During the cold Chicago winter, living in our small home is nice. It’s cozy. I have a fire burning in the fireplace almost every evening. The kitchen and great room are the hub of our home and we use every inch of it. Then comes spring and summer and we bust outdoors. We have made the most of our outdoor space and we use it a lot. Many years ago Handy built a pergola off the back of our home. It helped shade us from the southern exposure of the sun that blasted into the 22 ft., window wall in our great room. It was part of a huge project that included tearing down a dilapidated deck and replacing it with a very large brick patio that now surrounds our home on two sides.
As our family grew and we were desperate for more living space, Handy roofed the pergola. He added an awesome fireplace, a TV, and some powerful outdoor heaters and wah la (I’m not sure if that is how you spell it) we had another space that we use three seasons of the year. We had friends over to celebrate the 4th of July yesterday and boated a little, enjoyed some great food & drinks, relaxed around a fire and then watched probably 4 or 5 different fireworks shows that were happening up and down the river. Molly (our little dog) wasn’t crazy about it all. She’s had her Thundershirt on all weekend!
He also built his first outdoor kitchen when he installed the brick patio. Here is a picture of the original kitchen. I apologize for the quality of the picture. It was the only one I could find and it appears to be a bad scan of the original.
Since that time our original outdoor kitchen has been torn down and in its place stands a newer, more improved outdoor kitchen.
I’ll be honest the fact that Handy was on his second outdoor kitchen while I was still cooking inside in my 6′ x 6′ sq., box of a kitchen, did not sit well with me. In another post I will share with you the indoor kitchen remodel.