The challenge was to build cabinetry to make an ordinary Murphy bed fit in with the Adirondack-style decor of the customer's screen-porch: The successful result is shown in the photos below. By day, the bed is concealed behind a bench seat, which is flanked by matching end tables. A cedar-lined chest serves as a coffee table (top left).

When the sun goes down, the porch can easily be transformed into a bedroom. The bench's back folds onto the seat (top right); the picture frame doubles as a handle (bottom right) to pull the bed down to rest upon the blanket chest (bottom left). Uplighting for mood and downlights for reading are mounted in the headboard, which also hides a stereo.

The four-piece unit was designed by master carpenters Mike Hover and Eric Smith in collaboration with Mary Gunion (the homeowner) and Ron Cascio (the owner of the design/build company Chestnut Creek, in Berlin, Md.). Hover and Smith crafted the furniture from beaded yellow pine, Philippine mahogany, and eastern red cedar.