Location: Marrakech, Morocco
An adventure searching for the perfect derelict Riad, through the constuction itself, to the end result (insha'Allah!)

Friday, 15 June 2012

Raising The Roof!

We've been so busy lately planning our campervan adventure to Morocco that we have not had time to update our blog for a few weeks now.  However, lots and lots of exciting things are happening on site, too much to mention and in our absence, a marvellous magical retractable roof has been fitted!

This idea came from our many visits to our favourite haunt, Cafe Arabe in Marrakech, which has a similar version.  Grant Rawlings of Chic Marrakech found out who made it and approached them.  Ours was made by La Maison du Store in Marrakech.

It will enable Riad Romm'an's courtyard to be completely enclosed at the touch of a button.  Riad's are designed to allow the heat to escape through the central opening over the garden/courtyard.  However, with Marrakech being near the desert, winter evenings can be especially chilly.  At that time of year heat escaping through the open roof is not such a welcome feature.  A retractable roof therefore is especially handy for keeping the heat in when required, plus when no-one is at home it will also keep out those cheeky Marrakech cats!


  1. Morocco is an ideal place for a retractable roof. With this feature, you get to enjoy the desert sun without leaving your home. A retractable roof will also let fresh air in, practically making it a large air vent. If I might add, it would also be interesting to put a retractable roof over your kitchen. That way, you can just let the odor waft out after you finish cooking.

    Mary Martin

  2. Hi,
    This kind of blog always useful for blog readers, it helps people during research.

    Day tours from Marrakech

  3. Wow! A retractable roof is indeed a good design detail to a home. It gives your home a very unique and functional feature. This is also good for beach houses and mountain cabins. This is a good way to enjoy the majestic view around you without going too far.

    Santo Caridine

  4. It is totally unique and functional. Retractable roofs, conventionally, are seen only on stadiums. For a house, it is quite a statement. Since it is your house, you can do any improvement you like. It’s pretty much like living in your own convertible. Perfect for stargazing without climbing stairs. :D

    Cody Charlebois

  5. I've added a short video on this blog post of the roof in action.

  6. That's pretty cool! With that installed in your home, it only shows that you’re on a different level when it comes to designing your home. As what Cody said, retractable roofs are mostly built on stadiums. It is kind of awkward on normal homes, but it is stylish at the same time.

    Kip Whitehead