Somerton Park Beach House: a courtyard pool with an innovative shade solution


A retractable shade system completes and protects this chic swimming pool in Adelaide

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 wide range of fabrics and colour options available, Shaderunner® complements all architectural styles, whether that’s contemporary suburban homes or traditional country residences.

This contemporary home in the Adelaide beachside suburb of Somerton Park is a stone’s throw from the seafront and just a short walk to an array of cafes and bars, providing the ultimate in suburban coastal living. The property has a north-facing outdoor area, so the owners elected to construct a functional swimming pool including this stunning Shaderunner® Retractable Sail System.

Adelaide’s Urban Oasis was engaged to construct the well-designed courtyard pool with its impressive water feature. To provide welcome respite from the harsh sun, the stylish Shaderunner® Retractable Sail System was chosen, providing practical and controllable shade on demand. Perfect for shading swimming pools, the Shaderunner® system can be extended as and when required to provide swimmers and pool users with UV protection and welcome shade. In the cooler months, it can be retracted, enabling thermal heating of the pool from the winter sun.

The Shaderunner® was manufactured using Outlook ‘Chalk’ fabric, which perfectly complements the beach feel of the home with its matching white render. Being near the seafront and in close proximity to the pool, the support frame was painted white using an extra-hard-wearing three-coat coastal paint system. The steel support frame was designed to be integrated into the swimming pool structure, with the support posts cast into the concrete shell. Between the posts at each end is a beam to which the running wires and operation cord connect. The owners elected to have the manually operated system, which features an easy-to-use endless looped 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, between walls or fascias or on support posts. The unique qualities of the Shaderunner® enable small or large areas to be spanned and protected with minimal support structure.

So when designing an outdoor area, entertaining space or swimming pool, practical shading should be at the forefront of the design process. A well-designed space should 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 usage of outdoor spaces, but can also aid with passive solar design strategies.

The Shaderunner® Retractable Sail is constructed using only the most durable marine-grade yacht fittings and Ronstan ball-bearing pulleys, ensuring years of trouble-free shading with minimal maintenance. The Shaderunner® is manufactured from a range of rigorously tested fabrics, from 95 per cent polyester mesh to waterproof PVC. Each fabric is mould-resistant and offers protection from glare and the sun’s harmful rays, with a wide range of colours available. The unique qualities of Shaderunner® enable it 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.

With distributors available in each state, the Shaderunner® is available throughout Australia. Contact Shaderunner® Australia today to discuss your residential or commercial project.

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