Soil is clay/sand, kind of brownish gray in color. I had to import real soil when I built a garden.
The concrete stairwell will have a floor drain and 4 or 5 steps. Then the door will be a hinged door rather than sliding, to give me a larger opening. I'm working with 4 feet wide and taller than normal, so it will be a special order door..ugh.
The yellow pipe *was* a feeder for a gas fire pit, and I'll need to zigzag that out and around the bottom of the stairwell. Another project added to the list. Two electrical lines, one was run to that gas burner (probably was there for an electric flame starter but never used) and the other powers a pond pump and landscaping lighting. Sooooo--I will need to address that before the concrete. Finally, an outside light needs to go in, along with a wall switch and inside light as required by code. Amazing how a simple project snowballs.