Well, after 5 days of destruction and construction, the backyard transformation is complete. (If you want to see the before, I posted photos a couple weeks ago.)
View as you enter backyard.
To the left is the finished patio.
Including the rebuilt wall.
Looking out into the backyard you see the cedar, raised bed.
And in the back corner is the former koi pond -- now filled and planted.
The side path leading to the front yard. New hemlocks block view of road.
The grass still needs to grow in, but I'm very pleased with how this turned out. It is like we have a completely different yard -- it feels much larger, open and more useful for our family.