And from this:
A few other pictures just for good measure:
This shows how I had him run the path through the patios...I'm really
pleased with the effect; kind of like a dry river bed. It connects the two patios
and leads the eye.
Now for the next part of the transformation: a fresh new planting design around the patios and wonderful new plant material! I've already started working with Midge Sobolewski of Sobolewski Landscaping. I think she's as excited as I am about the project - her ideas are brilliant! - and I can't wait to get started. She's coming Monday morning to discuss options and schedules. There's LOTS of work to do just clearing the old cement pavers and rocks out of the way and I'm hoping I can do some of that tomorrow if the weather cooperates. I'm working on a plan for the vegetable garden/cutting garden in the back of the yard by the shed, and I'm optimistic that, with Midge's help, it will finally start coming together and make better sense. It's just a mish-mash aesthetically and not working the way I want it to.
In the meantime, I'm hoping the painter will get in touch with me to schedule painting the porch and the whole rear of the house. He did a beautiful job on the front, so I know the back will be equally stunning when he's finished.
Anyway, things are coming along just as I had hoped they would...and I'm actually beginning to feel optimistic that the porch and yard will really look the part of Wedding Reception Venue come August! Fingers crossed, fingers crossed!