My Great Outdoors: Kate & Jeff's Tranquil Suburban Escape

My Great Outdoors: Kate & Jeff's Tranquil Suburban Escape

Kimber Watson
Jun 19, 2009

Name: Kate & Jeff
Location: Baltimore County, Maryland
Type of space: Entryway, Deck & Backyard
How did you do it?: When we bought the house, we knew we had a big project ahead of us when it came to the yard. We wanted to make the backyard suitable for entertaining, but we also wanted our kids to have a fantastic play space. I think we succeeded at both! We tackled the kid's play set first, which was not an easy task (especially when you don't read through all the directions first). After a couple days and one disassembling job, it was finally play-worthy. For the patio, we hired Outdoor Connection, a landscaping company located in Baltimore County. We came to the table with our own ideas and they helped fine tune them. They used gray paver stones, added a sitting wall, and made sure to slope the patio slightly away from the house to allow for proper drainage. Not that long ago, we started on some of the finishing touches. The privacy fence behind the play set was stained to match the play set, and the deck and lattice work were painted gray to blend in with the house and patio. It's really been a work in progress from the start.

Recommended store, site, product or resource? When it came to furnishing, we scored big at a Restoration Hardware Warehouse sale. We acquired the patio table and chair set, umbrella and stand, pillows, and a few of the larger planters. The entryway bistro table and chairs are from Ikea and most of the deck furniture came with the house when we bought it. The play set was from BJ's Wholesale Club and the fire pit was a Mother's Day gift from Lowes. The Family Handyman is always our go-to source for inspiration and DIY projects.

(Images: Kimberly Watson)

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