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48-foot-long trellis over the entry and carport.

Stretching horizontally from a two-story house, this trellis-topped carport provides a sheltered place to park, defines the entry walk, and helps visually settle the house down into the surrounding landscape. In warm weather, it provides a shaded place for outdoor parties.

The 48-foot-long structure runs out from one corner of the hillside house. Wooden beams, rafters, and crosspieces, which get progresively more delicate with each layer, appear to be supported by massive concrete columns. Actually, the 78-inch-tall columns are relatively lightweight asbestos-cement (Transite) pipes, spaced about 20 feet apart. The true supporting elements are 6-by-6 posts inside the pipes.

The 1-inch-thick, 2-foot-diameter pipes are manufactured to serve as storm drains. These 6-1/2-foot lengths cost about $100 apiece and weigh about 300 pounds. Check the yellow pages under Water Works Equipment and Supplies.

Bolted to the 6-by-6 posts are pairs of 4-by-12 beams. The beams support rows of paired 2-by-8s; single 2-by-3s form the top layer.

The structure was designed and built by owners Michele and Gary Tobey of Design Concepts, santa Rosa, California.
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