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Opening and closing Light`n`Shade louvre roofs for outdoor areas:

In this page we can share with you a number of mini case studies covering as many aspects of the outdoor roofing solutions we provide as possible.  

Slough, Berks. – Shading and weatherproofing south facing patio without disturbing vertical tile hanging

 

 

1 Slough, Berks. – Shading and weatherproofing south facing patio without disturbing vertical tile hanging.The south facing slabbed area outside the patio doors was virtually unusable during the summer so shade was essential. The house was of timber frame construction with vertical tile hanging so the canopy frame needed to be freestanding so the tile hanging could remain intact. We worked in conjunction with the customers own local carpenter who made and installed the pergola and we supplied the roof to fit the frame. The customer wanted the louvres and louvre beams to be a different but contrasting colour which we were happy to do.

This customer is happy for us to discuss the costs incurred for the materials and work we carried out for them with potential customers. If this project is similar to one that you are considering and you would like to know more information about it and the costs involved then please get in touch with us.

 

 

Charfield, Glos. - Shading and weatherproofing south facing patio

 

The south facing slabbed area outside of the patio doors of the chalet bungalow with dormer extension was also the access to the garage/utility room so in winter months the journey to the freezer could be a cold one! We worked in conjunction with the customers own local blacksmith and supplied the louvred roof to fit the frame that the blacksmith had made and installed. The customer is delighted with the increased use of the outside area, the cost which was much less than a glass veranda. They have also come to realise that they have far more functionality and aesthetics with a Light ‘n’ Shade opening and closing roof system than they would have done with a fixed roof canopy or veranda as they have light and weather protection in the winter and shade and shelter in the summer.

This customer is happy for us to discuss the costs incurred for the materials and work we carried out for them with potential customers. If this project is similar to one that you are considering and you would like to know more information about it and the costs involved then please get in touch with us.

 

Brough, Humberside – Outdoor drying area and outdoor recreation area

 

2 Brough, Humberside – Outdoor drying area and outdoor recreation area.The north facing slabbed area outside of the patio doors of the chalet bungalow was not greatly used so the owners were keen to make it more user friendly and thereby increase its utility for them. They did not believe that a canopy of any sort could be installed because of a low eaves height and narrow fascia. A steel frame was fabricated with special eaves brackets to raise the Light ‘n’ Shade roof above the existing gutter line of the bungalow in order to give increased headroom. This also allowed the Light`n`Shade louvred roof to provide cover between the canopy and the bungalow. Special brackets were designed by Gilkicker as part of the full supply and fit package. The customer is very pleased as they are now able to use the previously redundant area for entertaining as well as providing a very effective clothes drying area. The louvres are left open when the customers are inside the house which maintains excellent light levels to the interior of the property.

This customer is happy for us to discuss the costs incurred for the materials and work we carried out for them with potential customers. If this project is similar to one that you are considering and you would like to know more information about it and the costs involved then please get in touch with us.

 

Dartford, Kent – Outside dining area and recreation area

 

3 Dartford, Kent – Outside dining area and recreation area.Our customers had an existing slabbed area outside of the kitchen door that was set up with outdoor tables and chairs. The amount of time that it could be used depended on the great British weather, as often it could be too hot or too wet to enjoy the garden or dine alfresco. The customer  very sensibly opted to cover only the area that they wanted to use for dining; subsequently we supplied and fitted a bespoke freestanding steel frame with an opening and closing Light`n`Shade louvred roof which does not interfere with the vertical tile hanging on the property.

This customer is happy for us to discuss the costs incurred for the materials and work we carried out for them with potential customers. If this project is similar to one that you are considering and you would like to know more information about it and the costs involved then please get in touch with us.

 

Allington, Cambridgeshire – Sun room/conservatory replacement

 

4 Allington, Cambridgeshire – Sun roomconservatory replacement.As part of a large re-modelling of an existing property an existing sun room was demolished. The sun room had never fully lived up to expectations and it was decided that a fully flexible outdoor area was needed over a newly constructed deck area. The customer used their own builder to construct a hybrid steel and timber frame with a very contemporary look. The posts are fitted on flitch plates to a give a “floating” look to the structure and we manufactured a louvred roof in the RAL 9006 colour in order to match the colour of the steel on the frame.

The Light`n`Shade roof provides shade for the decked area and the adjoining room when needed in the summer but allows most of the available natural daylight into the house during the winter months.

Being able to open and close the roof quickly and easily was a key part of the selection criteria for the customer and Light`n`Shade with its simple but ingenious operating mechanism proved to be the best option for this project.

This customer is happy for us to discuss the costs incurred for the materials and work we carried out for them with potential customers. If this project is similar to one that you are considering and you would like to know more information about it and the costs involved then please get in touch with us.

 

Gradoli, Italy – Alfresco dining terrace

 

5 Gradoli, Italy – Alfresco dining terrace.Customers wanted to cover a terrace area on their holiday home in Italy. They had constructed the frame over the terrace themselves and with input from us regarding the available height underneath the overhanging balcony the louvred roof was manufactured to fit their frame construction. The result was a delightful outdoor eating and entertaining area that can be used to cool the area and give shade at the hottest time of the day and provide shelter at any time if it raining. The roof was fabricated and shipped direct to site with fitting instructions provided so the customer could fit the roof themselves while on holiday.

This customer is happy for us to discuss the costs incurred for the materials and work we carried out for them with potential customers. If this project is similar to one that you are considering and you would like to know more information about it and the costs involved then please get in touch with us.

 

Egham, Surrey – Hot tub, barbecue and entertaining area

 

6 Egham, Surrey – Hot tub, barbecue and entertaining areaOur customers had an existing large decked area that they used for entertaining. Already installed on the deck were a hot tub and a BBQ. We installed a new timber frame over the decked area with a Light ‘n’ Shade louvred roof that had two separate opening and closing mechanisms so that the area over the barbecue operated independently from the area over the hot tub. The louvres were painted a dark grey to match the roof colour of the existing sauna whilst the louvre beams were painted light green to contrast with the whole colour scheme. The customer has subsequently told us that the hardwood decked area underneath the Light ‘n’ Shade roof has not needed to be treated since the Light ‘n’ Shade roof was installed doing away with a bi-annual maintenance task and expense.

This customer is happy for us to discuss the costs incurred for the materials and work we carried out for them with potential customers. If this project is similar to one that you are considering and you would like to know more information about it and the costs involved then please get in touch with us.

 

Herne Bay, Kent – Replacement of existing pergola roof

 

This customer had an existing pergola frame covered with twinwall transparent plastic roof sheets which were leaking and had discoloured and become unsightly. The area was used predominately for dining and clothes drying but had had become unserviceable due to persistent leaks. The existing plastic sheeting was removed and the pitch of the existing frame increased to 3°.

Because the Light ‘n’ Shade roof opened and closed the customers found that when the roof was open light to the interior of their home was increased compared to when the pergola had been roofed with plastic sheets.

This customer is happy for us to discuss the costs incurred for the materials and work we carried out for them with potential customers. If this project is similar to one that you are considering and you would like to know more information about it and the costs involved then please get in touch with us.

 

Binfield, Berkshire – Roofing existing pergola

 

7 Binfield, Berkshire – Roofing existing pergola.The existing timber pergola attached to this customer’s home was very robust and only needed the pitch increased to 3° to enable a Light ‘n’ Shade louvred roof to be installed quickly and easily onto it. The pergola had been previously covered with grass matting in the summer months in an attempt to provide shade for the decked area which was used for outdoor dining and as a children’s play area. When a rain shower came along, however, the matting provided no protection at all which limited the use and enjoyment they could get from the area. Unwilling to install a permanent cover over the pergola because of concerns about a lack of natural daylight entering into the house during winter they have found that the opening and closing roof has more than met this challenge. The customer is very pleased with the outcome and they have been able to use their outside area for a far greater period of time by extending their alfresco season earlier in the spring and later in the autumn. When we were installing this roof we told the customer about some other clients who used the area underneath our roof to dry clothes while they were away from home. This customer adopted the idea and now uses the area during winter as a “drying room” when they are out by closing the louvres which makes the area weatherproof and the breeze does the rest.

This customer is happy for us to discuss the costs incurred for the materials and work we carried out for them with potential customers. If this project is similar to one that you are considering and you would like to know more information about it and the costs involved then please get in touch with us.

 

Salisbury, Wiltshire- Shading south facing elevation, outdoor dining and play area

 

8 Salisbury, Wiltshire- Shading south facing elevation, outdoor dining and play areaThis customer had a number of challenges to overcome. The major one was that the area faced due south and was unusable at times due to the extreme heat and strong sunlight that they experienced on this elevation of their property. With young children in the family this was a concern that needed to be addressed. The customer built his own frame and deck as an extension from an existing narrow terrace supported by a retaining wall of about 1m in height. This made for a much more functional area in terms of size and the decked extension from the retaining wall provided a raised area underneath the new deck where toys and bikes could be stored. The project was a real success and provided an area that was used for dining, BBQ’s and a play area for the children. The Light ‘n’ Shade roof had two independently operated mechanisms enabling one area of the deck to have shade and the other to have light when required. In the customers own words it created virtually another room for the property. When the customer came to sell their property a couple of years after the Light`n`Shade roof was installed, the purchaser informed that if they took the Light ‘n’ Shade roof with them as they were planning to do then the house purchase would not progress!

This customer is happy for us to discuss the costs incurred for the materials and work we carried out for them with potential customers. If this project is similar to one that you are considering and you would like to know more information about it and the costs involved then please get in touch with us.

 

Worthing, West Sussex – Roofing over external recess and infilling outdoor area

 

An existing pergola with sufficient pitch was already constructed within a recess at the rear of this customer’s home. The area to be covered was 2.8m x 4.8m and was used for BBQ’s and entertaining when weather permitted. During the summer months a seasonal cover of grass matting was put on top of the pergola to provide shade as the pergola was situated on the south facing elevation. A major consideration was to ensure that there was no loss of light into the adjoining dining room when the pergola was not in use and this was achieved by positioning the louvres so that they provided the maximum shade when closed but allowed in the maximum light when open. Also being based on the coast the customers were concerned about how the Light`n`Shade louvre roof system would stand up to strong winds and gales. This was proven during the very first winter after installation when the area was hit by record breaking high winds and the roof stood up to them without any problems.

This customer is happy for us to discuss the costs incurred for the materials and work we carried out for them with potential customers. If this project is similar to one that you are considering and you would like to know more information about it and the costs involved then please get in touch with us.

 

Heathfield, East Sussex – replacement of existing pergola roof cover

 

9b Heathfield, East Sussex – replacement of existing pergola roof cover.The plastic translucent roof on the existing pergola had over time become discoloured, unsightly and leaked badly and there was not sufficient fall on the roof. The plastic sheets were removed and the roof pitch of the frame increased and made to fall towards the existing gutter on the house which eliminated the need for a separate gutter system on the pergola. The customer wanted to maintain the appearance of continuous light through the roof so a Light`n`Shade opening and closing roof with polycarbonate louvres in “Ice” was manufactured. When the customer moved house in 2013 they knew they did not want a conservatory and asked us if we could relocate their existing Light`n`Shade roof for them.

9a Heathfield, East Sussex – replacement of existing pergola roof cover.The Light ‘n’ Shade roof was dismantled and taken to their new home and was successfully re-installed on a new hipped end purpose made canopy. The hip ends had polycarbonate sheets fitted to them and the central opening and closing area was made from the much travelled Light ‘n’ Shade roof and installed at a pitch of 20°.

 

Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire – Creating an all weather outdoor usable space at a day centre

 

10 Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire – Creating an all weather outdoor usable space at a day centreIn 2011 the Welwyn and Hatfield Day Care Service Unit of Hertfordshire County Council social services department moved into new premises. Their new home was purpose built and the architects spent a good deal of time discussing the needs and wants of the building with staff members to make the day centre as pleasant and useful a facility as possible for the vulnerable adults who would use the building. One of the top priorities that came out of the consultation was an outside area that the clients could use during good weather as in the existing facility the bulk of the time at the centre was spent indoors because there was no suitable area to enjoy the open air.

The new centre was built with a lovely garden area which was secure with good access from the adjoining day rooms so that people could come and go into the fresh air when desired. The garden area proved to be very popular, however, a problem soon arose when it became apparent that the south facing area had little or no shade for people to shelter from the sun. This meant that the staff members had to keep a watchful eye on the users of the area to ensure they did not suffer from too much sun with all the associated risks that involves. Members of staff soon had to regularly apply sun screen to the garden users for protection. However, to avoid cross infection each client needed to have their own sun screen for their own use. This became a challenge for staff as they needed to keep up to 20 separate and individual tubes of sunscreen and apply some to each user sometimes at hourly intervals.

In discussion with the architects and property maintenance department the centre managers studied several solutions to the problem. The most obvious solution was to have some sort of canopy over the area, however, with the area being surrounded by a high fence on three sides and the centre wall on the remaining side it was going to be important not to turn the area into a heat trap. A polycarbonate roofed canopy would create a “greenhouse”, while a solid roofed canopy would mean the area was in permanent shade which would have defeated the purpose of having an outside area where everyone could enjoy the sunshine.

The solution was a Light`n`Shade louvred roof which opened and closed allowing the staff to manage how much sun the users were exposed to and to allow outdoor activities to continue even when it rained. The system also had the advantage of not permanently blocking out daylight from the adjoining day rooms.

 

Brentwood, Essex – Outdoor kitchen and entertaining area

 

11 Great Warley, Essex – Outdoor kitchen and entertaining area.The client had engaged a garden designer to create an extensive outdoor kitchen and entertaining area within the grounds of their home. A number of large shade sails were originally planned to cover the area but the client eventually decided that these would not give either adequate protection or shade when required. The fabricator who was making the steel support frame for the shade sails introduced the Light`n`Shade louvred roof to the designer and client as an option for the project. After being asked to prepare a detailed specification for the project the designer and client accepted the design and the Light`n`Shade opening and closing roof was manufactured to the size required complete with an integral fascia and drainage system. Two independently operated roofs were fitted on to the frame and lighting was incorporated in to the hollow section of the Light ‘n’ Shade louvre support beams. All year protection is given to the outdoor kitchen equipment and furniture underneath of the Light ‘n’ Shade roof.

This customer is happy for us to discuss the costs incurred for the materials and work we carried out for them with potential customers. If this project is similar to one that you are considering and you would like to know more information about it and the costs involved then please get in touch with us.

 

St Sulpice De Ruffec, France – Outdoor dining area

 

A roof was designed and manufactured for a customer who had a holiday home in France. The home was only occupied during the holiday season and so delivery and installation had to be accommodated within a very tight schedule. The roof was made to fit onto a pre-installed freestanding timber pergola.

This customer is happy for us to discuss the costs incurred for the materials and work we carried out for them with potential customers. If this project is similar to one that you are considering and you would like to know more information about it and the costs involved then please get in touch with us.

 

Thames Ditton, Surrey – Outdoor entertaining and recreation area

 

12 Thames Ditton, Surrey – Outdoor entertaining and recreation area.Here a Light ‘n’ Shade louvre roof was used as part of a major garden makeover where a large decked area with a substantial timber frame had been installed. The decked area was to be used for recreational purposes such as table tennis and also entertaining and originally there was not to be a roof over the frame. Late in the project the garden designer, landscape contractor and client believed that a roof would benefit the desired outcome for the area as an all year round recreational space. To give the area the maximum flexibility and functionality it was decided that three independently controlled roofs on the timber structure would be the best solution. It was also desired that the roof louvres should form a weather seal with a parapet wall of a garden outbuilding when closed. All of these requirements were met along with the additional benefit of privacy from being overlooked from above when the decked area is being used.

This customer is happy for us to discuss the costs incurred for the materials and work we carried out for them with potential customers. If this project is similar to one that you are considering and you would like to know more information about it and the costs involved then please get in touch with us.

 

Dartford, Kent – Outdoor relaxation area

 

13 Dartford, Kent – outdoor relaxation area.Our client was very clear what she wanted to do with a small and under used area at the rear of her home next to some patio doors leading from the kitchen. The area was large enough to get a two seat bench within it to provide a pleasant seating area. The addition of a Light ‘n’ Shade louvred roof meant that a cup of tea or glass of wine could be enjoyed at any time of the year and under most weather conditions. The customer constructed her own frame which drained back towards the gutter on the house. The customer installed the Light ‘n’ Shade roof herself with some assistance from family members. The roof louvres are left open when the patio is not in use and this means that the many plants underneath the Light ‘n’ Shade roof are watered naturally when it rains and also natural light in to the interior of the home is not lost.

This customer is happy for us to discuss the costs incurred for the materials and work we carried out for them with potential customers. If this project is similar to one that you are considering and you would like to know more information about it and the costs involved then please get in touch with us.

 

Hanworth, Middlesex – Hot tub and entertaining area

 

An existing decked area was being used as often as possible with help of pop up gazebos. However the gazebos didn`t last very long and soon began to look quite untidy and discoloured as well as restricting light in to the interior of the home. When the customer decided to purchase a hot tub the time had come to do something permanent about weatherproofing the deck area. The hot tub was installed on the deck and we installed a lean to timber frame with a Light ‘n’ Shade opening and closing roof on it which enabled the area to be used the whole of year round by the all of the family.

This customer is happy for us to discuss the costs incurred for the materials and work we carried out for them with potential customers. If this project is similar to one that you are considering and you would like to know more information about it and the costs involved then please get in touch with us.

 

Pub, Kirkby-in-Ashton, Nottinghamshire – Outdoor commercial drinking and dining area

 

The client for this project was converting an old cinema into a pub and a beer garden was part of the redevelopment. The proposed external beer garden area was not a regular shape and only a small area of 3m x 4m was available to accommodate a timber freestanding frame with a Light ‘n’ Shade opening and closing louvre roof with a fascia/ gutter system.

 

Pub, Morriston, Swansea - Outdoor commercial drinking and dining area

 

14 Pub, Morriston, Swansea - Outdoor commercial drinking and dining areaThis existing pub was being re-furbished and part of the project was the re-design of the beer garden to make an open pleasing area for customers to enjoy all year round. The design called for a 3m x 6m freestanding timber frame with a Light ‘n’ Shade opening and closing roof with a fascia/gutter system.

 

Pub/restaurant, Hemsworth, West Yorkshire - Outdoor commercial drinking and dining area

 

15 Pub restaurant, Hemsworth, West Yorkshire - Outdoor commercial drinking and dining areaThe challenge on this pub/restaurant refurbishment project was to incorporate an outside dining/drinking canopy large enough to accommodate several groups of customers into a small, tight space. The entire 4m x 6m timber frame, with a twin Light ‘n’ Shade louvred roof with a fascia and gutter system was installed in one working day so that other trades could progress the rest of the project which was due to open within a few days.

 

Pub/restaurant, Newbury, Berkshire - Outdoor commercial drinking and dining area

 

The designers of this narrow beer garden area wanted to incorporate an outdoor dining and barbecue area which could be used for small private functions all year round. It was decided that a 2m x 8m freestanding timber framed canopy would work best with the space available. This was project had to be installed in one working day due to a short build programme for the overall project. The time challenge was compounded by there being large amounts of re-enforced concrete underneath the location of the canopy. This made the excavation of the six 600mm x 600mm x 600mm post holes for the canopy quite difficult. Nonetheless as this had been picked up during the site survey and specification process to enable a quotation to be provided – forewarned is forearmed as they say. The project was completed in one day and comprised of the timber framed pergola, a twin Light ‘n’ Shade opening and closing louvred roof with a fascia and gutter system. Prefabrication off site of the components needed for the Light ‘n’ Shade roofs, frame and fascia/gutter elements means that the tight deadlines and complex installations could be achieved.

 

Pub/restaurant, Wells, Somerset – Brise soleil and outdoor commercial drinking and dining area
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This project was the conversion of a commercial building into a pub/restaurant site with an outdoor terrace for dining and drinking adjacent to full height glazed windows and doors that provided access to the outdoor area. The canopy and roof structure needed to provide shade for the windows as well as weatherproof cover for those customers using the terrace. The design from the architect called for a 1.5m x 18.5 wall mounted steel structure with an opening and closing Light`n`Shade louvred roof system with a fascia and gutter system. There are three independently operated roofs on this project giving lots of flexibility for different groups of customers to choose how much light or shade they would like.

Southsea, Hampshire – Multi function accessible family space providing privacy from adjacent properties

 

17 Southsea, Hampshire – Multi function accessible family space providing privacy from adjacent properties.This customer had an existing hardwood decked area at the rear of their home, the decked area was south facing and this in conjunction with high brick garden walls meant that the area was extremely hot during the summer. The garden area was also largely overlooked by surrounding houses which were higher than this customers decking area. The new Light ‘n’ Shade roof primarily had to provide shade so that the area could be used more, especially by a severely disabled member of the family who is susceptible to the effects of direct sunlight. The area to be covered, as in many older properties, was not exactly square which meant that the Light`n`Shade roof had to be made with offsets to accommodate the variances in the walls. The overall decked area was actually in four distinct sections to create usable areas that the whole family could enjoy as well as creating functional areas such as a clothes drying area. The other issue was that all off the rainwater that would be collected from the new Light ‘n’ Shade louvred roof was to be directed to a new rainwater harvesting tank in the customer’s garage. Therefore, the height of the garage gutter dictated the heights and roof pitches of the Light ‘n’ Shade roofs and gutters. The height issue was further compounded by the fact that the property is in a conservation area and as such very strict overall height limits had to be adhered to.

A solution was arrived at which optimised the amount of sunlight allowed onto the deck area when the louvred roof was open but still offered screening from the surrounding neighbours. This was done by splitting the roof area up into several sections which operated independently of one another. By incorporating the drainage into parts of the steel support frame the height restrictions were overcome and the rainwater harvesting system benefited from collecting rainfall from an area where it was previously lost to ground drains.

This customer is happy for us to discuss the costs incurred for the materials and work we carried out for them with potential customers. If this project is similar to one that you are considering and you would like to know more information about it and the costs involved then please get in touch with us.

 

High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire – Infilling external decked recessed area

 

An infill decked area was required to be covered at this 1960’s style semi-detached house; the decked area had a small balcony overhanging part of the decked area which presented some height restrictions. As there was no rear or side access all of the materials had to be brought through the house, consequently all of the frame and roof elements were prefabricated to enable this to take place safely and without causing any damage. The decked area was in filled with a Light ‘n’ Shade opening and closing roof on a steel frame with a fascia and gutter system is one day. This meant minimum disruption to our customer who was a shift worker. This customer opted to have the opening and closing roof louvres in alternate white and cream colours which look very fresh and modern.

This customer is happy for us to discuss the costs incurred for the materials and work we carried out for them with potential customers. If this project is similar to one that you are considering and you would like to know more information about it and the costs involved then please get in touch with us.

 

Cookham Dean, Berkshire – Shade and weatherproofing along rear elevation

 

18 Cookham Dean, Berkshire – Shade and weatherproofing along rear elevation.The customer is an architect and this installation was at his new home. The new home was a timber frame construction with a traditional appearance. The customer opted for his builder to construct a simple “Colonial” style timber frame pergola which was freestanding and only braced on to the brick skin of the house with some secondary stabilising brackets. A 3.3m x 12.8m Light ‘n’ Shade opening and closing louvred roof in pale green to match the heritage green windows and door frames was supplied. There were a number of downpipes and soil pipes along the elevation that the Light`n`Shade roof was being supplied for but the louvres were trimmed and shaped around them without compromising the roofs integrity. The client was looking for a simple, uncluttered look so no gutter or fascia was used on this project.

This customer is happy for us to discuss the costs incurred for the materials and work we carried out for them with potential customers. If this project is similar to one that you are considering and you would like to know more information about it and the costs involved then please get in touch with us.

 

Day Nursery, Lingfield, Surrey – Replacing shade sail to create permanent all weather outdoor area

 

19a Day Nursery, Lingfield, Surrey – Replacing shade sail to create permanent all weather outdoor area.The nursery had several outdoor play areas that were largely underutilised due to the fact that they proved difficult to shade correctly and offer the children the protection they needed. Some of the outdoor play areas at the nursery were covered with translucent plastic sheets and these kept the areas dry but not shaded. During warm sunny days the build-up of heat underneath the canopies made the areas uncomfortably hot for staff and children alike. One particular area had timber poles in place around the perimeter which were used at one time to support shade sails but these proved ineffective. A decision was made to use the existing shade sail posts but add perimeter and intermediate timbers to form the new structure to support a custom made Light ‘n’ Shade opening and closing roof. At the same time a roof pitch of 3° was built in to the frame. The new Light ‘n’ Shade roof comprised of two roof areas two roofs which were independently controlled. The day nursery wanted to make a feature of the 19b Day Nursery, Lingfield, Surrey – Replacing shade sail to create permanent all weather outdoor area.Light`n`Shade louvre roof and so they asked for the louvre colours to alternate with orange and purple pattern which is the day nurseries corporate colours. The effect is very striking and the customers, children and staff are all delighted with the appearance and functionality of the roof. The area under the roof has been found to be the most comfortable for activities on sunny days and does not heat up anywhere near as much as the other covered areas which have translucent materials on them.

 

Totteridge, Barnet, London - Outdoor covered dance and entertaining area

 

20a Totteridge, Barnet, London. Outdoor covered dance and entertaining area. This customer had an existing raised stage area in their garden which was tiled with ceramic floor tiles and surrounded by an existing steel frame that had been erected with the objective of installing a glass roof. The area was going to be used for entertaining and as an outdoor dance studio. The glass roof, however, proved to be an extremely expensive option and it was also found that the frame would need to be significantly adapted and strengthened to support the weight of the glass. The problems were further compounded because the frame had been built completely flat so any rainwater would have ponded on the glass rather than drain from the roof. We were asked to provide solutions to overcome the difficulties and subsequently submitted proposals to give the customer the outcome they 20b Totteridge, Barnet, London. Outdoor covered dance and entertaining area.desired. We suggested adapting the existing frame by increasing the roof pitch to enable rainwater to drain from the roof and we also suggested installing a fascia and gutter system around the perimeter off the frame. We proposed that the roof area had three separate roof sections with two of them opening and closing in different directions to the one other roof section but still keep the whole area underneath weatherproof. This unusual orientation of the roof allows sunlight and daylight to be maximised under the roof at various times of day on what is a challenging space with some natural lighting restrictions at different times of the year. The end result is actually better than the original glass roof solution put forward by others and which it turned out could not be provided.

20c Totteridge, Barnet, London. Outdoor covered dance and entertaining area.This customer is happy for us to discuss the costs incurred for the materials and work we carried out for them with potential customers. If this project is similar to one that you are considering and you would like to know more information about it and the costs involved then please get in touch with us.

 

Pub/restaurant, Fleet, Hampshire - Outdoor commercial drinking and dining area

 

21a Pubrestaurant, Fleet, Hampshire - Outdoor commercial drinking and dining area 21b Pubrestaurant, Fleet, Hampshire - Outdoor commercial drinking and dining areaAs part of the pubs beer garden refurbishment the existing pergola frame had the old unsightly plastic sheets removed and a new Light ‘n’ Shade opening and closing louvred roof installed complete with a fascia and drainage system. The fascia system had a large overhang built around the perimeter of the pergola which increased the covered area and gave an attractive appearance to the whole canopy.

 

Pub, Sheerness, Kent - Outdoor commercial drinking and dining area

 

A Light ‘n’ Shade opening and closing roof on a steel frame with fascia and gutter was required as a smoking area for the very small and narrow beer garden. The louvred roof and frame were prefabricated in the factory and transported to site virtually complete giving an installation time of a couple of hours.

 

Dublin 8, Co. Dublin – Creation of Outdoor Entertaining and Relaxation area

 

22a Dublin 8, Co. Dublin – Creation of Outdoor Entertaining and Relaxation Area 22b Dublin 8, Co. Dublin – Creation of Outdoor Entertaining and Relaxation AreaAn area between our clients’ house and utility area although a decent size was completely underused as it was not protected from the elements in any way, four seasons in one hour is not unusual in Ireland at all. With the walls of the house and the utility room providing excellent fixing points due to the block and render construction bespoke wall brackets were designed and fabricated to provide the support for three 100mm x 50mm steel beams which supported the Light ‘n’ Shade opening and closing roof system. The transformation of the area was immediate and enabled the clients and their teenage family to extensively use the area for entertaining including the watching of movies on a flat screen TV.

 

Kew, London – Roofing over courtyard to create private all weather outdoor room

 

23a Kew, London – Roofing over courtyard to create private all weather outdoor room.This was an interesting and demanding project on a Victorian mews house in London. The customer’s requirement was to completely cover the courtyard area at the rear of their home to create an outdoor room to use for relaxation 23c Kew, London – Roofing over courtyard to create private all weather outdoor room.and entertaining. The courtyard was completely surrounded by other properties which overlooked it so as well as requiring the area to be open to sunlight and daylight when needed but weatherproof when it rained they knew that they also wanted privacy from adjoining neighbours. The customer did not want any support posts to project into the courtyard area so the Light`n`Shade louvred roof was manufactured to be self-supporting from the courtyard walls. None of the courtyard walls were square so the prefabrication of the the roof and integral fascia and drainage was designed and fabricated “off square” for this project. Colour was another important factor to the success of this project so the fascia, gutter and louvre support beams were all powder coated to RAL 9007 (Grey Aluminium) to match the finish on new bi-folding doors 23b Kew, London – Roofing over courtyard to create private all weather outdoor room. through which access from the house to the courtyard was gained. The louvres were powder coated to RAL 9016 (Traffic White) to create a light shelf which reflected the available light into the interior of the house improving daylight levels in the kitchen/dining area. To achieve this increased interior light level it was important to get the orientation of the louvres correct while still maximising privacy from being overlooked. The overall effect is contemporary but functional and practical giving very usable extra living space and increasing interior light levels.

This customer is happy for us to discuss the costs incurred for the materials and work we carried out for them with potential customers. If this project is similar to one that you are considering and you would like to know more information about it and the costs involved then please get in touch with us.

 

Isle of Dogs, London – Roofing over existing deck area to provide shade and all weather shelter

 

24a Isle of Dogs, London – Roofing over existing deck area to provide shade and all weather shelter. 24b Isle of Dogs, London – Roofing over existing deck area to provide shade and all weather shelter.

A pleasant garden in London was underused because it did not provide the shade or shelter required by the family for their various outdoor activities. The garden was in two levels having a raised area immediately outside of some patio doors and a lower area next to it. An opening and closing Light`n`Shade roof with translucent polycarbonate louvres next to the house and aluminium louvres elsewhere on the roof was installed on a timber frame with guttering and downpipes. This has created a very good sized area that means the benefits of the garden can be enjoyed all year round and outdoor activities can proceed whatever the weather.

This customer is happy for us to discuss the costs incurred for the materials and work we carried out for them with potential customers. If this project is similar to one that you are considering and you would like to know more information about it and the costs involved then please get in touch with us.

 

Ware, Hertfordshire – Courtyard infill roof to provide shade and all weather shelter for day centre

 

25 Ware, Hertfordshire – Courtyard infill roof to provide shade and all weather shelter for day centre.An external recreational area adjacent to a day centre was underutilised because it had no shade or weather protection. A solid, fixed canopy was not appropriate for operational reasons to do with the day to day running of the centre. The clients had experience of the Light`n`Shade opening and closing roof system at other premises and believed that it would be the answer for this project with its unique set of circumstances. The area was covered with a Light ‘n’ Shade louvred roof which incorporated white polycarbonate louvres which enabled light to enter the interior of the building even when the louvres were closed. This aspect was important because the room immediately inside the patio doors was a multipurpose room for the clients of the day care centre many of which had learning disabilities. The room is used for dining as well as arts and crafts and other activities so maintaining good light levels and a “feel good” factor was important.

To remove obstacles and hazards for wheelchair users the Light ‘n’ Shade roof was designed and fabricated to be self-supporting off the day centres walls. This was achieved by making bespoke brackets to raise the roof above the height of the existing buildings perimeter so that the courtyard area was completely covered and the rainwater discharges on to the adjoining building’s roof.

 

Pub/restaurant, Bramley, West Yorkshire – Introducing opening and closing roof into solid fixed roof to allow sunlight and ventilation onto dining/drinking area underneath canopy

 

26 Pubrestaurant, Bramley, West Yorkshire – Introducing opening and closing roof into solid fixed roof to allow sunlight and ventilation onto diningdrinking area underneath canopy.An existing pub was being refurbished and turned into a pub/restaurant with an extensive external dining/drinking area. The objective was to modify an existing external structure which was originally used as an open sided storage area. The pitched roof over the storage area was originally covered with a boarded and felted roof. The design for the external dining area called for some natural light to be introduced onto the area underneath but it was believed that glass or polycarbonate rooflight would make the area too hot and uncomfortable for dining under on warm sunny days. The solution was to integrate into the existing roof a Light`n`Shade louvred roof which would keep customers dry and shaded when it was closed but allow through natural daylight, sunlight and fresh air when it was open. The challenge was to install the Light ‘n’ Shade roof into the existing roof keeping the height of both roofs similar while ensuring that when the Light`n`Shade roof was closed both roof areas were weatherproof as one.

 

Pub, Windsor - Outdoor bar and relaxation area

 

27a Pub, Windsor, Outdoor bar and relaxation area 27b Pub, Windsor, Outdoor bar and relaxation areaThe already attractive outside terrace and garden of this flagship pub was to be enhanced further with the addition of an outside bar area and drinking area as part of the overall refurbishment of the entire beer garden. The design called for an attractive colour combination of Anthracite Grey for the steel frame and Light Ivory for the Light ‘n’ Shade roof. The Light ‘n’ Shade canopy was constructed over the new outside bar area and the overall effect is of an elegant structure which adds greatly to the functionality of the area. The Light ‘n’ Shade roof has three separately operated roof sections given greater flexibility and choice to the customers some of whom will prefer the sunlight to come through and some of whom will prefer shade.

 

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