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Seems to me a lattice patio cover might work for you.

(That ugly URL is just a google image search on "lattice patio cover".)

The basic idea is the "cover" is wood standing on edge to provide shade while allowing some light in. Rain or snow would fall through, and wind can blow through it as long as the slats are not too close together. When you're outside, you have a pretty direct view of the sky, so you don't feel like you're completely covered. It's somewhat like being in the shade of a tree.

I would hazard a guess that since this is an elevated deck, most of the view is down, so blocking a bit of the sky isn't a big problem.

When planning this patio cover, you want to think about the direction the sun will come in. You want to run the roof slats in such a way as to block the sun at the right time of day. For a south facing view, you probably want to run them east to west. Running north to south would allow the sun to shine in the windows at mid-day, which is probably not what you want.

I'm not really answering your heat gain questions. But this would certainly keep the gain from direct sunlight down. Nothing like a bit of shade to help on that front.

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