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Privacy and wind protection for an exposed deck.

Privacy and wind protection for an exposed deck

Living uphill from and close to a neighboring house gave Sarah and David Fleisig an unwanted view of its roof whenever they spent time in their entry courtyard. What they needed were privacy, light, and wind protection for the exposed deck.

To provide protection and block the roof view, Berkeley landscape architect Mathew Henning designed a 10-foot-tall combination fence and trellis. It spans the open end of their house's courtyard entry area.

The trellis connects to the garage and house wings at the roof level. The lower part, a 6-foot-high solid fence, uses the same siding that covers the rest of the house. Fused-glass windows punctuate the fence to let in deck light but no direct views of the neighbor's house. Over time, wisteria will grow across the upper trellis section; for now, the patterning created by grids of 2-by-4s and 2-by-2s adds interesting overhead form.

The rest of the courtyard has also been upgraded. Redwood decking covers most of the 20- by 22-foot area, but one corner was left open for plantings. A low bench edges this planting bed. Varied widths of 2-by wood make subtle patterns in both bench and deck. Wall-mounted trellises, made of 2-by-2s, support trumpet vines that will eventually mask and soften the texture of the courtyard walls.

Photo: Zigzagging bench jogs across patio from house front to entry gate in background. Azaleas, lemon tree, and trumpet vine grow from planting bed. Below, lower-level fence and upper-level trellis screen view of neighboring house

Photo: Panels of fused glass set into fence let in light, yet maintain privacy
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