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    Canopy for house.

    Hi i would like to build a canopy to the front of my house, both for shade and for keeping the rain off .
    I am looking to put up a light roof, not obtrusive but strong enough to last.
    I was going to use a material named polycarbonate but at over 700 baht for just over a metre its ver expensive.
    This is a picture of the house and I will extend the light roof from the car port to the main door.
    Any ideas please.


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    The aluminum ones look good for about 5 years and cost around 500baht per square meter, maybe slightly more now.

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    Very nice looking house (paint needed on the outside wall, just like me own place...), so don't uglify it with aluminum stuff of any colour...

    Is there a greenfingered option; some of the building threads show great things done for shade with plants/trees. Might enhance the look of the already very nice property whilst doing the job you require?

    You must be an American with that old Ford.

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    Thanks, I was going to put up an aluminium frame and then put on the sheets of polycarbonate. I see the aluminium tiles everywhere but for the front of the house I think they don't look so good..


    Putting in trees will give me a bit of shade but I need the area covered as well.


    an American, God forbid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo
    You must be an American
    Think the closed in balcony upstairs gave that away

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    buy a cheap nylon gazebo from ebay, knock a few holes in the ground and cement it in, voila!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    Think the closed in balcony upstairs gave that away
    Now you're moving onto one of me pet hates... (not Americans, I like them ), but for example the place I'm in has three bedrooms upstairs, the big one at the front faces the road, and the two smaller ones at the back face well, nothing but the next house. So, all three bedrooms have massive outside balconies, you can sit and stare at nothing on both of them... But, we have a double plot, thus at the side we have a large garden, but none of our balconies overlook it or have access down to it via, say a stairway: so who designed that & why - it's everywhere in our village too???

    OP, could some wooden trelis/framework with some vines or flowers of some type do the job, alonside a tree or two (with a limited root structure...)?

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    The back of the house is all balcony.


    and the side has a big balcony.


    So , balconys galore for me, thank you.

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    Looking at the pics, would you like this thread title changed to, "Looking for an exterior painter"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo
    You must be an American with that old Ford.
    Must be Irish with a name like Tayto

    Nice house would be a shame to add aluminium canopy

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    ^ I agree (not with the Irish). See, they are well positioned balconies, mine are stupid...

    A beer and a BBQ on your back balcony; lovely.

    I have to say Tayto: how long have you been in Thailand??? You should know by now - that house needs a Honda Accord, and maybe a Mitsubishi pick-up for the missus; your car is all wrong; you don't fit in as well as you could, imho...

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    id say his an aussie.

    hes got a roo bar and a snorkel on his pickup.

    sunshade cloth for the question.

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    Its a nice house with the exception of the fussy grillwork gates and fencing. In my opinion an aluminum and polycarbonate canopy would look commercial and cheapen the overall appearance. I would have something designed that is more integrated with the design of the facade.

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    First of which way does the house face? you got the house nicly painted and quite apart from the outside walls painted your big balcony on the side you didn't paint the balustrade regarding your canopy you have to be careful to me you dont have the room and it would look hideous.

    I was going to suggest sun sails type canopy maybe dont put it on the front put something on your big balcony to give you shade

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    Quote Originally Posted by Humbert View Post
    Its a nice house with the exception of the fussy grillwork gates and fencing. In my opinion an aluminum and polycarbonate canopy would look commercial and cheapen the overall appearance. I would have something designed that is more integrated with the design of the facade.
    I agree and thats my dilemma, what to put up.
    The house faces north.

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    The cheap canopy are made out of PVC, local food stall etc.. (100 Thb square meter or less)

    If you want the real stuff that would be acrylic material. (can make it fold )

    The best brand around is Sunbrella, the dealer in Thailand is BVZ Asia somehow...

    But this is indeed at 300 to 800 Thb per square meter. The good quality restaurant umbrellas have acrylic shades and the boats and yachts use this as well for covers and shades... google sunbrella for more...

    There is another stuff, PVC combined with some other stuff and that would be what the Suvanaphum airport is made with...

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    Tayto must be married to an Asian as they do not see the need to paint the outside of the walls only in the inside as that is all they see from the windows/balconies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tayto View Post
    I am looking to put up a light roof, not obtrusive but strong enough to last.
    I was going to use a material named polycarbonate but at over 700 baht for just over a metre its ver expensive.

    Dude, you just bought a 10 million baht house, don't be such a cheap charlie when it comes to a few meters of polycarbonate roof...

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    I have a polycarbonate cover at the back of the house
    great cover
    12 sq m c35K
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    Quote Originally Posted by tayto
    an American, God forbid.
    Have the perfect solution but being of the seppo persuasion doubt you would appreciate it.

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    any extra cover would make the house look worse

    maybe make a new door under the existing canopy so you dont get wet

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy View Post
    any extra cover would make the house look worse

    maybe make a new door under the existing canopy so you dont get wet
    Looks like there is already a door there Dr.

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    Tayto, this is the process I would use. Go to Asia Books or SCG design library and look at books on residential houses in Thailand/Asia. Or google Awnings Canopies Residence Thailand. Find a solution that appeals to you and then proceed with a rough conceptual design with dimensions that suits the actual site. Bring your research and sketches to a contractor and see what he can come up with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scandinavian View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by tayto View Post
    I am looking to put up a light roof, not obtrusive but strong enough to last.
    I was going to use a material named polycarbonate but at over 700 baht for just over a metre its ver expensive.
    Dude, you just bought a 10 million baht house, don't be such a cheap charlie when it comes to a few meters of polycarbonate roof...
    Give me 4 million and it's yours..........without the canopy.

    Thanks Humbert excellent idea.
    I found this one but not in Thailand.
    http://www.polycarbonatesheets.co.uk/en-gb/front.html

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