Patios "Spring" to Life
After months of limited use and less-than accommodating weather it’s time
to get your outdoor entertaining area ready for prime-time!
BY ZACk WHITE
s this winter’s mountains of snow shrink, and the ground appears for
the first time since November, people can once again enjoy going outside.
And for people like Cindy Smith, some of the best times to be had in nice
weather are just out the door.
“When I picture a comfortable house, I imagine a big deck where you can have
family and friends over,” Smith said. “When I go to town, to my parent’s house, they
are always out on their deck, or my brother’s, out on his farm. It’s just the place to
When she and her husband Kenneth
decided a few years ago what the deck
situation should be on their house north
of Havre, they decided to have a few
different places to enjoy, adding three
The largest of these is on the back
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of the house and is where the Smiths
invite their friends for most of their
fair-weather entertaining, from Sunday
afternoon brisket barbecues to nocturnal
aurora borealis observing. “All summer
long, we’re out there doing something,”
Out the front door, on the southfacing side of their house they built
the second largest of the three, with
benches and an outdoor fireplace.
Cindy says that this one has the best
views, looking out over Havre, toward
the Bear's Paw Mountains beyond.
Whether it’s the day-time view of
the mountains beyond the winding
Milk River, or the night-time glow of
Havre's lights, observed from fireside,
it makes sense.
The smallest or most intimate deck
depending on how you look at it, is
higher off the ground than the others.
It is accessed only from their bedroom
on the east-side of their house, making
it the best for catching the sun's rise
over the Hi-Line.
All three of the decks were built by
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