Tuesday, December 29, 2015

DIY Awning

This is the awning we built in our backyard this last summer. Jake really wanted a shaded area to sit in our backyard. He planned and came up with this idea.

First he nailed some 2x4's to the house as support. And drilled nails into the cement to hold the 4 vertical beams.

We added the beams across the top. From the house to the first vertical, then the first vertical beam to the second. This was the sketchiest thing we have done in our remodeling experience. I stood on a ladder holding one end above my head as high as I could while Jake screwed in the other end with one hand, holding the beam up with the other. But we got it done.

We added lateral supports to keep it sturdy. Then came the paint.

After this was all done, it was on me to sew the fabric. We got an outdoor fabric, I sewed the sides and the ends. Then every 4-5 feet in the fabric, I sewed across to make it a little stronger and sewed on hooks on either end.
I think we calculated that I sewed around 150 feet of fabric in all.

The hooks in the fabric went through the carabiners that connected to the metal wires Jake added from each end of the awning. We attached the wires with hooks on each ends and the sides through the middle also to keep them steady under the weight of the fabric.

We take the fabric off over the winter, and if it rains we can just slide them closed if we want (though they have been rained on and it's no big deal. It is nice though because we did add light around the frame so even though we don't use it for shade in the winter, the outdoor lights are still beautiful and well used.

It made quite an impact from before!

In all we used
4- 4x4 poles that were drilled into the cement
4- very large screws and plates to hold the 4x4 poles
2- 2x4 poles across the top of the 4x4's as additional support
1- 2x4 across the house as an anchor
5- 2x6 poles around the outside of the poles; from the house to the first 4x4, from 4x4 to the next (each side) and one across the front two 4x4s

Around 50 feet of outdoor fabric (two strands), though we could have bought much less. 
metal wire- from the house to the end (4 stands- 2 for each strip of fabric across)
8- hooks to screw the wire into the wood
20- carabiners to hook the fabric to the metal wire

For more of our home makeover projects click here.

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