All of the groundwork is complete and forms for the poured concrete foundation are now in place.
Connecting a new patio to an older patio is always a challenge. There is a bit of height differential between the existing pool deck and the breezeway between the offices. A step was necessary but deciding what shape the step would take, where it would go, and so on was a lengthy debate.
The original idea was to have a small step in the middle of the breezeway that stepped down onto the pool deck. I thought that was kind of ugly. I suggested something similar but that would sweep over to the patio in front of my office. In the end, however, Ahu came up with the idea of having a "step" which followed the existing curvature of the pool deck. Only a small step was then needed to come down from that step to the new patio area.
As discussed previously, my office had to be elevated to be even with Ahu's office. In this picture, the forms around my office foundation are visible. I think the ground needed to be built up almost 18 inches. Sand was used as backfill. Not quite as good as gravel but easier to move around.
In this picture you can also see the temporary modification that was made to our fence. Our neighbor graciously allowed us to have the contractors use part of their yard to drive tractors into the work area. The fence had to be cut temporarily to allow the tractors into the yard.