FINALLY! The backyard deck got approved by the HOA. We have been working on the approval since September. The contractor started the work today. He dug the post holes and had to jackhammer the rear stoop. They only charged us $300 to remove the stoop. I think he undercharged us since he worked on it from 10am to 2pm. Did I mention that Lowes came in with the best price? They use a third party contractor so I hope that he gets paid well for the job. The deck will consist of redwood decking, a railing and a stairway leading down the side (by the sliding glass door). Here are a couple of pictures taken after they left. I will post more as the deck progresses.