And so yesterday, three large boxes appeared on the driveway, and after bringing all the parts to the backyard for Ikea-style assembly (though the furniture is Hampton Bay from Home Depot), a few hours later we were done.
We threw out two old wood benches that were on the lower part of the deck in order to make room for a more comfortable and inviting sofa set. We bought a swivel umbrella and hubs rigged it up in the corner of the upper part of the deck, so now we can eat and be able to look at each other instead of an umbrella pole. And since it was 65 degrees yesterday, we had our first meal outside. Now we just need to fill up the grill tank and we'll be all set.