Finished the exterior trim work on the two sides today and my painter (ma) got one side sealed. I used cedar for it's light weight and rot-resistance but its spendy. Ended up using 3 10' 2x6s and 3 10' 1x6s and ripped them into various sizes. Have some leftover for interior and end cap trim.
The 2x6 under the French doors is the anchor for the fold down deck.