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Small is Beautiful in a Kanazawa Garden by japantimes: The porch off the drawing room, with carp enjoying the stillness of a pool in the stream that it overlooks. Image credit: Stephen Mansfield #Garden #Japan #Kanazawa

Small is Beautiful in a Kanazawa Garden by japantimes: The porch off the drawing room, with carp enjoying the stillness of a pool in the stream that it overlooks. Image credit: Stephen Mansfield - Gardening Take

This Carlsbad home has a tertiary space that space is known in traditional Japanese homes as the "engawa.” To sustain a unified look throughout, the floor and ceiling are clad in ipe wood. Phttp://www.dwell.com/house-tours/article/house-week-secret-fortress-next-door

A time-honored design element, the engawa describes the wide corridor, protected under eaves, that skirts the perimeters of a traditional Japanese house. Here, we highlight five indoor-outdoor homes with modern-day engawas.