The current project is also probably the biggest (unless we really do have landscaping done to let us put in an outdoor playset): screening about 2/3rds of the deck. The remaining third is left open. Massachusetts does not like it when people have open flame on a wooden deck, so I'm not going to say anything about what the open part of the deck is left open for.
Over the course of the last couple weeks, the framing has gone up and the roof, and the screening is now about half done. Finishing it will take a while, as there's going to be a ceiling, some lighting, a door, etc. But it is now possible to see the general shape of things to come. I'm _really_ excited about the prospect of hanging out outside while thinking neener neener neener to the bugs that are quite naturally common in our wetland.
Don't be thinking we're some sort of DIY gods over here. We hired people to do this work: skilled, able men in the trades who are able to put in a full day (starting before 8 a.m.), even when the temperature and humidity is in the mid to high 80s.