With a retractable awning installation backyard living “room” is more than just a storage area for your deck, grill, pool and patio furniture; it’s an outdoor living and entertaining area you can turn into a livable, fun and functional part of your home. It can extend your existing entertaining area into your backyard or create an entertaining area if you don’t already have one.

Contact a Peterson & Canvas professional awning installer to help you decide what’s best for your backyard. Remember, your backyard is a flexible outdoor living space whether you have a pool or not; it’s an area you can turn into a comfortable outdoor dining and living area for your family and friends to enjoy.

You may already have a shade structure in place but don’t know how to make the most of it. It’s all a matter of knowing what you like/don’t like, your style and of course your budget. Your shade structure basically provides you an area that you can put outdoor furniture or even an outdoor kitchen underneath, and, these spaces can be added to or enlarged with an addition of a retractable awning.

Here are a few other things to keep in mind when it comes to creating your dream backyard living space:

How big do you want your outdoor living area to be? Be sure to measure all areas carefully (your local professional will do this as well) and take into consideration the existing landscaping.

How much is your budget for your new outdoor space? Make a list of must-have’s and a list of options. Prioritize them if you can’t do them all at once. You can always add to it down the road.

What type of colors or fabrics would you like to use? Acrylic canvas, such as Sunbrella, is water resitant, fadeproof and mildew resistant. Mesh fabrics provide options to maximize visibility balanced with heat and glare reduction. These come in numerous colors, patterns and styles for durable, long lasting style.

What do you want to use this area for? Entertaining? Dining? Cooking? Lounging? All of the above? If you’re looking for more of a dining area than a lounging area, then your awning professional will likely have different suggestions on either for you.

You can dress up that area by installing shade accents (such as shade sails or power screens), pergolas, adding stairs or rails. You can even have lights installed into the awning. Invest in some outdoor treated weatherproof furniture, key accents such as lighting (string lights are easy & very affordable) and maybe consider a fire pit for those chilly nights. Tie it all together with some plants and landscaping.

And there you have it! All you’ll need to create your own backyard living area you’ll want to relax in every night this summer. For more information about retractable awnings and other shading solutions, contact Peterson & Canvas at (800).845.4033 or by email at info@petersoncanvas.com!

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