Pheasants, Luxury Home, Henley on Thames

Electric roller blinds for glazed curtain walling

Waverley’s automated roller blinds – ShadeTech RBL-E electric roller blinds were installed within a futuristic residential property on the banks of the River Thames at Henley, Berkshire. The brand new house complete with pond, garden pavilion and pump house is set in an idyllic location adjacent to the River Thames.

They paid careful attention to detail, were able to meet design challenges, and right to the end of the project they were willing to adapt to changes in our programme.

Following the clients’ instructions, the architect has used large amounts of glass curtain walling which complements the minimalistic house design, creates an open and airy ambience to the home and maximises the occupant’s view of the magnificent scenery and garden. The open plan interior benefits from floor to ceiling glass on two opposite sides of the house so that from outside a view right through the house to the garden beyond is possible. A window furnishing solution that would protect people and furniture from the effects of solar heat gain and provide privacy at night was required. The client did not want any solution to spoil the clean uninhibited view through the frameless floor to ceiling glazing so the blinds were required to be invisible when not in use.

Blinds that reduce heat and glare on curtain walling
Floor to ceiling glazing is being incorporated into both residential and commercial buildings with increasing regularity. This is as a result of the trend towards reducing the carbon footprint of buildings by maximising natural daylight and the continued emphasis on minimalistic appearances. The need for high-performance blinds that reduce heat and glare through these large expanses of glass whilst maintaining through-vision has become increasingly important.

Automated roller blinds for floor to ceiling glass
As with many projects of a similar nature, Waverley recommended automated roller blinds and a high-performance fabric that would protect furniture from harmful UV light, reduce the heat and glare during sunny weather and provide privacy at night. Electric roller blinds are ideal for glazed curtain walling as they take up minimal space when not in use (typically no more than 100mm diameter when rolled up) can be lowered to any height and the single, flat piece of fabric complements any modern interior design scheme. Often architects will design a purpose built ceiling pocket at the head of the glazing for the roller blinds to be mounted into. This means they are completely concealed from sight when not in use.

Automated roller blinds give the added advantage of being easy to operate with the potential to be integrated into a home automation system. Electric roller blinds also maintain an uninhibited view through the glass with no looped operating cords and are safe by design according to BS EN 13120 child safety legislation. Where multiple roller blinds are used together, special ‘link brackets’ can be used that allow the blinds to operate in tandem with a single motor. This reduces the electrical power requirements and the number of motors required to power the blinds.

See-through blinds that reduce glare and heat
The end result for the client is an unobtrusive window shading solution that does not compromise the minimalistic interior. The electric blinds are fitted with Somfy Sonesse motors and are integrated with the I-Light home automation system. The Betascreen 70 fabric has a 3% openness factor which provides adequate protection from heat and glare but maintains a view to the outside. Roller blinds with DeltaBlock 70 fabric are installed in the bedroom window to provide adequate room darkening.

Waverley manufactured the blind in their own factory and the blinds were installed by one of their qualified installation teams. The client’s comment was: Waverley blinds designed, specified and installed 27 motorised blinds into our new home.  They paid careful attention to detail, were able to meet design challenges, and right to the end of the project they were willing to adapt to changes in our programme.


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