Phantom Screens http://www.phantomscreens.com Tue, 19 Jun 2018 18:50:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 http://www.phantomscreens.com/drive/uploads/2017/04/apple-touch-icon-180x180-150x150.png Phantom Screens http://www.phantomscreens.com 32 32 Bespoke Solar Management Solution For Contemporary Build http://www.phantomscreens.com/blog/bespoke-solar-management-solution-for-contemporary-build/ http://www.phantomscreens.com/blog/bespoke-solar-management-solution-for-contemporary-build/#respond Tue, 19 Jun 2018 11:50:06 +0000 http://www.phantomscreens.com/?p=9452 “Contemporary glass architecture is not just the preserve of urban-living. A beautiful rural English property is making the most of its stunning countryside position with Phantom’s automated screens.”

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“Contemporary glass architecture is not just the preserve of urban-living. A beautiful rural English property is making the most of its stunning countryside position with Phantom’s automated screens.”

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“Esther and I probably met about two years ago right here on this job site. She is the CEO of a screen company called Phantom Screens. She bought a house here in Mobile, Alabama and renovated it and she called me in to do the landscape design for the house and for the entire project, but somehow we ended up hitting it off and becoming really good friends instantly.”

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Introducing the Newest, Most Exciting Partnership in Fenestration http://www.phantomscreens.com/blog/introducing-the-newest-most-exciting-partnership-in-fenestration/ http://www.phantomscreens.com/blog/introducing-the-newest-most-exciting-partnership-in-fenestration/#respond Tue, 19 Jun 2018 10:19:43 +0000 http://www.phantomscreens.com/?p=9438 “Phantom Screens, the leading manufacturer of retractable screens in North America, announces a strategic partnership with Origin, the global leader of custom aluminum bi-fold doors.” Read the entire article published by News Center.

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Phantom Screens, the leading manufacturer of retractable screens in North America, announces a strategic partnership with Origin, the global leader of custom aluminum bi-fold doors.”

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A quick guide to fire pits in your backyard http://www.phantomscreens.com/blog/a-quick-guide-to-fire-pits-in-your-backyard/ http://www.phantomscreens.com/blog/a-quick-guide-to-fire-pits-in-your-backyard/#respond Tue, 12 Jun 2018 08:00:12 +0000 http://www.phantomscreens.com/?p=8647 A quick guide to fire pits in your backyard There’s nothing like lighting a fire in your backyard during cool summer evenings. The warm glow of flames is reminiscent of camp fires, drawing family and friends closely together. Consider adding a fire pit or fireplace to your outdoor space so that you can extend your […]

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A quick guide to fire pits in your backyard

There’s nothing like lighting a fire in your backyard during cool summer evenings. The warm glow of flames is reminiscent of camp fires, drawing family and friends closely together. Consider adding a fire pit or fireplace to your outdoor space so that you can extend your evening outdoors.

Styles and materials… it’s your choice!

There are a myriad of styles, types and materials for outdoor fire features. They range from wood and iron to stone or decorative tile. The key to deciding which one is right for your home depends on your personal style. Is your home modern and minimalist? Then choosing a traditional stone fireplace would probably not be the right one for you. However, if you’re in a mountain home with lots of wood and natural stone structures then it would be the perfect fit. Remember that with a fire pit, you don’t always save in the long run by buying a cheaper, lightweight metal. Dan Fritschen, author of Remodel or Move, suggests “If you are hoping to have the pit for years to come, it is worth investing a little more money into it and choosing a heavier stone model.”

Safety first

That old age warning against playing with fire rings true in your backyard. Adding a fire pit or fire place can be a wonderful accent to your home, but always remember that they can be dangerous, too. If you live in a dry environment, it will be worth investing in a spark screen. Also, installing the fire pit on non-flammable surfaces like paving stones, concrete or on the dirt is important for preventing unfriendly fires. It’s also a good idea to leave a 10-foot radius around your fire pit to avoid setting light to your shed, deck or even your home. And remember that trees have branches that overhang, so watch out for those too! Finally, don’t forget to check local bylaws for season fire bans, especially during summer.

Practical or decorative?

One last thing to think about is whether you want your fireplace or fire pit to provide heat or a simple, warming ambience. If you’re just looking for a calming flame, then a portable propane fire pit- or one that’s integrated into a table- would be an ideal choice. However, if you’re looking for something that provides a good amount of heat, then a wood-burning pit will suit your style much better. Just remember they’re a bit harder to light and can get a little messy, too!

A sound investment

The best reason to invest in a backyard fire feature is the ability to lengthen the time you, your family and friends can spend outdoors. However, there’s also a solid financial reason to do so: it can add value to your home. As Emmy Award-winning HGTV Design Star finalist Cathy Hobbs says, “Outdoor kitchens and fireplaces have long been desired luxury items, and a fire pit is an immensely desirable alternative to a traditional outdoor fireplace.”

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Summer dining must haves http://www.phantomscreens.com/blog/summer-dining-must-haves/ http://www.phantomscreens.com/blog/summer-dining-must-haves/#respond Thu, 07 Jun 2018 03:25:27 +0000 http://www.phantomscreens.com/?p=8658 Summer dining must haves Is there anything more perfect on a summer evening than dining al fresco? We don’t think so! Amazingly, there are things you can do to make the evening even better. The following is a list of great ways to make the best of your patio parties. Think summer, think outside! The […]

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Summer dining must haves

Is there anything more perfect on a summer evening than dining al fresco? We don’t think so! Amazingly, there are things you can do to make the evening even better. The following is a list of great ways to make the best of your patio parties.

Think summer, think outside!

The first step for creating a wonderful dinner outside is to make the best of your outdoor space. You can begin by taking note of where the sun shines the strongest and where it sets so you can plan your table placement accordingly. If you need to create a shaded area for guests who don’t like the direct sun, then it’s better to plan ahead rather than shuffling things around at the last minute. If you’re planning on eating on the porch, deck or patio, then check that you have plenty of room for everyone to dine together.

Relaxed or formal? Both are good.

You don’t have to go all out like a Downton Abbey dinner party to make a great formal dinner. You can, however, use your best dinnerware to make it feel just as special. If you’re going for the formal look, it’s tough to beat a white linen table cloth and matching napkins. Additionally, you can really set the tone by ensuring everything matches and that you lay each table setting the same. This way it’ll look spectacular!
Formal dining is not for everyone. If it isn’t your thing, you can use brightly colored china or picnic plates, vibrant table settings and relaxed table centers to create a gorgeous al fresco experience. You could even pick a theme, like French bistro or Tuscan summer, to really give your guests a dinner to remember!

When the sun goes down

Always prepare for when the sun slips beneath the horizon. You can focus your thinking around lighting and warmth. For example, check the forecast ahead of time. If it’s going to get a bit chilly, you could simply provide blankets for everyone to wrap themselves in. They look great if you fold them neatly over the back of each chair before your guests arrive. Or, if you’re planning on sitting around a fire pit after dinner, then make sure you’ve got enough fuel to last the evening.

Another option is to screen in your porch with our motorized retractable vinyl walls. The vinyl provides a climate-controlled room when in use, protecting you and your guests from insects and the evening chill.

As it gets dark, remember that you can light up your yard to bring it back to life. There are so many lighting options – from candles in mason jars to strings of lights in your trees – that you don’t have to stick to plain old deck lighting. Get creative and really let your evening sparkle!

Music, music, music

For many, music is essential for all types of get-togethers. However, you don’t want to upset your neighbors by playing loud and disruptive music. By building a suitable playlist ahead of time, you’ll be able to press play and enjoy your evening stress free. If you’re unfamiliar with making playlists, try user friendly sites such as Soundcloud, Spotify or Songza where you can easily piece together your favorite hits!

Keep the bugs out!

Now you won’t be surprised to know that we recommend retractable screens as the best form of protection from bugs when the lights go down. You can use motorized screens on your home’s large openings and even screen in a porch or patio. If you are in search of screens for French doors, worry not! We have options for those, too.

We understand if screens are not an option for you. Thankfully, there is a myriad of products out there to keep the bugs at bay! By simply planning ahead, you’ll encounter a variety options where no one has to be bothered by insects.

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8 ways to perk up your patio http://www.phantomscreens.com/blog/8-ways-to-perk-up-your-patio/ http://www.phantomscreens.com/blog/8-ways-to-perk-up-your-patio/#respond Thu, 31 May 2018 08:45:40 +0000 http://www.phantomscreens.com/?p=8510 8 ways to perk up your patio Outdoor living spaces are an extension of the home – during the summer months it’s the space where people often spend the most of their time. Patios become an outdoor sanctuary and can transform into the perfect party space for a summer get-together. Therefore, you want your patio […]

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8 ways to perk up your patio

Outdoor living spaces are an extension of the home – during the summer months it’s the space where people often spend the most of their time. Patios become an outdoor sanctuary and can transform into the perfect party space for a summer get-together. Therefore, you want your patio to look its best. Aside from beautiful furniture and perfect accessories, here’s how to perk up your space to make it look magazine-worthy.

Designate zones

In order to have a really organized patio space, it’s important to define different activity zones. Guests should know where to sit and relax, where they can get a drink and chat with friends and where they can dine. An area to sit and relax should be filled with plenty of seating, a cozy fireplace and flowers to give the space some life. A socialization area could include a bar with stools, while a dining area should have a big table to host several guests.

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Change fabrics

You’d be surprised how much a change of color or pattern can alter the mood of an entire patio. If you’re sick of last year’s design, switch your cushions and pillows out for different bold colors and patterns. Pattern pillows atop solid cushions look great for a dynamic finish.

Go vertical

While it may feel good to have the warm sun on you as you relax on your patio, there are always those days where it’s a little too hot for comfort. If you’re dining outside or simply chatting with friends, open up a colorful market umbrella. This will not only bring an element of decor and a splash of color into your space, it provides some much-needed shade and even adds a vertical element to an otherwise horizontal room.

Create a shady oasis

If you want an escape from the sun’s rays and any annoying bugs that may come your way, Phantom Screens motorized retractable screens provide you with just that. These screens are designed to enhance your privacy and can appear and disappear at the touch of a button. Select from various mesh and color options to fit the design aesthetic of your home. There are also a number of openings available, allowing you to open your home to the outdoors however you prefer.

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Add some glam

Just because your patio is outdoors doesn’t mean that it can’t look just as glamorous and luxurious as the interior of your home. Bring some bling outside with a crystal chandelier to hang above the dinner table or even stringed lights to illuminate the space with a soft and subtle twinkling glow.

Have a countertop for food prep

If you’re going to be grilling outdoors often and hosting plenty of get-togethers with friends, you’ll want to create an outdoor kitchen that will suffice for all of your cooking needs. A countertop for food prep and storage will help to greatly enhance your space and make it easier to whip up a summer meal without having to run between the indoors and outdoors for supplies.

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Incorporate a reading nook

If you’re an avid reader and love to escape from the world with a good book, your patio is the perfect place to read and relax. Set up a comfortable chair in the corner of your space with plenty of pillows. Nestle a small side table next to the chair with a floor lamp equipped with an all-weather shade to give you just enough light to keep reading well past dusk.

Water, anyone?

Adding a water feature to your patio can really help to amp up the “wow” factor. It doesn’t have to be a giant fountain in order to do the trick. Try filling a water-tight pot with a few floating plants to really give your patio an extra special touch.

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Enhance your outdoor living space http://www.phantomscreens.com/blog/enhance-your-outdoor-living-space/ http://www.phantomscreens.com/blog/enhance-your-outdoor-living-space/#respond Sat, 26 May 2018 08:42:36 +0000 http://www.phantomscreens.com/?p=8499 Enhance your outdoor living space Create a tranquil space in your backyard that you can enjoy in private. Nothing is more relaxing than enjoying the summer breeze in a hidden hammock or enjoying a glass of wine on the patio after a long day at work. Instead of making your patio stand out, why not […]

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Enhance your outdoor living space

Create a tranquil space in your backyard that you can enjoy in private. Nothing is more relaxing than enjoying the summer breeze in a hidden hammock or enjoying a glass of wine on the patio after a long day at work. Instead of making your patio stand out, why not make it blend in with your natural surroundings? If you enjoy your privacy while at home, ensure that your patio follows suit. Whether you want to separate your patio to create more privacy or plant foliage to naturally shade your land, you’ll want to find the best ways to work with the architecture of your home and the size of your outdoor living area. Take a look at some ideas for enjoying your space without being bothered by neighbors or onlookers, and experience being truly relaxed in your backyard.

Landscaping

The most natural way to create privacy is through your landscape. Beautiful flowers, hanging baskets or large, shady trees are all ways to achieve tranquility within a space. Design your patio around hedges and trees, but make room for small paths to maneuver around. If you’re going to create your very own “secret garden,” note that there is going to be a lot of upkeep so it doesn’t turn into an overgrown yard. Use brightly colored flowers to give your space a pop – you may even attract some wildlife to your new haven.

Décor

There are many ways to keep your patio private with the help of décor. If your architecture doesn’t support walls or fences, consider other options. A lattice, pagoda or trellis could be the perfect option for keeping the décor of your patio in line with your indoor design. All can be easily moved around in your space, depending on where you seek the most privacy. Decorate your pagoda or trellis with flowering vines or drapery, creating a light and airy feeling in this sanctuary. There’s also the option of a canopy that provides shade and an intimate feeling for small spaces. Now you can curl up with a book with no disturbances!

Screening hints

If your patio is in plain sight, don’t worry. There are ways to conceal and turn your favorite place to relax into a secluded area. You may want to use a retractable screen to enclose your space. This way, you can close the screens for privacy and open them to get some fresh air. Phantom’s retractable screens are custom made to shield wide openings from harmful UV rays, creating a relaxing place for you and your family to relax during the hottest times of the day. Retractable screens can also help keep gusts of air from ruining a dinner party or gathering. Not only will you be protected from the sun’s glare and other elements, retractable screens can create a space for you to enjoy without compromising the view of your garden or outdoor swimming pool.

Add personalized details

Find some items you can add to your patio that make it a true retreat. Whether you want to install a hot tub for cool nights or a fire pit for storytelling and snacking – the options are endless. Remember to enhance your patio with things that make you happy. Maybe this means a comfortable rug to rest your feet on or a few blankets that are stored away for chilly days when you want to relax outdoors. These touches make your place unique and charming.

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The American porch: where memories are made http://www.phantomscreens.com/blog/the-american-porch-where-memories-are-made/ http://www.phantomscreens.com/blog/the-american-porch-where-memories-are-made/#respond Fri, 18 May 2018 08:32:22 +0000 http://www.phantomscreens.com/?p=8489 The American porch: where memories are made The history of the porch in America is a rich and storied tradition that has played a profound role in the country’s cultural landscape, as well as having an enormous impact on millions of people. Porch history As you start thinking about what you’d like to do with […]

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The American porch: where memories are made

The history of the porch in America is a rich and storied tradition that has played a profound role in the country’s cultural landscape, as well as having an enormous impact on millions of people.

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Porch history

As you start thinking about what you’d like to do with your porch, it might be worthwhile to know a little bit about its history in America. Design ideas and inspiration can come from anywhere and, often, with history and culture being key influencers.
In existence since prehistoric times, the porch – which gets its name from the Greek word “Portico” referring to the columned entry to a Classical temple – has been a destination for both relaxation and meeting for many millennia.

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Over the centuries, the porch, or at least similar structures, have been referred to by many names, including veranda, piazza, portico and lanai. However, it wasn’t until the end of the 19th century that the porch as we know it was established in America both as a term and a structure. That being said, it evolved in much the same way as the country itself. From pilgrims building small, covered outdoor attachments on their rustic homes, to western settlers adding a place to escape the heat and smoke of the cooking fires in their log cabins, to the elaborate decks that accentuated mansions in the goo, and into today, the porch has been a constantly changing concept.

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Cultural significance

The impact of the porch on American culture has been immense. It’s been a place where families have the kind of experiences that last a lifetime, where young lovers have shared their first kiss and where ideas and innovations have been discussed over cups of coffee or after-dinner drinks. The calm, relaxing environment they provide has given rise to innumerable experiences and conversations that have helped to shape the fabric of American life.

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Building and accessorizing a porch to remember

Making that national history a part of your own personal experience requires great care, planning and, probably, a decent amount of elbow grease. Those who want to make their porch a centerpiece of their home have to incorporate outdoor living designs that either bring out the best in an already existing structure or enhance a newly built one.
Whether you’re adding a porch to your home or redesigning one that has adorned your home for years, you’re going to want to look for products that can enhance the natural beauty of your property while also providing practical benefits like protection from the elements and annoying outdoor pests.

Retractable porch screens are one example of a product that can help you combine both form and function. They expand your options for controlling the environment, turning your porch into an outdoor sanctuary. Retractable door or window screens are additional enhancements you may want to consider as you look to protect yourself from the flying insects and mosquitoes that can plague any outdoor get together.

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By knowing the products available to you, and utilizing them in an effective manner, your porch will not only be a memorable gathering place, it will also provide you with a comfortable and secure environment where you can enjoy the best the outdoors has to offer without dealing with its attendant disadvantages.
So, if you’re planning to make a porch part of your personal or family life, think carefully about how you want to go about it, because it can be a place that will stay with you forever.

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Getting your patio ready for summer http://www.phantomscreens.com/blog/getting-your-patio-ready-for-summer/ http://www.phantomscreens.com/blog/getting-your-patio-ready-for-summer/#respond Thu, 10 May 2018 08:30:28 +0000 http://www.phantomscreens.com/?p=8508 Getting your patio ready for summer Before we know it, summer will be here! So, it’s time to make sure that your patio is just as ready for the warm months as you are – especially if you plan on hosting plenty of BBQs and parties at your home. Impress your guests and keep your […]

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Getting your patio ready for summer

Before we know it, summer will be here! So, it’s time to make sure that your patio is just as ready for the warm months as you are – especially if you plan on hosting plenty of BBQs and parties at your home. Impress your guests and keep your patio looking perfectly primped with these summer tips and tricks.

Take the time to clean

If you haven’t set foot on your patio since last summer, it’s probably due for a good cleaning. Dirt and grime can build up over time and really make the room unattractive. Remove all of the furniture and accessories to really give the space a clean sweep to make sure you get every last corner. Clean just as you would inside your house by dusting and vacuuming. Here are a few other cleaning tips for your patio:

  • Be sure to use a glass cleaner on glass table tops and windows so that light can properly shine through.
  • Wash the fabric on your outdoor umbrella with mild soap and water and be sure to put a household oil on any of its moving parts to make sure they work smoothly and don’t make any squeaky noises.
  • Use a degreaser on grill grates and on the outer parts of stainless steel grills.
  • Fill all of your plants with fresh potting soil and put in new plants to rid them of bacteria or dead insects that have built up over the winter season.
  • Remove any weeds growing between stones with a knife or patio weeder.
  • Pressure wash the floor of the patio to rid the surface of dirt and grime.

Have plenty of seating

If you’re hosting a large get-together, it’s important to make sure that every last guest has a seat to relax in. This will keep guests from lingering awkwardly while looking for a place to enjoy the party.

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Incorporate summer colors

Color can make all the difference when it comes to a summer party. It really brightens up the room and gives it a bit of personality. Pillows and rugs are super easy ways to color your patio and go a long way when it comes to improving comfort. You won’t have to deal with blistering hot decks and even your barefoot guests will be comfortable. Flowers are another super simple way to brighten up your space in no time and are the perfect decor for summer.

Get creative with lighting

Once the sun goes down, you’ll want to have ample lighting so that your guests can easily find their way around the party and admire your beautifully decorated patio at the same time. Lanterns are a unique and easy way to add some light to the room and can be set virtually anywhere. Hang them on a tree near the seating or put them near the bar to make getting drinks a breeze. Outdoor string lights are another creative option that turn your backyard from drab to fab in no time and create a whimsical ambiance to impress all of your guests.

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Screen in your patio

Every covered patio needs a retractable insect screen. There’s nothing worse than trying to enjoy your meal or a drink on a beautiful summer night and constantly having to bat away mosquitoes and flies while doing so. It will keep the fresh air in and the bugs out so your party will never have to be moved inside.

Rearrange furniture

Give your patio a fresh touch by rearranging some of the furniture. Moving around accessories like plants, rugs, wall decor and other patio elements can really create a space that looks new, crisp and modern.

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Inspiration for your patio’s grand entrance

As your guests enter your outdoor living space, you want them to get the best first impression possible. Your patio, porch or deck is an extension of your home and it’s only natural for you to want to show it off in the best way. There are a wide variety of entrance options to suit any style aesthetic you have – whether it’s a quaint traditional style or a sleek, open contemporary design. Here is some inspiration for your outdoor living area.

French doors

French doors are a great way to add character to small spaces and are perfect for a quaint space or sanctuary. They make for a seamless transition between the interior and exterior of the home. Leave them open during those warm, sunny days for a soft breeze or close them when the weather gets cooler, still allowing for views of the outdoors. You could enhance the charm by having a row of French doors. This usually works for long walls adjacent to the patio. Three or more sets of French doors can really open up the space and create a smooth progression between your home and the outdoors. And Phantom’s retractable screens work perfectly with French doors to keep the bugs out!

Secret garden gates

If your patio is more secluded, more like a sanctuary, a garden gate could be the perfect option for your space. Install a cute, white garden door surrounded by plenty of greenery, a trellis, climbing plants, fencing or all of the above. When you and your guests walk in, it will look like an isolated destination – a perfect getaway for a summer afternoon. Just make sure that your garden gates appropriately match the rest of your patio design.

Retractable screens

If you really want to provide an open design space with natural ventilation and flexibility, there is nothing better than retractable screens. There are a number of benefits to installing a retractable screen in your home. You get natural ventilation, privacy, protection from bugs and damaging UV rays, and the screen can be retracted when it’s not in use – allowing you to enjoy the outdoors while keeping the mosquitoes out. Consider having your kitchen open up to your patio for an inviting outdoor space.
Motorized retractable screens even have environmental sensors, which respond to outdoor conditions. They can help you save on air conditioning costs, improve indoor climate control and maximize energy efficiency.

Picture windows

The first thing your guests might see upon entering your home is a set of big, luxurious picture windows opening up to your outdoor patio. A large wall of glass can open up the room, making it look even larger, letting in plenty of natural light and giving you a perfect view of the great outdoors wherever you are in the home. The boundary between the interior and exterior is blurred in a wonderful, yet subtle way.

Consider more than one entrance

The only thing better than one entrance is two! You can improve the indoor and outdoor flow and open up your patio even more. Try switching up the entrance types – have French doors in one area with a sliding patio door screen on the other, with each set of doors opening up to a different room within the house.

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