About about a month ago, the votes for Welcome Home 2016 came in and with 473 votes, Mark Pirollo won this year's Welcome Home Contest! Congratulations, Mark on your soon-to-be new Centereach, NY backyard! We are extremely thankful to everyone who took time to submit their vote and thank you to all of the nominees and finalists. And of course, we're incredibly grateful to all of our sponsors who are helping to provide the many materials for the backyard makeover.
In true excitement, we've been working on some ideas for Mark, and his fiancee, Catherine along with their children. For safety, we know we'll be adding providing a handicapped accessible backyard space (with railings from Victorian Fence). Their current deck is rotting away so that whole area has to be replaced. This makes room for a patio with Unilock concrete pavers and material from Astro Masonry & Supply (thank you to Unilock & Astro Masonry for again being our sponsors for the 3rd consecutive year!).
As for the big bonus, we'll be installing a beautiful outdoor kitchen for the family to enjoy. This brand new cooking area will be made possible with a DCS grill (a new sponsor this year!) as well as a granite countertop from MGO Stone (repeat sponsor). The usable area for these features is limited, so we'll be using our creativity to make sure this all comes together for function and beauty.
We're installing everything but the plants within the next month. When the spring returns, we'll visit Mark and Catherine's home to finish off the project with beautiful plants from Bissett Nursery. And yes, we'll be sharing a lot of pictures along the way!