First off, thanks for the input and time offered. Secondly, I have decided to do it right and take the patio down the 2 stepping up with 2 themed landings to meet the pools elevation. That said, obviously, I had a hard time explaining my predicament! Youre correct in that pictures would help some, specifically to clarify the reason for the tear-down and rebuild.
They would show; the existing additions and garage footprint come within 2 6 of the pool which is also the main traffic route through the back-yard, and lets add a very dated look. But they wouldnt show; one of the additions is a converted garage where the 4 walls are seating on the typical garage 6 wide by 2 tall stem wall, the perimeter corners of the addition are some 2 out of level, and theres more. It's a mess! Have some rebuild blues though, that being, a 55 wide lot w/ a 12 by 45 pool and new construction 16 side-yard set backs causes the limited patio area concerns.
Finally, Im a do-it-yourselfer guy, whats the fun in having someone else have all the fun. Also, I have three young men who need a little character building!
Will not forget pictures next time
Thanks again handyguys,