Whether mostly down or up, these awnings can change the appearance of the house for the differing times of day and seasonal changes in the sun's movements.
With a location several feet forward of the exterior wall and by providing both horizontal and vertical shading, these awnings can wrap the entire elevation in shade or ...
The traditional porch relied less on the awning and more on the architecture to create the enclosure and space.
The modern update uses the fabric awning. Fabric awnings can be used to cover large outside spaces using a simple structure. The fabric will allow the light to filter through, keeping the space shaded but not dark.
It's important to note that the fabric will determine the quality of light for the exterior space. A white and gauzy type fabric will create an ethereal light.
A loosely draped fabric will yield a very different quality to the space. The massiveness and severity of the structure is softened and made welcoming by the draped fabric awning.
Like sails, the awnings can be in any shape that fits and complements the overall architecture.