About the home
This historic Boston Colonial home, built in 1912, is located in Brookline’s Cottage Farm neighborhood, two miles west of downtown Boston. When purchased by the homeowners the house was on the verge of complete deterioration after decades of neglect. The result of their four-year renovation process is a blend
of historic architectural details and materials with modern conveniences, including high-performance electronics, a state-of-the-art kitchen and a modern climate control system.
LOCATION: Boston, MA
DESIGNER: International Builders
PRODUCT: Retractable door & window screens
The homeowners had to carefully follow Massachusetts Historical Society guidelines and rules throughout the renovation process. As they had to preserve the original windows and doors, they could not add any fixed screens for shading and insect protection. They needed a screen solution that met the Society guidelines while providing insect protection, solar shade, and ventilation.
The homeowners selected retractable window screens as the best solution for several windows in their home. The screens are custom made and professionally installed to match the varying sizes and colors of each window in the home. When not needed, the screens retract completely out of sight into their color-matched housings, preserving the look and design of the original windows.
What makes this project special
The homeowners also selected a retractable door screen for their back doorway to create additional cross-ventilation during warm summer months while preventing insects from entering the home.