Years ago, the outdoor room was a concept little understood and rarely talked about, except in design and architectural circles. These days it’s fairly common for many homeowners, and Australia is leading the way in designing and creating outdoor rooms that add a whole new living zone to a home.
In the summer months, these spaces come into their own, with outdoor cooking and food storage equipment, bar facilities, lounge furniture, sophisticated lighting, floor coverings and even sound systems now typical of many summer gardens or courtyards. And of course, summer is not the only season where this idea has relevance; many outdoor spaces offer protection from the elements and a warming fire that make them equally enticing in winter.
Outdoor awnings perform a vital function in both the warm and the cool seasons. Superior engineering and aesthetics, as well as handy add-ons like motorisation that make operation smooth and easy, have positioned awnings at the forefront of homeowners’ minds. Add to this a wide range of fabrics with various functional benefits and a broad array of colours and prints, and choosing an awning now seems far more fun than the “grudge” purchase that it was once upon a time.
Fun that is, until homeowners are presented with the sometimes overwhelming array of awnings available. To help make choosing easier, it’s worth bearing a few pointers in mind.
In modern homes there are usually a number of outdoor areas like patios and verandas that have large openings, so it is important to be able to seal off these areas from sun, wind and rain, allowing them to be used all year round. Particularly suited to this role/function is the Markilux 776/876 tracfix awning, which also has the option of including a panoramic window insert, to ensure your view is not spoiled. It is available in a motorised version, which can be connected into any home automation solution.