At this point, we have removed the hideous deck, and found not one but TWO concrete patios buried, one on top of the other. This is an excellent example of how a project can incur unexpected costs. Concrete is expensive to dump - - it's done by weight.
The new smaller deck is mostly finished. There are two levels, bringing people down to the ground level gradually. Such soft transitions help to ground a deck in the space, and create an integrated whole. This yard suddenly seems so expansive!
The patio is also constructed of bluestone screenings, and is circular (I do love my circles). At the beginning of each branch of the path network, there are bluestone stepping stones. I want it to feel as if the circle is being held in place in space, almost like with brackets of the stones, when viewed from above.