|Freshly poured concrete where the wood deck used to be. The deck was also built a step higher than the covered patio so it will be nice to be able to just walk right across it now.|
|Stain and stamping have been added to the concrete. The stamping isn't very pronounced, but when I can I'll take a closer photo of it. The stamping basically gives it some interest and makes it less slippery when wet.|
|Another view of the stained concrete around the spa.|
- Steps from the patio down to the yard (off to the far left in the middle photo above).
- How to manage the slight drop-off to the yard from the patio area beyond the spa. Right now there is about a 2-foot drop. Not a huge fall, but enough to twist an ankle or ruin a kid's day. We may add a poured concrete bench that will also act as a little wall. A step down to the yard there is not ideal because the strip of grass between the patio and the fence is already pretty narrow. I also have four huge terra cotta pots just sitting unused around the yard. If steps or a bench or whatnot are not in the budget, I may plant some nice palms in those pots and line them up along that portion of the wall.