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Pinoleum Blinds - Project Six Brief

To suggest, recommend, supply and install a suitable pinoleum blind system for this architect’s own conservatory.

Solution:

First of all we had to convince our client that to motorise the entire roof installation would be an unnecessary waste of money. Because Pinoleum roof blinds help to create such a warm ambience, we find that they are rarely if ever retracted.  Agreement having been reached, we motorized the front section of the roof only, which is remotely controlled.

The sidewall blinds are all Roman style operated by a simple cord lock system.

We think that the finished effect is quite stunning.

See for yourselves.

Total number of blinds:  35

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Pinoleum Blinds - Project Seven Brief

To supply and install 22 pinoleum blinds for this unusually shaped and complicated timber framed conservatory roof.

Solution:

We prefer to let the pictures do the talking.

End result: yet another very satisfied customer.

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Pinoleum Blinds - Project Eight Brief

If possible to supply and install 36 pinoleum roof blinds.

Solution:

This was most certainly one of the more difficult pinoleum projects that we have undertaken.

Many of the blind sizes, the drops in particular, were far outside normal for operational purposes; complicated by the fact that many adjoining blinds had to run in opposite directions.

The majority of timber framed conservatories where we are consulted are one-off architect designs, quite often intricate Edwardian or Victorian styles where very little - if any - consideration has been given to the possible need for some form of shading.  Pinoleum blinds give timber framed conservatories that lovely period look. They are as beautiful as they are functional.

Once again, we prefer to let the pictures do the talking!

Needless to say, our client was extremely pleased with the outcome.

"A Picture Speaks a Thousand Words"

The entire photographic content of our website is of projects which we ourselves have carried out – not publicity, marketing or promotional material provided by manufacturers or suppliers

Pinoleum Blinds - Project Nine Brief

To supply and install 44 pinoleum roof blinds for this very large timber framed conservatory.

Again, we will let the pictures do the talking.

"A Picture Speaks a Thousand Words"

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Pinoleum Blinds - Project Four Brief

To carry out a feasibility study to establish the practicalities of installing a pinoleum blind system for this unbelievably badly designed and constructed timber framed conservatory roof (see accompanying roof plan – which is all we were given!).

Conclusions

Following a couple of initial site visits we were able to reassure the client that if Blindstyle Ltd were permitted to carry out the installation we would guarantee that the quality of the finished result would draw attention away from the incongruous nature of the roof design.

Challenges

Not only were we faced with numerous obtuse angled roof-lights [>122º] but, the few roof-lights that appeared to be rectangular were all found to be splaying outwards from bottom to top. To complicate matters further, a number of the roof timbers (rafters) were not sitting square on the wall plates, creating yet more acute and obtuse angles!

Solution

The need for accuracy being paramount, we made up individual templates for each roof-light  (something the conservatory builders quite obviously did not do - for we were told that it took them seven attempts before they got the glass to fit one of the obtuse shaped roof-lights!) .

Because of the irregularly stepped apexes we decided for aesthetic purposes to close the apexes off with matching fabric. This was challenging in itself, and is not normal procedure with a pinoleum blind installation.

The sidewall blinds are all ‘Roman’ style operated by a simple cord-lock system.

Summary

A satisfying and rewarding outcome to what was without doubt the most difficult and challenging pinoleum project which we have ever undertaken.

Yet, another extremely satisfied and happy client.

"A Picture Speaks a Thousand Words"

The entire photographic content of our website is of projects which we ourselves have carried out – not publicity, marketing or promotional material provided by manufacturers or suppliers

Pinoleum Blinds - Project Five Brief

To suggest a more suitable, practicable and functional shading system, than the existing ‘Roman’ style blinds for this conservatory.

Conclusion

This beautifully constructed oak framed conservatory, like all timber framed conservatories, just cried out for pinoleum blinds.

Solution

Quite simple: Pinoleum blinds.

Summary

Another satisfying and rewarding outcome, and a very pleased client.

"A Picture Speaks a Thousand Words"

The entire photographic content of our website is of projects which we ourselves have carried out – not publicity, marketing or promotional material provided by manufacturers or suppliers

Pinoleum Blinds - Project One Brief

To recommend a suitable pinoleum blind system to compliment this stunning timber framed conservatory.

Solution:

We decided to use ‘Ballauff’ Classic Original French Pinoleum with 6mm Koto hardwood reeds for both the roof and sidewall blinds. A section of the roof was motorised using a Power Drive Cascade System operated by a 4 zone remote control handset with the remainder manually operated by means of a pole. The sidewall blinds are all cord operated Roman Style.

Total No. of blinds: 52

We’ll let the pictures do the talking!

Pinoleum blinds give timber framed conservatories that nostalgic and traditional look, they are truly beautiful and aesthetically appealing. Ballauff™ pinoleum works extremely well as a natural insulator and has excellent solar and shading properties allowing one to conserve heat, control temperature and dramatically reduce the amount of sunlight without completely blocking the light out. The dappled light created by these open weave blinds is the pièce de résistance.

Needless to say, our client was extremely pleased with the outcome.

"A Picture Speaks a Thousand Words"

The entire photographic content of our website is of projects which we ourselves have carried out – not publicity, marketing or promotional material provided by manufacturers or suppliers

Pinoleum Blinds - Project Two Brief

To recommend a suitable manual internal shading system for this timber framed orangery in Southern Spain.

Solution:

We decided to use ‘Ballauff’- Dijon Ivory Pinoleum for both the roof lantern and sidewall blinds; the roof blinds being manually operated by means of a pole; the sidewall blinds cord operated Roman Style.

Total No. of blinds: 22

Pinoleum blinds give timber framed conservatories that nostalgic and traditional look, they are truly beautiful and aesthetically appealing. Ballauff™ pinoleum works extremely well as a natural insulator and has excellent solar and shading properties allowing one to conserve heat, control temperature and dramatically reduce the amount of sunlight without completely blocking the light out.

The dappled light created by these open weave blinds is the pièce de résistance.

"A Picture Speaks a Thousand Words"

The entire photographic content of our website is of projects which we ourselves have carried out – not publicity, marketing or promotional material provided by manufacturers or suppliers

Pinoleum Blinds – Project Three Brief

To recommend a suitable manual internal shading system for the lantern in this stunning oak framed orangery in Hertfordshire.

Solution:

We decided to use a manually operated system using ‘Ballauff’ Classic Original French Pinoleum with 6mm Koto hardwood reeds in colour coordinated Classic Pebble

Total No. of blinds: 20

Pinoleum blinds give timber framed orangeries that nostalgic and traditional look, they are truly beautiful and aesthetically appealing. Ballauff™ pinoleum works extremely well as a natural insulator and has excellent solar and shading properties allowing one to conserve heat, control temperature and dramatically reduce the amount of sunlight without completely blocking the light out.

The dappled light created by these open weave blinds is the pièce de résistance.

Yet another satisfied client!

"A Picture Speaks a Thousand Words"

The entire photographic content of our website is of projects which we ourselves have carried out – not publicity, marketing or promotional material provided by manufacturers or suppliers

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Blindstyle - Awnings, Conservatory Blinds, Vertical Blinds and Wood Venetian Blinds

Pinoleum Blinds

Particularly suitable for period style wooden conservatories where it can be said to be the ‘authentic’ solution.

Pinoleum blinds first became fashionable in the UK in the Victorian era when they were initially used to provide shade for greenhouses. The structure of these blinds (known in French as bois-tissé or woven wood) is perfect for timber framed conservatories as it allows light to filter gently into the room whilst keeping out the harmful effects of the sun.

Pinoleum is manufactured from fine reeds of hardwood from sustainable forests. The key to making these blinds lies in the careful selection of the wood from which the thin reeds are cut. Some of the more contemporary finishes now combine bamboo, jute, hemp and fabric.

Pinoleum blinds absorb heat and prevent the build up of a heat cushion between the blind and the window. They are also very effective as an insulator in the winter, keeping the heat within the conservatory.

Pinoleum Blinds come in a range of natural and coloured styles providing an abundance of choice to add authenticity to period style wooden conservatories as well as complementing minimalist interiors. Some of the range can even be custom painted to your own specifications.

Price:

The term value for money we find is overused in our consumer marketing society. When purchasing conservatory blinds it is necessary to consider the return on investment. Blinds at the low end of the price spectrum tend to have a short life and low durability. Higher priced blinds like Pinoleum are designed to last the life of the conservatory while retaining the original character.

Natural Wood Weaves:(Not suitable for conservatory roof blinds)

Made from natural materials such as jute, bamboo, hard grass and sea grass woven together to construct stunning weaves which create unique window blinds.

Options:

Flame retardant to Class 1 available on Pinoleum and Wood Weaves

"A Picture Speaks a Thousand Words"

The entire photographic content of our website is of projects which we ourselves have carried out – not publicity, marketing or promotional material provided by manufacturers or suppliers