Upstairs for big people, down stairs for little ones.
For Joanna......Intelligent use of space. And you could put shelves on the outside too!
Backyard - Patio and Deck Ideas
nice outdoor idea especially if yard isn't really big enough for a pool...sun and maybe build something that can be put over for shade.....
Put a bar rail on the deck for extra "table top" for cookouts and parties
Pergola with lights