ELECTRIC LANTERN, ROLLER + DUETTE® FOLDING DOOR BLINDS
This lovely couple from Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire contacted us during the heatwave of 2018, wanting a horizontal lantern roof blind for their family room as glare was a very big problem when watching the television and heat loss was an issue on colder evenings.
Their family room was a single storey extension from an already stunning house, leading directly off from the kitchen into a large open plan TV room and dining room with a very large glass lantern roof with solar glazing, as well as folding doors onto the garden.
The lantern roof is 5m long; so long as to normally require a large zip-roller blind with huge cassette at each end. Zip blinds are actually intended for very high commercial skylights, but they are normally what people rely on in these situations too. However, our uniquely tailored electric lantern roof blinds have very compact rails and trims, offering the most unobtrusive installation possible; an absolute must in such a high-quality home with normal height ceilings.
They chose ultra-chic Duette® Granite fabric, which not only adds to the stunning neutral colour scheme of the house, but also offers great reduction in glare, but with significant heat insulation – both against heat from the sun, but also reducing the otherwise massive heat loss.
Lantern roof blinds like these can be easily controlled by dedicated remote control handset, but can also be connected to an existing home automation system, allowing the blinds to be operated through your smartphone, tablet, or even voice controlled using Amazon Alexa®, making it the most versatile home automation hub anywhere.
The motors themselves are super quiet, so the overall impression is very impressive when they are being operated, plus they come with a 5 year guarantee for complete peace of mind.
For added insulation and light control, the folding doors all have separate recess-fitted Duette® tensioned blinds that allow the doors to be stacked back with the blinds open or closed, without interfering with their operation. The neat way that our tensioned blinds can fit right up the glass means that there are no unsightly gaps at the edges or where the rails meet the glazing beads.
To ensure the blinds look like they are actually part of the doors we have even custom-coloured the hardware to match the exact colour of the powder coated aluminium and, for complete peace of mind, there is even an option where Duette® blinds can be recess fitted to aluminium folding door blinds without using any screws.
As a final touch, we also provided an electric roller blind with matching fascia and fabric to create a truly complete appearance to the room, with a very balanced design to the soft furnishings and over all colour palette. Not only does the roller blind operate almost silently, but it can be grouped to work with the lantern roof blind or just operate on its own using the fully featured app available from Somfy®.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the owners of this beautiful home for allowing us to film part of our TV advert at their house. They were extraordinarily accommodating and we are extremely grateful to them for this.
By way of an almost throwaway comment made after the filming was wrapping up, the owner said that she had no idea that the blinds would make such a huge difference and that she couldn’t have managed the cold evenings without them… what lovely feedback to have received.