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Super-trellis did it

Shaped like a boxy doughnut, the trellisringing this tiled patio provides shade for west- and south-facing windows, support for fast-growing vines, and a sense of partial enclosure that defines the outdoor living spaces. Designed by San Diego landscape architect Jeffrey W. Stone of Fry Stone Associates, the 35- by 40-foot trellis is now the heart of a house that once justifiably turned its back on an undersize patio and a jumbled yard.

Stone's plan completely changed thehouse's orientation, transforming a small elevated patio and making the back garden the house's primary focus. Before, few doors or windows took advantage of the property's best views or sun access. Now, instead of small windows and slender doors, five pairs of French doors open onto the tiled court.

A wide tiled surface serves as both topstep and upper patio level. Zigzagging around the side of the house and along the back wall of a small garage, three broad steps lead down to the expanded patio. Planters define the outside edges and mask the slope at the rear of the lot.

The 9-foot-wide flat trellis ties to bothhouse walls and rings the 17- by 19-foot center patio. From the house, it extends to 8-by-8 posts that rise from the planters at the patio's perimeter. All the trellis's wooden elements are purposely oversize: overhead beams are also 8-by-8s, the horizontal joists are 4-by-4s that project 18 inches beyond each beam.

For visual interest, Stone put edgingbands of dark blue tiles and 12-inch-wide concrete all the way around the patio. He rotated the patio's 8-inch-square tiles by 45| so they run diagonally to the steps. Centered in the area is a square that mirrors the tile, concrete, and paver combination and creates a kind of "tiled carpet.'

To envelop the trellis--and soften itsmass--was Stone's reason for landscaping with white and pink bower vines (Pandorea jasminoides), Easter lily vine (Beaumontia grandiflora), and Madagascar jasmine (Stephanotis floribunda).

Photo: Dramatic difference is revealed in before and afterpictures taken from the same angle. Dark-stained trellis, bands of stairs, new French doors, and multi-level patio all add horizontal emphasis that makes house seem wider

Photo: Wide steps dropfrom house to lower patio in 5-inch increments. At perimeter, planters rise with slope of lot to meet patio level

Photo: Trellis fits in Lof house and runs like a soffit around a room with no roof
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