A tiny sanctuary

The deck project that we are currently working on is wrapping up. We are adding final details like these river rocks. This tree grew through the deck before we began renovating it. Before it was open to the underside of the deck and there was just dirt and pea gravel below. We decided to close it in for a more comfortable feel. The finishing touch are these stones which give the impression that the deck was built on a rocky beach or river bank. It adds a whole lot of comfort without a whole lot of change. The stone and hardwood elements work very well together in this setting.