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Watkins Concrete Block Co., Inc. 5th Annual Ultimate Backyard Challenge

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IT MAY BE DESCRIBED as the amnesia business. Home improvement companies of all stripes succeed best when they can erase memories, just like in the twisting and turning plotline of some sci-fi flick.

Such was the case when Metro Magazine visited the home of Bev and John Bogatz to survey their award-winning backyard, the one that took top honors for Paver Designs LLC in the 2010 Watkins Ultimate Backyard Challenge.

“Now, over here was … oh … I can’t even remember,” Bev Bogatz shrugged as her voice trailed off in an unsuccessful attempt to conjure a “before” picture of their backyard.

“Oh, that was where there was a … no … that’s not it …” John Bogatz added when he, too, came to realize that his memory had been vaporized. “Let’s just leave it at we had an old deck that had outlived it’s usefulness and appeal.”

Let’s see if we might help the Bogatz’s in their quest for “Total Recall.”

A weathered expanse of beyond-its-prime cedar on three levels — tiers that served only to chop up space in an awkward fashion for most gatherings — is now a stunning vista that includes serpentine accent bands of contrasting paver colors below a water feature tumbling down the impossibly steep, pine-splattered knoll that acts as a dramatic backdrop for Paver Designs’ creation.


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