Retreat for all seasons

How an outdoor room gives a woodland garden year-round appeal
Jim McCausland

Filled with light and open on two sides, this garden room ― a Northwest take on the lanai ― provides flexible options for outdoor living.

Architect Kevin Gent conceived it as a summer deck that would "float" in a sea of salal, but it was transformed into an all-season outdoor room when he and the owners decided to add a roof, a fireplace, and walls that slide closed in stormy weather.

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