There are a number of ways to add value to your home by renovation, structural modification or addition. Renovation is a process whereby old material is replaced with new, such as replacing rotting beams, railings, repainting walls or roof shingles. Modification entails changes to existing material, as such removing a wall to increase open space, or changing the counter layout in the kitchen. Finally, addition is a process of putting something entirely new into the house.
A big addition job that many elect to undergo is the addition of more rooms, perhaps extending into the backyard on the first floor, and subsequently increasing the number of levels. However, this type of work is very costly and requires a serious commitment in time and of money. Something that will be within reach of more people is to add a small structure ot the house.
A type of addition that many do not consider is an outdoor shade. These come in a range of complexities, from hanging bamboo shades on the outside of a window to retractable, electrically-driven window awnings. Depending on the complexity the cost can be driven very far down. Moreover, the outdoor shade enlarges the usable space of the house while remaining economically viable for the budget conscious homeowner.
Here are a number of examples that are commonly used for adding exterior to the home.
Canopies are tent-like structures. There are two parts to the tent-like configuration of a canopy: a metallic scaffolding and a piece of canopy material that is stretched over it. The shading fabric almost always is affixed over the roofing to shield against direct sunlight but the side-walls may be omitted. Side-walls hamper air circulation, but such problems can be remedied by ensuring presence of window flaps and opposing entrances to the canopy.
The majority of people have seen an awning at some time positioned over the storefront or display glass of an establishment and bringing in precious patrons who were likely sheltering themselves. In contrast to store front awnings, the units for home are made for pleasure and comfort of homeowners. The most recent type is the retractable unit. There are a number of retractables. One is operated by a manual crank. Another is engaged with a swinging set-up which is pushed in or pulled out. Finally the motorized kinds automatically open at a flick of a switch.
Most exterior shading is created to block out nearly all sunlight. Pergolas were made for another idea. Rather than stretching out fabric material, the posts of a pergola hold up wooden beams that block only a fraction of light. Pergolas are found astride porches and patios and infrequently in gardens. A miniature version of a pergola is sometimes known as an arbor. Arbors function as entry ways to foot trails of the backyard area.
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