Tuesday, March 28, 2006


As you can see, we currently have an awning over our front door. It comes in quite handy when it's raining or snowing and you are fumbling for your keys or carrying packages etc... We've never really loved this awning aesthetically however- it's aluminum and we don't feel it enhances the building.

One of the things I'm really excited about doing as part of our 2nd floor project is getting rid of that panel over the awning- the one that matches the front door- see it there?

We are putting in French doors with a wrought iron railing there bringing it back closer to it's original state. Because we will have doors that can open there and possibly tenants living up there, Steve is worried about the doors being left open and water getting in and damaging the floors etc...

This brought us to the issue of awnings for the 2nd floor. Steve set up a meeting with Chesterfield Awnings. We are thinking about replacing our metal awning and getting a new one for the 2nd floor- both made of cloth.

We like the Georgian pattern edge on this one. The sales rep said in our case either you would try and match the building's exterior with a red or brown tone or go for contrast. I think we are leaning toward matching the building.

I like the white edging on this one too. All you bungalow people out there, I see they put these awnings on many bungalows on their website.

We were told that typically cloth awnings last about 7-10 years. They aren't cheap, but they look very nice I think.

I am very excited about this part of the project because I think this will make our building look much nicer. There's something so welcoming about an awning.


Kim said...

Yeah, I really like the white edging, too - especially if the rest of the awning is going to closely match the building. It will provide a little contrast but not too much. Can't wait to see what you go with!

allison said...

I think anything you can do to stay in keeping with the architecture is a good thing. I’m sure the cloth awnings are more expensive, but it will be worth it in the end. Do they require any maintenance? What happens if they rip? Can you repair them without having to replace them? Is a harsh Chicago winter an issue? I’m sure you’ve checked into all this, but I’m wondering. Good luck!