Location: Fairfax, Virginia
We just created this wonderful space — what I now call my "happy place." Last May, a huge tree fell on our house during a weird spring burst of a storm. Once we determined that we were all safe (we sat in the family room, looking out the sliding-glass doors, watching the tree fall!) we realized how lucky we were that the damage was really very minimal — mostly to the siding, part of the roof and the rails on our ground-level 25-year-old deck, and one broken window.