Feels good to have this done! Now we can start reshaping the berm we made with all the dirt that was dug out for the patio ... and then move on to planting (my favorite part). Somewhere in there we also have to stain the fence and build some raised beds. But I think we've got the hardest project done, so onward we go!
These next two photos show the process of leveling the sand before we put the paving stones down. Erik was very clever setting up this 2x4 to "scrape" the surface smooth.