I'm a home owner that is looking for some ideas and suggestions before contacting some local hardscaping companies. I moved into the house last year, and have since noticed some issues with the existing paver install, and I'm also looking for advice on how to deal with a drainage issue before paving the driveway. First, I've got a major issue with pooling water in the spring, and freezing into ice overnight. My wife runs a home based daycare and this spot is where all of the parents and children walk in the morning, so I'd really like to clear this up. You can see some water pooled at the moment, and it's part of a larger walk shown below: The entire walk slopes towards the drive and this point. We are looking at getting the driveway paved in the near future (asphalt), but I'd like to have some ideas on how to fix this pooling at the same time. I also think it will be necessary to raise the grade of the pavers to match where the driveway will be, but I'm not sure. I also have an issue on both this walkway and the one beside the garage with separation of the pavers. Do they need to be pulled, the base re-compacted and re-laid? What would be the best way to remove the last step on the porch and use pavers instead? Porch step: Paver separation: Paver separation: Paver separation beside garage: Lastly, on the stretch that runs beside the garage, it ends flush with the deck. Below is a picture of the "retaining wall" (for lack of a better term) that is supporting the end of the walk. What would be the best way to fix this as it does not look like a professional job: Retaining wall: Retaining wall: I do plan on talking to a professional in the area as well, but I thought I'd get some opinions on here first. Thanks in advance!