The most permanent and room-like form of awning, these fab exterior shelters use metal louvre blades, shaped like aero-foil wings, that you can rotate up to 170 degrees. That means you retain the light and air, but are protected from the direct blast of the sun. Very cool, in terms of looks and temperature. You can also order sensors that ensure the louvres will shut automatically when it rains. These are permanent structures (so you’ll need council permission) but true finishing touches, bespoke designed and priced accordingly. Founded in 1984. Thomas Hamel’s choice.