Hallelujah! Our Craigslist guy with no references turned out to be a great find! If anyone needs a master mason in the SA area, let me know; he's great! We are thrilled!
So the fireplace, retaining wall, and all mason work is finished. Now Matt's part begins. First we're (errr... Matt's...) extending the patio with flagstone. Then we'll (um, yea.. Matt) have to re-lay some sod and redo some landscaping. Totally awesome timing with our 104* temps. and severe drought. :)
The end is in sight!!!!!!!!