Picking up from yesterday's post.
By October 22, a big piece of work was mostly done, and the cat and I moved in.
Yes, that is a big deck (12x16 feet); our handyman also built the smaller walk-out deck for the den.
By mid-November, we were able to have a meal out on the deck because it looked like this:
Yes, that is our Chinese rosewood dining set, for which there was emphatically no space inside the actual house.
And as of New Years Day, the gazebo (aka dining pavilion) has pupped, and the backyard living/dining room is nearly complete:
The smaller gazebo will be an outdoor-cooking area, with a table for Mr. P's paella burner, and his charcoal grill (currently under construction).
All of the rock you see used to be attached to the kitchen wall. I can't even.