Awning Ideas / February 21, 2019 / Shari Nelson
By controlling sunlight you ll find yourself getting more use out of the amenities and spaces you already own: poolside deck balcony patio; grill gazebo outdoor bar hot tub. But there s more. Awnings act as an extension of your home adding square footage to your home or commercial building. They allow you to expand the look and feel of your interior into the outdoors serving as an architectural addition but without the typical costs. No contractor or expensive installation is required. In the residential setting this results in outdoor space for entertaining relaxing and eating. In the business setting it means additional room to seat patrons serve customers or hold meetings. In both cases the "outdoor rooms" end up adding value to the business or home.
So before getting on the designing table take stock by checking out the entire area entrance and booths included and see what you have got to build on. Just remember that you have to create an ambience which will help customers enjoy their food better and bring them back again. So here are a few tips in addition to the above to spruce up your restaurant s decor: * Choose a theme: If you choose a certain theme which matches the area your eatery is in or the food you serve or the specialty of your restaurant it can really simplify your decorating decision. For instance for a joint on the beach you can have a tropical décor theme with the colors of the sun sand and the sea on your walls and furniture. Similarly for a rock music themed restaurant you can use dark colors on your walls put up posters of rock legends and use dim lighting etc. to create the dreamy effect of a rock star s van.
If you do go for a retractable awning which is generally a good idea in climates which tend to vary between extremes there are further choices. Manual retractable awnings are those which you roll or fold up yourself. Motorized versions have a small electric motor that will do the job with a touch of a button. While motorized awnings seem to offer less work it doesn t always work out that way. Installation is more difficult due to wiring concerns so if you re doing the work yourself it will increase the time it takes you to install the awning. Also with more moving parts the odds of having to perform maintenance and repairs is much greater. Still if you take good care of your awning with preventive maintenance a motorized awning can be a great investment.