Trends | June 1, 2019

ELM CREEK —When it comes to patios, decks and landscapes, Kristen and Josh Graczyk not only talk the talk, they walk the walk. The owners of Graczyk Lawn & Land- scape enjoy living on their patio and deck nearly year-round, so when they speak with customers at their multi-faceted busi- ness in Kearney, they have the experience to back it up. “I love having coffee on the deck,” Kristen said about the elevated and roofed east-facing deck on their home on a slope northwest of Elm Creek. The deck offers shady relief on hot summer days and a panoramic view of the patchwork of pastures, cornfields and farm homes in the valley below. As he slides a pizza into the wood-fired Your Dream Job is Out There! View current job openings and career opportunities from 18 area businesses! Go to Now through Saturday, June 8 NEW! 2-WEEK VIRTUAL JOBFAIR S P O N S O R E D B Y : Trends Kearney Hub Weekend June 1-2, 2019 written by Mike Konz photos by Erika Pritchard PRIVACY, WEATHER PROTECTION and gathering space — the Grazcyks’ patio and deck add plenty of outdoor functionality. JOSH AND KRISTEN Graczyk’s four children are, from left, Adaline, 3; Charley, 5; Case, 8; and Ellis, 9 months. Graczyks enjoy spending family time on their patio and deck ONE OF THE more exotic plants in the Graczyk landscape is the bristlecone pine. It looks unusual and grows slowly. Outdoor living A COPPER DOWNSPOUT and lamp add authenticity to the look of the patio. JOSH GRACZYK is the designated chef when it’s time to pop a pizza into the brick oven. CONCRETE PAVERS leap to life at the hands of craftsmen, em- ploying colors and curves. CONTINUES ON PAGE 4C