spaces home garden + As thanks for decades of memories, the couple’s friends jumped in to help, giving the project the feel of a barn raising. Over seven months, they distressed barn doors, poured cement countertops and landscaped—with some help from one “younger guy,” Paula confesses. One 90-degree day, they slogged away side by side, passing patio bricks assembly-line style. And when the space was complete, the crew basked in the success together. The pool house has hosted birthday and retirement parties, Chopped-style cooking competitions, and plenty of everyday hangouts—sun hats now optional. Paula wants guests to feel that her space is their space, so she insisted on individual cubbies where frequent visitors can keep belongings. Paula painted the bathroom’s barn door, giving it the look of driftwood’s washed-up texture and matching the surrounding trim color. Friend Bruce Wilson built low-maintenance stools with budgetfriendly steel pipes. For seats, he used oil pans as cement molds. The kitchen is built to survive Midwest winters, thanks to synthetic decking on the floor, galvanizedsteel cabinet panels, concrete countertops and easy-disconnect water lines (just like the ones on an RV). Around the patio, a fence made of weathered wooden posts wrapped in nautical rope has a harborside feel. 10 MWL J/A 2020
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