And this is its current state. Spa pool gone - equipment dismantled - pavers up - four large diosma shrubs temporarily housed in the vegie beds. Everyone thinks they're going to die, diosma don't like being transplanted apparently, but we'll give it a try.
This is another before shot of the steps down to the lawn. Not only can you see the pavers slowly tumbling over the edge, but the sleeper steps are rotting away. Many small children have tripped and plummeted down these steps during the last seven years. There's also another sleeper path around the side in even worse condition. We think they are original to the house, which was built in 1975, so the condition is not so surprising.
The after shot. Exactly as decrepit and crumbling as I would have pictured it! They think it will take a month to re-lay the paving (without the massive slope) and put it some rock edging for the garden, and put in some huge rocks for a "dry creek bed" with a little bridge over it. My husband is more of a gardener than I am, and a lot more creative. I have trouble seeing beyond anything that is already there, so I don't have a particularly clear idea of it in my head, but I trust him ... :)