I was sharing pictures of my new fireplace installation on a different thread, and also had some pictures of the deck I just completed yesterday. I am typically not much of a DIY'er, so I am pretty proud of the way it turned out. No plans-- I designed it (with some help from a friend) and built it myself (again with some help from a few friends). I used treated for the framing, and used cedar for the deck boards and face boards. Being this was my first real project in carpentry, I am pretty pleased with the result. All that is left is the staining, and installation of cedar log railing that I ordered. I hope this gives some hope to others that don't think they can handle a project like this on their own. If you take your time, it can turn out. Check out the pictures and let me know what you think. The lower level ties into a covered porch that runs the length of the house.