We're having a patio installed, and today was the first day of construction. Above is what our backyard looked like a few days ago. (Before I took out all the giant weeds and junk.) And here it is today:
This conversation started because we knew we needed to regrade the lawn, to guard against future flooding issues. So the redesign here has to both tackle that AND look good. In the top photo, you can sort of see the layout of the incoming patio. In just one day, we can already see the new lawn shape, leading water away from the house. More updates to come.