New Entertaining Space: After

Who: Curt L.
Where: San Francisco, Calif.

We also converted a window to a door on the back and put in a new deck and spiral stairs to connect the house and yard. We now easily host large parties and enjoy using the space for entertaining, gardening, and relaxing. I did almost all the work myself—we had someone else build the metal parts of the deck and stairs and pour the concrete patio. It took about a year and half of weekends and evenings.

Who did the work: I did most of the work myself.
Cost: $25,000 to $50,000
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