Known for their expertise in the roof, and for shaped blinds for traditionally non-standard shaped windows, Appeal is introducing the ClearView gable end pleated blind. It is specifically aimed at conservatories, barn conversions and extensions with a shaped end. The ClearView blind is available with a manual cord or a remote control electric operation and in a wide range of colours. It will retract virtually out of sight leaving an uninterrupted view. Available in Alu-Pleat energy saving fabric – a perfect solution for keeping your home warm in the winter.
For more details and a video showing the ClearView blinds in action click here.
Appeal are delighted to be displaying their ranges of conservatory blinds, window shutters, window blinds and retractable insect screens at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Flower Show from the 9th to 14th July.
This is your chance to see the range of Appeal’s latest new product ranges and to receive an EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL SHOW OFFER. See us at Stand E205a for details.
Appeal are delighted to be displaying their ranges of conservatory blinds, window shutters, window blinds and retractable insect screens at this year’s Grand Designs Live Show at Excel London.
This is your chance to see the range of Appeal’s latest new product ranges and to receive an EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL SHOW OFFER. See us at Stand L18 for details.
Appeal are delighted to be displaying their ranges of conservatory blinds, window shutters, window blinds and retractable insect screens at this year’s Ideal Home Show.
This is your chance to see the launch of Appeal’s latest new product ranges and to receive an EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL SHOW OFFER. See us at Stand 1K26 for details.
Specialist window shading company Appeal Home Shading have recently announced an increase in the sales of wooden window blinds, benefitting from the growing trend for simple, elegant and long lasting decor in the home. But property experts have said that there is even more reason to consider the on-trend window treatments known as Plantation Shutters; increased saleability of your home.
The rising popularity of these shutters has meant that properties for sale with the shutters in place have been a more desirable option because of them.
Property expert and estate agent David Vernon, from Falcon Fine Homes, confirmed; “Wooden shutters, both in the home and conservatory really do add saleability. A conservatory window with wooden shutters can ensure flexible and usable space. On the internal windows of a home, they add the ‘wow!’ factor that you need to catch the eye of the buyer. Their on-going presence in the interior design magazines and publications ensure their desirability for many years to come. In can make a huge difference in getting a sale or not.”
The fast growing market for internal wooden shutters sheds light on consumer trends in the housing market. Shutters are particularly popular in urban areas where they offer privacy from the street whilst still allowing light into the room. But the rising popularity of shutters is not just indicative of fashion but also that people are increasingly maximising the usable space in existing properties.
Essentially a modern replacement for the net curtain, they continue to provide the additional benefits of privacy, tilted during the day and fully closed at night. They also provide protection from the fading effects of direct sunlight whilst still allowing a view through the shutter and are particularly valuable for heat insulation by creating a thermal barrier between the warm room and the cold window. For urban areas, shutters provide an additional barrier to intrusive street noise at the window.
Although now a resurgent market in the UK, shutters were commonplace in the Georgian and Victorian eras and originals can still be seen in many period properties. These period shutters tended to be solid panels rather than the more modern louvred panels.
Paul McCullagh, Commercial Director from Appeal said; “Appeal Window Shutters are custom made to fit every window perfectly. After a technical survey, the shutters are handmade to the customer’s specification.”
Kiln-curing is used where the premium wood is dried in a kiln to reduce post-installation shrinking and swelling, giving it a moisture content that is suitable for the UK climate. Once completed, the shutters are fitted on site by expert installers.
Paul McCullagh from Appeal said; “By using this process, we’re taking the necessary steps to ensure that the wood is conditioned to the moisture content typical to the UK. The result is that Appeal shutters remain stable and close tightly, without gaps, for years to come and because of their longevity they are a wonderful selling point in a house too and now experts have confirmed that professionally designed and fitted shutters could potentially increase the value and saleability of the property.”
Appeal’s Plantation Shutters are supplied in a variety of materials and styles suitable for every room in the house. They can also be colour matched to any shade required. For more information visit www.appealshading.com
Luxury blinds and window shadings company, Appeal Home Shading, were delighted to be a major exhibitor at the Ideal Home Show at Christmas 2012, held at Earls Court London last week.
The event allowed the company to launch their new retractable insect screens for doors and windows as well as displaying the new range of window blinds which can be used throughout the home.
With over 600 exhibitors across 6 sections including; Interiors & Furnishings, Food & Drink, Home Improvements & Outdoor Living, Fashion & Beauty, Technology & Gadgets and Gifts & Decorations, it makes the event one of the UK’s biggest home shows at Christmas.
The luxury window shading company has 24 years’ experience in designing, crafting and fitting conservatory blinds and plantation shutters and will be used the opportunity to exhibit their extensive range of conservatory blinds, window shutters and insect screens.
Included on the stand were their full range of stylish Conservatory Shading; Original French Pinoleum blinds, pleated blinds, Alu-Pleat® (combining the un-paralleled performance of 85% heat reflective technology with the contemporary good looks of pleated blinds) and exclusive to Appeal, Solar R®, blinds that combine a 85% heat reflective high tech fabric with precision cutting to create a chic, modern look and offer superb climate control. These products are perfect for keeping the room warm in the cold winter months.
The new range of insect screens means that Appeal Home Shading customers can enjoy spending time in their conservatory or home without worrying about an invasion of mosquitoes and other bugs; a modern and discreet solution to insect screening that does not compromise on interior style. The benefits are an insect free home and a cooler environment, allowing a comfortable breeze. The screens are unnoticeable when not in use, fully retracting into a discreet cassette. Appeal Shading offers two types of insect screen – a screen to be used with doors and a window screen that is also suitable for conservatory roof vents; both of these were demonstrated at the show.
Richard Hussey from Appeal Home Shading said; “The event was a great success, the newly extended range was a popular view at the show; over 400 fashionable window stylings backed by professional expertise in design and service. The Appeal Collection now includes favourites such as the timeless Original French Pinoleum, contemporary Pleated Blinds, sleek Roller Blinds and a range of exclusive thermal reflective blinds designed to insulate in winter and keep the room cool in summer….………”
A conservatory can be a stylish and valuable addition to your home; if it is done correctly it will add space, light and style. Appeal Home Shading’s Design Consultant, Ruth Newman, gives some top tips on things you should consider before going ahead with the design and build to make sure that your investment is exactly what you have always dreamed of.
Without doubt, a conservatory adds value to your home, but the biggest advantage is the creation of flexible space that can be used for dining, relaxing, sharing time with the family and somewhere to soak up the sunshine and sounds of nature all from within the comfort of your own home.
Before you go ahead with choosing the provider of your conservatory, consider exactly what you will use the space for; a living area, a retreat, somewhere to grow and display plants? Depending on how and why you use this space will dictate the size and position; how much light will it get, where should the doors be positioned, how will it be accessed from the house?
Once these decisions have been made, the important issue to research is planning permission. We recently posted an article looking at the government’s relaxation of current rules in England allowing people to build larger extensions on houses as ministers seek to boost the economy and end the on-going recession. If the plans go ahead, full planning permission – required for extensions of more than three or four metres from the rear wall of any home – would only be needed for those reaching beyond 8m for detached homes and 6m for others. Rules that restrict an extension to no more than 50% of a property’s garden will remain.
However there are other planning considerations; is the conservatory to be built next to a road, do you live in a listed building or within the boundaries of a National Park, will the roof height exceed that of the main property? Even if you believe none of these situations apply to you, visit the government’s planning portal for the full list and bear in mind that that outside England you need to check with your local authority. Also the glazing and electrics do need to comply with building regulations and if you need a new opening between the house and your conservatory this would also need building regulations approval.
The location of your conservatory is paramount. Most conservatories are situated at the rear end of a building, but if you have enough space why not consider an extension that curves around the side of the house? What about your garden? Will you be able to admire it from the conservatory? Where should the focal view be? A south-facing garden means you will need to budget for some form of blinds or extra air-ventilation to cope with the intense heat and sunshine; while an east-facing one might make for the ideal breakfast room.
The style should complement the size and shape of both your house and garden. The traditional Victorian conservatory (often accompanied with bay windows) offers an elegant and classical look, although the circular floor plan will make furnishing more difficult compared to the rectangular Edwardian style. For these conservatories lantern-roofs are great additions for grander, older homes and suggest a more open, spacious feel. On the other hand, an L-shaped extension is suitable if you want your conservatory to embrace the main building rather than stick out.
Once you have made these decisions and chosen the builder to make all of your plans a reality, it’s time to get down to the fun bit; decorating your conservatory so that it finally feels like an extra part of the home rather than a mere attachment.
It is useful to have considered electrical outputs for lights or for the possibility of installing remote control blinds but make sure you check safety regulations first. The style of flooring, the room’s colour-palette and other extras such as indoor plants, hanging baskets or stained glass will all have an impact on the final atmosphere and should be considered when choosing your blinds.
Whatever the mood of your conservatory interior, Appeal’s individually handcrafted blinds will instantly transform and enhance the style of your room, whilst their advanced, functional design helps to control light, shade, temperature and, of course, your desired level of privacy. (You’ll also find the perfect solutions for bi-fold doors, large glazed areas or awkwardly shaped windows). There is a wide selection of colours, styles and fabrics available within the most comprehensive product range including Original French Pinoleum, Solar R® Roller, Pleated and Alu-Pleat® blinds.
If all of this decoration seems a little overwhelming then Appeal Home Shading also offers a free design consultation which will give you a chance to get all the expert and professional advice you need. Appeal’s Design Consultants are available to visit at a time convenient to you, including evenings and weekends. You can phone us on 0800 975 5757 or fill in your details on our website to arrange a design consultation and receive information about our latest special offers such as free fitting on all conservatory & window blinds and VAT FREE window shutters.
Nowadays Britain’s nosey neighbours are more likely to be peering round blinds or spying through bespoke handmade window shutters than twitching the dusty hem of a net curtain. At Appeal Home Shading we’ve found sales of wooden window shutters have been growing year on year benefitting from the growing trend for simple and casual decor in the home; also known as Plantation Shutters they now account for £40 million sales in the UK annually.
The growth also sheds light on consumer trends in the housing market. The rising popularity of window shutters is not just indicative of fashion but also of the fact that people are increasingly maximising the usable space in existing properties. Window shutters clearly take up a lot less space than curtains, which is a real benefit where space is tight. Loft conversions in houses are also rising in popularity and usually include skylights which require blinds. Similarly, with changes in the planning permission needed to build conservatories and glass extensions up for consultation, things can only get better in the sales of specialist conservatory blinds and roof blinds.
Product Director at Appeal Shading, Paul McCullagh, said; “It’s not hard to see why there is such a rise in popularity. Special features of Appeal’s hand finished window shutters include state of the art manufacturing techniques such as kiln-curing where the premium wood is cured in a kiln, slowly, at low temperatures to reduce post-installation shrinking and swelling. Unlike some other manufacturers, by using this process, we’re taking the necessary steps to ensure that the wood is conditioned to the moisture content typical to the UK. The result is that Appeal window shutters remain stable and close tightly, without gaps, for years to come and because of their longevity they are a wonderful selling point in a house too – often increasing value of the property.”
For more information see: http://www.appealshading.com/why-appeal/
Appeal Home Shading are delighted to announce this week they will be exhibiting at the National Home Improvement Show and launching their new retractable insect screens for doors and windows as well as displaying the new 2012 range of blinds for the conservatory and throughout the home.
The luxury window shading company has 24 years experience in designing, crafting and fitting conservatory blinds and shutters and will be using the opportunity to exhibit their extensive range of insect screens, conservatory blinds, window shutters, and architectural blinds.
The new range of insect screens means that Appeal Home Shading customers can enjoy spending time in their conservatory or home without worrying about an invasion of mosquitoes and other bugs; a modern and discreet solution to insect screening that does not compromise on interior style. The benefits are an insect free home and a cooler environment, allowing a comfortable breeze. The screens are unnoticeable when not in use, fully retracting into a discreet cassette. Appeal Shading offers two types of insect screen – a screen to be used with doors and a window screen that is also suitable for conservatory roof vents – these will be demonstrated at the show.
Also included on the stand will be their full range of stylish Conservatory Shading; Original French Pinoleum blinds, pleated blinds, Alu-Pleat® (combining the un-paralleled performance of 85% heat reflective technology with the contemporary good looks of pleated blinds) and exclusive to Appeal, Solar R®, blinds that combine a 85% heat reflective high tech fabric with precision cutting to create a chic, modern look and offer superb climate control.
The newly extended range will be a popular view at the show; over 400 fashionable window stylings backed by professional expertise in design and service. The Designer Collection includes Original French Pinoleum, Pleated Blinds, Roller, Roman, Venetian, Vertical, Panel, and Skylight blinds.
Finally Appeal will be exhibiting their wide range of popular window shutters. Individually designed and handcrafted they will complement both modern and traditional properties. The slim louvres allow simple and effective control of light and privacy. Appeal window shutters are available in a wide range of colours and styles and can be custom coloured to a shade of your choice.
Appeal Home Shading will be exhibiting at the National Home Improvement Show, held at Olympia, on stand C99 this week, from Friday the 28 to Sunday 30 September and will be welcoming visitors to see demonstrations and talk to their designers.
MP, Ms. Dawn Primarolo, Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, has visited the factory and offices of Appeal Home Shading as part of lobbying campaign for a 5% cut in VAT on a selected range of higher priced domestic products including blinds and shutters.
Ms. Primarolo was a Minister in the last Labour Government including being Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General. She visited the Bristol based company to show her support to the window shading manufacturer as its Chief Executive prepares to directly lobby senior figures in the Shadow Cabinet.
Ms. Primarolo was particularly impressed with the technology, the precision and the complexity involved in making specialist blinds and she also commented on the harmonious and friendly atmosphere in meeting members of staff.
Following the tour of the factory and offices, Ms. Primarolo had a private meeting with the Directors of Appeal and discussed the influences on the industry and specifically an immediate though temporary 5% cut in VAT on a selected range of higher priced domestic products including blinds and shutters, kitchens, carpets and furniture and other similar products.
Ms. Primarolo commented, “For some time now the Shadow Cabinet has been calling for a temporary reduction in VAT which would help get the economy moving again. During my visit to Appeal the Directors put forward a compelling case for how a VAT cut would significantly help businesses like theirs.”Michael Madigan, Chief Executive of Appeal said, “The meeting was incredibly informative. After nearly 25 years in the business it is obvious that our knowledge of the industry will be invaluable. Ms Primarolo has asked us to submit further information on the effect of the significant changes in VAT during the past 4 years which we hope will lead to a personal visit by me and my industry counterparts to lobby senior figures in the Shadow Cabinet.”
Michael Madigan added, “The prime objective of this work with our local MP is to do as much as we can to encourage the Government to bring in policies that will immediately stimulate sales of our products. We thank her for her valuable time whilst visiting our factory and hope that we can play our part in this important campaign.”