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! You’re 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 let’s add a very dated look. But they wouldn’t 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 there’s 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, I’m a do-it-yourselfer guy, what’s 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,