New progress pictures came in overnight. It appears that the surrounding ground has been graded. The ground is mostly broken shale, so there will be little to no mud up close to the house. However, it does prevent any future plantings.
Although we have a 360 degree view of 4 different mountain ranges, the porch corner faces the most spectacular view of The Crazies. We are pleased with how the porch has turned out. The house is small, but the large wrap around porch gives us more “living space” as we anticipate spending a lot of time outside.