So, an embarrassing amount of time has transpired, but the whole darn yard is now done.
The garden reshaping, concrete patio and sod portions were finished up yesterday.
Looking forward to the Spring when I can simply maintain it and not have to WORK in it.
Here is a shot of the old patio with pavers and rounded garden.
Here is a shot of the drain extended all the way to the hedge, and the framing of the new pad.
Here is a shot of the pad and garden all finished (OK, it still needs more mulch...).
And here is a shot of the new sod. More grass than we started with, but a better use of the space overall.
Took a lot longer than we started, and we ended up with about a 25% overage in budget, but instead of multi year/phased projects we decided to see it all the way through this year.