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Caribbean Blinds installs award-wining Outdoor Living Pod™ in GB athletes’ Surrey home


Last month, external shading manufacturer Caribbean Blinds completed another expert installation of its award-winning Outdoor Living Pod™ for a family of athletes based in Surrey.


GB Masters competitors Virginia Mitchell (World and European Champion W55 at 400m) and husband Tony (British Champion at 300m hurdles) saw the ongoing lockdown as the perfect opportunity to enhance their home gym and fitness studio which they utilise daily for training sessions, alongside their two grown-up children – who are also budding young track athletes!


Having previously commissioned a large spa pool situated just outside the gym, the Mitchells required a solution that would seamlessly link the two areas. After extensive research, the couple decided that due to its unique louvered roof, the Outdoor Living Pod™ would provide them with the flexible cover they needed. 


Stuart Dantzic, Managing Director of Caribbean Blinds, explained: “Virginia and Tony chose Caribbean Blinds as their provider shortly after we carried out our initial site survey in October 2020.


“Following a full demonstration of the system and provision of samples to showcase the high-quality finish, sleek design and durable construction of our products, the Deluxe model of the Outdoor Living Pod™ was selected. It was then installed in January 2021 by our expert team, taking just one day to complete, resulting in an impressive low-maintenance outdoor facility that complements the adjoining gym and spa pool at the end of the garden.”


Virginia Mitchell commented: “Every member of the Mitchell family trains, competes and even coaches within some type of sport, so our fitness studio and pool are the focal point of our garden – and our lives! 


“We opted for the Deluxe model of the Pod as we felt it would provide the optimum balance of style and practicality. The beautiful, sleek white canopy roof acts as the perfect link between the gym and the pool, and we’re delighted with how it looks and functions. 


“The louvered roof panels cover the spa and protect it from the elements, yet at the flick of a switch, they turn to let in the light and sunshine – plus, we love how the open sides make you feel like you’re still in the natural open space of the garden. We can’t wait to move on to the next phase of the project which will be to install decking around the spa pool.”


The addition of the Pod has also been a godsend for Tony who has his own water-based sports rehabilitation business, AquaTone, which he now runs from home.


Tony Mitchell added: “My business has really thrived in lockdown thanks to the Outdoor Living Pod™. The cleverly designed louvered roof caters for every environment and ensures my clients can do their work out in the pool with protection from the wind, rain and even snow. In the summer, we can open the louvres to a range of angles to suit the position of the sun and let in both warmth and light.


“My clients have all been very complimentary about our new spa facility and we are extremely happy that we can enhance our service with an environment that reflects our professional approach to providing water-based sport and rehabilitation.”


Ingeniously designed for those who want to live life outdoors, the Caribbean Blinds Outdoor Living Pod™ provides the ultimate luxury, all-weather, outdoor living space that gives the user complete control of the elements, 365 days a year.

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Caribbean Blinds has been exclusively designing, manufacturing and supplying the very finest external shading systems that transform the use, functionality, and enjoyment of all types of spaces since it was founded in 1987. 


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