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Ready for dinner on top of the spa.

Ready for dinner on top of the spa

From dining to soaking is only a tabletopaway in this Los Angeles gazebo. An octagonal spa resides under an insulating tabletop in the Victorian-style shelter. When dinner is over, owners Barbara and Andrew Thornburg simply fold up the top and they're ready for a relaxing soak.

Originally, the Thornburgs wanted both aspa and a place for dining in the garden behind their century-old house. But space was so limited they decided to combine the two functions in one structure. They use the gazebo for year-round entertaining; an infrared heater under the roof warms guests on cool evenings.

The 12-foot-wide structure, designed byMr. Thornburg, has step-up openings on opposite sides. The 6-foot-wide spa rises 28 inches from the floor. Foot-wide built-in benches can provide enough seating for up to 14 hungry guests.

Mr. Thornburg also designed the vinyl-coveredtop. Its core of 1 1/2-inch-thick foam insulation is sandwiched between a layer of flat fiberglass on top and sturdier corrugated fiberglass on the bottom.

Photo: Ready for dinner, an 8-foot-wide tablesits in this ornate gazebo that runs 16 feet from ground to twisting finial

Photo: Lightweight vinyl-upholstered cover doublesas tabletop and insulator. Foot-wide overhang on all sides gives diners knee room

Photo: Postprandial soak: protected spa sits among turned posts, bevel-topped railings, and other details that echo Victorian house in rear
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Date:Jun 1, 1987
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