Contemporary shade for a traditional setting: Walkerville project


Running a retractable shade sail over this timber pergola offers the ultimate shade solution for this Walkverville project

Creating a usable outdoor dining space where our love of the outdoors and food can be brought together with friends and family is high up on the list of improvements for many homeowners. The owners of this lovely period home in the Adelaide suburb of Walkerville have done just that by constructing a traditional-style timber pergola over a paved terrace. Being separate from the house and at the heart of the garden, the alfresco area forms a functional focal point to the well-kept grounds and is the ideal setting for outdoor entertaining. The pergola is complemented by the addition of this stunning and functional Shaderunner Retractable Sail system by Shadeform.

The Shaderunner was manufactured from Outlook Design ‘Zebra’ fabric, which perfectly complements the colourway used for the pergola and house verandah, providing contemporary shade for a traditional home. The owners opted for the manually operated system, which features an easy-to-use continuous endless cord system with tie-off horn cleat. Available with either manual or motorised operation, the Shaderunner can be supported by a number of structural systems from an existing or purpose-built pergola such as this, or between walls, fascias or on support posts.

The Shaderunner Retractable Sail provides the ultimate convenience for enjoying outdoor spaces in the Australian climate. Controllable shade enables the user to manipulate the amount of shading required. During summer the Shaderunner can be fully extended to provide maximum shade, UV protection and thermal comfort on demand. In the cooler months the system can be retracted back, making the most of the available light and consequent solar gains from the winter sun.

The Shaderunner’s a smart choice for this alfresco, the result is a well-designed, stylish entertaining space with practical, controllable shade that will provide years of enjoyment for the homeowners and their guests.

So when designing an outdoor area like this Walkerville project, an entertaining space or swimming pool, practical shading should be at the forefront of the design process. A well-designed space should always consider shading, and in particular retractable shading. The combined effect of reducing the impact of the sun during the summer and making the most of available light and warmth in the winter not only enables greater use of outdoor spaces but can also aid with passive solar design strategies.

The Shaderunner Retractable Sail system is ideally suited to a range of applications around the home, from outdoor entertaining spaces and patios to swimming pools and courtyards. With a range of fabrics and colour options available, it complements all architectural styles, from contemporary suburban homes to traditional country residences. Its unique qualities enable the Shaderunner to be utilised for a multitude of applications, from the smallest domestic setting right up to large-span commercial projects, such as aquatic parks and hotels.

The Shaderunner is manufactured from a range of rigorously tested fabrics, including 95 per cent polyester mesh and waterproof PVC. Each fabric is mould-resistant and offers protection from glare and the sun’s harmful rays, in a wide range of colours. Constructed using only the most durable marine-grade yacht fittings and Ronstan ball-bearing pulleys, the Shaderunner Retractable Sail will provide years of trouble-free shading with minimal maintenance required.

With distributors available in each state, the Shaderunner is available throughout Australia.

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