Shade sails are designed to provide outdoor protection from the sun and use a flexible membrane, tensioned between three or more anchor points, similar in form to a ships sail, hence the name. Sun canopies and sun awnings are designed to provide the same protection but are just slightly different in concept. This article discusses all three.
The before photo shows a classic vaulted portico with no outdoor living space. But an addition of an open porch is the perfect point of entry for ushering guests in with style. The classic columns and porch railings are painted the same white as the house trim./