Checkmate! It's all fun and games on this patio

Patio and hardscapes - Custom Outdoor Structures , Pool - Buckeye Pools

Written by: Christina Kleiner

More and more homeowners are looking to the back yard as a way to add extra square footage. In fact, updating or adding an outdoor living space was considered one of the top home improvement projects of recent years. From a spacious patio or deck to outdoor kitchens and dining areas, the possibilities are virtually endless.

When Dr. Thomas and Andrea Rak moved into their Springfield home, they had every intention of renovating the back yard. After making a few interior improvements, their attention turned to the outdoor space behind the house. “We purchased this home because of its great location,” Andrea says. “Plus, it sits on four wooded acres, which is something you don’t find so close to the city. We knew we wanted to take advantage of the private back yard.”

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