Funny story: After the deck was done, we had a man from the city stop by our house with a big red violation sticker.
"Um, sir, we see you built a deck without a permit. Do you mind if I take a look at your deck?"
Andrew had to explain that we didn't build a brand new deck nor did we expand the existing square footage so we didn't need to file a permit according to the company that built it for us. So he took a look at it and looked at Andrew's pictures. Then he went and talked to our deck company. We were cleared. Phew! But it sounds like someone told on us. Grrrr. Jerks.
Oh well. We didn't break any laws and we have a beautiful new deck.
Now... what color to stain it? Brown? Reddish? Natural wood? What do you think?