, but cannot think of a cost-efficient way to do it, then why not convert some external spaces into living areas. All you have to do is install retractable awnings.
Before going off to the DIY store and just buying any awning, it’s important to know that there are several kinds of awnings. Which one you should install depends on what your plan for the external space.
If you are planning to make the external space a permanent addition to your home’s living area, then you should consider using a permanent awning, which could either be made of layered sheet metal or with very heavy fabric, propped up on permanently-installed posts.
On the other hand, if you are only considering expanding your livings space externally when the season permits, or if there are special events, then you should consider using retractable awnings even if they are large.
If you decide to use retractable awnings, you should, ideally take into consideration how you retract the whole awning. Motorised awnings are best if you think you will need to set up a large awning many times over the year.
However, if you intend to only use it a few times a year, or if you intend to have it fully deployed for long periods, then a folding arms awnings might be better and cheaper for you. On the other hand, the best solution would be to have a motorised system that has a manual override, just in case of power outages.
Retractable Patio Awnings Applications
One of the more popular ways of expanding living spaces is to use retractable awnings and turn your window balcony into a small nook. The most ideal situation for this small area would be a small-scale garden with one or two chairs and a small table to relax in, or, for some people, it can become their “day room.” Other people even convert their awning-clad balcony into reading rooms or even their studies (although the books stay in the more permanent indoor areas right next to the balcony).
Another way to use retractable awnings is to expand a home’s patio area. In this case, the porch area can be extended beyond the formal porch, with the awning itself becoming the roof of the porch. This can work well in instances where special family events might need such an enlarged shaded area. On the other hand, the extended porch roof can cut down on ambient glare, cool down the actual porch and comfortably dim the whole area.
Finally, in some cases, retractable awnings can even create a new outdoor living area, such as some space right next to the back door. This area can then be used according to the preferences of the homeowner, from a small outdoor living room, to a shade for a temporary kitchen and grilling area. The trick really, is to find a space where retractable awnings can be used to make a good outdoor living area. After that, it’s all just a matter of installing it yourself, or hiring some professionals to help you put up your awnings properly.
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