I like the stone base. We could use brick to match house. Traditional structures like this new pergola–porch can be built from modern materials that are impervious to moisture and insects (Kleer Lumber components from Tapco).
My husband doesn't always enjoy cooking on the concrete patio in the backyard. He wants to set the grill on something nice. We both agree that timber decking could add a bit more to our backyard and dining experience.