We played on the front porch when it was sunny. Zoe was a little upset that I put the gate up in front of the steps, they are the best part of the porch you know. Pete & I are talking about how & when to tear this porch down and build a new one. Last summer we knew we needed to rebuild and after our very wet & snowy winter the situation has escalated. It's not really proper deckwood and wasn't painted well by the previous owners either. If you have any good porch-building tips let me know!