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My Dreamy Deck Acts as Another Room in My House

Elon Musk can have Mars; for me, I just want a patch of lawn in my backyard and a tarted-up deck for three-season merry-making. And I finally got it! Two years ago, after replacing all 25 dreary windows in my Georgian house in Toronto’s west end, I decided to create a cut-out to the backyard. The sliding door was a game-changer, allowing access to the garden. The only hitch? It was two feet up. This meant jumping down to the existing deck (sad and on dirt), which wasn’t graceful nor easy, especially when carting a couple of cocktails. And so the deck project took hold. It took two weeks to build alongside Jeff Walsh of Rocwal Design & Build. And I learned a lot along the way. Here’s how my deck remodel came together.

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