After several years, many uncovered decks show signs of deterioration from the exposure to the elements, yet much of the structure is still good. This homeowner requested a deck replacement, and asked HSH to add some new features which greatly expanded its functionality. Although we were able to retain the original framing, keeping the budget lower and eliminating unnecessary waste, the extent of the weather damage necessitated complete demolition and replacement of the steps, the decking itself, and the railing. This restoration project gave the homeowner the opportunity to add two greatly needed features: a bench seat with storage, and a permanent hinged access door to the under-deck storage area. At the homeowner’s request, the bench seat was contiguous with, and formed part of, the deck railing itself. The area inside the seat makes a great storage area for outdoor living accessories all season long, handy for use yet sheltered from extremes of temperature and weather conditions. The under-deck area, while attractively screened and contained with white lattice panels, is also accessible through a hinged door, which can be locked for additional security. In the moderate Southeastern Virginia climate, uncovered decks are useable almost 365 days a year, and are a popular feature with homebuyers, for whom the attractiveness of outdoor entertaining areas can be a major factor in the decision to purchase.