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Sheltered porch for outdoor dining in Redmond, Washington.

Sheltered porch for outdoor dining in Redmond, Washington

Outdoor dining in the Northwest can be a chancy affair, with frequent rains and drizzle to contend with. To enjoy being outdoors but avoid the damp, Bonnie and Bill Schourup of Redmond, Washington, designed an open porch with overhead protection that allows views into the surrounding trees.

The house's brick walls flank two sides of the wedge-shaped porch; the open side faces the back garden. To blend the porch with the outdoors, 2-by-4 decking continues into the area.

Overhead protection is part tiled roof, part clear acrylic. The 12-foot-long panels were mounted to rafters that overhang post-and-beam supports.

Seattle landscape architect Thomas Berger repeated the house's textured brick when he designed the cooking center that runs down one of the porch's side walls and extends along the edge of the deck. Topped with slate, the 31-foot-long center has built-in cabinets, a gas-fired barbecue, a smoker for curing salmon, and a substantial fireplace.

Photo: Clear panels let daylight brighten covered porch and shelter diners

Photo: Acrylic section blends with tiled roof. Protected area shows next to damp deck
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