Invisi-Gard security screen doors were installed in one of the bedrooms at the Carrington House renovation. Previously a dilapidated room at the front of the house, the light and elegant bedroom sanctuary that emerged from the renovation features traditional wooden French doors paired with Invisi-Gard security screens from Alspec.

Naomi Findlay, who is responsible for the extensive renovation of the 1880s house, observes that French doors are a glamorous and affordable way to create that desirable connection with the outdoors.

"More and more people are starting to understand the absolute essential element of connecting the insides and outsides of our homes," says Findlay.

"Realistically, French doors are one of the most affordable ways to do that," she said.

However, the bedroom was on the street-facing side of the house, which meant that a French door could potentially expose the space to unwanted intruders.

"People are loving the traditional nature of gorgeous French doors but we have to be realistic – form without function is absolutely useless," she remarked.

By installing Invisi-Gard French door screens in the bedroom, Findlay has ensured that the residents can appreciate the traditional French door style, while enjoying the security, visibility, ventilation and insect protection that come with modern security screening. Complete with their triple locking system and double flush bolt, the doors will ensure the occupants are safe and protected at all times.

Since the screens were required to be on the inside of the room, Findlay selected an Invisi-Gard profile, hinges and door handles that were indoor-orientated.

"I made sure I chose a product, which had the ability to look as internally integrated as possible," she says. Invisi-Gard security screens are made from 316 marine grade stainless steel mesh, woven into an exceptionally strong, flat surface, which optimises visibility. The screens are designed and tested to withstand impact and cutting with sharp objects, while maximising light and ventilation.

Though the house was in a state of disrepair, the whole process including measuring, fabricating and installing the screen doors was completed without a hitch, according to David Flynn from Cotton’s Glass & Aluminium. Since the new wooden doors and jambs had been fitted by the builder, the Invisi-Gard screen doors could be installed easily.

"The Invisi-Gard doors are ideal as they seamlessly integrate into this unique build and provide airflow, security and insect protection," added Flynn.

Design/ Styling/ Photography: Naomi Findlay