Motorised Roof and Window Blinds

A Shade Better

GEORGE AND ANN’S ARTS & CRAFTS house has been in the family for more than 40 years, but recently the couple decided there was one valuable addition that would make all the difference. “We have the best of both worlds here,” says Ann.

“We are very close to Guildford and yet when we look outside it is as if we are in the heart of the country. It was a spot crying out for an orangery, but we didn’t get round to doing it until about 18 months ago.”

The couple, who have teenage children – decided to turn their dining room into a study and now eat all their meals in the new kitchen orangery. “It’s great,” Ann says. “Our two dogs love to find a sunny spot to sleep in during the day and my orchids are thriving. In fact the
orangery is brilliant for all sorts of plants.” The couple knew from the start that they would need blinds – the orangery is south facing and, on bright days, would have been subject to fierce daylight streaming in.

“Grants were recommended to us by Vale Garden Houses, who built the orangery. The whole process of both the build and the installation of the blinds ran very smoothly and was far easier than other things we’ve done with the house.”

The shading – motorised roof blinds which extend the length of the large roof lantern and full-length motorised blinds on all windows – are perfectly in keeping with the period nature of the house and give the room a relaxing, pulled-together look.

“I knew from the start that I wanted traditional pinoleum blinds and I’m really happy with the way they look and operate,” Ann adds.