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Angled trellises for privacy and sun control.

Privacy and entertaining space seemed nonexistent in Bill Steiner's back yard. His uphill neighbors had a clear view of a narrow patio pinched between his house and a steep hill.

Retaining walls carved into the hill expanded the patio and created recessed seating. Peninsulas filled with maple trees and dusty-gray Pittosporum crassifolium separate the seating areas. Uphill, redwoods were planted for future screening.

For immediate privacy and shade, landscape designer Don Vivatson of Danville, California, devised a series of angled redwood trellises. Pairs of 5-foot-long 2-by-8 cross arms bolt to 4-by-6 posts. The cross arms angle upward at 30 [degrees], extending 40 inches from the posts. A top layer of self-spaced 2-by-2s shades and blocks views of the seating areas. The posts, anchored in concrete, rise behind the retaining wells.
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