The plans for the garage are moving forward fast. The topographic surveys are done, the blueprints are in with the city, and the permits are applied for. Hopefully, we'll hear from the city this week with the go-ahead. We've come this/close to settling on a garage builder - and hope to sign a contract within the week. Once the permits are approved, we'll break ground!
In addition to the fence (from earlier this week), we're also going to put in some pavers for a patio, a new driveway, and a bunch of landscaping. There's also this "pavilion" that I want built above the patio. Pavilion you say? Yep. You got that right. See the picture below for what we're looking for.
We'll see where the prices come in. I'm thinking I can build this myself, but my dad is skeptical (and for good reason!). We'll have to put the footers in before the patio, but the rest can wait until we can find the right price.