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A big surprise behind this 1908 Seattle workman's cottage.

A big surprise behind this 1908 Seattle workman's cottage This workman's cottage had a strong period style that its owner, Seattle architect Marshall Rose, wanted to keep. But he also wanted to open the house to the back garden and make space for outdoor living on the sloping lot.

Rose's ideas for the remodel came less from period architecture than from a tour of the Japanese countryside. "That's not surprising when you think about it," says Rose. "Traditional Japanese houses have simple, almost uninviting street faces. Behind, they open wide to a private garden."

He added a veranda and covered decking to provide 275 square feet of outdoor living space. The 5-foot-wide veranda runs 26 feet along one side of the house. Enlarged windows, doors with glass panels, and double doors bring in light and a garden view to a bedroom, study, and dining room.

The wide overhangs shelter the house from rain as well as too much summer sun. "I'd consider this design appropriate to most Western climates--Seattle to Maui to Tucson," says Rose.

The 100-foot-square pavilion is a favorite spot for outdoor dining. And with the comfort of a Japanese-style bed (futon), the owners spend many nights sleeping out here.

Knowing that he would leave the roofs open to the rafters, Rose took particular care in choosing and installing the milled cedar and shingles. The absence of a ceiling reduced the cost of materials and will save on future maintenance.

The pavilion and the back deck rest on pressure-treated 6-by-6s set on concrete piers. A long concrete footing was poured for the vertical supports of the veranda. Cedar shakes on the roofs and the 2-by-4 decking have been left to weather naturally. Other wood was painted in shades of mauve and cream. The combination contributes to the period look and helps make the transition from house to garden a subtle one.
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