Winner 2014 OFPANZ Excellence Award - Awnings and Canopies

What was the purpose of this job?

Peacock Sky is a vineyard/restaurant on Waiheke Island that has a fast growing reputation and big increases in the numbers of customers visiting.  The site (which is on the top of a hill) has a great view, and outside dining areas to make the most of this, but it can be quite exposed to the wind/rain.  Over the summer months the area tends to bake, driving customers inside, away from the best views.  The owners approached us to design and build an outdoor dining area that could be closed off when the weather dictates, with the aim of increasing the numbers they can reliably seat for wine tastings or dining.  Above all they wanted an area that was comfortable for dining in all weathers.

What was unique or complex about the project?

This job was technically challenging, not the least because of the location, planning and the number of trips required completing it.  The canopy was effectively built around a mobile kitchen/caravan, and required considerable effort to seal off the area to make it as weather tight as possible.  This required extra flashings to be attached to a challenging structure, extra static panels, and a very complex guttering system.  The latter was important to the owner, who being an environmentally aware Waiheke Islander, wanted to be able to collect the rain water off the roof of the canopy and recycle it.  To make this happen, we had to modify guttering brackets so that the front side and back gutters could all flow into a common downpipe that lead to the rain water tank some distance away.

Peacock Sky was in a high wind zone – all structural components had to be upgraded to withstand the elements with minimum impact on the surroundings. 600mm diameter by 2 metre deep piles were put into the ground to attach the front posts.  The canopy needed to be higher than normal to minimise obstruction to the views, while colours for the frame were chosen to blend in with the greenery.

To add to the challenges, the restaurant was open the whole time we were on site, and we were coping with some fairly strong winds as we attached the fabric.

An award winning outdoor canopy solution

The design of this canopy was complex, and had to be modified as the owner altered the brief as we progressed, but the evolving collaboration of ideas produced a practical solution that also looks great – the owner has pictures of it and a mention of the canopy on the website, and even named the canopy area (‘Le Cote de la Colline’).

We believe this project, while challenging, over delivered on the original specs, and the owner is delighted with the outcome.  He now has an outdoor dining area that fits seamlessly into the main building, incorporates his mobile kitchen, and with the white roof, the right ambience for the restaurant (there was some debate with the Council who had been insisting on a green coloured roof, which would have cast an unfortunate hue on the food!).

Read the owners review here!

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Thanks everyone for our Fresco Shade, we are thrilled with it, it looks fantastic. The whole process was stress free and indeed a pleasure, from the time Russell came out right through to installation by Steve and Julian. I have and will continue to recommend your product and service to all.

Chris and Pete Henry

We are glad we went with you in the end. We did some serious research and compared the players in the market. Even though there were cheaper options around, the design, the quality of the fabric, and your professionalism convinced us in the end. Thank you very much.

Girard de Soucanton

We have found our whole ' fresco shades experience' to be such a positive one. From the people and their friendliness, professionalism, knowledge and advice, to the beautiful superior finished product. It is by far one of the best and easiest decisions we have made to add value, function and beauty to our home. Thank you again to all the team!

Brenda and Vince Nola

We are pleased we chose the fabric roofing as it is cool to sit under and has not affected light filtration to our lounge. We are thrilled with the end result, and are using the deck even now, being May.

Lois and Alf Sharp

A pleasure to deal with you, which is a nice change, service as it should be. Well done all round.

Annette Lee

A quality product and service from beginning to end - thank you.

Derek and Sue Ranger

The canopy and curtains have been the icing on the cake for our deck. Thank you so much for all your wonderful help.

Lil and Matt Newbold

I was initially a bit unsure about how the canopy would look, but the end result has blown me away. We hardly used our deck before and now we use it a lot more. It has made entertaining so much easier, no more worrying about whether it will rain, now we can entertain outside in all weather. Thanks so much to the team at Fresco Shades.

Sarah and Paul Conner

We are thrilled with the end result. We are already getting good responses from family and friends. Great service all round, from the initial contact to completion.

Rob and Cecelia Murray

I would recommend a Fresco Shades canopy to anyone wanting to keep the rain and also the hot sun off their deck. The construction is excellent, in fact it is just perfect. The installers and salesman were great to deal with. Thank you Fresco Shades.

Vivian Goh

Steve and Julian have just put up the plastic drop, which now completes our Fresco shade, and I am thrilled with the finished look. We have been very impressed with the quality of the product, the expert advice given by Russell at the outset, and the excellent standard of workmanship by your installation team. Thank you!

Helen and Malcolm Page

Earlier in the year you made shades for me to go over 2 balconies. The reason for purchasing the shades was that my house was leaking with every rain. The shades were not guaranteed to be water tight, but I have not had one drop into my house since they were constructed. I am very grateful for the marvelous workpersonship, and I enjoy my 2 new rooms every day. Thank you!

Diane Ramsay

We are thrilled with our fresco shade! Way exceeds our expectations. It looks fabulous and makes our outdoor living area so much more useable! We found all dealings with staff to be effortless. They were all polite, professional helpful and friendly to deal with. You couldn't ask for more! Thanks so much and keep up the good work!

Tim and Rose Antonio