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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 ...
Blocking the Wind with a Deck Railing Windbreak

Blocking the Wind with a Deck Railing Windbreak

I have friends all over the country, and now that our twenties are behind us, we’ve all begun to settle into homes from Georgia to Colorado to Oregon. One of the things I’ve noticed as I make my ...
Railings for Retaining Walls: Combining Industrial Strength and Elegance

Railings for Retaining Walls: Combining Industrial Strength and Elegance

When I was a teenager I actually walked right off a retaining wall. Distracted by the starry sky above, I took a step and soon found myself falling somewhere between 7 and 10 feet onto the sandy ...
Railings for Garden Steps: Choose a Style You Can Install and Forget

Railings for Garden Steps: Choose a Style You Can Install and Forget

One of my favorite projects in my contracting/garden career was the revitalization of an ancient garden that cascaded down a hill through an exceptionally large backyard. Much like the secret garden, ...
Farmhouse Porch Railings: Styles That Will Bring the Look of Your Home Together

Farmhouse Porch Railings: Styles That Will Bring the Look of Your Home Together

I have a problem. I’m in my mid-thirties and I’ve stayed a bachelor. My friends haven’t. This means that I never see them save for quick visits where their wives dictate the social agenda. Our ...
When Is It Time to Replace Your Deck Railing?

When Is It Time to Replace Your Deck Railing?

Nothing lasts forever. That’s what I told a friend who asked for advice on a wobbly deck railing. Turns out, that wobbly deck railing was beyond saving and needed to be replaced entirely. His ...
The Best Railings for a Narrow Staircase: Saving Space on Stairs with Fascia Mounts

The Best Railings for a Narrow Staircase: Saving Space on Stairs with Fascia Mounts

If you’re a contractor or architect, you’ve probably been frustrated before about how much building space the numerous staircases required for multi-level dwellings take up. Buildings like ...