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Posted November 21, 2012 in Community Featured, Pleasant Hill

Kay Oliver and her dog, Toby, love the backyard space at the home on Greenwood Avenue.

Not so long ago, this area was a part of Pleasant Hill that was just a pleasant hill. Ten years later, it’s full of beautiful homes, some custom built like the one for Kay Oliver on Greenwood Avenue.

This 2002 ranch-style home is exactly what she and her husband wanted. It is not too big, not too small and full of perfect natural light that pours in from the back of the house.

The Olivers built it to be one level and spacious. The cathedral ceilings open it up even more. The fireplace in the main living room is wood-burning with an oak mantel, which is ideal for entertaining.

The kitchen is open to the main living room with an island for Kay to cook, bake and watch football and drag racing with everyone else without missing a beat.

Kay loves cooking for others. She tries her hand at Greek and Italian dishes with ease. Her “no recipe” mentality impresses her grandchildren. She bakes homemade breads, muffins, soups and casseroles all from the comfort of the spacious living area she and her husband designed for themselves.

The real beauty of this custom-designed home is the view of the backyard. With sliding glass doors and large curtainless windows, it is a landscaper’s paradise.

The fire pit area is built into the bank and has a half-circle of seating that’s perfect for grandchildren to pretend they are at a live theater. Seven small dump trucks of dirt went into developing this area.

There is a pergola with wonderful sweet autum clematis covering one side. The railing around this small deck is lowered to be able to view the entire backyard with ease.

There is an evergreen bank, a rose bed and ornamental grasses. The Fat Albert Blue Spruce towers over the back yard hill in the upper corner.

There are more bricks — 650, to be exact — that make up two flower beds. This area consumed 10.5 tons of dirt to create. All this dirt lay on top of the clay base. Everything that grows here is thriving.

“I really love my windows in this house,” says Kay. “My backyard is always a part of this,” she smiles as she motions to her open living space on the inside.

As Kay and her dog, Toby, get the backyard space ready for fall, they anticipate the upcoming holidays with great cooking and entertaining excitement on the inside.

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