There has been a growing list of ambitious yard projects on my list of things to do the past few years. It finally took my cycling injuries to force the issue this year, realizing that I wasn't going to be tackling any this summer. So we took the difficult (for us) course of hiring contractors. We got bids from three and the project got underway in June.
Our back deck was the first to go. It was just too much trouble to maintain and was having some issues.
We took out the junipers and rock wall in the front, and removed the grass on the steepest portion.
We decided on pavers for a front walkway, side yard, and back patio.
Here's the new front wall under construction.
We also removed the landscape timbers in our back yard and built a block retaining wall ourselves. And we built a backyard shed.
Stay tuned for the finished product!