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2017
2017
NOV
02

Quality not Quantity

A wide range of products can often be confusing and sometimes poor quality.

Quality

When you visit a high end restaurant it is sometimes often easy to tell what sets it apart from its competitors and that is usually the small selection of fine food they have on their menu. A clear and precise menu that focuses on the quality of the ingredients and the experience it will leave you with. In other cases I am sure that we have all experienced it one time or another where we have sat down to eat in a restaurant and spent half the experience reading a menu that would put a child to sleep. When we are presented with a long list of options it can quite often be difficult to analyse what it is we actually need and want. This same method is applied to all of our other purchasing processes when it comes to the real world.

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2017
OCT
19

Seasonal Pod Photo Shoot

We want to show you how you can use an Outdoor Living Pod™ whatever the weather

Autumn, Outdoor Living Pod, Louvered Roof, Pergola, Caribbean Blinds, Rickmansworth

When we think about outdoor living we mainly associate it with Summer but outdoor living is so much more than that. It’s about enjoying the fresh outdoor space all year round from summer to winter and using your living space to its full potential on all occasions.

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2017
OCT
17

SALE NOW ON

Enjoy outdoor living for less

Sale, Outdoor Living Pod, Louvered Roof, Pergola, Outdoor Living, Caribbean Blinds, Autumn

For 30 years Caribbean Blinds UK Ltd have been transforming all types of outdoor spaces across the country, turning them from occasional spaces into the heart of the home, that can be used come rain or shine, day or night, in the Summer or Winter.

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2017
OCT
10

Installation of the Month – September

Wokingham - Outdoor Living Pod™

Outdoor Living Pod, Caribbean Blinds, Wokingham

Our Deluxe model Outdoor Living Pod™ is our most popular louvered roof thanks to its flexible design – able to customise to suit all types of outdoor spaces and customer requirements. This model can come as a simple four post freestanding structure, lean to structure supported at the rear by the façade or as a roof only model that can sit within or on top of an existing structure, as was the case in our installation of the month.

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2017
OCT
05

Deluxe Outdoor Living Pod – Promo Video

A short video displaying the key features and benefits

2011 was the year that we first introduced the innovative louvered roof to the UK under our unique brand Outdoor Living Pod™. Since then the product has gone from strength to strength with thousands of Pods installed all over the country. Over the years we have continuously made advancements to our aluminium louvered roof system to meet the needs of our clients to ensure that we are the number one choice for such a luxurious outdoor living solution. We have been that successful that our product has been recognised by Grand Designs with an Award for design for the past 5 consecutive years.

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2017
SEP
28

Pamper the Pod

Quick Tips to Keep your Outdoor Living Pod Looking Fresh All Year Round.

 Outdoor Living Pod, Louvered Roof, Cleaning, Maintenance

 Outdoor Living Pod, Louvered Roof, Cleaning, Maintenance

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2017
SEP
26

'A pleasant experience'

Enjoy a first class service from start to finish

Louvered Roof - Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham

Having enjoyed the benefits of owning a patio awning for many years, the Salmons in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, decided it was time to upgrade for an upgrade. They wanted a flexible solution like an awning but something that could withstand all weathers, as they enjoyed socialising and throwing BBQ parties and didn’t want wind & rain to keep on bringing these to a halt.

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2017
SEP
07

'I couldn't have asked for a better installation team'

Guaranteed service with a smile

Outdoor Living Pod in Sheffield

Our installers are normally the last face to face interaction with our company. And they’re typically on site for two days installing an Outdoor Living Pod, so not only do you want a team who are great at their job but also to carry out the installation with a smile. And that’s something you’re always guaranteed when purchasing a terrace covering from Caribbean Blinds.

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2017
SEP
05

Bubbles All Year Round

Create the perfect spa space in your garden.

Hot Tub, Jacuzzi, Outdoor Living, Lifestyle

The summer is nearly over but it doesn’t mean your outdoor living lifestyle should totally change. Whilst you may have to make some slight adjustments to allow for the inclement weather you can still maximise on the time you spend in your garden or patio area. Your home is a place of relaxation, your private sanctuary where you can enjoy quality time with friends and family, so why not create a space that you can use all year round with features that everyone can enjoy.

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2017
AUG
31

Installation of the Month – August

Cambridge – Outdoor Living Pod™

Outdoor Living Pod, Outdoor Living, Pod, Louvered Roof, Cambridge

Whilst we haven’t seen much of the sun this August, we’ve remained extremely busy particulary with our all weather outdoor living solutions that enable you to enjoy your terrace in a pleasant environment whatever the weather. We have been working around the clock to transform numerous terraces all over the country. It has been a challenge particulary because of the poor weather but our experienced installation crews have successfully completed all installations on time and to the high standards our customers expect.

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2017
AUG
24

The Healthy Outdoors

An outdoor life can lead to a positive and productive lifestyle.

Outdoors, Garden, Reading

Spending time in the great outdoors has been proven to be beneficial to our health but most of us are cooped up inside surrounded by artificial lighting and then left wondering why we feel so tired. We use the term ‘get some fresh air’ when we are feeling stressed, contained or down but once we do retreat outdoors it rejuvenates us as the natural light and fresh oxygen comes into play, making us more alert, productive and feeling more positive. 

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2017
AUG
22

Garden Tables

Tables to suit every outdoor living space.

Wood, table, Outdoor Living, alfresco dining

Wood

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2017
AUG
15

Why Change your Plans for the Weather

Outdoor Living Pods™ - An all-weather proof solution to your British Summer

Deluxe, Outdoor Living Pod, Pergola, Louvered Roof, Outdoor Living

The weather has seen a gradual improvement over the weekend but it is not expected to last as we are going to see more downfalls of rain hit our little island. The summer isn’t feeling so summery but that does not mean you have to change your plans and lifestyle for this long awaited season. We have become accustomed to this weather but there are ways to get around it.

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2017
AUG
08

Harmonise With Your House

Outdoor design ideas to make your garden an extension of your home.

Cushions, Outdoor Living, Garden

Cushions

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2017
AUG
03

Relax and Take a Seat

Outdoor Furniture Ideas to Transform your Garden Space.

Garden, Garden Furniture, Blog, Outdoor Furniture

During the summer most people will be relaxing and making full use of their outdoor living space, but for some this is a time for transforming, updating and upgrading the garden retreat. The garden is a private outdoor bubble that is the focal point during the hotter months which is why many will be working hard designing and digging deep to landscape their ideal haven. We have put together an inspirational collection of Outdoor Garden Furniture Ideas that will add a great touch to your garden design.

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2017
JUL
25

Sensing Technology

Automated shading solutions make easy living.

Rain, Sensor, Technology, Blinds, External, Awning

The British weather can be hard to predict most of the time, when the weather is good it is great but when the weather takes a sudden turn and catches us off guard then this can be a disappointment, especially when you have left the clothes outside to dry or mid-way through a BBQ. As technology continues to advance we continuously seek out these solutions to make our lives run smoother with far fewer altercations.

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2017
JUL
11

Gas or Charcoal?

Which way will you go this summer?

BBQ, Outdoor Living, Trade Open Day, Burgers, Meat

One of the best things that we love about summer is the BBQ smells that linger on every street corner, nothing beats that distinctive smell of meat being grilled over a hot fire. As the summer gets into full swing so do the social gatherings and there is no other way to host a party then to invite your loved ones over to gather in your outdoor space to drink, eat and laugh. Most will agree that hosting a BBQ party is the perfect way of getting people together. If you are yet to initiate your summer with grill fest and have not yet purchased a grill or looking to upgrade then let’s take a look at the two main types on offer.

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2017
JUL
04

Stay One Step Ahead

Don’t wait in line, enjoy the sunshine with shade.

Awning, Garden, Caribbean Blinds

As always the British weather is changing, throwing us off and keeping us on our toes for that next spin of sunshine. As we work through the week we are always clinging on to that hope that the sun will arrive in time for the weekend so that the BBQ’s and parties can commence. As soon as it makes an appearance it is only then in a typical British manner that we start to moan about the heat being too intense to even step foot outdoors, we will never be happy unless we start doing something about it.

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2017
JUN
29

Installation Of The Month - June

Enfield – Deluxe Outdoor Living Pod

Outdoor, Living, Pod, Garden, Caribbean Blinds

June has been an incredibly busy month for us at Caribbean Blinds, as the temperature increased so did the workload, but that did not deter our team from their dedicated efforts. As we transitioned into the summer season we had been endlessly working around the clock to complete our large-scale projects and prepare our new Showsite & Shading Experience Centre for the official launch to our trade dealer network - the pressure was certainly on for all of us.

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2017
JUN
20

Love Life Outdoors

A new website to showcase our Outdoor Living Pods.

Louvered Roof, Outdoor Living Pod, Louvered Roof, Caribbean Blinds

The outdoor living lifestyle continues to grow in trend as we see Britons across the country investing in their external retreats to enjoy the delightful warmer seasons. Enhancing your outdoor space can increase the value of your property by as much as 20%, which is why the exterior should not be disregarded when it comes to making home improvements. Over the past few years we have witnessed the Outdoor Living market rapidly grow.

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2017
JUN
13

‘Exceeds our expectations’

Excelling in what we specialise in

Outdoor Living Pod in Milton Keynes

We love receiving feedback from clients, especially when they let us know we have exceeded their expectations! Each team member at Caribbean loves the role they play in creating and providing the finest external shading systems and this shows by the endless positive customer reviews we receive. We all strive to be the best at what we do so when a client lets us know our team have excelled, as Mr Dickens from Milton Keynes did following the installation of his Outdoor Living Pod last week, we know we are doing something right and will continue to do so, being the very best at what we do.

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2017
JUN
06

Don’t Let the Weather Get You Down

Our Outdoor Living Pods are not just for summer.

Umbrella, Rain, Weather, Cold, Wet, British

The weather has been very good to us over last couple of weeks, many of us have spent our leisure time relaxing in the great outdoors enjoying the benefits of the sun. The heat naturally conveys a joyful atmosphere, bringing in new smells and sounds that are considered summer vibes. The distinct BBQ smells had been a regular occurrence on every street corner, the repetitive sound of the rusty springs on a trampoline and dogs to be seen everywhere you walk. This is what summer is about, socialising and connecting with the outdoors, when the heat is turned up there are smiles all round. As with all good things they usually come to an end, what goes up, must come down.

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2017
MAY
09

Traditional Vs Contemporary

We take a look at the differences that set these pergolas apart.

Pergola, Louvered Roof, Wood, Outdoor Living, Caribbean Blinds, Canopy

A pergola is an elegant feature that will add a different aspect to your garden whilst providing shade for your retreat. They can come in all shapes and sizes to fit your exterior requirements, making this an appealing option no matter what kind of space you have. If you are contemplating your options for a pergola then your first obstacle would be to choose what type of material would be best.

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2017
APR
24

Light Up the Night

Is your garden looking a bit gloomy?

Lights, Garden, Solar, Green, Grass, Garden Lights

Garden lighting can sometimes be overlooked by many of us but adding this element to your exterior space will give you a magical atmosphere to relax in when the sun departs. By transforming your garden to a glowing retreat you can adopt the alfresco lifestyle and extend your outdoor leisure time.

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2017
APR
18

Fire Features

It’s time to turn up the heat.

Fire, Pit, Outdoors, Warm, Fire Pit

The long Easter weekend has given us a little taste of the summer; the weather is warmer and we are starting to spend more time in the garden relaxing or entertaining. Many of you may have already initiated the outdoor living lifestyle with a BBQ and I am sure these will be a regular occurrence as we get deeper into Spring.

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2017
APR
11

Artificial Grass

The grass may be greener on the other side.

Artificial Grass, Grass, Green, Garden, Chair

Last week we took a look at the benefits of composite decking and how the trend of artificial replacements to your everyday products are becoming a common site around the average household. Another synthetic manufactured product that has seen an increase in demand recently is Artificial Grass, it has had a rocky past but it has progressed into a more respectable alternative to natural grass.

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2017
MAR
16

Spring Has Sprung

Are you making steps to prep?

Spring, Blossom, Season, Green, Plant, Soil

We are only a few days away till the British Spring is officially here and already we have been teased with warmer weather. The busy morning commutes seem more bearable as the gradual sun rise boosts morale, setting you up for a productive day. After enduring some very cold months, it is natural for us to be eager to soak up the benefits the season has to offer.

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2017
MAR
09

Adding Value

No need to move when you can improve.

Garden, Improvements, Plans

For many across the country it is proving difficult to secure a new larger home. With this being the case, instead of moving it is time start improving. Enhancing your outdoor space can increase the value of your property by as much as 20%. With spring just around the corner, now is the time start implementing your new development ideas so that you can utilise your garden to its full potential.

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2017
MAR
07

Opening the Roof on Outdoor Living

New & Exclusive Outdoor Living Pod for 2017

Since the launch of our award winning Outdoor Living Pod in July 2011, we’ve transformed 1,000’s of terraces up and down the country, providing a flexible, adaptable all weather living space that can be enjoyed all year round.

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2017
FEB
28

Installation of the Month - February

Lock Heath, Southampton - Outdoor Living Pod

Outdoor Living Pod, Louvered Roof, Garden, BBQ

It has been a pleasant but wet February with the odd spot of sunshine making an appearance. That did not however dampen the nations desire to want to invest in external shading, with record numbers of enquiries for our products. Now is the time to get prepared for the warmer weather ahead, with spring arriving in a couple of months it makes sense to install a patio awning or Outdoor Living Pod now ready to enjoy to the full over the Spring, Summer and Autumn.

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2017
FEB
14

A Clearer Picture

The pros and cons of a Glass Veranda

Glass Veranda, Patio, Glass, Outdoors

A glass veranda can be a great addition to the exterior of your home. A permanent fixture that will provide you with cover from the bad weather but is this the best all weather solution that will give you all the benefits that you are looking for?

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2017
JAN
19

Sky's The Limit

All weather solutions for an unpredictable climate.

Weather climate

The weather in Britain never changes but people in Britain are. Outdoor living is becoming more and more a part of our lives as we relax, entertain and dine in our extended natural spaces of our homes. The 2016 UK Houzz Landscaping Trends Survey found that a large number of people in Britain are adapting their outdoor systems and equipment, a result from these changes have led to 75% of homeowners spending more time relaxing in their updated garden space.

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2016
2016
NOV
21

Louvered Roof Enhancements

Our Outdoor Living Pod keeps raising its game

Outdoor Living Pod Louvered Roof Pergola Canopy

Since launching the first louvered roof to the UK back in 2011 under the name ‘Outdoor Living Pod’, we have continued to develop and evolve the system, continuing to set it far apart from the alternate louvered roofs now being imported into the UK.

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2016
OCT
27

‘A first class job’

Delivering a truly exceptional purchasing experience

Louvered Roof Outdoor Living Pod

Our products are the very finest available, however, it is personnel who ensure complete customer satisfaction as this latest customer review demonstrates from Mr & Mrs Howell in Tattenhoe, Milton Keynes, following the installation of our innovative Outdoor Living Pod to their terrace.

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2016
OCT
05

How To: Winter-Proof Your Home

Stay warm, safe & energy-conscious this Winter!

Winter Home

Following the recent decline in temperatures, it's the perfect time to embark on a few simple home improvements to ensure you can enjoy a stress-free Winter. From servicing your boiler to securing your home, get ahead with these simple maintenance tasks to save you both time and money in the near future.

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2016
SEP
23

5 Ideas For Creating The Ultimate Outdoor Room This Autumn

Add style, space & sophistication!

Outdoor Living Pod

As well as offering a versatile extension to your existing living space, a well-designed outdoor area can add tremendous value to your home. Whether you own a compact space or have a vast area to work with, there's plenty of ideas that can be adapted to your balcony, patio or terrace to enhance your enjoyment of this outdoor space.

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2016
AUG
22

‘We had high expectations and they were met’

Our success is built on happy customers

Louvered Roof Pergola Canopy Outdoor Living Pod

Having enjoyed the benefits of a patio awning for many years but now time for an upgrade, the Woodlands in Billericay took to the internet to research what ‘current’ options were available to them. As they loved spending time in their garden, they were looking for a more year-round solution, particularly with sides to help protect from low sun and stop driving wind/rain, which was when they came across our all weather louvered roof pergola canopy and made contact.

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2016
AUG
15

Barbecues Are This Summer's Biggest Sell-Out

All aboard the barbecue bandwagon!

Outdoor Living Pod

The British fondness for barbecuing is only set to continue as popular barbecue brand Outback announced excellent sales figures earlier today, surpassing all of 2016's sales targets. Despite some initial post-Brexit uncertainty, Outback's UK chief executive explained how among top consumer preferences, barbecues in stainless steel were in most demand, as seen above beneath our client's Outdoor Living Pod.

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2016
AUG
05

The Many Uses Of An Outdoor Living Pod

A louvered roof is the ultimate all-rounder

Outdoor Living Pod

Following this week's news that 59% of homeowners are making outdoor living a top priority, with 43% replacing the traditional lawn in favour of hard landscaping options, it seems the Brits can't get enough of their alfresco living spaces.

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2016
AUG
01

59% Of Homeowners Are Making Outdoor Living A Top Priority

The sky's the limit with an alfresco lifestyle!

Patio Awning

The 2016 UK Houzz Landscaping Survey unveiled an astonishing 59% of homeowners are prioritising outdoor living as the biggest influence in their overall outdoor project design.

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2016
JUL
29

Four Reasons To Treat Your Terrace To An Outdoor Living Pod

A louvered roof never goes out of style!

Outdoor Living Pod

Thanks to numerous appearances on the highly-acclaimed home design website Homify, our award-winning Outdoor Living Pod has been attracting plenty of attention as of late, and it's easy to see why! Providing sun, shade or shelter at the touch of a button, our Outdoor Living Pod really is in a league of its own when it comes to transforming your outside. Here's four reasons to consider a louvered roof from Caribbean Blinds to overhaul your outside space:

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2016
JUL
27

‘So pleased with the level of service’

Our team take great pride in their work

Unlike the industry norm which is to employ sub-contract fitters, at Caribbean we take great pride in the fact that all our personnel including our installers are employed for and work directly for us, having undergone lengthy training and equipped with the right tools for the job.

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2016
JUL
25

Five Ideas For Bringing New Life Into Your Outside Space

Jazz up your garden this July!

Outdoor Living Pod

As the UK continues to bask in glorious sunshine, Brits up and down the country are flocking to their patios and gardens to make the most of the long-awaited warmer weather. However, if you feel your outside space could do with a little revamp ahead of the weekend, these five ideas are an instant way to breathe new life into your alfresco area.

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2016
JUL
20

Gardens Remain A Firm Favourite On Homeowners' Wishlists

Low-maintenance spaces prove most popular

Outdoor Living Pod

A report published today discussed the way in which homeowners' tastes are changing when looking for a new property. The article explained how the search terms 'garden,' 'garage' and 'detached' were the most commonly used words, along with a 51% increase in the phrase 'furnished' compared to last year.

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2016
JUL
15

Strawberries & Screen A Roaring Success

Our Outdoor Living Pod Pop Up Bar & BBQ Proved a Hit

Our award-winning opening and closing louvered roof pergola canopy - Outdoor Living Pod, housed a pop up bar and barbecue this Summer for the Wimbledon Strawberries & Screen event from Monday 27th June to Sunday 10th July at Granary Square, King's Cross, London. Run by The Lighterman, part of the Open House London group, tasty Wimbledon inspired food and drink were served beneath our Outdoor Living Pod to the 1,000's who gathered on the square to watch all the Wimbledon action on London's biggest and clearest screen.

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2016
JUL
07

Barbecuing's A Breeze With An Outdoor Living Pod

Licence to grill!

Barbecue Outdoor Living Pod

It's been another action-packed few months for the Caribbean team as we've been on the go non-stop transforming terraces up and down the country. With the warmer (albeit temperamental) weather upon us, attractive alfresco areas that can be enjoyed all year round, irrespective of the forecast, have never been in such high demand.Outdoor Living Pod Barbecue

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2016
JUL
01

Wimbledon's Pop Up Bar & BBQ

Strawberries & Cream served from our Outdoor Living Pod

Outdoor Living Pod Bar & BBQ

Calling all tennis fans! We're very excited to announce that our award-winning Outdoor Living Pod with waterproof opening and closing louvered roof, is housing a pop up bar and barbecue this Summer for the Strawberries & Screen event at Granary Square, King's Cross, London.

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2016
JUN
24

Outdoor Spaces Have Become Top Priority For Developers

Grand gardens top homeowner's wish lists!

Outdoor Space

Whether you own a private or communal, small estate or balcony-style outside space, one thing is for certain and that is that gardens have never been so important to homeowners and tenants in search of an escape from their increasingly busy lifestyles. 

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2016
JUN
20

Summer Set To Return Towards The End Of The Week

Barbecues at the ready!

Outdoor Living Pod

Today may signify the first day of Summer, but with heavy rain spreading across most of the UK, many of us woke up to a rather miserable Monday morning. However, despite the recent washout, all is not lost, as Summer is finally set to make its long-awaited comeback, with warm sunny spells and temperatures as high as 25°C predicted up and down the country towards the end of this week. 

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2016
JUN
08

6 Quick Tricks To Perfect Your Patio This Summer

Create an authentic alfresco retreat!

Patio Awning

As the glorious warm weather continues to sweep across the country, it's no surprise homeowners are keen to get outside and enjoy their outside spaces to their full potential. However, if you've neglected your garden over the Winter months or feel your outside space is in need of a little TLC, here's six quick tricks for transforming your area to an authentic alfresco retreat: 

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2016
MAY
31

Brits Are Loving The Alfresco Lifestyle

Outdoor living is all the range!

Patio Awning

Despite our famously unpredictable weather, Brits are keener than ever before to put their outdoor spaces to good use, often by introducing an alfresco dining area which can transform a previously unused space to one of the most popular areas of the home. In fact, a recent survey of 2000 people conducted by UK Estate Agents Strutt & Parker revealed that when it came to the most important factors for our dream gardens, 'privacy' and 'space for entertaining' came out on top. 

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2016
MAY
23

The Many Benefits Of Natural Light

Light continues to lead the way for good health

Natural Light

According to a recently published study, people who spend more time in natural lighting have increased productivity levels and alertness compared to those individuals that spend the majority of their day in artificial lighting. This is because light directly impacts the amount of Melatonin a person produces, which affects how awake we feel. 

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2016
MAY
18

Brits Waste £672m A Year On Their Gardens Due To Lack Of Knowledge

Invest in an Outdoor Living Pod this Summer!

Garden

Britons are wasting a staggering £672m per year on their gardens, according to a survey conducted by Gardena. Yearly, Londoners splash an average £1,000 on their gardens, but much of this expenditure goes down the drain due to garden calamities, often caused by a lack of knowledge. 

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2016
MAY
13

British Holidaymakers Are Going Green

Renewable energy hotels are big business!

External Blinds

New research published earlier this week has revealed concern for the environment is playing a big factor in Britons' hotel bookings, with one in five people saying they're more likely to stay somewhere if it uses renewable energy sources.

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2016
MAY
06

Alfresco Dining Has Never Been Hotter!

Establishments get set for the sun

Alfresco Dining

With long-awaited blue skies and temperatures expected to be higher than LA this weekend, it's only natural many of us will be looking to wine and dine alfresco style to make the most of the glorious Spring weather. 

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2016
APR
08

The Garden Room Boom

We investigate this modern-day must-have!

Outdoor Living Pod

With the London housing crisis showing no signs of subsiding, a growing number of the city's homeowners are dismissing the high cost of relocation in favour of a “garden room” which can provide that all-important additional living space.

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2016
MAR
23

Outdoor Learning Environments Proven To Boost Children's Education

Our louvered roofs always make the grade!

Outdoor Living Pod

The survey, conducted by Learning Through Landscapes and the Early Childhood Forum, called for the Government and Ofsted to strengthen the statutory requirement for children in the Early Years Foundation Stages, stating, “providers must supply access to an outdoor play area or ensure that outdoor activities are planned and carried out on a daily basis.”

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2016
FEB
10

The Rising Popularity Of Bioclimatic Design

Bioclimatic Design through the ages

Bioclimatic Design

Bioclimatic architecture refers to the design of buildings and spaces that share a connection to nature. By taking account of cli­matic and envi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions, the interior of these buildings can achieve optimal ther­mal com­fort.

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2016
FEB
05

Challenging External Shading Myths

We sort fact from fiction

External Roller Blind

With just over one month until we'll be exhibiting at this year's Ecobuild exhibition, we felt it would be the ideal time to shed some light on common misconceptions and myths surrounding external shading solutions. From understanding how the benefits of solar shading can be enjoyed on a year-round basis to explaining how our products are subjected to the most stringent of quality tests, we're ready to sort fact from fiction. 

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2016
FEB
03

Overhaul Your Outside Space

Be inspired by these gorgeous garden ideas

Patio Awning

With Spring just around the corner, February is the ideal time to undertake any garden projects so you can enjoy your newly-transformed space to its full potential once the good weather arrives. With that in mind, here are some effortless-yet-effective ways for designing an elegant outside space that’s sure to be the envy of all your friends and family!

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2016
JAN
18

‘We are delighted with our Outdoor Living Pod’

Another client thrilled with their terrace transformation

Louvered Roof - Outdoor Living Pod

Looking to replace an existing conservatory to achieve an area in the garden that they could enjoy whatever the weather, without a solid structure and whilst still maintaining the ‘size’ of the garden, the Hickmans in Staines took to Google to see what was on the market that met their brief.

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2016
JAN
13

Make The Most Of The Great Outdoors In 2016

Be at one with nature!

Outdoor Living

January is synonymous with New Year’s resolutions, and whether this entails shaping up, kicking a bad habit or keeping our homes more organised, many of us pledge to make a change for the better in the forthcoming year. In fact, despite almost half of all Britons making a resolution, by the end of June, 50% of us will have discarded our good intentions, but it needn’t be this way!

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2015
2015
DEC
16

20 Of The Best Home & Garden Design Tips

A round up of this year's best advice for a super-stylish space

Outdoor Living Pod

With 2015 drawing to a close, we felt it would be the perfect opportunity to collate our favourite design tips as featured on our blog over the past twelve months. From introducing contrasting colours into your interior to designing a space that truly reflects your personal style, our top tips are sure to help you create a desirable home and garden without the high-end price tag. Enjoy!

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2015
DEC
09

Garden Design Trends To Look Out For In 2016

Give your outside space a new lease of life in the new year

Patio Awning

Although many fashions come and go, outdoor living remains as popular as ever, particularly in England where consumers are keen to take full advantage of any warm weather as well as maximising their usable living space. This trend is set to continue in 2016, with more homeowners than ever before opting to improve their garden to create a desirable area that can be enjoyed with family and friends.

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2015
NOV
23

Protecting Your Home & Garden From Frost

Don't get caught out this Winter

External Roller Blinds

Following a recent plummet in temperatures, Britain awoke to an icy start this morning as the first frost of the year made its appearance. Along with the need to de-ice our cars and grab an extra layer, there's a number of ways we can shield our property from the frosty weather conditions to guarantee a hassle-free Winter. Check out our top tips below for Winter-proofing your home and garden over the coming months: 

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2015
NOV
16

Entertain Alfresco This Winter

Throw an unforgettable party over the festive season

Outdoor Living Pod

Whilst during the Summer our gardens are used to their full potential for relaxing and socialising, once Autumn is upon us, many of us allow our outside spaces to fall into disuse. Given the colder weather and longer, darker evenings it's only natural to spend our Winter evenings wrapped up indoors- but it needn't be this way! 

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2015
NOV
13

5 Simple Jobs To Prepare Your Home For Winter

Keep your home in tip top condition

External Roof Blind

With a recent dip in temperatures and Christmas rapidly approaching, now is a great time to embark on a few home maintenance jobs to ensure you can enjoy a stress-free festive season. From servicing your boiler to clearing out guttering, getting ahead with these 5 simple tasks will save you both time and money over the Winter months.

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2015
NOV
06

Caring For Your Garden Furniture During The Winter

Keep your table and chairs in tip-top condition!

Outdoor Living Pod

As it's often exposed to a variety of weather conditions, it's no surprise garden furniture can look a little worse for wear if it hasn't been fully protected against the elements. Therefore, in order to keep your garden furniture looking its best for years to come, it's well worth taking a little time to ensure your furniture is properly cared for- whether that involves coating it with a special oil, cleaning it regularly or simply investing in a waterproof cover. 

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2015
NOV
05

Wrap Up Warm This Bonfire Night

Don't be left out in the cold!

When standing around for a prolonged length of time it's easy to feel the cold, but with the correct preparations and a few handy hints, it couldn’t be easier for you and your family to stay lovely and toasty this Bonfire Night and throughout the approaching Winter season. Check out our top tips below: 

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2015
OCT
26

Outdoor Seating Can Increase Revenues By 30%

Boost your profitability with an alfresco dining area

Louvered Roof

If you're looking to maximise your establishment's revenue, outdoor seating could be the answer, with a recent survey revealing the introduction of a simple patio/terrace could increase income by as much as 30%. This figure could be even greater if outdoor seating was available on a year-round basis, so it's potentially a very lucrative investment for your business. 

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2015
OCT
20

How To Style Your Outdoor Living Pod

Get set for Autumn with our favourite home updates

Outdoor Living Pod

With fewer daylight hours and the weather rapidly deteriorating, many of us overlook the idea of spending time outside during Autumn and Winter. Although being confined to the warmth and comfort of our living rooms may appear a very attractive proposition when temperatures plummet, there's no reason why we can't still enjoy our gardens to their full potential during the Winter months. 

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2015
SEP
28

Boost The Value Of Your Home

How to add space and value to your existing property

External Roller Blinds

This said, many people aren't in a position to move home at present due to the stagnant property market and the prohibitive cost of moving, as Jonnie Irwin, spokesperson for ratedpeople.com, explains. "Faced with a difficult housing market, homeowners should be looking at what they can be doing to improve their current home - and where they can add value - rather than moving on."

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2015
SEP
04

Grand Designs Live Special: 5 Ways To Create A Contemporary Outside Space

Revamp your garden with these top tips

Outdoor Living Pod

With “attractive spaces for entertaining and relaxing” appearing as the top priority for homeowners in 2015, a well-designed garden has never been so desirable. We were fortunate enough to chat to property guru Phil Spencer recently who echoed this approach, emphasising how you should “consider your garden as valuable as an extra room- it needs the same care, maintenance & decor as the home."

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2015
SEP
01

Grand Designs Live Special: Top Tips For A Low-Maintenance Outside Space

A gorgeous garden doesn't need to be time-consuming

Patio Awning

Low-maintenance gardens have become increasingly popular amongst homeowners in recent years. With many in search of an attractive outside space without the time-consuming upkeep, there are a number of tried and tested techniques, as well as revolutionary new products that can help keep this workload to a minimum. 

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2015
AUG
21

A Guide To Solar Shading

7 ways our products can transform your home

A Guide To Solar Shading

Whether you’re building an extension, renovating your existing home or embarking on a new build, one thing is guaranteed, it will include large expanses of glazing in terms of sliding/folding doors, panoramic windows and sky/roof lights.

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2015
AUG
03

How To Holiday At Home

Enjoy a Staycation with Caribbean Blinds

Holiday At Home

Staying put this Summer? You’re not alone! Staycations have grown in popularity over recent years with a rising number of families opting to holiday at home rather than jet off abroad. In fact, 40 percent of Brits will not go on holiday at all this summer, exchanging long-haul flights, stressful airports and costly hotels for making the most of what’s on offer right outside their front door. (And who can blame them?)

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2015
JUL
27

‘Our thanks to your company’

Another review praising the quality of our personnel

Louvered Roof Outdoor Living Pod

Mr & Mrs Whitbread, from Whitstable, Kent love outdoor living as they benefit from an exposed south facing garden. They previously had (as the before picture below shows), a patio awning installed (some 12 years ago) which allowed them more use of their garden, however, they were seeking all weather use of their terrace. After seeing the Outdoor Living Pod in action at Grand Designs and the flexibility it offered, without spoiling the alfresco envrionment they both enjoyed, they decided it was time to invest. As this review shows, they are delighted with the finished result and how it has extended their enjoyment of The Great Outdoors.

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2015
JUL
17

Q & A Special With Professional Garden Designer Lisa Cox: Part 1 (Of 2)

Lisa unveils her top tips for a desirable outside space

With paving, planting, shading and furniture to consider, it’s easy to dedicate as much time to designing your perfect outside space as you would the interior of your home. What with “attractive spaces for entertaining and relaxing” appearing as the top priority for homeowners in 2015, a well-designed garden has never been so desirable.  

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2015
MAY
01

Our Louvered Roof Is In A League Of Its Own!

Finishing touches and attention to detail set our Outdoor Living Pod apart.

Louvered Roof Comparison - Design

Louvered Roof Comparison - Design

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2015
APR
24

As Seen In...

New summer adverts starting to appear

Grand Designs Outdoor Living Pod Advert

Our new look adverts promoting our garden room with a twist – the award winning Outdoor Living PodTM, have started to appear in all major homes & garden titles such as Good Homes, Real Homes, Homebuilding & Renovating to name just a few, along with selected newspaper supplements, the first being the Grand Designs Live supplement in this weekends Mail On Sunday (pictured).

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2015
APR
08

Beware Of Imitations

Companies falsely claiming to offer the Outdoor Living Pod

Original Outdoor Living Pod

It has come to our attention recently that several companies are claiming to offer an ‘Outdoor Living Pod’. Whilst they may now be importing and offering a (inferior) louvered roof system given the surge in demand for flexible outdoor shade/shelter solutions that allow all year round use of the garden (without spoiling the alfresco feel), they do not offer the Outdoor Living PodTM, which is the name & trademark of our louvered roof pergola canopy – the first, the original and still the best (by far!).

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2015
APR
02

Love Life Outdoors

See us at Grand Designs Live London 2015

Caribbean Blinds at Grand Designs

In exactly one months time, Grand Designs Live will open its doors at Londons Excel for 9 days to over 100,000 visitors looking to be inspired and find the latest innovative products for their home and garden.

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2015
MAR
02

Is It Time For A Spring Clean?

Revitalise your garden this year and turn it into an amazing space that can be enjoyed by all your family & friends

Louvered Roof, Pergola Canopy

Spring is here and despite a bit of a chill in the air, the weather is dry and the sun is shining through the clouds across most of the UK. Now is the time we all start to address the issue of the garden, getting it prepared for the famous Easter bank holiday weekend BBQ, which is just over a month away.

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2015
FEB
26

‘Your team are a credit to Caribbean Blinds’

The expertise of our skilled personnel is a continuous theme throughout the customer reviews we receive

Outdoor Living Pod to Gable End Bungalow in Reigate

“The installation was completed today, and both Jane and I are extremely pleased with its appearance, and from what we can see so far, the quality of the construction.

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2015
FEB
03

‘Delighted with every stage of the process’

Another customer thrilled with the addition of their new patio cover

Outdoor Living Pod with Infill

More great feedback about both the quality of our personnel and products following a tricky installation of our Outdoor Living Pod to a terrace in Loughborough last week.

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2015
JAN
14

Built-In Frost Protection

New safety sensor fitted as standard to all Outdoor Living Pods

Outdoor Living Pod - roof auto open via sensor

All new installations of our Outdoor Living Pod, installed from next week (w/c 19th January) onwards, will come equipped with a frost protection sensor embedded in the circuit board as standard. The sensor, if the ambient temperature drops below 2 degrees centigrade, automatically triggers the roof louvers when closed to open approx 10 degrees, to stop the rubbers on the leading edge of the roof louvers freezing together, thereby preventing any damage to the seals and / or motor should the Outdoor Living Pod roof be operated in freezing conditions.

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2014
2014
NOV
24

'Dealing with Caribbean Blinds has been an absolute pleasure'

Continuing to impress with both our products and service

Another outstanding review following the installation of a freestanding module of our deluxe version Outdoor Living Pod, this time at a property located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in Henley on Thames.

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2014
OCT
27

‘Professional, friendly and very, very good’

Impressing with our products & service

The start of another week and more great feedback received from a client over the weekend who had an Outdoor Living Pod complete with all options; integrated screens, lighting & heating installed at their property in Bassingham last week.

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2014
OCT
08

Unbeatable Show Offers

With low deposit & buy now for installation in 2015 option

Grand Designs exhibition in Birmingham kicks off tomorrow Thursday 9th October running until Sunday 12th October. Aswell as being able to view our complete range of external blinds, patio awnings and the award winning Outdoor Living Pod louvered roof pergola canopy, so you can see first hand the exceptional quality of our products, you will benefit from our newly introduced best price guarantee, meaning you won’t be able to purchase our products cheaper than at a show and you will also benefit from a low £1,000 deposit (irrespective of the order value) with the ability to order now for installation in 2015, therefore avoiding the new year price increases. All you need to do is make sure you come prepared with photos / plans (dimensions) and then you'll be able to gain the best prices and deals of the year. 

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2014
AUG
28

‘I’ve never seen anything like this’

Outdoor Living Pod wows everyone who sees it

At the beginning of August we installed a large Outdoor Living Pod at a property in Romford, Essex complete with all options including lighting & heating plus screens to the sides to enable the client to use their terrace all year round.

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2014
AUG
07

We Love Our Customers

Especially when they bake us cakes

During a recent week long installation of a louvered roof Outdoor Living Pod with all the options (screens, lighting, heating & even speakers) to a riverside terrace at a property in Reading, one of our installers, Billy, got a very nice surprise, in the form of home baked cupcakes.

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2014
JUL
21

'Faultless'

You're in safe hands with us

Once an installation of any of our products has been carried out, we don’t fit and forget, we write to confirm the installation is complete along with balance payment received, provide an additional electronic (pdf) copy of the Operation & Maintenance manual with product serial number and helpline details along with ask for constructive feedback on our service and product, which we duly post on here. We appreciate people are busy and don’t always have time to give us feedback, especially when everything has gone to plan, but its really nice when customers feel they need to let us know what we are doing is right and take the time to provide a full review of their experience of dealing with us, like the below, which a client from Portsmouth sent us at the weekend, post installation of an Outdoor Living Pod in their courtyard terrace.

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2014
JUN
27

A Striking Transformation

Before & After - The Difference An Outdoor Living Pod Makes

A client we installed an Outdoor Living Pod (OLP) complete with all options including integrated screens, LED lighting and infra-red heating in Harlow last year, has kindly forwarded us the above photo (top), now that their garden renovation is complete to show us the end result. We have also posted below (bottom) the photo taken at survey before the terrace was renovated to show the difference.

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2014
APR
16

'Very impressed'

And that’s just with the Outdoor Living Pod framework in

We currently have two installation teams on site installing a triple module of our Outdoor Living Pod complete with integrated screens and lighting to cover a large terrace and hot tub at a property in Glasgow ready for an Easter party. They’re just over half way through the build of this 600 square foot structure and the client took the time to drop us the below email to let us know how everything was going:

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2014
APR
07

A Must See At Grand Designs Live 2014

Innovative Outdoor Living Pod gets Grand Designs attention AGAIN...

Our unique and exclusive Outdoor Living Pod, voted a Grand Designs Magazine ‘Loves’ product, has been featured in the latest issue of Grand Designs magazine as a “MUST SEE” product at Grand Designs Live 2014. 

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2014
MAR
24

Integrating The Outdoors With Indoors

The difference our Outdoor Living Pod makes

Another week gone by and another terrace transformed (this time in Watford) with the installation of our innovative Outdoor Living Pod. What is quite interesting about this install is how the client opted to mix and match the structure colour, choosing dark grey as the colour for the cross beams and posts (uprights) contrasting with a matt white roof to really set the structure off.

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2013
2013
DEC
18

Winter Bargain – Only £8,950 For An OLP

Ex demo Outdoor Living Pod for a fraction of the normal list price

We are pleased to offer for sale our ex demonstration Outdoor Living Pod (OLP) showcased for only 3 days at the Grand Designs Live show earlier in the year.

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2013
DEC
16

'Even Better Than Expected'

A service and product that leaves the competition in the shade

We today received the below review following the installation of our Outdoor Living Pod (OLP) at a new build bungalow in Ipswich, Suffolk. This particular Outdoor Living Pod hardware was custom finished in the same RAL colour (and gloss level) as the properties aluminium window frames to harmoniously integrate it and was fitted with bespoke infill panels (as above photo) to bridge the void between the rear posts and property façade, as due to the lack of eaves height above the doors/window where the OLP was going over, the structure had to be sited in front of the soffit/guttering.

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2013
DEC
05

'We stood admiring it!'

More positive feedback on our Outdoor Living Pod

Our installation team have just completed what was probably the trickiest Outdoor Living Pod (OLP) installation of the year in Banbury, Oxford. This particular OLP was located in a courtyard, providing a roof to the entire area. Access was through the adjacent graveyard and over the side courtyard wall and the courtyard itself had a floor surface area of approx 15 sq/m making for a confined working space. Couple this with a property that had no fixing attachment to the rear due to the single storey extension pitched roof part of the property and a rough faced return side wall that was not at 90 degrees (circa 110 degrees) plus obstructions including downpipes and you have a challenge ahead, requiring skill, expertise and a range of fixing methods to overcome along with numerous bespoke infill panels to bridge the awkward gaps.

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2013
NOV
29

2014 Grand Designs Magazine Advert

Take a look at our NEW full page advert in the January 2014 issue of Grand Designs magazine - out now!

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2013
NOV
27

'I Will Recommend Your Company'

Another glowing review following the installation of our OLP

We today received via email the below review about an Outdoor Living Pod (OLP) purchased at the recent Grand Designs Live (Birmingham) show and installed by our experts (or Pod Squad as they prefer to be called) on Monday & Tuesday this week in Nottingham. The OLP covers a large 7m x 4m area and fits between two buildings to provide complete coverage of this ultra modern, courtyard style terrace. Additionally the OLP aswell as being remote control operated, is linked into our new RS485 transmitter and operable from the clients home automation system.

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2013
OCT
20

CB To Supply JD Wetherspoon

Leading pub chain introduces Outdoor Living Pod to terrace scheme

We are pleased to announce that British pub chain JD Wetherspoon, founded in 1979, are introducing our award winning Outdoor Living Pod into their latest terrace design. Typically giant fabric parasols / umbrellas have been installed to their outdoor areas to provide sun and rain shower protection for their patrons, however, the desire to use the outdoor space 365 days as an extension to the main bar / dining area, coupled with the entirely unpredictable weather which can change instantly from sunny to strong winds / driving rain to snow and back again, has meant parasols / umbrellas are no longer suitable for their requirements.

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2013
OCT
06

What Power Supply Is Required For The Outdoor Living Pod?

Grand Designs Feature - FAQ No. 5

The Outdoor Living Pod (OLP) motorised louverd roof, optional screens and led lighting can all be powered from a single standard 13amp domestic power socket. If you opt to have heating installed, each heater will require its own separate 13amp power socket as they draw approximately 10amps each (dependent on model) constantly when switched on.

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2013
OCT
05

Can Screens Be Added Later To The Outdoor Living Pod?

Grand Designs Feature – FAQ No. 4

It is possible to add screens to the Outdoor Living Pod (OLP) at a later stage. The cross beams which the screens are integrated within, are the same for an OLP with screens, as they are without, the only difference is the post uprights, which need to have a separate guide attached to them which the screen material and lead rail runs up/down and is locked within.

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2013
OCT
03

How Long Does It Take To Install The Outdoor Living Pod?

Grand Designs Feature - FAQ No. 3

A typical residential installation of our Outdoor Living Pod (OLP) takes just two days. Where there are extensive preparatory works (ie groundworks) or multiple modules (see above photo) fully loaded complete with all options (screens, lighting, heating) this may add an extra day to the install period.

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2013
OCT
02

What Foundations Are Required For The Outdoor Living Pod?

Grand Designs Feature - FAQ No. 2

Ideally a solid concrete base provides the ideal surface for the Outdoor Living Pod (OLP) to sit on and be attached to, however, an average sized Outdoor Living Pod equipped with screens weighs less than 500kg so can be mounted / positioned on all types of ground surfaces including timber decking, patio slabs and block paving.

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2013
OCT
01

Do You Need Planning Permission For An Outdoor Living Pod?

Grand Designs Feature - FAQ No. 1

As this week is the run up to Grand Designs Live Birmingham (kicking off on Friday - 4th) where we will be showcasing our exclusive Outdoor Living Pod (OLP), we’ve decided each day to post the answers to the most common frequently asked questions. So to start - is planning permission required for our OLP?

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2013
AUG
27

Before & After Photos

A complete transformation with our Outdoor Living Pod

We are now encouraging our installers to take 'before' and 'after' photos of all our Outdoor Living Pod (OLP) installations so we can show the huge difference the installation our unique OLP makes to the terrace area, turning it from an occasional space, into the favourite place to enjoy some good food and company with friends, family and alike, protected from the elements throughout the year.

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2013
AUG
21

Even Curved Facades Don't Phase Us!

We can achieve what other companies just cannot.

Following on from our article on the 15th - Overcoming Obstacles - the above photo is another example of how our unsurpassed technical knowledge and experience allows us to provide solutions to even the most awkward of situations.

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2013
AUG
20

'Highly Professional'

Exceptional from start to finish

We recently received the below feedback from Mr & Mrs Graham of Loxwood following the installation of our innovative Outdoor Living Pod to the terrace area of their detached family home.

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2013
AUG
13

Outdoor Living Pod - Perfection

The finishing touches that make all the difference

Following on from the theme of yesterdays article on small improvements to our products, todays is about a pair of new end caps that are now standard on all installations of our exclusive Outdoor Living Pod.

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2013
AUG
06

Grand Designs Magazine (Sept Issue) Out Now

Check out our refreshed advert promoting our unique Outdoor Living Pod in the September issue of Grand Designs Magazine available online and in all good newsagents now.

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2013
JUL
19

Wall Sealing Strip For OLP

Installer feedback fuels product development

Since the launch of our Outdoor Living Pod (OLP) back in January 2012, the product has gone from strength to strength and as our fastest growing product line we're continually enhancing and improving the product. Our latest product improvement is based upon installer feedback and al-beit only a small change to the installation detail, it's a finishing touch that makes all the difference.

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