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A patio for each corner and each season.

Tucked into the corners of this cross-shaped two-story house, three patios make the most of balmy Southern California days. They seem to invite you outdoors, giving this Riverside house a relaxed, vacation atmosphere.

Each patio is at its best at a different time of day or season. The three orientations take maximum advantage of the blufftop site, giving architect-owner Sigmar Hofmann and his family wide views across the Santa Ana River wilderness to the distant, shadowy San Gabriel Mountains.

The three trellised patios are not only useful as outdoor rooms, they visually extend the interior spaces which adjoin them. Bright blue 4- by 8-inch glazed ceramic tiles, which cover much of the ground floor indoors, extend as tracers through the patio paving, dividing it into 4-foot squares. Overhead, arbors of rough redwood repeat the 4-foot grid.

Lattice panels provide the appropriate amount of shade for each exposure--more on the northeast and southeast patios, less on the northwest. Several mature pepper trees were carefully preserved for their welcome shade, and vines will eventually cover arbors. Trumpet vines already growing on the east wall of the house are being trained to provide overhead shade.
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