Sharon thought we were going to have a hard time hiding the heat pump, but with the new stairs towering over it, maybe we can come up with something. We probably would have put in smaller stairs, but this is what was required by code. Silly.
As a reminder, this is how it looked when we bought the house last year. Although that back deck was cute, it was too small to put any furniture on it. It was also not original; we pulled it off in an attempt to restore the rear profile of the house.