Oh wow, I actually forgot about this thread. I've been cleaning my parent's garage and going to fix it up so we have a nice storage place for materials to fix up the outside. And I really like the black iron look in the 3D picture thanks for taking the time to do that. My dad should be especially pleased to here that you guys like his deck. He doesn't get praise like that very often.
And for the coloring, I think that judging upon close inspection of the railings, the reason why the colors are different is I think the stain blotched. Also, I don't think he's ever given the deck a full sanding, might be time to do one of those. Get it back down to the wood and restain it.
I'm also curious as to where you would think an outdoor stove would be good to build. Later today or tomorrow I'll get you guys the dimensions and the overall shape of the deck Top Down view, because I think you guys might think the deck is bigger then it really is because I don't think we could fit a stone stove on their nicely, but we'll see.