Last year we completed all of the major stuff, we covered the entire yard with rocks. We as in Ryan and I did all by ourselves. It was backbreaking, but saved a ton of money. We hired out for the parts we are clueless on, like extending the patio to make it bigger and adding the fire pit. I saw this concrete fire pit in Restoration Hardware's summer catalog and thought it wouldn't be too difficult to recreate. So I showed the landscaper and he winged it. Its not perfect but it works, and it is way fun. We still are slowly adding a plant here or there but for the most part it is finished. We sit out there almost everyday and watch the sun go down, or enjoy our small glimpse of the mountains. Of course, on occasion we roast a few marshmallows here and there.
Other than a few small changes, I would say my PP is pretty spot on.