As everyone has no doubt noticed, I've updated my header. Instead of a photo of the display home, we now have..... OUR home. :o)
I'll try to get one with better lighting. Maybe I should be less lazy and haul out the tripod and actually use something other than the auto setting on my SLR.
Anyway, now that the deck is all done and the basic landscaping in place, it looks just as I imagined. It's quite hard to picture during the build, with no driveway, no landscaping, a bare concrete porch and mess everywhere, and you can really doubt your choices. But it turns out that all that agonising over colours and finishes actually was worth it.
And the portico beam? The one they rendered by mistake and then tried to tell me didn't matter, it looked fine? I'm so glad I kicked up a fuss about it and made them paint it in Ironstone. I wanted that "floating" effect, and that's exactly what I got.