We tried to make it low maintenance and low water use as well as pretty, attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies plus dog friendly and deer resistant with nice places for humans to hang out!
That was a lot of requirements plus we had to have decades of plants, old bricks and stone, yucky compost and up to 3 layers of weed barrier material removed. I’m not showing the pre-existing patio because it is bare at the moment since it is quite chilly these days.
Eventually there will be tall shrubs providing a screen along the back fence plus the camellias and other plants blooming. The front yard is much more welcoming now and we like coming home to it.