The man was able to save the old steps that went off toward the back. This next pic is with all the old deck gone as well as the finished outside edge of the deck that was left. The guy did a really good job and I enjoyed watching him work. He had to do some strange angle cuts because the beams underneath the deck board were not square to the boards. I was really impressed.:
They left to go get some fill dirt and have a late lunch and pick up another person and after a second trip to get dirt, the hole was filled and packed down and the steps were reattached to the deck:
They actually finished as it was getting dark so I took these last two pictures (above and below) the next day after I rearranged all my flower pots.
I was a tad disappointed after doing my research and finding out that it would not be a good idea to resod now. So we'll have a big sandy dirt patch for our company. Oh well. We will resod in April and by sometime next summer the grass will look like it was there the whole time.
I think I like my new smaller deck. And that's one more thing I could check off my list. Yay!