I'm sure there will be others that top this; however, the yard has been the biggest project to date. 3 dump truck loads of topsoil, 300+ bricks, sod, mulch, tons of sweat, and a bit of cash later, and we have a usable yard. I tried helping as much as I could, but I credit our yard to Nick and a couple of our close friends. Why did we we have to redo it you ask? Well, not only did it look like a muddy swamp land, but... it basically was a muddy swamp land. The slope of the yard and the drainage weren't conducive to a working yard. Nick and his buddies drafted a solution and got to work.
We bought it looking like this:
and note: these are official "relator" photos (touched up and angled as best as they could make them), so they look 24324x's better than it actually was... Imagine swamp + mud + misery.