How Do You Keep The Sun Out?

We recently came across a peek into Architect Rebecca Rudolph and Designer Colin Thompson's home. They've recently remodeled their self described "tear down" and morphed it into a much larger and inviting space. With the renovation came more space and more windows &mdash which is great, but also a challenge.

The couple are fortunate to now have large windows and doors that lead to their backyard, but, they needed to find a way to keep the house cool. The amount of sunlight and heat let in by large windows is astonishing and few people know how to tackle the problem.

Because sunlight is coveted in most homes and is a key factor in the buying process &mdash it's important to utilize removable options. Rebecca chose an unlikely option that we found surprising and enlightening.

She purchased a see-through protective welding curtain &mdash a fantastic alternative to heavy, bulky curtains. The curtain is designed to be a protective shield when welding, but it serves the same purpose with the sun. It helps to block harmful UV rays, as well as keep a better part of the sunlight out to keep the house cool. What's great is that it's see-through so the couple didn't have to worry about compromising their view.

The see-through protective welding curtain was purchased for about $100, and was then cut to fit the window perfectly!

How do you keep the sun out?

(Images: Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times)

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