From 1968: Renovated Madison Park home lives up to its views

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Originally published January 28, 1968
By Margery Phillips; photos of Elizabeth Green

OUTDOOR LIFE as we know it today was virtually non-existent in the early 1900s. Outings typically included picnics; to swim; overnight camping; and, for homemakers, the long porch or veranda satisfied those who wished to briefly enjoy the outdoors.

Today, outdoor living spaces are almost as important as indoor spaces in the design or renovation of a Pacific Northwest home. Much attention is given to the planning of decks, decks, barbecues, pools and patios.

When Rodger DeRoux moved into a tiny cottage near Madison Park – which had received a little facelift in 1960 – he wanted a home that lived up to his prime viewing possibilities. The drawing board came out, and in a year and a half he redesigned and rebuilt the house shown today.

Instead of the old front porch, the house now has two terraces on the main level to expand the living space. The old terrace to the east was closed off to provide viewing space for the dining room, library, and playroom. Then another bridge was added for outdoor activities, which also provided shelter for two cars below. A street side terrace has been left intact to serve the bedrooms.

The house now has a useful future, and the investment of time, energy and money was well worth the owner.

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