The first time I saw our house, the awning intrigued me. I couldn't decide if it was a good thing or a bad thing!
It was certainly old, dirty and dated.
Would the house look better without the awning or should I have a large pergola built over the brick patio...
...But after we moved in, I realized that the awning gives another place to sit and have a cup of tea, under the shade or sheltered from the rain.
I decided to replace it with black and white Sunbrella fabric.
This wonderful outdoor porch designed by Timothy Whealon.
I've admired my blog friend Julio Muao's patio and its awnings forever!
So I researched awning companies in my area and found a wonderful family operated company called Anthony's Awnings.
Turns out, they had installed the old awning originally.
Ten years ago!
All they had to do was use the frame and attach new fabric.
When they drove up on installation day, I was beyond excited!
It was better than I expected, and reminded me of a certain tent we used to have in our backyard!
I don't even mind how the black and white stripes look on the blue house which will eventually get a complete color change in the spring.
The awning looks great from the inside looking out too.
I took this photo shortly after installation on the first morning of the fires when the sky was filled with smoke.
What a lovely color the dining room looked though.
I love how the awning gives the house architectural interest.
If it hadn't been there to begin with, I probably would never have thought of adding one.
It certainly satisfies my love of tents, which wasn't going to happen at this house.
Hey, if I can't have a tent, give me an awning!