There are always challenges living in a one hundred year old home. The lighting still blinks when the A/C comes on. We have one outlet in the dining room and it’s in the middle of the floor (underneath my rug). And until now, we haven’t been able to leave our french doors open because we have no screen doors. But that has all changed, thanks to my partnership with Phantom Screens.
Before I tell you more, I did want to mention that the benefits of an older home outweigh the “not so great things” a million to one.
I reached out to Phantom Screens because I didn’t want to spend another summer with our doors closed. I wanted to be able to open our doors in the evenings because we do get cooler summer nights! We have never opened the french doors in the front of our home because of bugs and the fact that our dog Sport would (and has) run out of our french doors the few times I have opened them.
Our back door to the porch needed a screen so badly but the door opens outside, so I didn’t think we could ever have a screen door. There were plenty of times when I just left the door open but the bugs (especially mosquitos and June bugs) came in. And I want fresh air 24/7, even when it’s raining. But I don’t want Sport heading outside to play in the rain!
Fortunately, all my problems have been solved. Phantom Screens came over to our home, measured our doors and showed me exactly what the screen doors would look like. I have to admit, even with all of the benefits of the screen doors, I was really concerned about how the screen doors would look. I didn’t want a big bulky screen showing in our home as I didn’t want to detract from the hundred year old moldings on our doors. But I could tell right away they were going to look great.
They came back a few days later and installed screens on three of our doors. I have to tell you, I couldn’t be happier! You can barely see them. Even when they are closed.
They are so smooth and easy to open. They automatically lock in to place. And all you have to do is touch the tiny lever to open them. When they retract, they hide in the mounted return.
These are the french doors in our living room, located on the front of our home. The hardware is mounted outside so you can’t see a thing from the inside.
And here are the screens closed.
In our dining room, I love our french doors. I honestly can say in the almost twenty years we have lived here, I have opened these doors twice.
But now we have screens! The fresh air is amazing and the added sounds of the outdoors change the feel in this room so much.
I love that we have brought the outdoors inside in our home by adding these new screens. We have had the screens for about a month now and we love them! They are really sturdy and easy to open and close. Even Sport is used to them. When he approaches the back door, he sticks out a paw to see if the screen door is closed. We laugh every time.