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Behind the lattice: the garden's work and storage place.

A lattice-covered wing projecting from the garage of this house in Grass Valley, California, gives space for a potting table, storage of garden equipment, and shelves for starting seeds. The flat-roofed, 9-foot-wide addition screens an adjacent patio from the house next door.

Planned by landscape designer Jori Hook of Mill Valley for owners Mary and Jim Stradinger, the unheated wing extends 15 feet from the back of the garage, angles slightly, then continues another 8 feet. The bend orients the back of the greenhouse section toward true south to give plants plenty of sunlight.

The wing has a perimeter foundation and a gravel floor for easy drainage. Exterior-grade plywood covers the inside and outside of the stud framing. Lattice decorates the side facing the patio.

Providing access to the work area, a standard door opens on the side away from the patio; behind an arched opening in the lattice-covered wall slides a 5-foot-wide panel supported on barn-door hardware. (This extra-wide opening allows plenty of room for a lawn mower or loaded wheelbarrow to pass through.) A 6-inch-wide strip of benderboard covers the inside of the arch flush with the lattice.
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