Revamp your lake house during the off-season

Phantom Screens / August 4, 2016

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Just because the summer is ending doesn’t mean that you can’t still spend time at your lake house. In fact, now that the kids are back in school and the lake is probably a bit calmer, it’s the perfect time to do any re-decorating and designing that you’ve wanted to do since the beginning of summer. Get some inspiration and revamp your lake house with these ideas.

Indoor media room

While of course you want to spend the majority of your time outdoors when you’re at your lake house, rainy days may come your way from time to time. What better way to spend your day than in a large media room where everyone can cozy up and watch a good movie? In a basement space, add black or navy drapes along the walls to make it really feel like a movie theater. Then, incorporate stadium-type seating with wooden risers so you can sit in a staggered fashion. Add thick foam and plush pillows to each level. Don’t forget about blankets either!
Plan to use a large flat-screen television or a projector screen for the ultimate movie theater. Place it accordingly so the projector won’t be in the way of anyone’s head – the preferred location would be on the ceiling. Now you’re ready to pop the popcorn and plop down to watch one of your favorite flicks!

New screens

Phantom’s motorized retractable screens for patios can provide you with the ultimate protection against pesky bugs. If you and your family enjoy eating outdoors, this is absolutely ideal so bugs don’t make a meal for themselves on your dinner. With Phantom’s retractable screen system, you can get the best of both worlds because they don’t have to be visible at all times. Executive screens can fit a single opening as wide as 25 feet. Now can be a great time to replace your window and door screens as well.

New seating areas

Do you sometimes find that more people end up at your lake house than you expected? In no time flat, a get-together of a few family members and friends can turn into an elaborate social event. As long as you have enough seating for everyone, this doesn’t have to be an issue. In your living room, you’ll want to add a couple of large couches for those who are tired from the day’s activities. To add seating to the kitchen area, make sure to include a large dining table and an island where people can sit and have a cup of coffee. This gives you more room without having to extend the dining room table.
You will also want to be sure to have plenty of space outside for guests. Since this is where people are going to be most frequently, ample seating is extra important. Get some chairs that are stackable so they can be stored in a garage, shed or even just on the deck so people can grab them when needed.

Fire pit

A built-in fire pit is a must for any lake house. There’s just no better way to spend your evening than around a fire. In your yard, install a fire pit with brick so that it’s easily contained and will be big enough to keep everyone cozy. Place a few comfortable chairs and couches around the fire so people can grab a blanket and enjoy the night.