Bringing the Outside in
- At the heart of the picturesque orchards and wineries of the Okanagan Valley and located in Kelowna
stands this imposing family home. Surrounded by beautifully designed and immaculately kept gardens, the house
is a charming combination of luxurious indoor space and stunning landscaped exterior. The owners extensively
remodeled the house and added the front veranda and the swimming pool, as well as a back porch and patio to
enjoy an unrestricted view of the extensive manicured gardens. The porch is used as an entertaining space and acts
as a transition between indoors and outside.
- The homeowners love their covered porch and the protection from the elements it offers — allowing them
to enjoy their gardens whatever the weather. From the end of winter to the last days of fall they like to sit, relax
and entertain. Unfortunately, especially in the height of summer, they suffered the unwanted attention of insects
and had to retreat indoors. So they looked for a screen solution which would act as a barrier to insects without
obstructing the view of their backyard and not take away from the simple and elegant design of their porch.
- The homeowners chose retractable screens as the best screen solution suitable for their porch. The
view of the gardens was very important and therefore the screens had to be retractable when not in use. The
screens also needed to be easy to operate, simple to maintain, and easy to fit in with the owners’ lifestyle.
After full consultation with the couple, Phantom Screens’ BC Interior Division recommended motorized
Executive Screens by Phantom® recessed into the porch’s archways to maintain the clean lines of the
home’s design. The screens are completely out of sight when not in use, and can
be lowered by the simple press of a button on a remote control or a control pad
located near the door. The installation of the screens has enabled the homeowners
to thoroughly enjoy their garden, as well as allowing the exterior spaces of their
home to be used comfortably from early spring to late fall.
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