Inside out.

Featured homes in Batemans Bay.

Words by
Joanne Hawkins

Even though there's nothing like a little sunshine to lift your spirits, we all know that the Australian sun can be harsh.

Throw in sometimes heavy rain and more than our fair share of wind and it’s not surprising that our homes need a little help in coping with the elements, especially in our outdoor areas.

Here, we take a look at how the liveability and comfort of four homes have been greatly improved with the clever use of Alfresco Awnings, Aluminium Outdoor Shutters and Window Awnings from dollar curtains + blinds.

Bayside jewel.

The expansive deck of this two-storey beachside home has been turned into an entertainer’s delight with the addition of Aluminium Outdoor Shutters on two sides.

Adding a relaxed Coastal Hamptons look to the home, the Aluminium Outdoor Shutters in White are as functional as they are stunning, delivering privacy from neighbouring homes, shade from the sun and protection from the wind and rain.

Built to last, the Aluminium Outdoor Shutters are made of hard-wearing aluminium so won’t rot, warp or splinter, a must in this coastal environment.

With matching 89mm blades, Pure White Basswood Timber Plantation Shutters continue the coastal feel inside, with the inclusion of a French door cut out and beautiful bi-fold Plantation Shutters at the servery.

“Built to last, the Aluminium Outdoor Shutters are made of hard-wearing aluminium so won’t rot, warp or splinter, a must in this coastal environment.”

— Joanne Hawkins

Alfresco appeal.

The owners of this weatherboard house have created an impressive alfresco area, with everything you could wish for in terms of outdoor living and entertainment.

The addition of a motorised Alfresco Awning next to the seating area turns it into a comfortable year-round living space. It not only keeps the outdoor room cool by controlling the amount of sun – as well as harmful UV rays – that come into the space but also helps to block out the wind.

The Awning features a Side Retention System that encloses an outside area with no gaps for dust and dirt to enter.

The colours chosen – Platinum Outlook Mode fabric for the Awning with hardware in Silver Pearl to match the house’s Colorbond palette – ensures cohesion throughout the home’s exterior.

Making room.

With a gorgeous outlook of mature trees, the owners of this house decided to make the most of their view and create a year-round living area with the help of motorised Alfresco Awnings at the rear.

Modern breathable Outlook Mode mesh in a contemporary dark Basalt tone allows the owners to keep their views and cool breezes throughout the summer while still gaining privacy and, most importantly, much-needed shelter from the sun, wind and rain, at the touch of a button.

Contrasting White hardware smartly frames the Awnings while the Side Retention System is ideal for windy areas.

Keep it cool.

Respite from the sun and heat was achieved in this house with the addition of automatic Window Awnings.

The easy-to-use Awnings reduce sunlight and glare on the windows, offering sun and UV protection. They also protect the inside of a home from sun damage and greatly improve energy efficiency by blocking and reflecting solar energy before it reaches the windows, helping to naturally keep a house cool.

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