Magazine article Sunset

Super-Trellis Did It

Magazine article Sunset

Super-Trellis Did It

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Super-trellis did it

Shaped like a boxy doughnut, the trellisringing this tiled patio provides shade for west- and south-facing windows, support for fast-growing vines, and a sense of partial enclosure that defines the outdoor living spaces. Designed by San Diego landscape architect Jeffrey W. Stone of Fry Stone Associates, the 35- by 40-foot trellis is now the heart of a house that once justifiably turned its back on an undersize patio and a jumbled yard.

Stone's plan completely changed thehouse's orientation, transforming a small elevated patio and making the back garden the house's primary focus. Before, few doors or windows took advantage of the property's best views or sun access. Now, instead of small windows and slender doors, five pairs of French doors open onto the tiled court.

A wide tiled surface serves as both topstep and upper patio level. Zigzagging around the side of the house and along the back wall of a small garage, three broad steps lead down to the expanded patio. Planters define the outside edges and mask the slope at the rear of the lot.

The 9-foot-wide flat trellis ties to bothhouse walls and rings the 17- by 19-foot center patio. From the house, it extends to 8-by-8 posts that rise from the planters at the patio's perimeter. …

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