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Tuscan-Style Potting Room

Author: Nancy Erdmann
Issue: April, 2014, Page 60
Photo by Art Holeman



An unused space morphs into an outdoor potting room

THE SITUATION
The homeowner wanted a plant-potting area with a shallow sink that would accommodate heavy containers. She also wanted a place to dry herbs and store flowering plants that were recovering from the summer heat or winter cold.

THE PLAN
Designed for an L-shaped spot at the back of the house, her potting room would incorporate two of the home’s existing walls. A half wall was to be added to allow in enough light and air to keep the flowers and the gardener comfortable.

THE DESIGN
To match the Tuscan-style house, walls were coated with integral colored stucco; hand-carved Douglas fir was used for the beams; and Italian Cotto tiles form the backsplash. The flooring is concrete.

THE DETAILS
A custom work table with a galvanized steel top, stainless steel sink and low shelf serves as the main component. The copper pendant, also from Italy, lights the area when the sun has set.
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