There only a few more window shades to go, thank goodness I hear you say. These are a a mixed bunch which didn’t seem to fit previous posts or new photos found among my folders I forgot to add to my Monday Windows folder.
First off is one of the many houses that have been renovated in Grafton or at least cleaned up and repainted. Standard type brackets with the vertical timbers which assist in highlighting the casement windows.
The basic and easy design, no verticals timbers on the brackets with long supports and casement windows too.
Another without vertical decorations, a chunky design and casement windows. I liked it when I could get a corner of the house so to show the shades from different angles
This is one of the widest shades that used battens to support the top. The vertical timbers are a bit narrow I think
A pretty renovation with long brackets to frame the windows
There weren’t many shades with corrugated iron tops. This one had decorative brackets as well as lovely trim under the window. The lace curtains added a bit of quaint
Another corrugated iron top, casement windows and an interesting fill on the top of the brackets. The flashing looks like a bit of a rough job though.
The brackets are plain but the finish taking the top down to the level of the top fill of the bracket giving a box like feel. Windows aluminum with louvers on the inside instead of curtains.
One of the stranger set of shades. Fabulous open brackets, not much slope on the top but that probably doesn’t matter as they do seem to be redundant with the eave overhang being so deep.
I came across these ones yesterday while in town. The only ones I have found but I am sure there would be others with horizontal aluminum shades. I don’t know if they are adjustable.
My purpose of a photo expedition was to find what are the latest shade designs around town. These are on an older house but a lot of the newer builds have these as well. These do go up and down, like Holland Blinds I guess.
This is the final post for the hood shades a bit of a wrap-up of the ones I found, plus a few repeats of different views of the same shade.
A pair of shades that need a bit of attention on an old building in the cathedral grounds
This one is probably the widest shade I found. I like how they have colour coordinated the greens
A closer look at the detail on another window from the same house.
It does look like these are a pair of a newer sturdy type of hood.
The poor battered shades with the indignantly of having an old air-conditioning unit separating them
A classic Art Deco house with its rounded front and curves. It was hard to get the best view with one window to show the details of the scallops and the flower design on the side. On another matter, check out the verandah metal gutter cut on the curve. That takes skill.
Another pair that could do with a wash. They have unique small scallop edging but still the same flower end design.
Has to be one of the best. Yes you have seen this one before but I took a close up later when the backyard wasn’t a hive of activity
This ends the hooded shades, next week it will be the rest of the shades I found in my closest town, Grafton
This episode is all about the shades that probably replaced the original ones when the windows were replaced. They are mostly aluminum and some are able to be opened or closed or is that up or down, anyway let’s see what’s on offer.
A very smart new renovation. By the looks of the one on the left, these can be adjusted.
Maybe these were replaced when the roof was done
I really like this one. The colours of the repaint and the clean lines.
Looks like the same salesman sold the same style a few houses down,
A bit of a scrub would have made this shade and house look quite lovely.
These would have to be my favourites. The house colour and shape of the shades really make them
This is the only brick house I found that has window shades. They are adjustable and roll up. Not made of aluminum but a shade cloth. There are some new shade cloth shades appearing that I may try and photograph sometime.
I have found a few more window shades over the past week. I didn’t take any this weekend but found a few more. I think I might continue with themes like last weeks Canvas Shades.
This week I show you some of the ones that are in a sad and sorry state. I hope they will be repaired or at least given a coat of paint.
The rest of the house looks like it has been freshened up a bit except for the top of the shade. A quite tatty aluminum one, You can almost see the weather line and I hope the TV reception is good now they don’t need the coat hanger.
A three in a row with varying states of decay. I like the brackets
This photo and the following photo are from a once magnificent house that is in a bad state of repair. It is on the edge of the CBD and I expect that the owners will sell once someone wants the land to build a commercial property. It is a do nothing to a house, let it fall apart with low cost renters who don’t care, then wait for a demolition order. A number of what the some people consider heritage houses in town, have been let go in order to have the land to build some modern crap.
I do like the bracket shape
Fabulous brackets on a never seen before wooden shingle shade. I guess this one may need an expert to repair.
A very pretty house. recently painted in what is called “Heritage Colours” – cream, green and maroon. The brackets are quite fancy. You would think that seeing how tall the ladder was on the wall to paint that perhaps they noticed the shade needs a bit of attention too?
On the weekend my mission was to try and find if there are any of the canvas awnings left. I did a good trawl of the streets and found a few that were too hard to photo from the street. I didn’t photos of some I found as it was getting quite hot and a photo from the car was difficult.
Here are the canvas shades/awnings I found. I think this house has had canvas shades all the time as these looked rather new with the matching shades on the verandah on the western side of the house. They do look retractable too.
The pale colour of the house and the faded shades do look good but what were they thinking with the roof tiles!
The first canvas shade I found a long time ago when I started on my quest. Hidden by a colourful tarpaulin and the colours still look good on this shade.
A newly replaced shade. In this photo you can see the workings to pull the shade up and down
Another early photo which shows the shade up
A new renovation happening. The shades look rather new based on the bland style and colour also they are not canvas but a new type of material. I hope they keep them
I actually found a canvas hood awning. It has seen better days but I reckon it looks fab.
There are a number of modern aluminum replacements mimicking the older canvas style right down to the coloured stripes
I have a confession to make and shall do it right now.
I have been mistaken in calling what I have been posting, and might I add, enjoyable finding them for you, shades. Yes they do shade and perform a function that helps cool the houses mainly of the past.
See this photo of a very old house, held together with brown paper and string by the look of it, has both examples of the shades I have been posting. The straight ones with fancy or plain brackets or the tin or metal shades. Well the one on the left is an awning and the one on the left is a hood awning. Yes they are awnings, which I thought were what the structures over doorways were called.
I did a confession to Ludwig and I have decided to keep the title of Shades of Grafton going for continuity.
To make it up to you, on my weekend shade searching I found the prettiest hooded awning shades ever!
I have been able to get around town and gather a few more, plus I saw some I’ll have to go back for.
This looks like it has been a recent DYI repair. The flashing tape at the back gives it away
Tastefully restored and retained, even though the windows are aluminum. I like the brackets. I’ll have to try for a side on photo
Another recent restoration. You can see what I mean about the flashing at the rear of the shade. Just plain brackets but the angle is rather sharp. You would have to be sitting down to sticky beak at the neighbours
Ordinary. Nothing flash. They look like a shed job many years ago well restored. I think the owners were in the army, maybe the Q-Store and had some left over paint, if you know what I mean lol
On the weekend I drove around one of the more affluent parts of Grafton looking for some window shades. I was disappointed that many houses didn’t have any or they were removed for aluminum windows that were installed. A lot of the old houses had been either modernised or demolished and big brick houses built.
I did find quite a number that still survived and there were some had been repaired and updated with new tops and painted brackets.
The tops on these shades need replacing. The brackets are so good. I have no idea what is happening with the windows though
These are quite simple with a good paint scheme and vertical supports
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