Winter chills are here and I need outdoor blinds.
Club Elani at Misverstand Dam is most popular for its watersports like wakeboarding and skiing with blistering heat. The winters however is nothing short of freezing cold so only those brave with thick wetsuites dare try the water. Never the less winter brings its own gems, the place is quiet and tranquil. Nothing better than sitting around an outdoor fire with friends or family on a cold winter evening.
Well thats what we tried but the cold got the better of us, our holiday house was clearly designed to cater for the summer heat. So we decided to install an outdoor roller blinds to retain that precisious radiating heat from the fire. Our space was large with +9m of width to cover which I decided to split with three blinds. This left me the option to leave one rolled up as an entrance if required.
Installation was not complex but what I did find was I needed to ensure the roller was perfectly level was critical. If the roller is not installed perfectly level the fabric would collect to the one side which could later damage the fabric.
For me this is a great looking solution as we are able to enjoy the outdoor view when the roller is down and it still managed to retain a considerable amount of the head when we braai in the evening. A word of wisdom is that there is cheaper solutions on the market but enquire on the roller mechanism? Is it pullies with ropes or the crank. The crank of course is the more expensive option but for me will last the test of time.
Product illustrated is the Outdoor Roller Ash