As the project progresses, the siding on the back of the house will be replaced with something more heat resistant. I've already warped it in a couple of spots. The ginormous Chimney is going to be framed into wood shed with deck above. A corner of the chimney will remain exposed.
I'm sketching up the area and will send for a quote on the aluminum decking. I don't know if that will make the budget. On one site, an 8ft aluminum deck board was $72.
I'm also interested in some sort of tile. I'm hoping to here from someone with experience with underlaying the tile in a cold climate like Wisconsin.