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Narrow side yard was going to waste. Now it's lush garden, big bath.

An exterior and interior remodel created the slender garden in a narrow side yard and turned an undersize bedroom into a generous master bath.

The parallel spaces inerrelate: the garden is meant to be enjoyed from the new master bath, while its extended fence and trellis block views from the house next door. Since the new bath pushes out 2 feet into the side yard, the 24-foot-long garden varies in width from about 4-1/2 to 6-1/2 feet.

Because this side of the house faces south, overheating in the summer was often a problem. To cut down on the heat and glare, a trellis covers the garden. The structure has 4-by-4 posts connected by parallel 2-by-6s. For an unbroken appearance from below, the 2-by-2 shading joists rest on ledgers mounted to the house and secure to the bottom of the 2-by-6s.

The trellis provides enough shade to grow a ground cover of delicate baby's tears (Soleirolia soleirolii) that's interspersed with azaleas, ferns, dwarf agapanthus, and Myers asparagus ferns.

Inside, a wall in the former 10-1/2- by 12-foot bedroom was opened to the master bedroom and its diminutive bath. An 8-1/2- foot-long wall section was pushed out into the garden, and large double-glazed windows and smaller openable end windows were added to this bath extension.

A brick-bordered spa-tub dominates the expanded bath. The main 48- by 62-inch section stands 20 inches high; it has a built-in planter and step along one long side. These bricks are used in another planter at one end of a counter and also in the outside wall below the new windows.

Owners Jess and Norm Gadsby of Castro Valley, California, designed the remodel with contractor Ron Thompson.
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