Anyone ever make their own awning?
I am re-decking my existing deck with new boards, and thought this might be the time to figure out how to add a little shade to it. We get pretty good shade from trees on a lot of the deck during the day, but in the late afternoon the low sun pounds in through the patio door and windows. So I'm looking for something that that will go fairly low to cover this late-in-the-day situation.
I'm looking at awnings, and a lot of them seem really straightforward: some aluminum or galvanized pipe securely mounted, and a simple Sunbrella canvas stitched over it. How hard could it be to DIY? I'd probably have the Sunbrella stitched by a local tailor I know, and slip it over a pipe frame I build myself.
This is in the Northeast, and would only be used in the summer.
Anyone done this? Any suggestions or pitfalls to watch out for?