Let me say first I'm a fan of remodeling, upgrading and renovating older homes. But there is good and there is bad. (I never lived in this house by the way, so no investment in childhood memories. Just sadness at a poor renovation of a solid 1940 house with character.)
This was map shows Mom's house and garden. Notice all the trees?Before:
The back patio in early summer.
Remodeling pictures by Marian and Stuart Warshauer.