This open-plan, four-bedroom house in Palo Alto, California, was built in 1954 by influential developer Joseph Eichler. The
kid friendly patio is used for entertaining and meals. A bedroom just off the kitchen was converted into a dining room where
colorful abstract painting are displayed.
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Resources: Vintage Russell Woodard Sculptura patio chairs painted by homeowners. Sina dining chairs ($1,216-$1,778) and Athos Extensible dining table (from $3,600) from Limn (www.limn.com or 415/543-5466).
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Who says the back porch has to be attached to the house? One Memphis family enjoys theirs, which is nestled in the heart of the back yard. Although the structure was part of the property when the family bought the home several years ago, its size and scale seem ideal for today. The screened porch section measures 8 x 12 feet; exposed beams on the inside give it an open feel. To the left, an enclosed room that's used for storing outdoor equipment takes up another eight feet.
- Integrated Cabinets
- Natural Setting
- Backyard Fire Pit
- Courtyard Gardening Center