We were waiting for an opportunity to remove the Dirt Pile (thanks to Laura and Bryan!) We finally had a chance to clean up the job site a little, including spending the better part of a day loading up the dirt and driving it over to Wes Green Landscaping, who took it for free).
Instead of using concrete pavers by the shed door and pathway, we installed gravel with stepping stones to differentiate the space from the patio area (above). Plus, it was easier.
The exciting part of this project was that we spent about 1/4th of the cost of what the estimate was. Sure, it was a ton of work and we had no idea what we were doing until we did it - but we saved a ton of $$$!