The front yard has a latticed patio with a charming bench under a decorative cherry tree. The bench and the patio were completely rebuilt in 2010. Ron of RS Renovations did a marvelous job building a new bench and saving the bricks to reconstitute the old patio into a new one double-bordered with pavers, then cedar. The bench is oiled once a year to protect the wood from Seattle’s wet weather.
Here’s what this area of the house looks like in the summer of 2010. The bench and the logs supporting it were falling apart, and everything had to be replaced. We saved and reused most of the bricks from the old patio and you can see above that it turned quite lovely.