Backyard Updates and Sources
In 2012, my husband and I bought a 1959 bungalow. It was far from perfect but we loved the character it had and the surrounding neighborhood. Soon after we bought the house we added some columnar aspens for some privacy and replaced the chain link fence. As we planned a major renovation we realized one of our main priorities was better access to our backyard. Two doors, two sets of stairs and a gate separated our kitchen from the backyard. Definitely not ideal for BBQs or hangouts.
One day while sitting in the backyard we had an epiphany. We should add a deck and turn our existing bathroom into a back entry. The deck was added as part of the initial renovation and we’ve continued to add to it. A louvred roof, cozy furniture, colourful decor and a natural gas fire bowl. After the deck was finished we updated the pathways and added artificial turf to make it truly maintenance free. While the process has been long and at times arduous, we now have a second living space that we love. And thanks to our west-facing backyard, we’ve been able to use it almost all year around, including our crazy Calgarian winters.