When residential designer Dan Sater designed “Casa de Huevos II,” a 12,200-square-foot, award-winning home in Greenville, Ohio, he used lots of windows to enhance the home’s grandeur… But while the windows added appeal to the home, they were also the source of intense heat and glare, allowing the sun’s rays to pour into the home. The sun’s rays also threatened to damage the furnishings and decor.
When cousins Michael and Bob Marto, and their friend Costanzo LaRussa, decided to invest in a shared vacation home for their families last year, it was Caribe Resort’s unobstructed views of unspoiled beaches and storybook sunsets that initially attracted them. At the same time, they were concerned about obtaining enhanced protection for their new high-end furnishings from the damaging effects of the sun.
Pittsburgh’s Clayton Mansion, built in 1860, is a gem of Victorian architecture. Its priceless antiques, art, hand-painted wallpaper, and rare fabrics required protection from the damaging effects of the sun to retain their original splendor and ensure preservation. When a $6 million renovation was undertaken for the first two floors of the mansion in 1990, the building’s curator wanted to be sure that a priority was protecting the furnishings and decor.