Historical Awnings by Meredith Tompkins

According to the U. S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Heritage Preservation Service, historic photographs from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries offer ample precedent for the use of awnings on windows, above storefronts and at entrances. Decisions on particular projects must be based on the circumstances of each building, but as a general rule, in restoration projects, awnings are acceptable when the physical evidence or documented research clearly shows they were once on the building and the historic appearance is being accurately restored. In rehabilitation projects, awnings may be acceptable when they do not negatively affect the historic character of the building.

As "Interpreting the Standards Bulletin" No. 86-079 makes clear, awnings can in some cases so impair the historic character of a structure that denial of certification may result. However, historic photographs of streetscapes document a great profusion of awnings. Awnings of many sizes, shapes, patterns and colors ranged from one building to the next. Sometime more than one appeared on the same building. While careful scrutiny of awnings is justifiably part of the National Park Service review of tax act projects, care must be exercised in this area not to substitute strictly personal preferences for professional evaluations of historic character.

Shade. by Meredith Tompkins

What is Shade?



  1. comparative darkness and coolness caused by shelter from direct sunlight.

    "sitting in the shade"

    synonyms:shadow(s), shadiness, shelter, cover; 


    "they sat in the shade"

  2. a color, especially with regard to how light or dark it is or as distinguished from one nearly like it.

    "various shades of blue"

    synonyms:color, hue, tone, tint, tinge

    "shades of blue"


  1. screen from direct light.

    "she shaded her eyes against the sun"

    synonyms:cast a shadow over, shadow, shelter, cover, screen;  darken

    "vines shaded the garden"

  2. darken or color (an illustration or diagram) with parallel pencil lines or a block of color.

    "she shaded in the outline of a chimney"

    synonyms:darken, color in, pencil in, block in, fill in; 


    "she shaded in the picture"

5 Benefits of Awnings by Meredith Tompkins

5 Benefits of Awnings

1. Add another space for entertainment.

Awnings allow more time for outdoor entertainment. Design your space to your desires. You can have guests over without the worry of them getting burned from sun exposure or wet from rainfall. Enjoy your backyard area with friends and family or create your own private sanctuary.

2. Awnings not only add beauty, but can add value to your home's market value.

Placing an awning over a patio area creates more livable space- and consequently equity in your home's value. They bring more appeal to homeowners that want an outdoor space to relax and enjoy the weather, without the worry of the sun.  

3. Retractable Awnings give you control of your patio space.

Retractable awnings give you the convenience of controlling whether you want the shade, or not. Retract and extend your awning depending on how much sun or shade you desire. 

4. Awnings can reduce energy costs.

Awnings reduce direct solar heat that is observed through windows and can save you up to 23% on your annual cooling energy costs in the summer. If you choose the retractable awnings, your savings go even further. Retracting awnings during the winter allows the sun to assist in warming your home -throughout the year!

5. Protect your home from the Sun's UV rays, rain, or snow.

Installing awnings can protect your outdoor space from the weather, prolonging the longevity of your outdoor furniture by preventing exposure to direct sun, snow and rainfall that can cause deterioration and discoloration. Awnings can also help prevent the UV rays from damaging your indoor furniture or flooring that may be getting exposure.