After 2 months of weekends, 2 wads of cash, and 2 broken backs,we finished up the backyard this weekend. We filled in the side strip by the patio and put the mulch in the side yard which will now become my wood cutting area. There's a few things to button up, but at least we don't have the huge pile of gravel and stone on the patio anymore. We may stain the patio, but next year we will be dropping a few more bucks on deck for the patio with pergola, hot tub, and flag stone front patio (see sketch). But this is good for now and we are happy. The dogs can run around easily, so they are happy too.
All of Phase 7 pictures