The owners wanted to replace their aging small 10x12 deck with something that would extend their living space. Working through the plan with Whitmer Decks, LLC brought us to a 14x19 deck with 12 enclosed by a screened porch. The old deck was very unsafe and this was confirmed when it was torn down (see photos, WOW!). A rear beam was not very practical in this situation and there was nothing to bolt a ledger board onto. The alternative was to sister the joists into the house. This takes a bit longer, but really opens up under the deck. The entire structure turned out fantastic and it is really a showpiece at night with the lights on. A ceiling fan has been roughed in, and will be added in the near future.