We installed some cool features on the back porch on the Kuppersmith Project house to make it more useable as living space for the home. The cypress wood ceiling has screened Velux skylights that open at the push of a button to allow heat to escape. The skylights include sensors which automatically close the openings in case of rain.
Another impressive feature is the retractable motorized screens from Phantom Screens that can be rolled up and down by remote control. The special screening blocks 90% of the air, so the screens not only keep out insects but extreme temperatures as well.
With the screens lowered, you can open the doors from the house to the porch so air conditioning or heat can to circulate on the porch. This will keep the porch within 10 degrees of the temperature inside the house, allowing the porch to be used more throughout the year. The remote control also can be used to open just the center screen when access to the backyard is needed.
You can find out more about Phantom Screens on our website. Watch this video to find out more.