We had made good use of our small back patio over the past 12 years, but we were ready for a change.
When we moved here in '99, Phillip had plans of putting in a hot tub, eventually. Now that the girls and Benjamin had outgrown the sandbox, the space was available.
Several other things got the project moving along. The wall behind the ivy needed replaced due to rotting wood, then a few months later we got termites. It was recommended that we remove all the dirt and wood chips from the sides of the house.
The work started in mid November with a new drainage system.