Railings for the Front Steps Should Look Great and Stay That Way

Railings for the Front Steps Should Look Great and Stay That Way

Having lived in several cities during real estate booms, I’ve had plenty of requests to spruce up a home’s curb appeal. Apart from the paint job and the front garden, the railings on the front ...
Building a Freestanding Deck Railing: Considerations for Safety and Stability

Building a Freestanding Deck Railing: Considerations for Safety and Stability

A guy I knew when I lived in Texas wanted to build a deck for his hunting cabin, but he had a problem. His cabin was a modified mobile home. With no foundation, it didn’t have the structural ...
Wind Blocking Deck Railing Ideas That Don’t Ruin Your View

Wind Blocking Deck Railing Ideas That Don’t Ruin Your View

While a patio or balcony might be great for a view, sometimes they put you right in the path of the wind. This was the case at a friend of mine’s beachside place. She had a great view, but she ...
Opening Your Home to the View with Minimalist Balcony Railings

Opening Your Home to the View with Minimalist Balcony Railings

A friend who hails from England invited me to his home recently. On the basis of accents, I expected his home to be hewn stone and have a thatched roof, and I braced myself to wear the pantaloons I ...
Using Roof Deck Railing Systems to Turn Your Roof into an Entertainment Space

Using Roof Deck Railing Systems to Turn Your Roof into an Entertainment Space

I’ve never been one to want to have a party on the roof. I prefer my parties on the ground. But one of my friends, who has a place in the city, wanted to create a socializing space with a view. As ...
Cable Deck Railing Code Requirements You Need to Know Before Installation

Cable Deck Railing Code Requirements You Need to Know Before Installation

There’s probably nothing in the world more frustrating than going through all the trouble of installing a new railing onto your deck only to fail your inspection. That happened to a client of mine ...
Railings That Don’t Need Painting Make a Perfect Fit for Apartment Complexes

Railings That Don’t Need Painting Make a Perfect Fit for Apartment Complexes

My college apartment was well maintained, but very old. It had steel railings up the exterior stairs and around the balconies, but after twenty years of flaking, being repainted, and spot repairs it ...
Outdoor Craftsman-Style Railings Enhance Classic Architecture

Outdoor Craftsman-Style Railings Enhance Classic Architecture

If you’ve ever seen Back to the Future then you are at least passingly familiar with the American Craftsman style. The wild-haired time traveler Dr. Brown’s family home is filmed in two of the ...
Industrial Chic Railings for a Loft Make Your Space Safe and Attractive

Industrial Chic Railings for a Loft Make Your Space Safe and Attractive

Having nearly fallen from a loft due to a poorly designed wooden railing, I know firsthand the importance of sturdy railings for a loft! The issue of what railings to use in a loft is becoming more ...