BETHESDAMAGAZINE.COM | MAY/JUNE 2018 263
ALTHOUGH THERE WERE SOME minor
glitches, the Hurleys were pleased with the
first-floor interior upgrades, which took about
five months to complete. In May 2015, they
began considering changes beyond the walls
of their home. Windows in the dining room
were replaced with French doors that brought
in light and invited guests outdoors. ;e new
access to outside led to a bit of “project creep”
and a decision to replace and enlarge their
deck, Bob says.
Being on a corner lot, the Hurleys felt
exposed and rarely spent time in their yard.
Bob says they wanted to make better use of
their half acre but weren’t sure how.
;e second phase, which was completed
in August 2015, was all about the outside.
Walking down from the new deck, they added
a patio and seating area with a fireplace. Initially, the backyard was open with no trees or
gates. Trees were planted around three sides
of the yard to provide needed privacy. To solve
some drainage issues, several drainpipes were
installed to direct water away from the house.
An 8-foot-high deer fence was added around
most of the yard, along with two gates—one
wood and one wrought iron.
“When we created this space and stepped
out to experience outdoor living, we were in
shock,” Cindy says. “It was a joy to see it evolve.”
;ese days, the Hurleys say dinner parties
often start and end in their refurbished backyard. ;ere are two entrances directly onto
the deck now—one from the kitchen, another
from the dining room. ;ey can seat eight to 10
people comfortably around the fireplace. On
the deck, there is room for another eight to 10.
;e couple often grill or smoke meats outside
and enjoy a glass of wine by the wood-burning
fireplace where they can bake pizzas or s’mores
without having the wind blow smoke in their
face, as is often the case with a fire pit. “;at
area is very cozy and comfortable,” Bob says.
The Hurleys’ renovation included
improved outdoor entertaining options.
A new deck, which seats eight to 10,
leads to another area, which has a
wood-burning ;replace. Trees on three
sides of the yard create privacy for
gatherings of friends and family.