Update Time: We have literally spent 4-5 months working on the backyard. Today we finished one of the last big parts.
This is how the yard started when we built the home.
They were dumping dirt next door, I paid the guy $300 bucks and he added about 10 trucks of dirt to the top of our yard.
I then added 16 zones of sprinklers, electrical, gas plumbing. All in all over 800 feet of pipe.
Digging HUGE Footers so the patio doesn't slide down the hill.
One of the few things my wife and I didn't do ourselves.
Setting Stairs Into Slope
Welded Up frame of pergola
1 of 3 Sprinkler Manifolds
Welded Frame of Outdoor Kitchen - You can see the utilities coming through. Gas, Electrical, Water for misting system.
Bought and assembled a trailer for bringing material home.
Coated patio and foundation with tan color, picture looks more pink than it is.
Flower Beds Going In
Slopes getting planted, I also added walls to the sides of the stairs.
I saw this idea on Houzz.com , we installed a beach pebble border. Below the stone is a french drain piped to the bottom of the yard.
More Planters, you can see some of the speakers at the back of the planter.
Doing Final Grading
Planted Zoysia Sod Today