The Ultimate Indoor-Outdoor Bedroom

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February 15, 2014
Originally published in 8 Modern Renovations
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Thanks to a folding glass wall and a custom-built bed, dreams of sleeping under the stars came true for a Cincinnati, Ohio, couple.
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  Architect John Senhauser was asked to design a master bedroom addition 1950s ranch house in Cincinnati, Ohio, belonging to a lawyer and his wife.  Courtesy of Ty Wright.
    Architect John Senhauser was asked to design a master bedroom addition 1950s ranch house in Cincinnati, Ohio, belonging to a lawyer and his wife. Courtesy of Ty Wright.
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  Senhauser's clients initially wanted a retractable roof, but were persuaded to do something more practical. "We kind of noodled around with the idea and ultimately decided that it would be easier if the bed came out on the porch than the roof rolling back over the bedroom," Senhauser says. A bank of folding doors by NanaWall opens to a terrace that overlooks a swimming pool. The bed is normally stationed against a wall but can slide onto the terrace when the residents wish to sleep outside.  Courtesy of Ty Wright.
    Senhauser's clients initially wanted a retractable roof, but were persuaded to do something more practical. "We kind of noodled around with the idea and ultimately decided that it would be easier if the bed came out on the porch than the roof rolling back over the bedroom," Senhauser says. A bank of folding doors by NanaWall opens to a terrace that overlooks a swimming pool. The bed is normally stationed against a wall but can slide onto the terrace when the residents wish to sleep outside. Courtesy of Ty Wright.
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  With a gentle nudge, architect John Senhauser pushes a custom bed outside onto the terrace. The bed travels along a metal track set into the white-oak floor. The ceiling rafters are Douglas fir.  Courtesy of Ty Wright.
    With a gentle nudge, architect John Senhauser pushes a custom bed outside onto the terrace. The bed travels along a metal track set into the white-oak floor. The ceiling rafters are Douglas fir. Courtesy of Ty Wright.
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  The bed is stationed on a custom wheeled frame and positioned over a track. The low-tech set up requires no maintenance other than a minor lube job every now and then.  Courtesy of Ty Wright.
    The bed is stationed on a custom wheeled frame and positioned over a track. The low-tech set up requires no maintenance other than a minor lube job every now and then. Courtesy of Ty Wright.
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  When the bed reaches the threshold, it slides out from the frame like a drawer so it's completely outside. "Because there are few chances to sleep outside, due to temperature or insects or humidity, the opportunities are really special," Senhauser says. "You can't do it every couple of days—it becomes a treat."  Courtesy of Ty Wright.
    When the bed reaches the threshold, it slides out from the frame like a drawer so it's completely outside. "Because there are few chances to sleep outside, due to temperature or insects or humidity, the opportunities are really special," Senhauser says. "You can't do it every couple of days—it becomes a treat." Courtesy of Ty Wright.
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