Jeff sent me these photos over the weekend.
This is the new framing for the back deck. In case I haven't explained, the real reason we are doing the back deck right now is that we need the egress from the back door in order to get a Certificate of Occupancy and we need a CofO to rent or sell. Apparently they care about things like "egress".
The problem is that we don't want to dedicate the resources right now to re-building the whole deck, but we also don't want to waste money building a deck that we are going to have to tear down later in order to build a full size deck. Jeff came up with a fairly simple shape that will allow him to just pull off the railing and extend the deck out to the full original size later when we are ready to finish it up (that might be quite some time though). In any case, this will be good enough to rent or sell it.
And these photos are of the exterior view of the sill plate that was exposed for the first time after Jeff pulled the deck off. He repaired it and is re-covering it with marine plywood before the deck gets re-built over it.
So far, so good.