Jake and Karen's house...
...the progress

back view current photos

Current patio furniture. Fence's finished. We need trees and a patio now.

This is the back of the house, backyard is about 42' wide. The builder put in a deck because it was too high for steps. We upgraded to make the deck 9' wide instead of 6' and the steps 5' wide instead of 3', centered on the sliding doors. It had to be useable and look decent because it has to last a year or two before we're ready to commit to hardscaping the back yard.

It was so nice to bring the barbeque to the back of the house, instead of dragging it out of the garage every time. Over the winter we'll put it on the deck so we can easily access it.

Closer view of the deck. I need a stain colour for this, protect it as soon as possible. We have a pair of muskoka chairs, nice place for an evening drink. It's not big enough for entertaining, but then again, 99% of the time it's just Jake and I, and the kitties, besides, we don't even own patio furniture! Note Suzy is right at home already, didn't take her too long. We've even had hummingbirds visit this year already!

Back of the house, I love the symmetry of the windows. No grass as yet, will be gorgeous once it's put in.

View of back of house, not much going on right now. There will be more houses for phase 3 of the development, but hopefully that won't be for at least a year.

backview

Most of this isn't ours, our backyard is approximately 40x42'. We have big plans for a deck, seating areas and plantings, but that will have to wait until we get grass and a fence!