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Time: One weekend (4 hours of labor, plus drying time for sealer)
Difficulty: 3 (on a scale of 1–10; requires modest woodworking skills)
Cost: About $170
Design: Adams Design Associates, Solana Beach, CA (858/350-8166)
Design: Woolsey Studio, Tempe, AZ (480/945-3440)
Design: Francisco Urrutia, Urrutia Architects, Palm Springs (760/327-6800)
Design: Geoffrey B. Harris, Boulder, CO (303/442-2642)
Design: Justin Davis, True Design Build, Los Angeles (323/664-8853)
After owners Alison and David Cameron moved in, they hired a plumber to hook up the shower. The redwood 2-by-6 decking serves as duckboard: water trickles between the boards and falls to a lower area with a drain.
The deck opens to the sky and makes a welcoming, wind-sheltered location for houseplants that periodically come out for a shower of their own. A shelf along one wall provides extra space for smaller plants.
Interior designers Angelique Swingle and Marcy Voyevod made it happen with Lightscreen panels. Lightscreens are a modern take on traditional stained-glass windows. They employ translucent marbles suspended in an aluminum grid to block views ― but not light. "The manufacturers let you pick marble colors and levels of translucency," Swingle says. "We selected colors based on the colors of the surrounding landscape."
Lightscreen panels are available through Architectural Systems (800/793-0224).
Design: Marcy Voyevod Design, Oakland, CA (510/433-0724), and Angelique Swingle.
Board-formed concrete and a stone floor accentuate the rugged outdoor theme.
Privacy and convenience
The reclaimed-redwood screen lets in light and air yet supplies ample coverage while showering under Moen fixtures. The low retaining wall adds further privacy and a place for accessories.
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