Expand Your Home Beyond Its Walls

Your home is more than just the sum of the rooms of your house. With smart planning and design, you can turn your boring backyard into an outdoor room that keeps you as comfortable outside as in. SugarHouse has the right kind of shades and sun protection to keep you as comfortable outside as in.… Read More


Your home is more than just the sum of the rooms of your house. With smart planning and design, you can turn your boring backyard into an outdoor room that keeps you as comfortable outside as in. SugarHouse has the right kind of shades and sun protection to keep you as comfortable outside as in. Here are five popular ways Utah homeowners use to turn their patio or yard into beautiful, useful spaces.

The Outdoor Kitchen

An outdoor kitchen can be a bit more expensive proposition, but it’s worth it, especially if you live in a region with warmer weather. First of all, everything tastes better when it’s grilled outside. That’s just an empirical fact. Outdoor kitchens in the summer help cut down on heat in the house, and a large overhead awning connecting the kitchen to the house will help shade the windows as well as your dining set.

The Outdoor Living Room

 Adding an outdoor living room opens up the entire home. Keep things like natural perimeters and focal pieces in mind. A retractable shade can be utilized to provide privacy, keep off evening glare, or protect from wind. A fire pit or fireplace will greatly extend the useful hours of the space, but pieces of art or water features work as focal pieces too. Keep the room close to an indoor access to encourage a more organic flow between the two. A great outdoor rug goes a long way toward bringing the colors together.

The Pool Area

Providing protection from the sun is a key part of building a comfortable pool area space where you will want to spend the day. Design different places to hang out—a larger table for gatherings, a smaller one in a slightly more private spot for more intimacy, or a fire-pit for late-night entertaining. Mix up colors and patterns in your design. Bright shades and awnings provide pops of color while keeping off the dangerous sun.

The Meditation Area

 

Imagine spending your Saturday morning relaxing in the sun under a pretty canopy, the bees buzzing in the flowers. A slightly private garden island for reading, tea drinking, or yoga can quickly become your favorite spot in the whole house. It’s especially nice if you have a smaller yard and will give you a finished look without the large space renovation needed for patios or pools. A garden island also gives you a chance to show off your landscaping skills.

The Play Area

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the kids were outside more? An inviting play area of their very own will get them out of the house and out of your hair while encouraging healthy outdoor habits. Make sure to provide lots of sun protection for the kids. Temporary umbrellas or shade sails are a popular solution and look beautiful while being useful. Laying down rubber flooring, safety tiles, or mulch will keep the structured design of the back yard neat and defined.

 

SugarHouse Industries is the largest provider of custom awnings, boat tops and specialty canvas covers in the Intermountain West. Established in 1941, our family-owned business remains committed to putting a personal touch into everything we do. That is why we custom-make every product we offer to fit the unique needs of our clients. Read our Google Reviews to see why our customers have been choosing SugarHouse for the past 75 years.


Fixed vs. Retractable Awning: Which Should I Choose?

Outdoor living spaces are all the rage these days. A nicely designed patio or deck will not only bring the family together more often and ease unhealthy stress, it’s a good investment that adds to the value of your home. But to really get the most out of your outdoor space, extend the amount of… Read More


Outdoor living spaces are all the rage these days. A nicely designed patio or deck will not only bring the family together more often and ease unhealthy stress, it’s a good investment that adds to the value of your home. But to really get the most out of your outdoor space, extend the amount of time you can comfortably spend out there by adding shade and overhead rain protection. Not only will you spend more time enjoying your backyard, but it will protect your deck from bleaching, and your skin from harmful UV rays.

While there are a few different installations options, most people find that retractable awnings or permanent fixed shades fit their needs best, and offer the most options in terms of color and designs. When choosing between the two, it’s important to consider the climate you live in and what the outdoor space is used for. Each type has its benefits and limitations, depending on each homeowner’s situation.

The nice thing about permanent shades and awnings is that they will protect your deck from weather all year round. Unfortunately, that’s also one of their biggest drawbacks: when installing a permanent awning, things like average rainfall and heaviest snow loads must be considered. It’s not a project recommended for amateurs. With permanent fixtures, having a professional install the structure will save you from worrying that a particularly heavy wind might pull it down, damaging your house. Other drawbacks to permanent shades include the difficulty of cleaning them, and the fact that often they require a builders permit and HOA approval to install.

But when it comes to protection and durability, permanent shades can’t be beat. They can cover larger areas and take the impact of large branches and debris. If you want to hang plants and decorations from the structure, they can handle the weight.

People who choose retractable patio awnings are trading a little less protection year round for the benefit of sunshine when they want it and shade when they don’t. You can retract the awning all the way or halfway, changing the pitch and angle to fit your needs, giving you essentially customizable sun. Retractable awnings are great for potted deck gardens, and they are easy to clean. If you want to sit on your deck and look at the stars, or use your fire pit, with a retractable patio awning you can. Many patio awnings offer lighting options as well.

You can also outfit your awning with weather sensors, which extend and retract the awning according to the elements, extending the life of the awning. And when you’re ready to update the look of your house, the fabric is simple to replace with something more modern. Retractable patio awnings are easy to customize to your individual tastes, with more color and pattern options available.

SugarHouse Awning offers a variety of fixed and retractable awing options. Talk to your local SugarHouse Awning consultant today to get suggestions and design advice from an expert. And enjoy your house more this year.

 

SugarHouse Industries is the largest provider of custom awnings, boat tops and specialty canvas covers in the Intermountain West. Established in 1941, our family-owned business remains committed to putting a personal touch into everything we do. That is why we custom-make every product we offer to fit the unique needs of our clients. Read our Google Reviews to see why our customers have been choosing SugarHouse for the past 75 years.


Outdoor Upgrades That Yield the Greatest ROI

Functional outdoor spaces are a hot trend for home design these days and with good reason. In addition to expanding your useful living space, a well-planned, maintained landscape will increase your curb appeal dramatically. Outdoor rooms, terraces, patios, and other “hardscape” additions are high-yield investments. Good landscape design can actually add up to 15 percent… Read More


Functional outdoor spaces are a hot trend for home design these days and with good reason. In addition to expanding your useful living space, a well-planned, maintained landscape will increase your curb appeal dramatically. Outdoor rooms, terraces, patios, and other “hardscape” additions are high-yield investments. Good landscape design can actually add up to 15 percent to the value of your home.

According to the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), homeowners should invest about 10 percent of the home’s value into landscaping. But like all home improvements, there’s a right way to do your own landscape design and a wrong way. Your outdoor space should be an extension of your lifestyle and should reflect your own individual tastes, but good design can make a variety of elements work together.

Here are a few tips for creating your own landscaped outdoor space:

Pick Your ‘Furniture’

The same way you would contemplate a living room design in its entirety, think about what kind of “furniture” you want in the yard. Structures like canopies, swings, fire pits, covered patios, and strategically placed benches make your back yard functional in addition to adding interesting visual elements. There are also less costly options like outdoor lights, water features, bird baths, or garden sculptures that will add depth and visual draw to your yard without a huge investment. Think of the canopies, awnings, and outdoor pillows you use as the fabrics of the room. Using colors and patterns that coordinate with elements of your interior will make the space feel like an even more natural extension of your house.

Add Color

Don’t be scared of colors. Coordinating a color scheme for your fixed elements will then help you plan an interesting plant color scheme that complements your permanent pieces. It can be hard to keep up on paint retouching with outdoor furniture, so a lot of homeowners will focus on bright outdoor fabrics. Outdoor throw pillows and rugs are easily cleaned without too much fuss, and these can be found in thousands of patterns and colors. Porch shades and retractable canopy fabrics not only provide shade but in the right color, they also add interesting shades of lighting in the right spots, giving you a lovely jewel-tone light to relax in. Awnings give you the opportunity to either accentuate certain exterior colors in your house that already exist or add a completely new color element without painting or refinishing.

Give Yourself Some Shade

One of the most important elements of an outdoor space is that it’s functional at different times of the day. So your patio might be lovely in the early evening but may be unbearable at midday in full sun. To get the best ROI on your home, invest in patio canopies and sun shades. Something simple like a manual, retractable awning over the back deck or fixed awnings over your windows pays for itself through curb appeal and increased home value, and you’ll see your monthly energy bills go down as well.

SugarHouse Industries is the largest provider of custom awnings, boat tops and specialty canvas covers in the Intermountain West. Established in 1941, our family-owned business remains committed to putting a personal touch into everything we do. That is why we custom-make every product we offer to fit the unique needs of our clients. Read our Google Reviews to see why our customers have been choosing SugarHouse for the past 75 years.


5 Easy Tips for a Curb Appeal Makeover

Curb appeal — that certain je ne sais quoi that makes one house the belle of the housing market ball and leaves another property standing alone in the corner. Here are a few basic tips to easily improve your home’s curb appeal and make it a desirable property, helping you put your best foot forward… Read More


Curb appeal — that certain je ne sais quoi that makes one house the belle of the housing market ball and leaves another property standing alone in the corner. Here are a few basic tips to easily improve your home’s curb appeal and make it a desirable property, helping you put your best foot forward in a competitive market.

A Little Bit of Paint Goes a Long Way

Maybe you don’t have the time or resources to get your entire house painted, but touching up a few key spots can do wonders. Add a fresh coat of paint to window trims and shutters, and pay special attention to porch railings and steps. A bright, new color on your front door will add a pop and catch a new buyer’s attention as well as help to express your own individual style.

Freshen Your Awnings

The outside of your house can take a beating. Inclement weather, dust, and street pollution adds up fast. An easy way to update the look of your house and add a modern touch is to replace your window and door awnings. Fresh new fabric in modern, trendy colors and patterns will add polish and depth to your facade, significantly changing the look of your house without major renovations. Not to mention, savvy home-buyers love the energy efficiency of awnings.

Get an Instant Garden

It might be too late in the season to completely redo your front garden, but you can get just as much visual benefit, without the hours of intensive work, by creating a container garden for your front walk and porch. A variety of potted plants allows you to easily create bright color palettes and build a visually exciting entryway. If you can, try to make your planter design as symmetrical as possible, and match the planters to your existing front-of-house hardware, like light fixtures.

Treat Your Front Porch Like a Livable Space

 We devote so much time to the design of our back patios, but there’s something to be said for the tradition of hanging out on the front porch. Some simple pieces of solar-powered decorative lighting and a few comfy outdoor seats, and you’re all set to enjoy warm summer evenings. Exterior drop shades that can easily roll up and down provide privacy and shelter from high winds or glaring sunlight, and they come in a variety of materials and colors to fit your style.

Add Outdoor Art

Adding outdoor art to your garden can help turn a humdrum lawn into a memorable landscape. Look for pieces that complement your existing trees or planter beds. Birdbaths and water features will help the hot days feel a little cooler with their soothing sounds. Sculptures that move with the wind, or even just some well placed wind chimes, give the yard a touch of dynamic energy.

 

SugarHouse Industries is the largest provider of custom awnings, boat tops and specialty canvas covers in the Intermountain West. Established in 1941, our family-owned business remains committed to putting a personal touch into everything we do. That is why we custom-make every product we offer to fit the unique needs of our clients. Read our Google Reviews to see why our customers have been choosing SugarHouse for the past 75 years.


Think Outside the Fuse Box for Energy Savings

We all love the sunshine, but we don’t love the surge in energy costs that happens every time we turn our air conditioning on for the year. Even if you are conservative with the temperature setting, by the time the highest heat of summer hits, your air conditioner is working overtime to maintain a reasonable… Read More


We all love the sunshine, but we don’t love the surge in energy costs that happens every time we turn our air conditioning on for the year. Even if you are conservative with the temperature setting, by the time the highest heat of summer hits, your air conditioner is working overtime to maintain a reasonable interior temperature. This year, plan ahead to prepare your house for the heat, and save money with this one simple home improvement tip: install awnings or external drop shades.

You may have already thought about installing awnings simply to add to your home’s curb appeal. There’s no doubt that quality awnings or external drop shades add beauty to any home and increase its resale value. But the real value comes from the energy benefits. A well-made awning or drop shade will pay for itself quickly through reduced energy costs while being an environmentally friendly alternative to blasting the air.

Did you know that 90% of the heat that comes in your house comes in through the windows? According to the Department of Energy, awnings can actually reduce the solar heat gain on windows with a southern exposure by 65% and by a whopping 77% on windows with a western exposure. That means that awnings can actually save you 26% of the energy it takes to cool down your house if you live in a hot climate. In temperate climates, the savings is even higher at 33%, which, depending on the month, can eliminate the need to turn your air conditioner on at all. Over their lifetime, awnings can actually save the average homeowner $2,000 to $4,000.

The size and type of awning you have installed on your home can vary. When choosing, you should take into account where it’s being installed and what kind of climate you live in. For instance, with stationary awnings—canopies over your windows and doors that are installed permanently—it’s important to make sure the installations are strong enough to stand up against the type of winds in your area. Retractable awnings are popular for this exact reason—you can roll or fold them up when inclement weather is on the way and reduce the threat of damage from snow, rain, or wind.

Motorized awnings have the flexibility of a retractable with the ease of an electric motor and handheld remote. These can even come with weather sensors, retracting the awning when you need it and unfurling it when you don’t.

Give us a call today to see what the best options for your home might be. If you take the proper steps now, you can enjoy your summer worry-free and cool in the comfort of your energy efficient home.

 

SugarHouse Industries is the largest provider of custom awnings, boat tops and specialty canvas covers in the Intermountain West. Established in 1941, our family-owned business remains committed to putting a personal touch into everything we do. That is why we custom-make every product we offer to fit the unique needs of our clients. Read our Google Reviews to see why our customers have been choosing SugarHouse for the past 75 years.


How to Make Your Patio Pop With Color

A backyard should be a refuge. A place where your family and friends want to spend their lazy summer afternoons. This summer, add style and depth to your backyard with some easy design tips that don’t cost a fortune. With some swipes of color and simple installations, you can create a bright, inviting space that… Read More


A backyard should be a refuge. A place where your family and friends want to spend their lazy summer afternoons. This summer, add style and depth to your backyard with some easy design tips that don’t cost a fortune. With some swipes of color and simple installations, you can create a bright, inviting space that will lift moods and create memories all summer long.

Protect Yourself From the Sun With Style

Seamlessly extend your indoor living space outdoors by creating a deck or patio space as comfortable as your living room. Adding a retractable awning with a colorful fabric provides important sun cover when you need it, and open sky when you don’t, increasing the number of hours you can get out of your patio. Pick a reliable, name brand awning fabric, like Sunbrella, that comes with a guarantee against mold and rot, and will require little maintenance. And there are any number of bright colors and patterns to choose from. Stripes will help accentuate other patterns in your landscaping, or pick a solid that harmonizes with the rest of your house.

Give Old Furniture New Life

One of the easiest ways to brighten up a backyard is by updating your outdoor furniture. This can be as simple as applying a few coats of paint to old pieces. Be sure to use a paint or stain meant for exterior surfaces, and have fun with the colors. Take a look at the flowers and plants you have in the yard for inspiration. Metal or wicker furniture is often cheap, and is easy to paint. If you prefer neutral furniture, then accessorize with throw pillows or an outdoor rug in rich hues.

Let’s Talk About Flowers

Planting flowers can be intimidating. After all, not everyone is a natural gardener. But there are varieties for every kind of environment that can easily add color and beauty to your backyard. Look for native species that will be naturally hardy. In the South, try phlox, hibiscus, and Black-Eyed Susans for great contrast. In the Midwest, ground cover flowers like Poppy Mallow and Wild Anemone will provide color for most of the growing season, and in the dry Southwest, primrose and four-o-clocks will fill your yard with fragrance and hummingbirds.

 

Get Off Your Deck

It can be tempting to stick close to the house, but your entire backyard can be a livable, welcoming space by creating a simple island with a canopy and some seats. Lay some colorful patio stones down, add some solar powered lights, and you’ve got a great place to relax among the flowers and bees. A vibrantly colored slide wire cable canopy is easily retractable, and will keep a light and airy feel while giving you protection during the hot midday. A few plants in painted pots will balance out the aesthetic—look for varieties that attract butterflies and create a garden oasis that’s perfect for enjoying a morning cup of coffee in.

 

SugarHouse Industries is the largest provider of custom awnings, boat tops and specialty canvas covers in the Intermountain West. Established in 1941, our family-owned business remains committed to putting a personal touch into everything we do. That is why we custom-make every product we offer to fit the unique needs of our clients. Read our Google Reviews to see why our customers have been choosing SugarHouse for the past 75 years.

 


Backyard Safety Tips for a Worry-Free Summer

Summer is almost here, and thank goodness. All winter long, your backyard has been waiting for you. With the warm arrival of Spring, it’s time to get those engines oiled up and start visiting the gardening center. But it’s also important to think about your family’s safety, and take precautions now to make sure everyone… Read More


Summer is almost here, and thank goodness. All winter long, your backyard has been waiting for you. With the warm arrival of Spring, it’s time to get those engines oiled up and start visiting the gardening center. But it’s also important to think about your family’s safety, and take precautions now to make sure everyone has a healthy, happy summer. Make your backyard a safe and enjoyable place for the whole family, with these safety tips for accident and injury-proofing your backyard, so you can think about other things. Like grilling the perfect steak.

 

  1. Childproof Your Pool

In-ground or above ground, a backyard pool is essential to surviving the summertime heat. Unfortunately, over 200 young children a year die in pool-related accidents. If you have young children in the house, protect them by installing a fence or barrier around the pool, with a self-closing gate. Make sure that whenever the pool is not in use, all ladders are pulled up, and the pool itself is covered. And always make sure your water is clean, with proper filtration and circulation. This will prevent ear aches, rashes, or more serious infections.

  1. Make Sure Your Backyard has Great Sun Cover

Sun protection is key for enjoying summer safely, for both family and pets. Proper cover will prevent burns, and reduce the risk of skin cancer.  But many people are loathe to cover their patio or outdoor space with shade because they want to be able to enjoy the rays sometimes. Solve your problem by installing retractable awnings over patios and decks, or drop shades on sun porches. This will give you sun protection during the intense mid-day heat, but the flexibility to still look up at the stars on a beautiful summer night.

  1. Check Your Playground Equipment

It’s a good idea to inspect your child’s outdoor play equipment every year, especially if they are wooden. Just like all things, equipment gets old and falls apart. Before you let your kids loose on it, check any nuts, bolts, caps, swing seats, suspension ropes, chains, cables and replace as necessary. Be sure to waterproof any wood to prevent rot and fungus. And lay down a layer of loose fill material, like sand or wood chips, around swings and slides, to make the inevitable impacts a little softer.

  1. Prep Your Deck for Company

Waterproofing your deck is an important yearly step. You can check to see if your deck is due by spilling a few drops of water directly on the wood. If the water beads up, your sealant is still good. Otherwise, you’re overdue. Properly sealing your deck, and checking for wood rot (especially along railings and steps) will help keep your family and your guests safe. And protect them even further with a deck or patio retractable awning, to keep out the harsh sun and protect your deck from bleaching.

Just a few simple steps in the Spring means you can enjoy a worry-free Summer!

 

SugarHouse Industries is the largest provider of custom awnings, boat tops and specialty canvas covers in the Intermountain West. Established in 1941, our family-owned business remains committed to putting a personal touch into everything we do. That is why we custom-make every product we offer to fit the unique needs of our clients. Read our Google Reviews to see why our customers have been choosing SugarHouse for the past 75 years.


Four advantages to adding an awning to your home

Spring is a great time to rejuvenate, recharge and start over. With gentle sunshine but without the sweltering heat of a typical July in Utah, it’s great time to revamp the appearance of your home. Read More


Spring is a great time to rejuvenate, recharge and start over. With gentle sunshine but without the sweltering heat of a typical July in Utah, it’s great time to revamp the appearance of your home.

Improve the look of your home

There are many ways to improve the look of your home before this spring. Awnings are an excellent way to give your deck or patio enchanting ambiance without emptying your entire wallet. And not only are awnings a great way to add color and personality to your home, but they also provide shade. In states with intense summers like Utah or Continue reading “Four advantages to adding an awning to your home”


Get Your Boat Ready for the Water With These Four Steps

Boating season is upon us. It is finally time to begin getting your boat ready for the Utah boating season. Dewinterizing your boat can seem like a daunting task, but it is essential to have the boat in tip-top shape to ensure a fun, and safe, boating season. At SugarHouse Boat Covers, we feel that… Read More


Boating season is upon us. It is finally time to begin getting your boat ready for the Utah boating season. Dewinterizing your boat can seem like a daunting task, but it is essential to have the boat in tip-top shape to ensure a fun, and safe, boating season. At SugarHouse Boat Covers, we feel that there are necessary steps to get your boat ready for the water. In Utah, the boating season begins as early as spring so it’s important to start your boat start up as soon as possible. Continue reading “Get Your Boat Ready for the Water With These Four Steps”