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Outdoor Design

  • Shade Pergolas: How to Maximize Your Outdoor Space

    One of the best ways to get the most out of an outdoor living space can be to give yourself a bit of shade, creating a place from which you can enjoy your garden or outdoor space without worrying about too much sun or even too much rain. In the past, many homeowners have gone for roll-out awnings – extendable canopies that are braced on two aluminum poles bracketed to a wall of the home. Continue reading

  • Pergola Kits: Elegance and Style Made Easy

    Those of you who are looking into adding a pergola to your backyard or outdoor space may also be considering whether or not to take on the project yourself and build your pergola from scratch or purchase a pergola kit. While in the past someone with solid carpentry skills might have had a go at building a pergola with a degree of success, the truth is that today’s pergola kits far outweigh homemade pergolas in terms of convenience, cost, and time spent. Continue reading

  • Pergola Design: How to Choose Your Building Material

    Have you decided that you want a pergola, but haven’t yet decided on which material to use? There are several things you should consider when making a decision about what material to use in your pergola design. The material you choose can be the single biggest factor that will affect the overall effect, success and long-term use of your pergola. Let’s take a look at some of the factors you should keep in mind when it comes to selecting your pergola material. Continue reading

  • Pergola Design: Attached vs. Freestanding

    When finalizing the specs of a new pergola design, one consideration should become rather prominent in your decision-making, whether to incorporate a freestanding or attached pergola into your outdoor space. Both types of pergola can bring interesting and dynamic notes to your pergola design and enhance the look, feel and style of your home. Continue reading

  • The ShadeFX Retractable Canopies Story (Part 2/2)

    If you read my previous article you’ll recall I wanted a beautiful outdoor living space of about 16X16 that was protected from sun and rain.  The story started in 1992 and covered the years to 2007 wherein I searched for total outdoor living satisfaction to no avail.  Over time I got distracted and busy with other things and accepted my destiny to sit on a compromise 10X16 deck with a 10 foot awning projecting over it. Continue reading

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