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“The first cou­ple years, we didn’t use the back­yard at all be­cause there was just a small con­crete pad and dead grass,” Ju­lia says.

“The space was so small that to build a deck and try to keep some grass seemed point­less. So in­stead of di­vid­ing it, we came up with a plan to make our back­yard an ex­ten­sion of our liv­ing space.” The cou­ple uti­lized the en­tire tri­an­gle-shape back­yard for a large deck, left, with liv­ing, din­ing, and kitchen spa­ces—and a fire­place. “We tried to de­cide what sort of fire pit we wanted for a long time,” Ju­lia says. “The deck was miss­ing a ver­ti­cal el­e­ment. And I al­ways wanted a fire­place in our main liv­ing room in­side, so we de­cided to build an out­door ver­ti­cal fire­place.” The kitchen—“which is Chris’ baby,” Ju­lia says—has a large grill and smoker and storage, be­low. “We built it out of brick ve­neer tiles, and it turned out re­ally great,” Chris says. Ju­lia adds, “I said, ‘If we build an out­door kitchen, that means you can’t switch out your grill ev­ery year.’ So he got a big grill.” Chris, smil­ing with pride, says, “A re­ally, re­ally nice one.”

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