Reducing Reflections: A Follow-Up Case Study
In a previous case study, we detailed a Phantom Screens installation carried out at a family home in Essex. The aim was to reduce reflections in the evening to create a feeling of serenity while also dealing with solar management. We recently revisited this property to talk to the family and find out how their Phantom Screen was helping them to create their ideal family dining experience.
The family in question have an open-plan kitchen diner with a five-panel bifold door leading to the garden. With the door open, the kitchen diner blends with the large patio to create an inviting indoor-outdoor social space that is ideal for barbecues and al fresco dining.
The residents had decided that dressing the door with curtains would not complement the clean architectural lines of their renovation. Moreover, they were also concerned that the large amount of fabric required would result in an unsightly and cumbersome bundle either side of the door when the curtains were open.
One of the family's other concerns was that kitchen downlights and lamps would reflect in the glass in the evenings. In a heavily glazed area like this, indoor light sources are reflected in each pane, which can lead to a visually noisy environment. This, coupled with the lack of privacy, prompted this family to search for an innovative solution to dressing bifold doors. The solution was a single, motorised Phantom Screen - known as an Executive Screen.
Our automated solar screens can be deployed at the touch of a button and they're suitable for openings up to 12 metres wide. They can also be operated via a smartphone or programmed to move automatically in response to exterior lighting conditions. By talking to Phantom Screens before carrying out the renovation, the homeowners were able to plan a recessed installation, ensuring that their screen remains out of sight when not in use.
When we returned to the property, we learned that the family had been using the screen all summer, which had helped to reduce solar gain and to keep the inside of the property cool. It also meant the family were able to leave their bifold door open for much of the summer to maximise air circulation without worrying about dead leaves and other garden debris getting into the kitchen.
In this instance, the family chose a pale mesh, which has given their dining room a distinctive aesthetic. During the day, when conditions are brighter outside than inside, the garden is still visible. However, the light mesh softens the bright highlights and dark shadows, giving it a diffuse look. Although glare is reduced, the inside of the property still feels light and airy.
We visited the property at sunset and were able to see how the pale screen became more and more opaque as the outdoors got darker. Eventually, the garden was no longer visible, and the screen started to act as an interior blind. The mesh also prevented lamps and downlights from reflecting in the bifold door glass, which reduced the number of perceived points of light and minimised visual noise. The result was a calm and relaxed dining atmosphere.
Additionally, when viewed from the outside in the evening, the screen helped to give the windows a mirror-like finish that provided extra privacy. Objects inside the home - and even points of light - that would otherwise be visible were muted by the screen, so they can't be seen by passers-by. Moreover, objects outside were reflected in the glass, which further helped to mask the interior.
It is always gratifying to visit homes like these, where Phantom Screens are solving multiple problems and helping families to create spaces where they love to get together. To find out how Phantom Screens can help you control solar gain, increase privacy, and reduce reflections in heavily glazed areas, get in touch today. And if you're extending an existing home or building from scratch, talk to us about planning for a recessed installation to ensure your Phantom Screens remain all but invisible until deployed.
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