there are many ways to bring shade to an outdoor space. you can build a new freestanding structure or enhance an existing patio or pergola through the addition of a shade screen.
shade sail awnings and canopies are a great solution to create shade over a patio, porch, balcony. diy your own shade sail awning with these ideas and videos
chris lambton from going yard demonstrates the steps for building a pergola: 1 digging and pouring the footings. 2 anchoring the posts to the footings and adding the joists. 3 attaching stringers to connect the sides of the pergola and add your own style. the only design rule for a pergola is that you like it.
build sandwich beams for top of pergola. build two sandwich beams out of 2 x 8 inch boards. these boards should be 16 feet in length. you may angle the ends of these boards for a more cosmetic look if you desire. secure the two boards together using wood glue and screws.
diy guide: how to install shade fabric. installing your new coolaroo outdoor fabric is as easy as following these 8 simple steps. getting started. this handy guide will help you install your coolaroo shade cloth fabric onto a structure. if you need help on how to build a patio style pergola or sundeck.
prep the area. select the site for the pergola. measure an area that is 8- x 8-feet square. use spray paint to mark the area. if you want a pergola thats smaller or larger, adjust the sizing as needed. use a post-hole digger to dig a hole 24 inches deep by 9 inches wide at each corner of the