Backyard Bliss

A Chicagoland remodeler turns his bland backyard into an outdoor oasis

Remodeler Larry Rych's backyard oasis

Not wanting to obscure any of the view with vertical balusters, Rych used ½-inch tempered glass underneath the 1x6 deck railings. The view of the neighbor’s house, however, was purposely obscured to extend the illusion of a backyard oasis. The 4-by-7-foot cultured stone wall, angled at 45 degrees on the northeast corner of the deck, gives the chef and his guests their desired privacy. 

December 06, 2018

Standing on the deck of this 100-year-old Sears kit home in Elmhurst, Ill., it’s easy to forget you’re only 30 minutes from Chicago. That’s precisely what Larry Rych, president of Imperial Kitchens and Baths, wanted when he and his wife began drafting plans for their multilevel dream deck, a labor of love that took more than two years to complete. Read more

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