Cynthia's Backyard Retreat

My Great Outdoors

Name: Cynthia
Location: Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Recent summer weather conditions have made me nostalgic for the backyard reno that we enjoyed only for a year and a bit before moving. We wanted a backyard space that had it all… a small pool, an outdoor gourmet kitchen, an Ipe deck, a tool shed, grass, and a play area, catering not only to my 5 and 3 1/2-year-old boys' needs as well as my husband's BBQ'ing obsession, but also to the modern aesthetics that I love.

The idea was that we would stay-cation in the summer months instead of investing in a cottage. In hindsight, a cottage would have been a better choice, financially, as we moved at the end of summer in 2011 and only got to enjoy the space for 2 half summers. Still, I remember our time in that beautiful outdoor space fondly. It was incredible in that it 'fit' me and my family so perfectly.

Thanks for sharing, Cynthia!

(Images: reader Cynthia)

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