The old deck was removed and a new one installed in 2 weeks time. The base is extremely sturdy and the deck is perfectly levelled. The wood was cut into a herringbone pattern which is eye-pleasing. The corners have benches and gates were put at the top of the stairs which are very strong yet easy to open and close. The skirting along the bottom is perfectly uniform. Lights were put into each of the stairs which is eye-pleasing and self-functioning according to a daylight sensor. The team worked hard and seemingly never took any breaks. They graciously declined any offers of coffee or food and they cleaned up the mess completely. A bit pricey but 100% satisfied with the result. Staining is not included but does not seem immediately necessary. Would definately recommend this company to friends.