Interesting Observation, Curtains Outside the Home Would Stop Heat Better in Hot Weather
What a great idea! Never thought of this before... Wow!
I was laughing a bit until you brought up awnings, which if made of fabric could be called an outside curtain. If you can attach hook bolts to the eve, you could use a tarp. Slide the eyelets of the tarp over the hooks at the eve and secure the other side to the ground with rope and stakes. The question that then comes to my mind is finding the best material to be durable and effective, with minimum blockage of cross-flow ventilation.
Full length porches really help on the sunniest sides of the dwellings. Why can't homes be built under large, tall ramadas?
Ramadas, double roofs, trees: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramada_percent28shelterpercent29
We need homes with situational awareness. Electricity become prevalent in the last 80 years has allowed architects, engineers and builders to ignore energy, climate, topography, and sun and now fight to see who builds the most beautiful, not the most functional.
As a rule of thumb for me, smaller is always the choice for the best global citizen.
That wiki link only works for the coding of wiki, the site use a non-standard, non html code. Search on Wiki for Ramada Shelter
Ramada is a Spanish word which refers to an open air shelter made of tree branches or thatch. Typically a shade structure in hot, arid locales. A flat roofed open air shade structure.
Ramada shelter pics
Oops -- sorry for the broken link
Just Google "ramada shelters" and then click on "Images"
Walk-around porches became awnings became 24 inch roof overhang became 12 inch became 10 inch overhang. Not because of bad design, not because of customer needs/wants/desires, but because it is cheaper to build. Corporations are in business for one reason, maximize bottom line profits and more corporate builders equals less house for you and more profit for them?
These are facts based on 2 decades of residential development and construction from a National Association of Home Builders certified Graduate Master Builder.
You are correct Steve, business is for making money, and it they can give a 10 inch overhang, and nobody complains they do so. Before electricity existed, there was no way to transfer the problems, and complaint to the AC or Furnace, so people in dwelling would suffer from a bad design. Explaining the benefits of a 24 inch overhang, or a Ramada roof will probably not make a builder money. When the cost of electricity and fuel doubles, triples, then everyone can move into small houses.. LOL.
One of the many things people fail to look at when home shopping is the utility bills. Builders are able to pass off substandard construction because people don't consider the bills nor is there an easy way for most people to determine quality once the home is complete (can't distinguish a thoroughbred from a pig with pretty lipstick). I had many people over the years come back to me after buying/living in a competitor's house for 2 months and tell me they wish they listened to me... Maybe I needed Andy the real estate broker selling my houses lol.
Clients found all the good of the house, as a broker I found all the bad. I would give them a list of repairs, like a new roof, new electrical or furnace, and often killed the deal. I have often said, the water in the yard is flowing right toward the house during a rain storm. I have refused to sell, or even show homes. The buyers would get angry, I said, I am not going to take the blame for your bad decisions. The refusal was the proof of my confidence in my decisions, but I was not a normal agent, but sold an abnormal amount of homes. Good advice can be explained Yet new home buyers are not buy a home, as they are buying a social status, so hard to talk with them.