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When you spend your days renovating other people’s houses, the last thing you want to do is more of the same at your own place. That was both the motivation and the impediment for Martha Huk and James Blokker.

The two engineers, whose home design and renovation company Hedgeford & Berkley keeps them working hard to realize others’ dreams, had visions of coming home to a relaxing outdoor oasis. But their backyard was a neglected wasteland.

“There was nothing,” Huk said. “There was a yellow climbing frame, a catch-all area where we dumped everything while renovating the house, and no grass. I dreamed of, after a busy day, curling up on a comfortable couch with a glass of wine and a good book.

“Renovating all day, we wanted to come home to something nice. We started from scratch…”

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