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A trio of trellises ... on a deck, at garden's edge, on the garage.

A trio of trellises . . . on a deck, at garden's edge, on the garage

The trellises organize and define separate outdoor areas at this house in Issaquah, Washington. Repeated features give the structures overall unity, but each has a different purpose.

The first measures 45 feet long and runs across the garage end of the house, then extends 20 feet beyond. Painted white to match the house trim, it has strong horizontal lines that make the two-story house seem less massive; the extended section directs arriving guests toward a long walkway to the front entry.

The second structure is a 3-foot-wide, 35-foot-long trellis that defines the edge of a large deck in the back garden. The deck offers views of the third trellis, a 6- by 15-foot structure framing a garden bench.

All three have similar detailing: angled 4-by-6 knee braces radiating from 6-by-6 posts, a horizontal band made with a 2-by-8 faced with 1-by-6s, 2-by-6 supports set at 12 inches on center, and 2-by-3 top strips.

Design was by Seattle landscape architect Thomas L. Berger.

Photo: Framing garden views, trellis runs across back of L-shaped deck. Low wall in center, covered with siding that matches the house, edges stairs to lawn. Smaller trellis across lawn has similar detailing, acts as a focal point against wooded backdrop

Photo: Extending from garage, entry trellis widens from 30 to 60 inches. Four-post groupings create "columns" that flank walk
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