How do you take a old deck from the ho-hum to Wow!? Strip it and apply new finishes. We used the existing good bones of this deck, and came up wih a new 'deck-over-roof' detail for the porch area roof, below, then added pvc decking and stainless steel cable railing for that contemporary Wow! look.
This home had some serious wall flashing issues, resulting in sill rot, carpenter ants and the structure being compromised. We removed the siding, replaced the rotted framing members and went back with proper flashing, bituthane and then trimmed it all with PVC trim for close to ground contact conditions.