This screened porch and deck turned out to be a great project and fits the space available perfectly. The old deck was built very low because of how the house was constructed. Because of this you were forced to step down from the house to the deck and then further to the lower level. It made for a very disconnected experience. It also made the ceiling very low for the area underneath. The hot tub was put in around the corner on the other side of the chimney and because it was right up against the house there was not room for a cover lift. This made it tough to get the cover on and off the tub. We fixed all that by bringing the deck and screened porch up to the level of the door from the house. Now the outdoor living space is more of an extension of the house. The area underneath has a ceiling that is 24” higher and therefore much brighter. We poured a concrete pad and moved the hot tub to a spot under the screened porch. Not an easy task. An under deck drainage system was installed to keep the tub area dry. Other features include: - Cedar railing with metal balusters. - Trax Transcend decking. - Hidden fasteners for the decking. - Post and beam lighting. - Beaded cypress ceiling and walls in the screened porch. - Lattice storage area underneath. I believe this space will be used much more than the old one. Enjoy!