Doors instead of windows terrace in place of lawn.
A small terrace seemed the perfect solution when Laura Haney
pictured a more comfortable transition between her living room and back
garden. Acting on her idea, Portland architect Rosalind Reed Dwight
first replaced a dated picture window with a pair of French doors
flanked by fixed glass. She then designed a rounded terrace, two steps
up from the lawn, of unglazed ceramic tile thin-set over a two-tier
concrete pad. At the end of the terrace, a radiating sunburst pattern fans out toward the view. Over the living room doors and windows, Dwight
added a 2 1/2- by 12-foot arbor, which softens the transition between
house and patio without blocking light to the living room. Tempered
glass covers the steel-tube structure, offering protection for anyone
enjoying the patio on drizzly days. The arbor ties into a ledger behind
the siding; flashing seals the joint. Trained over the arbor,
fast-growing evergreen clematis (C armandii) bears clusters of fragrant white flowers in spring and offers shade on hot summer days.