This library space was once a sea of wall-to-wall green with gold accents and cluttered bookshelves. Now, the space is elegant and calming. The home's original molding and wainscoting has been restored and highlighted in this sleek, new design, and the bookcases have been cleaned up and stocked with myriad books. The luscious, overstuffed furniture gives the family a great place to relax and read, but this space has also been equipped with some tech savvy gadgets, such as a projector with a retractable screen, so that the family can watch their favorite soccer matches in style.
Though living on the water has its perks, there's one downside: pesky insects. Luckily, the owners can use a remote control to drop retractable screens from the columns that define this patio and create a bug-free zone.
A wood slat wall with a retractable screen offers privacy when needed but also allows for views of the yard when retracted. The indoor living room flows seamlessly into the living space on the porch via sliding glass doors.
To give a converted garage the modern-farmhouse style their clients craved, the team at Spazio LA specified built-in media cabinets with sliding doors and black barn-door hardware. A retractable projection screen and a popcorn maker help create a cozy and welcoming space, perfect for movie nights.
This contemporary home features indoor/outdoor kitchen, family and dining rooms that open to the lanai. The lanai and summer kitchen have built-in retractable screens to protect from insects and solar glare. The unusual triangular pool follows the shape of the lot, allowing for ample lounge space.
Retractable screens allow the screened-in porch to be open to the fresh air. A wood paneled ceiling extends out to cover the exposed area, which features a pair of bright blue Adirondack rocking chairs and a ceiling fan above to add a light breeze during the hotter months.
The kitchen opens to a summer kitchen via large pocketing pass-through windows. Perfect for entertaining, corner pocketing doors open the kitchen to the lanai. Retractable screens are built into the lanai to protect this indoor/outdoor area from insects. The use of easy-to-clean high luster white acrylic cabinetry adds a family-friendly benefit.
This area is part of an indoor/outdoor floor plan and connects to the home's interiors via sliding glass doors. Retractable screens are built into the lanai. When lowered, the screens not only protect the area from bugs, they deflect solar glare and can hold up to 90 % of the homes conditioned or heated air in this outside space.
A spiral staircase connects the bottom and top floors of this stunning porch. The bottom level has retractable Phantom Screens and the top level is screened. The stairs are made of matte black wrought iron and exotic ipe wood, selected by Eric and Jenny Rothman of Atlanta's Rothman + Rothman Design.
This luxurious neoclassic bathroom in Santa Ana Heights, Calif., boasts a gigantic Roman tub, a flat screen TV with retractable art, custom chandeliers and shagreen front vanity cabinets with durable Caesarstone counter tops.
The kitchen in this Oregon vineyard estate home turns into a public tasting room on weekends. To allow for privacy when desired, and openness when needed, a drop-down screen was installed to use during "wine tasting" hours to partition off the kitchen. When the homeowners want a more open flow, the screen retracts into the ceiling, a great idea for any home with an open kitchen that is sometimes better left unseen.