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Small side yard becomes shady retreat

Small side yard becomes shady retreat

By adding two broad trellises, some paving, and an assortment of container plants, landscape designer Michael Shotey of Environmental Lifestly, Inc., transformed the south-facing side of his Scottsdale, Arizona, house into this cool, lush, inviting outdoor living area.

The trellises extend 11 feet from the house, effectively shading all windows and sliding glass doors throughout the long warm season. One trellis screens the dining room and kitchen windows; another shades those of the living room. When the weather gets really hot, woven reed screening (seen here) is laid over the 3-by-4's that form the overheads.

The effect is two outdoor rooms separated by the 1 1/2-foot-wide break between trellises and further defined by the strip of railroad ties pictured above. The spaces can be used separately or as one continuous entertaining area.

Photo: Railroad ties sunk into rock-mulched planting bed link the two patios

Photo: Outdoor living space is designed into a garden that's only 22 by 41 feet

Photo: Pass-through counter from kitchen is convenient for outdoor entertaining
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Date:Jun 1, 1986
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