Stooping up the yardwork

Up until this August, our front yard looked like this.  (Hiiiii, neighbors!)
We loved our zero-scaping so much, we embraced it for several months.  Maybe years.  
It was super low-maintenance. #blessed

The Mr. worked hard leveling the ground, prepping the soil, laying sod, then stone.  Then he planted things.

Earlier this summer, Mr. applied stain to the new stoop (color: chocolate).
 

Here it is now:

Alright, we're calling this area done for now. Just in time for it to be covered in leaves, then snow.
Are we timely or what.  It's how we do, leave us alone ;-)

More on the mudroom exterior/stoop: