Backyard Retreat Series #1- Wooden Awnings

Backyard Retreat Series #1- Wooden Awnings

Over the last 8 years, our backyard has undergone various changes…….

we’re talking some minor and MAJOR changes! :)

To try to fit it all into one post would be unrealistic so I thought I would break it down into a ‘series’. 

This way, you can get to know my ‘cast of characters’ and experience our process with us!

Meet my brother, Mike, who found himself in between jobs at the time, so we “hired him” to help us create our paradise!


Yes, he’s a ‘hoot’ and one lovable guy!! :)

We started out by just adding simple wooden “awnings” on our back windows.

The back of our house was ‘flat’ and needed some architectural detail.  This was my vision………

We went from this………..


…… this…….



……to this!

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The process was fairly simple and after numerous trips to Home Depot for supplies, took approximately 2-3 days to complete!

We started by figuring out what we wanted our “corbels” to look like.

We went with a simple design we came up with in our heads, traced on paper and cut out of 2×4’s and 2×6’s.


The cross pieces are 2x2x8’s cut to fit and screwed into the corbels….


…..and the top row is more 2x2x8’s cut to fit, spaced evenly and screwed on top!


All wood was primed and painted flat white before attaching!

Remember before……


…..and after…..


It’s amazing how a simple design can make a HUGE difference!!

Join us next week when we’ll share how we added a shed to the back of the house!!!


Until next time……


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  1. What a great idea! Your brother, Mike (he looks like a great guy!) did a fantastic job! I never would have thought that this part of the house looked “flat” until you said it. Love the hanging plants!


  2. I always love that look on a house. It really does look more quaint and complete. At our last house we added a pergola that extended out over the whole patio. It was beautiful but made the house dark. I like what you’ve done.

  3. Angela you and your brother did an amazing job, what a difference! Simply beautiful!

  4. Angela, what a beautiful idea! Your windows look gorgeous. Love, love the hanging plants!

  5. Wow…how fantastic!…not only does it help shade the windows, it gives you the opportunity to hang those beautiful flower baskets!…He did a great job…I think he may be getting lots of phone calls!!!…beautiful job and transformation!

  6. Wow, that awning really added a lot of charm and character to the backyard. I’m excited about this series and will be following along.

  7. The awnings look great!!

    They add just the right touch :)

    Have a blessed and wonderful day!!

  8. Something tells me Mike isn’t going to be unemployed very long ;).


  9. justagirlabby :

    I LOVE it! The awning is gorgeous and those hanging baskets are the perfect addition! Can’t wait to read the rest of your series!

    ~Abby =)

  10. This is a really cute idea! I love that you can hang the planters from them! Great job!!!

  11. Just the kind of project I love!! It makes such a big impact and odds loads and loads of charm!!
    Now… come do mine kay?
    Pretty please :)

  12. I can’t believe that I clicked to this because this is EXACTLY what I have been trying to describe to my husband for over our French door. I love the way yours looks and can’t wait to show him. Hope you allow pinning from here because I want to pin this. Wonderful!

  13. I LOVE this outdoor window treatment! I pinned it! I love that it’s sturdy enough to hang plants from and so attractive! Wish your talented brother lived around here!! Awesome project girl!

  14. love the wooden awnings Angela, what a handy brother! Pinned from blitzed on pinterest party!

  15. Stopping in to pin this. I have the perfect spot this would look excellent on.

  16. I LOVE your wooden awnings!! They dress up the back of your home beautifully. Great idea!!
    Mary Alice

  17. Oh How I love this looks Angela. What a great job he did!

  18. Totally amazing…LOVE IT!!! Thanks so much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday…

  19. I love the interest the awning brings to the windows! Very pretty!
    Restoration Beauty

  20. NIce job! That really adds a lot of interest to your windows, and probably a bit of shade, too.

  21. I love this! I want this over my garage door but can’t seem to get the Mr. on board. I will have to show him your post. Yall made it look so easy! Your back yard photos are wonderful. I can’t wait to see more!

  22. Angela, your back patio is simply lovely! Looks like a great place to drink some lemonade and read a good book. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog!

  23. Angela, It really looks sensational! It really looked nice before, but you really outdid yourself.

  24. That was a great idea and they turned out great!

  25. I love, love this idea, and am going to steal it! Thanks!

  26. what character those awnings give your home! love it!

  27. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. :

    That is EXACTLY what I want to do to the back of our house. It also feels much too flat! Thank you for the fabulous inspiration!

  28. The awning sure frames the window. Simply beautiful :)
    Greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

  29. Such a beautiful addition to your home! I can just imagine meandering wisteria or Carolina jasmine on it 😉 visiting thru Katherine’s Corner

  30. I just love this project and you have now given me a great idea for one of the windows on the back of our house. Thanx for coming to THT!

  31. Wow, these are beautiful! And what a handy brother you have! Thanks so much for sharing at Give Me The Goods. Hope to see you again on Monday!
    Jamie @Better With Age

  32. The window pergola looks great! They really do add a lot to the appearance of the house! Thanks for sharing at The Shady Porch! Hope to see ya again Wednesday…the Rock ‘N Share is a NO RULEs party now! Blessings, D@TheShadyPorch


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