Transparent Awning Over Sliding Door Built and Installed

Transparent Awning Over Sliding Door Built and Installed

Why Polycarbonate awnings make sense

All exterior doors and their thresholds should be protected by a roof.  In my early days of remodeling construction, I took apart numbers of exterior doorways due to water damage.  Whenever there is a penetration through an exterior wall that is at ground level, there will be moisture issues over time no mater how well the builder tried to seal the door during installation.  Typical roofs over glass doors cut off day lighting and views; not so with our polycarbonate awnings. Our custom designed transparent awnings not only protect the threshold from water damage, but also add UV protection to vulnerable interior finishes from harmful sun rays. Our awnings still let the sunlight in and look sleek and stylish. This awning, recently built and installed at the Hawk Ridge Home, is also an important component of the passive solar design.

Addition + Remodel Design of an 1890’s Home

Addition + Remodel Design of an 1890’s Home

Here’s a sneak peak of an addition/remodel project that we’re currently designing and drafting. This home was originally a log cabin built in the 1890’s that has seen numerous additions over the years. There is a small shed roof addition in the rear that is un-insulated and has asphalt shingles causing severe ice damming and damage to the roof & entryway. The current upstairs space is seldom used because it is too small and poorly designed, plus the stairs are too steep and narrow. This addition solves a number of problems for this home: 1) It fixes the ice damming issue, 2) It creates safer stairs that meet code, and 3) It creates a more comfortable and spacious upstairs space that can serve as a guest room. This addition improves the livability of this home and increases resale value.

This addition is designed to fit the clients’ budget as well as compliment the existing traditional style of the home. The pocket windows add a fun modern flair to the traditional design. This addition along with the added insulation to the existing roofs will greatly improve the energy-efficiency and overall comfort the entire existing home.

The current entry to the home in the rear of the building has no overhang, which during rain and snow events is not a pleasant way to enter and exit the home. The addition is designed to include a new roof over the entry.

These images show the elevations of the new upstairs spaces. An addition to an 1890’s home not only requires careful design, but also a set of detailed plans are required to obtain a building permit. Construction drawings provide instructions and other important information for the builders and subcontractors.

The new upstairs will include a half bathroom, a living/guest room area, built-in shelving, and built-in desks. The addition will also provide a new, spectacular view of the mountains to the east.

Phase 1 of this project is the upstairs addition, however, we are also designing Phase 2, the remodel of the downstairs kitchen.

These are more detailed floor plans of the Phase 2 kitchen remodel design.

These are the 2nd story floor plans for both the current and new spaces. Many of these drawings look askew because the existing home is not square!

The homeowners will be the general contractors and construction of this home improvement project begins this Summer 2017.  Please stay tuned as we share updates of the progress!

Crimson  Bluffs July 12th Construction Update

Crimson Bluffs July 12th Construction Update

The construction of the Crimson Bluffs Home in Townsend is nearing completion! The finish details are being worked on now: finish carpentry, plumbing and lighting fixtures, deck railing, polycarbonate awning, and custom built cabinets. The interior of the home looks and feels amazing with panoramic views of the Missouri River and surrounding mountains. Stay tuned for more interior pictures…


Fun with angles. Fun with rustic metal and wood.




Fresh snow in the mountains in mid July… Montana!


Eastern deck provides amazing views of the Missouri River. The roof overhang provides a shady and cool place to relax outside for most of the day. Railing to be built soon.






Entry deck and pocket windows. There will be a polycarbonate awning over the entry door.


We love designing these polycarbonate awnings! They do so much for both the aesthetic and function of the home.






This photo was taken first thing in the morning with the eastern light shining in. However, for most of the day the interior was cool and comfortable, yet bright, but with no direct light shining in. The overhangs and passive cooling are keeping the home naturally cool even though it was a hot, sunny day. Correct passive solar design naturally keeps the home cool in the summer and warm in the winter.


Master bathroom almost complete!


Walk-in master shower


Quinn Creek November Update

Quinn Creek November Update

coolAwnings up, Entry deck and Awning installed, exterior complete with the exception of decks on the south side (will be finished when the snow melts spring 2016).


dining viewInterior drywall and texture complete.  Waiting on paint job.


dining view2



from n east

from north

from south

from west



New Awning Renderings for Quinn Creek

New Awning Renderings for Quinn Creek

We just wanted to share some renderings that we created recently for an awning that will be over the north side entryway of the Quinn Creek Home. The frame for the awning is custom welded and it supports a polycarbonate (greenhouse plastic material) top. These renderings, in addition to the construction drawings, help give the homeowners, builders, and the welder a realistic idea of how this awning will look. To learn more about this unique type of awning that we design and to see photos of similar awnings, please go here.






Greenovision Awnings: Create a Welcoming Entryway with Natural Light

Fresnel prismatic effect  of polycarbonate Greenovision Awning

It is important that a home’s entryways have roofs above the doorways, protecting the doors against weather. Snow, rain, sleet, hail and extensive UV radiation all have damaging effects on a home. Entryway roofs protect the threshold into the home from damaging moisture and creates a safe, snow and ice-free entry and exit. Most homes have ‘hard roofs’ over their entryways. By ‘hard roof,’ I am referring to a non-transparent, typical layered roof system, such as sub sheathing over rafters, flashing, tar-paper, then asphalt or metal roofing. These type roofing materials are expensive due to the labor of multiple applications of materials and in the end, create a dark and rather gloomy experience of entering into a home. Welcoming guests into the home is much more comfortable when the visitor and host can see one another well. Being able to see well breaks down feelings of uncertainty and makes for a more cheerful, less awkward welcoming.   

In order to create a more friendly and welcoming entry, it is beneficial to increase natural light levels. However, it is still important to break down UV light and to protect the threshold and doorway from the elements. I have found that by designing and building awnings made with polycarbonate panels (greenhouse glazing), I can create a well-lit entry with the benefits of protection from weather and sunlight. The type of polycarbonate I use has a UV filter; it protects and preserves finished wood, increasing the lifespan of doors and other exterior materials. 

 In snow country, polycarbonate roofs, if given a minimum slope of 3/12, will usually slick off snow as soon as it falls.  If snow does collect, it slides off the awning when the temperature is above freezing. Having a snow-free roof keeps the light transmittance up and the snow load down. Reduced snow loading allows the roof to be constructed with fewer rafters, giving a simple, modern, less-cluttered appearance.   

What if your entryway is too bright? Polycarbonate roof panels are an excellent sunlight filter. There are different filter ratios designed into polycarbonate, which can be used to reduce sunlight levels. Polycarbonate has some interesting qualities that can also be used to create various visual effects. The panels are made of square cells that when lit, give off prismatic effects that broadcast over its surfaces.  At night, lights can be aimed at the awning, causing the polycarbonate to look like a luminaire. This effect makes a home’s entryway stand out and come alive at night when guests are arriving.  
Polycarbonate panels are sold in four-foot widths and can be cut at any length. No mid-span rafters are needed if the panels are fastened around the perimeter correctly. I usually custom-build the frames with welded metal for longevity. The metal frame will last through multiple polycarbonate re-roofs, but the polycarbonate panels will need to be replaced, as does all roofing. Polycarbonate is given a typical 10 yr warranty, but in my experience, it lasts much longer. Most of the time, I use a 16 mm triple celled panel, which has very good strength to weight ratio. Polycarbonate is flexible, unlike glass, which enables it to take hits from falling objects like hail, branches, and ice falling from roofs above.  

Polycarbonate awnings can also be placed over large windows to protect them from Montana’s fierce hail storms. In Spring 2010, Bozeman, Montana was hit by a hailstorm that shot golf-ball sized hail. Most all Bozeman homeowners needed to replace at least one broken window. A polycarbonate awning placed over a window prevents this hail damage. A polycarbonate awning is also helpful during Montana’s hot summer. Although polycarbonate allows light to penetrate to the window, it breaks down heat and strong sunlight rays. This helps the home stay interior stay both cooler and naturally-lit.   

The shadow line is of a filtered light, not completely dark

The proper design of each polycarbonate awning is crucial. Every home has its own unique architectural style, color schemes, layout issues, and structural details. It is important that each awning be designed to take these variables into account so that the results are aesthetic, efficient, strong, and add to the entryway a sense of welcoming.

I really enjoy building these unique polycarbonate awnings and have built them in many different sizes, shapes, and colors. A Greenovision Awning can be a beautiful and functional improvement to your home. Please check out the awnings section of the Greenovision website for more examples of previously built awnings. 

New Transparent Awning for home completed

Each transparent awning that I design is unique.   Every awning has a specific purpose.  My designs take into consideration orientation to site specifics such as daylighting, storm drainage, and how it structurally adapts to your home.

Door entryways should be well-lit. Typical awnings create a dark alcove.  To avoid this, I build many of my transparent awnings for home s with 1” polycarbonate panels.  This type of awning celebrates natural light by allowing the sunlight through.  Polycarbonate is also strong, flexible, and slick, which helps the awning to shed snow efficiently.

Greenovision transparent Awning for home s are designed
to be aesthetically pleasing, fitting to
the style of your home, as well as
performance oriented.

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