Lux­u­ri­ous Way to Cover a Pa­tio or Pool

Business Daily (Kenya) - - BDLIFE OUTDOORS - Lynet Igad­wah lig­ad­wah@ke.na­tion­media.com

At Brew Bistro and Lounge restau­rant in West­lands, the el­e­gant out­door roof slides over when it starts to rain and re­tracts when the sun comes out. It is more like play­ing peek-a-boo.

The re­tractable au­to­mated out­door sheds in­stalled with LED lights of­fer Kenyan de­vel­op­ers an al­ter­na­tive to um­brel­las or per­ma­nent iron sheets.

This new tech­nol­ogy by Proshed Kenya is not lim­ited to restau­rant pa­tios, home­own­ers in up­mar­ket es­tates who want to spend time out­doors, but still find re­lief from the heat and rain are in­vest­ing in the lux­ury roofs made in Italy.

Moses Mburu started the lux­ury shed busi­ness three years ago, be­com­ing the au­tho­rised dealer for Ital­ian-based Cor­radi Srl, a com­pany that de­signs and man­u­fac­tur­ers el­e­gant out­door ac­ces­sories.

‘‘The re­tractable awnings are part of the smart home revo­lu­tion and are es­pe­cially for home own­ers who ap­pre­ci­ate the finer things in life,” said the man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Proshed.

The cost of the re­tractable roofs de­pends on the size, with the small­est go­ing for Sh1 mil­lion.

Gone are the days when per­gola ar­chi­tec­tural gar­den adorn­ments looked like an af­ter­thought. Ad­vance­ment in tech­nol­ogy means that you can now de­cide to be in­doors or out­doors with the sim­ple press of a but­ton.

Heat and dust can also dam­age your pa­tio, es­pe­cially if it’s wooden. If you love en­ter­tain­ing guests or loung­ing in open-air pa­tios, com­plete with fully up­hol­stered so­fas, pot­ted plants, car­pets and lamps, Mr Mburu says you can opt for be­spoke roofs that match your ar­chi­tec­tural styles, from clas­si­cal to con­tem­po­rary, made from alu­mini- um or wood. The perime­ter sides come with au­to­mated blinds or alu­minium and glass. Buy­ers can also choose dif­fer­ent de­signs that re­tract in var­i­ous ways or pat­terns.

Proshed also im­ports re­tractable decks for swim­ming pools. The cover ei­ther slides on top of the pool from the side or it slides up­wards from the bot­tom of the pool-floor. When the deck cov­ers the pool, peo­ple can walk on it.

Wel­com­ing haven

A num­ber of home­own­ers in­vest mil­lions of shillings in­doors, ne­glect­ing the out­side.

“If you look around at houses be­ing built, you re­alise that ev­ery­one in fo­cus­ing on the in­side and for­get­ting the out­side,” said Mr Mburu.

In ad­di­tion to their Cor­radi deal­er­ship, Proshed also sells fab­ric ten­sile struc­tures and car­ports.

Apart from the three re­tractable roofs and shut­ters at Brew Bistro, Proshed has fixed sheds at Mai­son Fahren­heitin Ho­tel in La­gos, Nige­ria, in homes in Ki­gali, Kam­pala and Nairobi’s Runda es­tate.

“Th­ese per­son­alised pa­tio awnings, al­low you to max­imise the en­joy­ment of any out­door area, trans­form­ing it into a wel­com­ing haven, even in the strong­est sun, wind or rain,” he says.

PHOTO/COUR­TESY

SHEDS some of the roofs that you can put on your pa­tio or cover the pool house.

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