The deck is in progress and as shown in the photograph, we are already placing comfy chairs on it. Three piers are built and reinforced with rebar as well as concrete. We have six more piers to build to complete the full deck. As we build the deck we are staining the wood. Ultimately the deck will be covered and we would like to install tongue and groove wood flooring just like inside. The building schedule is as per our resources allow. That is to say, we may not install the roof for a little while and the stain offers a temporary protective coat. It also makes the wood taste bad, I presume, and deters pest infestations.