8 Before and After Backyard Shade Makeovers

From large lawns to small decks and rooftop patios, an outdoor space has become a must-have for most homeowners. Not all yards are created equal, and many are in desperate need of a makeover to improve comfort, purpose, and style.

Incorporating shade allows homeowners to add functionality and enjoyment to their outdoor areas, utilizing the spaces how and when they want. Including any of our retractable shade products greatly enhances the aesthetics of your backyard. Check out these before and after photos to see how homeowners used our shade products to create the outdoor space of their dreams.

Retractable Canopies

1. Retractable Canopies, Glendale

BEFORE/AFTER: A pool deck renovation in Glendale, California, USA.

It took the Frosts two years to complete the backyard of their dreams. Nestled on a hilltop in Glendale, California, the homeowners created a beautiful space indicative of Cali’s outdoor lifestyle. They converted their pool deck area, adding new decking and a maintenance-free structure along the outer edge of the backyard. Measuring a total of 52’x12′, four manual canopies were installed, shading the new space from the sun’s harmful rays.

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2. Howard Beach House, Bahamas

BEFORE/AFTER: An outdoor renovation in Spanish Wells, Eleuthera, Bahamas.

Howard Beach House in the Bahamas underwent a major renovation in 2016 to convert the former Spanish Wells Beach Resort into the modern residence it is today. Beachside, two decks were added to accommodate a lounge and dining area. The owners erected a pergola and a 14×16 retractable canopy to cover the dining section, allowing them and guests to enjoy the shade during the day and retract to view the stars in the evening.

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Retractable Roofs

3. Retractable Roof, Etobicoke

BEFORE/AFTER: A deck area in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Homeowners in Toronto built a large, striking white pergola on their existing deck. The aim was to have a nice dining spot next to the outdoor kitchen. Once the pergola was completed, they reached out to ShadeFX for a 22’x20′ retractable roof in a stunning Serge Ferrari Red fabric. The waterproof and fire-retardant fabric complements the bold décor found throughout the yard. With the roof mounted on top of the pergola, the two outdoor heaters installed below will keep the diners covered and warm during the cooler months.

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4. Retractable Roof, Kleinburg

BEFORE/AFTER: A Pool house in Kleinburg, Ontario, Canada.

A pool house in Kleinburg, Ontario features a bar and an open front for lounging between dips. The missing piece of the puzzle to complete the homeowners’ backyard oasis was a 16’x14′ retractable roof from ShadeFX. The team installed the retractable roof’s rear panel to prevent rainwater from leaking onto the bar below. With a single tap, the motorized roof can be retracted and extended from the homeowner’s smartphone. This gives them an extra layer of comfort and control, even when they are away from home.

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Outdoor Structures

5. Shade Structure, Thornhill

BEFORE/AFTER: A BBQ area in Thornhill, Ontario, Canada.

After seeing the ShadeFX outdoor shade structure at Bayview Country Club, homeowners in Thornhill, Ontario, knew it would be the perfect weather solution for their new BBQ and patio area. ShadeFX customized an 18’x12′ shade structure in Umbra Grey to match the existing solarium. The water-resistant Sunbrella Heather Beige canopy extends and retracts using a ‘double manual’ operation. This allows the canopy to stack on either end of the structure, providing maximum flexibility when opening or closing the system.

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6. Shade Structure, Vineland

BEFORE/AFTER: A patio in Vineland, Ontario, Canada.

An outdoor living area in Vineland, Ontario wasn’t complete until a versatile shade structure was added for comfort and protection from the elements. The homeowners have a large, southward-facing concrete patio that was unusable at times during the day, especially in rainy season. They ordered a 20’x12′ custom shade structure to cover a portion of the patio, protecting them and their furniture from sun and rain. Using a detachable handle, the manual shade glides effortlessly along C-channel stabilizers when retracted or extended.

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Freestanding Canopies

7. Freestanding Retractable Canopy, Milton

BEFORE/AFTER: A poolside area in Milton, Ontario, Canada.

Homeowners in Milton, Ontario did not have to search far and wide to find the perfect poolside shade solution for their modern backyard. ShadeFX’s Freestanding Retractable Canopy answered the call for a functional shade and wind-resistant coverage when lounging by their pool. They purchased three units – one stand-alone and two connected – to be installed in the space. The canopies’ sleek design enhances the modern feel of the homeowner’s outdoor space while giving them the ability to partially retract the shade when desired.

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8. Freestanding Retractable Canopy, North York

BEFORE/AFTER: An outdoor kitchen in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Looking to cover an outdoor kitchen with a minimal structure and maximum protection, homeowners in Toronto opted for a sleek, red Freestanding Retractable Canopy. The pops of vibrant red throughout the landscape beautifully contrast with the neutral tones in the space. The red canopy, in particular, pairs well with its slate grey structure while complementing the stainless-steel appliances. Whether the sun is to the east or west, the chef and their diners are always protected.

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