Five years after moving in, we finally have our deck! This is how it looks from the front of the house. Our lovely kiwi vine is growing over the archway leading to the stairs and side lot. It takes a lot longer than you might think to build a deck. I naively thought the workers would come and go in one long day. It was more like 4. But they did a great job and the deck is beautiful. We've sort of been waiting for this deck ever since we moved here in August of 03. We live in a century-old farmhouse which Shannon completely renovated prior to our arrival. She always envisioned a large deck on the side, but things kept coming up (a new roof, etc.) and the deck was put on the back-burner. Well, it was worth the wait. They just finished yesterday and we have already been enjoying it. Shannon plans on putting some kind of meshing up around the railing, at least temporarily, so that Silas doesn't decide to dive through the slats head first. We'll probably move one of the picnic tables up from another part of the yard so that we have a nice place to sit and eat. Such a nice addition to our living space!