Support for Furnishings

Like interior walls, exterior walls and fences can support many different elements. One such use for exterior walls is to serve as a background surface on which to display

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various wall decorations (Figure 11—93). Strong privacy is provided at the left side of the space, while an open feeling is kept to the right side of the space.

A similar concept is to use walls to support shelves on which potted plants, sculptures, or other objects can be placed (Figure 11—94). This example shows a stucco wall built to reflect an arc and tangent landscape design theme.

A fence or wall can likewise be used to support hanging plants (Figure 11—95). Here, a fence is built with vertical panels on the sides of a special pattern. The location of this pattern is adjacent to an outdoor eating area. It accents the area, especially with a higher, arched area in the center of the panel.

Just as interior spaces can be used in the nighttime hours, so can outdoor spaces. Lights can be positioned across the top of a fence (Figure 11—96) to light the vertical

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panels. The reflected light of the fence would then provide enough light to use the ad­jacent space.

Windows are an integral part of indoor rooms. Without them we would feel too enclosed. They provide for views and light to enter into a space. They are made in many sizes and shapes and are often complemented with drapery or blinds for varying the degree of privacy or darkness. Windows may be used similarly for exterior walls

and fences (Figure 11—97). The left side of the illustration shows an opening that can be adjusted with an exterior blind. It can be closed when privacy is needed and opened when one wants to talk with neighbors or provide a view. The right side shows a stained glass wall light, built into the wall, with the same size and trim as the open­ing on the left.

When privacy is not needed but containment for pets is critical, lower fences and walls can be incorporated into a design. Just as in the taller walls, patterns can be used to provide additional character to the wall, as well as places for pets to view into the adjoining spaces (Figure 11—98).