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.
Adding structure, however, can also be very expensive. Imagine adding additional interior space to the first floor of the back of the house. This would involve breaking down existing walls, and putting up new ones. If something goes wrong, the construction bill will most likely be revised upward and never downward. Therefore, homeowners should consider a simpler and less costly way of adding structure as home investments..
A smaller structural addition we will consider here are all the products that are grouped under the category of outdoor shades. One of the benefits of these shades is that they are a compromise between interior and exterior improvements. Outdoor shades are strictly built on the exterior premises and should complement the yardscape, yet they add more livable space for the residents of the house who can now spend time outside without fear of excess sun or rain exposure.
Here are a number of examples that are commonly used for adding exterior to the home.
An outdoor canopy is essentially a tent with standing room. The construction of a canopy may be divided into the shade fabric and the metal scaffold that supports the fabric. It is desirable to block out sunlight shining from overhead so there is always a shade material roof. Fabric siding diminish oxygen circulation, but such problems are fixed by ensuring presence of window flaps and entrances on opposing sides of 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.
Almost all outdoor shades are designed to stop nearly all light. Pergolas were created with a different purpose. Instead of stretching out a piece of fabric, the wooden struts of a pergola raise up wood slats that block only a portion of the sun. Dwarf versions of pergolas are also available. They are sometimes called arbors, and are less complicated to set up but cannot accommodate many people. Instead, they are signs for foot paths.