Some of our Projects

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Awnings - Project Eleven Brief

To supply and install a 9m x 3.1m full cassette remote controlled awning, with sun and wind sensors to the rear elevation of this chalet style dwelling.

The owner, an engineer, had been trying for some ten years to have such an awning installed but could not find anyone willing to take on this challenging project: that was until he heard about Blindstyle Ltd.

Solution

Following a feasibility study and detailed survey, we decided to use 5 forged steel cantilevered brackets, manufactured to our specifications (see accompanying photos). Our only problem was finding suitable fixing points for these brackets, which had to be located directly underneath each arm of the awning. The task was made more difficult by the number and proximity of windows, doors and other wall fixtures (see ‘before’ photo). Having fixed these brackets, the awning was then assembled on-site.

Customer Testimonial

".....We would like to thank you for the truly professional way you approached the complicated installation of our blind. The team you had working for you were excellent and we will have no hesitation in recommending your good selves to our friends. You may use/show this Email to anybody who needs convincing. When they made you, they threw away the mould...."

Footnote

As a result of this customers recommendation we have indeed received more commissions.

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Awnings - Project Twelve Brief

To supply and install a 6m x 3.6m awning with wind sensor and retractable side screens to the rear elevation of this 150+ year old building.

Main problem(s):

The age of the building togther with its flint in lime mortar dressing suggested a spread base foundation with walls constructed of place bricks, cobs and other soft materials which ruled out any possibility of direct fixing.

Solution:

We used free standing ‘goalposts’ made with 100mm box section steel - that was the easy bit!. In digging out the foundations for the posts, disturbing as little as possible of the recently installed decking, we discovered that all the main services ran along the base of the rear elevation ‘shades of the kitchen sink’

The accompanying photo gallery takes you through the project step by step.

Another satisfied customer.

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Awnings - Project Thirteen Brief

To supply and install a 3.5m x 2.6m full cassette, remote controlled awning with sun and wind sensors to the rear elevation of this bungalow.

Main problem:

The depth of the overhanging eaves coupled with the fact that the French doors opened outwards ruled out the standard bungalow fixing method of using ‘spread plates’. There would not have been sufficient clearance for the doors. This left us with one remaining conventional fixing method to use, ‘gutter brackets’. However, the client did not favour this approach and he was adamant that he did not want ‘gutter brackets’.

Solution:

Some rather cleaver reinforcing studwork was the answer.

See the accompanying photo gallery.

Summary

An aesthetically very pleasing result and a satisfied customer to boot!

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Awnings - Project Fourteen Brief

To supply and install a 3.5m  x  2.6m full cassette, remote controlled awning to the rear elevation of this dormer bungalow.

Solution:

Since the patio doors were the sliding type, we could in theory have used standard bungalow ‘spread plates’ to fix the awning. However, we decided that a better solution was to opt for ‘gutter brackets’. This meant that we could set the awning higher so that when fully extended it cleared the top of the high garden retaining wall. As a result, any rainwater will not drip onto the courtyard beneath.

With the ground rising steeply on three sides of this property the end result has created a virtual ‘garden room’.

Summary

A satisfied customer.

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Awnings - Project Fifteen Brief

To supply and install a 2.5m x 2.1m full cassette, remote controlled awning which would complement existing conservatory.

Solution:

Another good example of our thoroughness and attention to detail. On our initial site visit we noticed that the vent for the gas boiler was located just to the left of the window lintel (partially obscured by shrubbery in the accompanying photographs).

Having marked out the exact position where we would need to fix the left hand side awning support bracket we then had a ‘corgi’ gas engineer’s report commissioned before proceeding.

The accompanying photo gallery takes you through the installation.

Summary

Another satisfied customer.

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Awnings - Project Sixteen Brief

To supply and install a 3m x 2.6m full cassette, motorized awning operated via an internal wall switch.

Solution:

This particular project offers a very good example of what is involved when fitting an awning to the average bungalow.

It shows in great detail the installation process.

Note how the ‘spread plates’ (wall plates) which are used to spread the load down through the wall, are fixed.

The accompanying photo gallery takes you through the process.

Summary

As usual, another satisfied customer.

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Awning Project Gallery

What follows is just a small selection of the many other awning projects that we have carried out over the past 20+ years.

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Fixing & Fittings

Some examples of the various awning fixing methods used by us.

The standard cassette end-fix awning is normally hung on two small colour coordinated brackets/plates fixed with bolts to the wall. (image 1 in the following sequence of photographs).

Occasionally however, this method of fixing is neither practical nor safe.

Bungalows for example will always require at the very least a ‘spread plate*’ to disperse the load down through the wall.

Bungalows and other low installation heights will sometimes necessitate the use of ‘gutter brackets’. (images 4 + 5)

Down-pipes and other such obstructions may require ‘stand-off brackets’.

And, very occasionally, the poor nature of the structure, fabric or substrate may rule out direct fixing; in such cases we can use ‘goalposts’ (image 6), which are free standing of the building.

For other examples of ‘special’ brackets we have used to address particular installation problems, see images 8, 9, 10 and 11.

All the box/RHS (rolled hollow section) brackets we use are manufactured by a specialists firm of metal fabricators. Each section is rigorously tested to ensure the structural strength for each awning installation; they also undergo independent climatic testing to ensure longevity of use. Many of the leading awning manufacturers now specify the use of these box section brackets with their own range of models

* Awning project 7 takes you through the process step by step.

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Awnings - Project Four Brief

To recommend, supply and install 2 hardwired cassette awning systems for this high street shop premises formed from what were originally two separate shops. The awnings must not cover/obliterate the sign-writing; they must be sympathetic to and harmonize with the existing streetscape of this historic town.

Challenge(s)

To comply with the brief the main problem we were faced with was how we were going to get two separate awnings to line up exactly; the left hand side having two fluted columns which stood proud of the right hand side fascia by c.60mm; the two cast iron rainwater downpipes on this side could not be touched, and to compound problems there was insufficient room (less then 120mm) on the right hand side of the shop entrance to safely mount any form of fixture to support an awning.

Solution

After taking meticulous calculations we had two specially designed steel support brackets fabricated – see images 2 to 8 incls. Both brackets plus one standard ‘spreader plate’ (left hand side) were chemically fixed using M12 anchor rods and ‘Hilti’ HY-HIT 70 injection mortar.

Awnings: 2 markilux® 990’s  
Dimensions: LHS awning - markilux® 990  -  3900mm  x  1500mm
  RHS awning - markilux® 990  -  3800mm  x  1500mm
Fabric: Sunsilk - snc  32 466 


Client extremely pleased with end result.

Management comment:   “……..everyone has raved about the blinds”

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Awnings - Project Five Brief

All architects/builders/designers of houses/appartments should take note of this particular project.

Too often we are asked to install awnings on bungalows/single storied extensions etc. after they have been built. This invariably necessitate the use of some form of often costly and some might say unsightly ‘spreader plates’ or ‘gutter brackets’  to either dissipate the load down through the brickwork or afford sufficient clearance for outward opening French doors.

This particular project gives a perfect illustration of the correct time to consider any potential awning requirement.

Here we were consulted at the design and build stage, enabling us to work closely with the building and electrical contractors. As a result we were able to use eaves/rafter brackets*  which were installed before the soffits, fascias and guttering.

*The actual awning used; a remote controlled full cassette markilux® 990 with separate ‘Somfy’  Sunis sun and Eolis RTS wind sensors, was installed some three months later following completion of all construction work.

Awnings: markilux® 990  
Dimensions: 3735mm  x  3000mm
Fabric: Sunsilk-snc  32 936


Summary

We feel all will agree that the end result, as the following photos show, is not only exceptionally pleasing but enhances this magnificent and superbly designed property.

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Awnings - Project Six Brief

To suggest a suitable awning system for this architect designed teak framed leisure structure in the grounds of this property; affording adaptability of use while allowing for the vagaries of the British climate.

The clients instructions were very clear, he wanted a single remote controlled awning system.

Challenges

A single awning would require in excess of 29 sq. metres of canvas, big by any standards. All awnings call for an optimum pitch of 14º which was going to be impossible to achieve in this situation. Boundary height restrictions aside, achieving anything like this level of pitch would have necessitated setting the cassette so high as to defeat the whole object of the exercise.

The simpler solution would have been to use two coupled awnings spanning the width.

Solution

We used a remote controlled markilux® 8000 conservatory awning with intermediate support tubes.

Awnings: markilux® 8000
Dimensions: 4145mm  x  7000mm
Fabric: Sunsilk-snc  32 418


Summary

A satisfying and rewarding outcome to what was a rather unusual and challenging project.

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Awnings - Project Seven Brief

To recommend a suitable and practical motorized awning for the rear elevation of this property. 

Challenges

Ensuring that the awning would line up with the soffit/fascia box section of adjoining single storied extension

Solution

Precision was the ‘order of day’ with this project.

We commissioned two special ‘gutter style’ steel brackets to exacting dimensions, had the rainwater pipe-work altered to accommodate the left hand side bracket.

We then installed a remote controlled full cassette markilux® 990 awning.

A combined ‘Somfy’ sun and wind sensor was added to complete the project.

Awnings: markilux® 990
Dimensions: 3660mm  x  3000mm
Fabric: Sunsilk 32 913


Summary

Another fine example of our attention to detail plus a satisfied client

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Awnings - Project Eight Brief

To recommend a suitable single awning system to replace the existing separate awning and Dutch canopy for this property.

Challenge(s)

This would have been a relatively straightforward project but for the number of fissures and cracks in the brickwork!

Solution

We used a remotely controlled full cassette markilux® 6000 awning which we fixed to both the outer and inner courses of brickwork using 290mm M12 threaded steel anchor rods and mesh sleeves with ‘Hilti’  HIT-HY 70 injection mortar.

Note: this method of installation is not normally required with standard domestic awnings which are invariably fixed to the outer coursework only, using a variety of different fixing options. 

Separate ‘Somfy’ Sunis sun and Eolis RTS wind sensors along with an infra-red heater were added to complete the project.

Awnings:

markilux® 6000

Dimensions: 7000mm  x  3500mm
Fabric: Sunsilk 36 969


Summary

Aesthetically, a much more pleasing appearance to the rear elevation of this property and, another satisfied client.

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Awnings - Project Nine Brief

To recommend a suitable motorized awning to cover this raised decking area overlooking the swimming pool.

Challenge(s)

The main problem we faced was the poor condition of the brickwork; not only were the courses irregular but there was some prominent bulging of the brickwork as well.

Solution

To overcome the bulging brickwork and to reduce the amount of ‘packing’ we decided to use special steel ‘spreader plates’ – Dim: 160cm  x  430cm  x  12mm rather than conventional ‘spreader plates’ which would have required an excessive amount of packing out.

We chemically fixed these plates with threaded steel anchor rods and ‘Hilti’HIT-HY 70 injection mortar; we then installed a remote controlled full cassette markilux® 6000 awning.

A ‘Somfy’ Eolis RTS wind sensors completed the project.

Awnings: markilux® 6000
Dimensions: 5500mm  x  400mm
Fabric: sunsilk 32 937


Summary

Customer who plans to use this awning for 365 days a year extremely pleased with the end result.

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Awnings - Project Ten Brief

We were asked by an insurance company to carry a survey and report on an awning which had collapsed at this house (we hasten to add it had not been installed by us).

Though there were a number of contributory factors, the main reason for the collapse was the method of installation used - it was totally inappropriate.

Having removed the damaged awning, we arranged for a reputable local builder to carry out the necessary remedial works to both pillars. (see image 1)

As we still had concerns about the quality of the remainder of the original brickwork on both pillars, we decided against using standard ‘spreader plates’ which are usually c.0·9mtrs long. Instead, we opted for two specially commissioned  60mm x 40mm steel posts each 3m long (see images 4 & 5).

We then installed a remote controlled ‘Luxaflex’ - BasePlus awning.

Dimensions: 3610mm x 3100mm
Fabric: Dickson Constant ‘Orchestra’ - Sienne 8211

 

Problem solved!

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Awnings - Project One Brief

To recommend, supply and install a suitable hardwired cassette awning systems for each of the 12 patient rooms in the accommodation block of The Hospice of St. Francis in Berkhamsted. The primary function being to eliminate the need for dependency on internal blinds to control the sunlight/daylight; thus allowing each rooms occupant to enjoy the glorious garden vistas while, in fine weather allowing for each bed to be taken outside where the patient would be protected from the vagaries of the weather.

Main problem(s):

The lack of any significant number of courses of brickwork between the top of these wider then normal outward opening doors and the eaves ruled out any direct fixing of the awning brackets to the walls of this single storey accommodation block. But, our biggest problem was how best to carry out this installation without causing too much noise and disruption to the patients.

Solution:

The accompanying photographic library shows how we addressed the problem of fixing these awnings. The actual installation was carried out and completed over one weekend thus keeping disruption to a minium.

Awnings: 12 no. markilux® 990's

Fabric: Sunvas - snc 310 36

All concern suitably impressed with the end result.

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Awnings - Project Two Brief

To supply and install two remote controlled motorized awnings with automatic sun and wind sensors for this second floor balcony on this prestigious new development in Mill Hill, North London.

Main problem(s):

The outward opening doors and low soffits/eaves necessitated the use of a number of specially fabricated stainless steel 'gutter brackets' to allow for safe and unimpeded opening of the doors but, more importantly to ensure sufficient and safe head height clearance, particularly on the raised section of the balcony floor. Access was to prove extremely difficult as this building had been completed before we were consulted.

Solution:

Our approach to each and every project is to ensure that the end result is not only aesthetically pleasing but, of equal importance, it should enhance (rather then detract from) the architectural merits of the development. With this project we feel that we achieved this in spades!

We were extremely pleased with the feedback which we received from the builders and developers, complimented by the client's 'I am absolutely delighted. Thank you'.

Awnings: LHS: markilux® 990 - 3200mm x 2800mm

RHS: markilux® 990 - 4500mm x 2800mm

Fabric: Sunsilk - 328 26

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Awnings - Project Three Brief

Simply, to suggest a suitable replacement 'Dutch Canopy' for this well past its sell date old manual one on this retail shop.

Solution:

A state of the art motorized 'Dutch Canopy' with an eye catching sign written butchers red fabric.

Another satisfied customer.

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Considering this blind [awning] was purchased exactly four years ago my complaint was attended to within 24 hours, and at no cost.
I will most certainly recommend your product and service to all my friends”.

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