At some point during the planning process I asked for stacker door windows instead of sliding doors at the rear of our house for a cleaner outlook towards the canals. And voila! They appeared on our plans with the added bonus that they were larger than the original windows. End of story.
Wrong. Once our builders started to order all the materials and fittings for our house, they realised that the selected stacker door windows were not wide enough to fill the “holes” in the dining room walls. So we switched to a different brand of stacker doors. The problem is that the new doors don’t have fly screens.
Years ago, when we installed bifold doors, we didn’t bother with fly screens in Mandurah. I’m all for a bit of exposure to the great outdoors, bugs and all, but one of the Little Pigs tends to physically overreact to bites, so I think we need to keep the mozzies out of the house.
So… the options:
1. Do nothing. Close the unscreened doors at dusk. We will still have 2 other screened openings in the living area for air flow. Deter mosquitos with clever plant selection.
2. Install fancy Centor Screens during construction at fancy prices. These screens (shown at top) are recessed into the floor and retract into the walls when open, effectively hiding the screens when not in use. They look great. A preliminary quote suggests that this will cost about $2000 per set of stacker doors plus installation.
3. Retrofit insect screens later, as necessary. Probably a less aesthetically-pleasing option.
The builders suggested two brands of security screens, equally as expensive as the Centor screens, but I’m worried they’ll obscure the view and I also wonder how much airflow actually passes through those kind of screens.
We’ve just about decided on the Centor screens but I am not yet convinced that they can be installed under our circumstances – you need walls to retract the screens into, but we’re a little short on those. I’m waiting for some reassurance on that one. Also, the builder wants to know what allowances need to be made to accommodate the screens…. somehow I’ve ended up as the middle man on this one and I feel unqualified.
The tricky stacker door situation:
What lengths have you gone to, to keep out mosquitos?
Does anyone have some great insect screens that work with stacker doors?
Or does anyone have a funny (or not so funny) story about the night they walked into a fly screen and broke their nose/glass/screen? I think there has to be one of those stories for every Australian household.
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