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Up on the roof

Posted July 09, 2014 in Community Featured, Des Moines West
The roof of Beth and Jonathan Montpas’ garage serves double duty as a patio.

The roof of Beth and Jonathan Montpas’ garage serves double duty as a patio.

It’s more about what’s on Beth and Jonathan Montpas’ garage than what’s in it that makes the space special.

“Before we were married, you could stand in my old one-car garage, and you’d get rained on,” said Beth Montpas. “We knew we’d have to rebuild it soon.”

With four children of her own, and a husband moving in soon, a single-car garage just wouldn’t cut it.

“We knew we’d quickly need space for three cars, with Jonathan moving in and the kids soon needing a car,” says Montpas. “We decided pretty quickly, that a three-car garage was the minimum size.”

he soon-to-be-newlyweds had their garage built in the summer before their wedding. Built into the side of the hill, and a large, flat, concrete roof covered it.

“We were just standing on the roof one day and it struck us,” she says. “We could make this into an awesome patio.”

The afterthought has become a favorite extension of the Montpas household.

“Our first event on the new patio was with a group of about 30 of my cycling friends,” says Montpas. “With 30 people, we only filled about half the space, and we had a guest list of 75 for our wedding, so we decided to have our wedding there. It was the perfect place.”

It also served as the setting for their wedding.

It also served as the setting for their wedding.

Since then, with a fire pit, comfortable seating and grill, the patio has become an outdoor extension of their house.

“Every nice night, the kids ask ‘Is tonight a fire pit night?’ and we’ll go out and make s’mores,” she says. “I read out here any morning I can. There’s shade on part of it any time of day, so it’s comfortable to come out here and sit, no matter when.

“It’s been such a nice surprise. We have an amazing amount of space out here,” Montpas says. “I’m just so glad we thought of it. Plus, the garage holds our three cars and about a million bikes.”

Contact Darren at 953-4822 ext. 304 or darren@dmcityview.com to recommend someone for an upcoming issue of “What’s In Your Garage?”





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