Reader backyard after the remodel
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Best Backyard Redo: After

Who: Karl Jungbluth
Where: Boone, Iowa

His Story: “My wife, Carmen, and I love the outdoors. We garden, watch birds, and entertain on our deck. But the past few summers have been rainy, and the mosquitoes have been relentless. We'd try to eat dinner outside, only to retreat into the house. We decided a screened-in room was the best way to solve the problem and would also provide a focal point in our garden. I felt confident we could tackle this project, as I grew up on a farm and Carmen and I often volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.

"We began by creating a scrapbook of ideas from magazines and websites. The design is meant to be durable and low cost. It features beefy 6-by-6-inch corner posts, a composite deck floor, and a metal roof. The entire structure is made from off-the-shelf pressure-treated lumber. I sized the room to keep cuts and waste to a minimum, so it's 16 feet long and 12 feet wide, to conform with the length of the boards and joists."

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