Imagine creating several of these along the sunniest side of your home. It could help with your cooling bills and potentially make it bearable if you don't have air conditioning. Not to mention adding some color or protecting your plants . You could modify our earlier tutorial on Modern Cement Planters to create cuter "feet" for the poles. You could even stain or paint the poles and concrete to match or contrast with your home.
Of course, just like patio umbrellas, you'll probably want to store these shades away if there's any kind of strong wind or rain. It would be a shame for all your hard work get damaged.
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