Afternoon sun exposure baked this stone patio and drove the homeowners indoors
BEFORE:Hot stone mishap
Bright afternoon sun made this stone patio hot to the touch and an unbearable place to spend time outdoors. The hot sun also flooded the family room beyond the French doors with sunlight, driving up energy costs and damaging interior furnishings.
Enjoyable, optional shade
The addition of a retractable awning allows this family to cool off in the warmer months and enjoy their outdoor living room. In the winter they keep the awning retracted in order to let natural sunlight into the family room and provide additional warmth. Retractable, remote control awnings with Somfy(R) motors and wind sensors installed by West Awning. Sunbrella furniture fabrics available through Tri Vantage.
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Inviting shade creates an ideal outdoor dining room.
After the installation of a remote-controlled Eclipse® retractable awning with Sunbrella® fabric, the deck takes on a café feel, inviting family and friends to gather for meals and entertaining. Eclipse Awning System®  with Somfy® motor  installed by Durkin Awning Corporation . Sunbrella furniture fabrics available through Silver State Fabrics. 
Harsh sunlight posed a threat to delicate interior furnishings.
Harsh afternoon sunlight was damaging the refurbished wood floors and antique furnishings inside this historic home. A solution was needed that would protect the home's antique interiors without blocking the view of the waterfall and natural surroundings.
A retractable awning provides gentle shade to protect delicate furnishings.
The installation of a remote-controlled Eclipse® retractable awning in Sunbrella® fabric provides gentle shade without obstructing the view. The shaded deck becomes a treasured breakfast setting or reading nook and the home's interior antiques are safe from sun exposure. Eclipse Awning System®  with Somfy® motor  installed by Durkin Awning Corporation . Sunbrella throw by Textillery . Sunbrella furniture fabrics available through Silver State Fabrics .
A hot coastal climate and mottled sun exposure made outdoor living space at this home hit or miss.
Southern sun exposure
Baking, Southeastern sun combined with a humid coastal climate made outdoor living all but impossible at this home. Additionally, the elegant stonework made the homeowner apprehensive to consider any renovations that would detract from the home's exterior.
Retractable awnings provide sun protection and create additional outdoor living space.
Made in the shade
Retractable awnings made with Sunbrella® fabric Silica Dune  were installed and blend in beautifully with the home's exterior. The homeowner added color and design details with outdoor furnishings and accessories underneath the awnings. Retractable, remote control awnings with Somfy® motors  and wind sensors installed by DAC Awnings .
Harsh, Southern sun exposure made for extreme shadows in this bedroom.
Blinded by the light
Blinding afternoon sunlight meant that this elegant bedroom was kept behind closed doors and closed drapes most of the day. The heat build-up caused by the sun made the room uninhabitable.
A retractable awning provides protection from the sun, allowing homeowners to see the room in a whole new light.
In a new light
Who knew that shade could actually light up a room? The installation of a retractable, remote control awning made this room livable again. Additionally, the awning cut down on energy costs by reducing heat gain during the summer months and allowing the afternoon sun to warm the room during the cooler months. Retractable, remote control awnings with Somfy® motors  and wind sensors installed by DAC Awnings . Sunbrella rug available through CMI , Sunbrella throw available through Textillery  and Sunbrella furniture fabrics available through Silver State Fabrics .
The ideal location for an outdoor room may be as close as a few steps away from your home.
A blank canvas
Outdoor living spaces don't always come in the shape of a deck or porch and aren't always attached to the house. In the case of this home, empty space between the main house and garage called out for use and provided a blank canvas where the homeowners could create the outdoor oasis of their dreams.
Outdoor living spaces come in all shapes, sizes and locations.
Green with envy
The addition of a fixed awning in a custom-designed stripe pattern using Sunbrella® awning fabrics Ginkgo and Antique Beige with True Brown trim brings this blank canvas to life. The awning is accented with drapes made of Sunbrella® furniture fabric Canvas Ginkgo. The painted wooden floor of the homeowner's design provides a colorful foundation for the outdoor room. Awnings by Awesome Awnings of Wilmington . Sunbrella furniture fabrics available through Silver State Fabrics .
Bright sunlight made this elegant outdoor space a hotspot.
After spending money on elegant outdoor furnishings and landscaping, the owners of this home couldn't enjoy their investment because of the persistent afternoon sun. The lack of shade drew a definite line between indoors and out.
A retractable awning makes a smooth transition between indoor and outdoor living.
The addition of a retractable awning helps this home make an elegant transition from indoors to outdoors. The enticing shade provided by the awning provides sun protection throughout the day, making the space a welcome retreat. Eclipse Awning System®  with Somfy® motor  fabricated and installed by Charlotte Tent & Awning . 
Awnings made with Sunbrella® fabrics help you create a sanctuary in your own backyard.
Crafted with beautiful, carefree Sunbrella® fabrics, awnings are growing in popularity because they conserve energy and create an elegant transition from indoors to outdoors. Best of all, awnings over decks, patios and outdoor rooms assure that you can enjoy being outside no matter the weather. For everything you need to know about awnings made with beautiful Sunbrella® fabrics including benefits, how-to-buy information and a directory of expert installers in your area, visit www.sunbrella.com/awnings .