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New bath opens to spa ... sliding gate gives privacy.

An unconventional expansion distinguishes this ranch-style house in Menlo Park, California. Janine and Klaus Kramer designed and built a bath, window wall, patio, and spa all in a visual line--expanding and brightening their master bedroom in a way that effectively merges indoor and outdoor areas. In the large center photograph, note how the walls falnking the tub extend beyond fixed glass panes to run under the house eaves and how the eave line is continued into the bath. A hidden door cut into the left wall provides quick access to the spa from the large tiled shower. (The spa can also be entered from the back garden.) A glass door inside the shower keeps the exterior wooden door dry and less likely to warp from moisture. Outside, the Kramers edged their secluded patio with subtropical plants; surrounding trellises support kiwi and passion vines. A 6- by 8-foot privacy door rolls along a heavy-duty track bolted to a trellis beam.
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Date:Apr 1, 1984
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