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.
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."