Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Awnings.



I need an awning or something over our door. We had one, before we moved in, but it was in such bad shape our real estate agent tore it off. We are now left with this mess.

So - thoughts? I considered growing something up and over arbor-like, but we have enough rodents in our attic as it is, I don't need to add to the problem by growing something that will encourage the critters to nest there.

I was just quoted about $675 for a basic wedge awning for this door. That is insane. Is this what other people have paid?






UPDATE:
A lot of you hate awnings. Wow. Good to know. One of you sent me this photo. Love it. Several of you seem to think I need to build, you know, a thingy, and skip the awning business. Shit. More expensive, but worth considering. And consider it I will.

43 comments:

Bluebird Shop said...

Awnings are stupidly expensive. I wonder how difficult it would be to fashion your own? Sunbrella fabric and some metal rods? How hard can it be? I've been contemplating making one for my shop but I haven't gotten past the contemplating. You go first.

Anonymous said...

Not sure if that's expensive but I vote for the beveled edge awning.

the sweet life with olives said...

love awnings... especially with a stripe. it will look great with your potted herbs and brick house. don't know if it's more costly than normal, but a good fabric shaped and made with experienced hands should last a long time. ask how long it should last (if there is any guarantee?) and then divide price by that time... maybe it's not so expensive after all?

TreadUpon68 said...

Build your own more permanent solution (look at english gardening books?) and incorporate a bench for removing muddy boots from all the gardening you'll be doing. As you saw, an awning eventually gets ratty and sunfaded no matter what fabric you use. And in your area of the country, probably moldy too. P.S. Love the concrete pineapple/artichoke finial

An Aesthete's Lament said...

Insane price. Could you make this yourself? It's possible. And I'd go with the simple classic wedge.

Rachel said...

$675 IS insane. For our whole porch- two standards and one drop curtain we were quoted one thousand. Good deal but I'm a cheapskate so I'm going to work them a little more. Tell me- you only got ONE estimate??

Good luck :o)

Anonymous said...

It's a Tudor house so I think you should spend money on scrolled wood brackets supporting a shingled roof. - perhaps some cedar pigeon feathers on the sides.

OR something like this:

http://www.parkerrealtyportland.com/photos/20090217150257_front.jpg

Probably more money, but it would match the front and cover up old caulk.

Elizgonz said...

I have no idea what an awning should cost, but a neighbor's house has something that looks like the flat panel. Instead of fabric, it is made with the material that a standing seam metal roof is made from. It's very charming.

The House of Beauty and Culture said...

What about a galvanised tin (with a verdigris finish one in an Arts & Craft shape? Copper would be stunning, but v costly.

Decorno said...

Yes, Rachel, I only got ONE estimate so far. And then I took my issue to my trusty blog so that I can get advice from people so that I have a general benchmark for pricing/options to make the rest of my search more fruitful. Make sense?

Fancy for nyc said...

I am not familiar with awnings and I don't know about making your own, but if those are your choices besides the last four to the left everything else looks like it belongs outside a supermarket. I always thought that the most darling awnings were simple in shape and had stripes.

Mrs. Limestone said...

Not really a big awning fan. Even when the look good when installed, they quickly get dingy looking.

What about one of those straight cantilevered kinds made of wood? They can be styled more modern or more traditional depending upon the molding and corbels used.

Anonymous said...

cannoncopper.com might have some ideas

Anonymous said...

...as in copy the idea but make it out of wood :)

Jason said...

Oh, awnings - booo! Build yourself a little pergola with a built-in bench instead. Paint it white, leave it cedar, or stain it dark - just don't put up an ugly awning that the next owners will have to tear down!

David said...

My vote would be for a pair of columns and a flat roof with some nice moulding. Go tall, with a hanging lantern maybe.

Sara said...

We just bought one from Home Depot online. They have some decent looking ones. Ours is black with a white scalloped edge and it was about $300.00.

Kimberly Julie said...

Please get the signband... and have it say something completely predictable and tacky like "Home is where the heart is" or some other saying that you see on faux-weathered signs in Cracker Barrels around the country!

Anonymous said...

Hate awnings. Hate. I don't know why - maybe I saw too many faded and sad ones in my childhood? Some kind of overhang sure can be practical in the rain though.

Andrea V. said...

Hey! Whoever posted that Cannon Copper link: That is a locally owned business in my city! They used to do fabric awnings, but have ceased production on them. I dunno why. I absolutely love awnings, but must agree that they look dingy after a while. Most of the time you can just spray them down with a mild bleach/water solution and the mildew goes away, so take that fwiw :)

I agree that $675 is rather steep.I would say $500 would be more appropriate for something like that :)

Krysta said...

I think you should go with the Deli one. Kepping the Deli of course.

Patricia Gray said...

I love the striped awning. I think it would look amazing on your door.
Patricia

Ivy Lane said...

I am with "anon" to copy the design you like in wood..more economical..can paint it in a fun color or distress a little... or paint the stripes..everyone seems to like the stripes!

I have two canvas awnings ..a bubble awning over my front dining palladian window and a more traditional one with a truss over the back patio slider..they are a pain to try to keep clean!!

Lucinda said...

My firm works with Eide, and althouth I don't know their prices off hand, I know their product is great quality. Check them out, http://www.eideindustries.com/.

Anonymous said...

I think awnings are terrible - so outdated and cheap-looking. I've never seen one that I didn't want to tear down. I'd splurge on a real wood/shingled roof-type covering for the door.

Sacheverelle said...

Are you serious? That seems high for the door in the pic. Awnings always seem to need maintenance or they get all moldy & algae & crap. I'm in favor of the shingled wood canopy idea. I have 2 on my house that must be at least 80 years old,
probably been re-shingled a few times..Plus you can hide a spare key up in there.

Sacheverelle said...

I have a question, do your local contractors know you have this blog with its substantial following of readers? You'd think they would offer you a discount for the potential plug they could be getting from a mere mention on your blog.

RobtW said...

In the right setting, especially at the rear or side of a house, I like awnings, and the simpler the profile the better.

I'd only be surprised if you found one for anything much less than $675.

Anonymous said...

Hey decorno,

If you, or a family member travel a lot to other countries (preferably asian where i used to stay) you could send them off with some measurements and get it from there. It's dirt cheap and u can just get it drilled on . Easy to transport as well! perhaps would need a little setting up.

House of Slappy said...

O-my Gosh!! I'm so glad I stumbled upon your awesome blog.

Cheers,

Andrea/House of Slappy

Anonymous said...

I'm used to seeing them in tbe Hamptons so I like them. For one right over that door you'd probably spend 1500 (maybe less if you get a quote). Building something would be nice but much more. It would have to be attached really well so the brick would have to be drilled. Also they would have to use pressure treated so it won't rot.
Go to Urban Grace's site, she just posted party photos from a beautiful house and they have a backyard/backdoor awning...I think it looks great.

Anonymous said...

I love awnings, when done well. Most of the drawings you're working with look pretty commercial. But keep in mind that a good awning maker can probably do just about anything you want, so find some inspiring pix.

Good awnings are expensive. No, you're not going to make your own. Get real, people. You want these to look good and last.

Another good thing about awnings... they are great for old windows. Our old windows tend to leak a bit (even after being re-glazed). With awnings, that issue just goes away. Hooray!

Go for the awning. It is a classic look but still makes a rather unexpected statement. Especially if you choose an interesting color, pattern or shape.

Another idea: A non-canvas awning from Cote de Texas:

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_t8-Y4w1UKrc/SZNWERuvRYI/AAAAAAAAToY/rSswGQKYCHk/image_thumb22.png?imgmax=800

Love 'em all!

desiree said...

I like the idea of a copper covering. It would be gorgeous.

RobtW said...
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RobtW said...

Re: Update.

There's nothing half wrong with a surround of centuries old honey-tinged Cotswold stone, crowned with consoles that support a full pediment. The cost will make the canvas number seem the stuff funded by coins fished from beneath sofa cushions.

For another el cheapo option, how about a wrought iron and glazed marquee?: http://www.amighini.net/imagenes/IM_3315gr.jpg

Siiri said...

This is going to seem massively ghetto, but what about a retractable awning, like the kind you can get on Costco.com? they are WAY cheaper, you can get a "no fuss, no muss" black one that will essentially disappear, and it'll achieve what you want, all under $200?

Then down the road, if you find something you REALLY like to put there, or have something commissioned, you won't be pissed that you already spent a fistfull of cash on the first version.

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Productgroup.aspx?Prodid=11256859&search=awning&Mo=64&cm_re=1_en-_-Top_Left_Nav-_-Top_search&lang=en-US&Nr=P_CatalogName:BC&Sp=S&N=5000043&whse=BC&Dx=mode+matchallpartial&Ntk=Text_Search&Dr=P_CatalogName:BC&Ne=4000000&D=awning&Ntt=awning&No=3&Ntx=mode+matchallpartial&Nty=1&topnav=&s=1

Holly Goes Lightly said...

awnings are a classic. some people just don't get it.

Anonymous said...

We replaced our awning (pretty much exactly the same size as yours) just a few months ago and it cost $250. It's black Sunbrella fabric with a simple scallop edge. We used McGee Awnings in Portland.

www.mcgeeawnings.com

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

You did not show a spear awning - I live in LA and many of the older spanish have a spear awning they seem to have a lighter feel with the addition of the iron detail - just a thought

http://www.accentawnings.com/images/tools/pictures/awnings-graphics-048.jpg

however angle is everything with theae

Shelley said...

Decorno: The website: www.stacksandstacks.com sells a modern take on the awning with SAIL AWNINGS, in different sizes for under $300 that can be taken down before storms or after the seasonal use of your patio. I saw it on the Remodelista website under the "garden" tag. Thought you might want to add to your idea binder.

JvA said...

That Ceanothus coming into bloom just kills me. There is no lovelier thing than a Ceanothus in bloom.

Shannon said...

My father and i custom build commercial grade awnings for good prices... that arent that expensive to buy if you know where to look. an average price is about $3 an inch so if you have a basic 42" window thats about $130 and thats installed! but that just a basic pipe frame awning a steel welded one is about 40 - 50 dollars a foot its more rigid so they are more appealing for door hoods.

SeeSide said...

The simplistic one at StacksAndStacks.com with spears would do in a pinch but doesn't look like it's made for wind or snow-load so its usefulness may depend on where you live. And at that price, it's cheap enough to give you some time to decide on something more structural. Dark green would be nice with the brick.