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Made in the Shade

Courtesy of Sperry Tents Seacoast

Enjoying the outdoors from the comfort of your backyard is a prized pastime for Cape Codders of all stripes. Of course, whether it’s a blazing noontime sun, a chilly ocean breeze, or a soppy summer shower, staying comfortable in fickle conditions is always a challenge in our region.

Fortunately, awnings, canopies, and other varieties of fabric architecture offer practical, artistic solutions to protect against the elements. By employing state-of-the-art technology—many fabrics are resistant to heat, UV rays, mildew, and water—and a modern design sensibility, awnings and canopies are functional solutions to weather woes—and a nice home addition that’s easy on the eyes.

Sperry Sails, a family-run sail loft located in Marion, Massachusetts, has been in the business of building sails and custom fabric structures for 35 years. The company’s tent and awning division, Sperry Fabric Architecture, was created in response to increased demand for residential and commercial awnings and canopies. “Fabric structures can be incorporated into any outdoor space not only as shelter, but as part of the surrounding architecture,” says owner Matt Sperry, who acknowledges that collaborations with artists, architects, and landscapers lead to fully integrated structures that match a home’s aesthetic.

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