Back yard is as pretty as a picture

Contractor and lead designer - Dan Dureiko , Plantscape design - Whitman Design Collaborative

Written by: Nina Polien Light

Mike and Jeanette Preston’s wish list for redesigning the back yard of their charming Tudor-style home was short: Mike favored a water feature and a replacement for an outdated awning off the back of the house with a more permanent structure that could withstand heavy snow.  Jeanette desired a fireplace.  Both wanted Dan Dureiko, president of Dureiko Construction Inc., who had previously remodeled their kitchen, to oversee this extensive project.

Beyond that, the couple didn’t realize the hidden potential of their Bratenahl property.  “It was amazing to see the amount of effort and detail that went into making this,” Mike says, as he gestures toward the inviting gardens and seating areas.  “Dan didn’t let me go in any direction I shouldn’t go.  I’m proud of it.  Now I don’t walk out of an extensively decorated interior to a bland and uninviting exterior.”

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