Rhode Island Retreat

Coastal Rhode Island

Subtle & Sophisticated Shading

Situated just one block from the ocean, this residence required exquisite attention to every detail. We provided motorized shading, a lighting & shading control system, audio/video, access control, networking, and home automation.

The shading design was the highlight of the services we provided, with the goals of (1) creating privacy for the homeowners while preserving their view and (2) keeping the feeling of the home very open and uncluttered. The dark sheer solar fabric selected for the shades allows the homeowners to enjoy their views out to the ocean while screening the view into the residence. Having the shades controlled from easily accessible keypads makes it simple to lower or open the shades as desired.

To minimize the visual impact when the shades are not in use, we utilized custom shade pockets in many locations. Roller shades are tucked into recessed pockets so they disappear completely when open. We took special care wherever windows met at a corner, stacking and offsetting the shade rollers in the pockets to ensure the gap between shades is as small as it can be.

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In the primary bedroom, bottom-up shades are used instead of standard roller shades. The shades sit within a custom pocket using the same offset design to minimize the light gap at the corner. The guidewires for the shades are very intentionally placed to align with the window mullions and disappear into the architecture.  

Both guest bedrooms also have slightly different shading designs. Palladiom shades are used in the downstairs guest bedroom for a sleek and modern aesthetic. The upstairs guest bedroom features custom manual drapery.  

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Since its completion, this project has been honored with three national shading awards:

  • 2022 Lutron Excellence Award for Best Palladiom, Sivoia QS or Triathlon Shading Project
  • 2022 CE Pro Home of the Year Award for Best Shade Control Project (Gold)
  • 2023 Technology Designer Performance Home Award for Best Design - Window Treatment.

View the video below for a closer look at the details in this project.

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Project Partners


Hutker Architects


Evergreen Building Systems

Interior Designer

Studio Frank

Lighting Designer

Landscape Architect


Technology Systems

Lighting & Shading Control

Motorized Shading

Audio & Video

Network & Technology Infrastructure

Access Control & Surveillance

Specialty Systems