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Rain room is an oasis for plants and people.

THE RAIN AT MAURY'S falls mainly just one story. At the same time. Every day. Architect Maury Lipowich built this "rain room" into his Tucson house primarily to provide a place to grow ornamentals and vegetables safe from marauding locals: birds, rabbits, and squirrels. But the oasis also tempers the desert heat throughout the indoors and provides a visual and aural treat for the adjacent living room and master suite. Both rooms open to the 14- by 28-foot screened room through large glass sliders.

The room's four misters are calculated to spray just to the edges of the doors, so that the sliders can stay open during the deluge. On breezy days, cooled, moistened air moves into the house. The 20-gallon shower is all the watering the room's 100 or so plants need.

In addition to 10-minute afternoon showers, the room offers the soothing sounds of trickling water from a continuously recirculating fountain.

Walls are clad with the same stucco as the exterior, with shelves and niches for plant display. A round planter sits at the center of the bay, and a generous potting table with a top of 2-by-4s on edge runs along one wall. Floors are unglazed Mexican pavers.

An arched door provides access to the desert, making it easy to move seedlings outdoors when they're ready to brave the wilds. Tools and pots are tucked against the outside wall.
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Author:Crosby, Bill
Publication:Sunset
Date:Sep 1, 1993
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