The area off the rear patio had been buried in junk, old plastic bags, and leaves and other debris blown in by the lake winds that are so prevalent here. I wish Lisa had told me before she started so I could have taken a picture of what it looked like yesterday.
As far as we can tell, this raised area must have been used for a previous owner's dog, based on the pet door located in the wall. There's a concrete pad but also wooden boards that are sagging. If we came into unlimited money, we'd pay to have a sauna installed here, putting it flush against the wall and installing a door into the hallway there. Just the thing for those cold winter nights.
Lisa has plans in the near term for this area, but I will write about them later should they come to fruition.