Breaking News Bar
updated: 5/7/2012 4:09 PM

Backyard blues

hello
Success - Article sent! close
  • Sharon Zeeck of Prospect Heights shows what her backyard looks like after a fire damaged her family's home and ruined all their personal possessions.

      Sharon Zeeck of Prospect Heights shows what her backyard looks like after a fire damaged her family's home and ruined all their personal possessions.

  • Belgard Hardscapes designed an open seating and cooking area using several types of stone that provide texture and help define the space.

      Belgard Hardscapes designed an open seating and cooking area using several types of stone that provide texture and help define the space.

  • Belgard Hardscapes designed a patio area that offers a built-in area for the grill, and a fire pit with seating surrounding it. The low wall also has a bench for additional seating.

      Belgard Hardscapes designed a patio area that offers a built-in area for the grill, and a fire pit with seating surrounding it. The low wall also has a bench for additional seating.

  • Belgard Hardscapes designed a patio area that is both cozy and comfortable, and open to allow viewing of the rest of the yard, with easy access from two sides.

      Belgard Hardscapes designed a patio area that is both cozy and comfortable, and open to allow viewing of the rest of the yard, with easy access from two sides.

 
Sharon Zeeck

I sure would love to win this contest!

Our yard is just grass and mud because we lost our home to fire on May 24 last year.

Order Reprint Print Article
 
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

The Daily Herald covered the story. We lost our family dog and all of our personal possessions.

After the fire, my family was living in a hotel and presently we are in a rental house. My family really misses our home and yard. We expect to move back into our home in May.

I have a family of five, a grandson with a new grandchild on the way.

Our yard in the summer was always being used. Before the fire, there was a beautiful flowering tree, landscaping, and a brick patio. The patio had a grill and a nice patio set on it. We had a small little area with chairs to enjoy and an outdoor fire in the evening. Now as you can see from the pictures, it is all gone. I now have the backyard blues!

We want to have an open house this spring/summer and invite the neighbors, friends and family who supported us during this difficult time. As of now, they would not be able to go in the yard since nothing is there. I dream of a beautiful yard again with friends and family enjoying ... a cocktail on a new brick patio or deck ... enjoying something to eat off the grill ... listening to waterfall or looking at a pond with fish ... sitting and talking on a beautiful patio set and then retiring into the yard to sit around an evening fire.

My family has had a tough year and I would love to be able to tell them I won this contest and we are getting a backyard makeover.

Thank you for letting me share our story.

Sharon Zeeck

Prospect Heights

Belgard Hardscapes offers a transformation idea with a budget of $20,000.

Belgard Hardscapes wanted to create an inviting space to help restore this backyard area that used to provide a haven for its owners and a place for friends and family to gather.

Using the Belgard Design Studio, the new patio layout provides functional sections, such as cooking at the grill and relaxing by the fire, as well as a flowing space, with multiple entrance and exit points for playing children and entertaining guests. Belgard Dublin Cobble was used for the main section of the patio bordered with Holland Stone which is also used for an inlay pattern adding depth to the overall design. Using complementary pavers to create this fun pattern allows the homeowners to add a bit of uniqueness to the square space. A low wall using Belgard Weston Stone separates the patio from the rest of the yard but allows the owners and guests to still enjoy activities that may be occurring in the yard, like children playing tag or adults enjoying Bocce ball. Weston Stone was also used for the fire pit and built-in seating, creating an area for relaxation and gathering with plenty of seats for roasting marshmallows or telling ghost stories by the fire. The new space creates an enjoyable extension of the home that invokes a relaxing and quiet evening under the stars as much as it encourages afternoon barbecues and festive birthday parties.

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.
    help here