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The Best Railing for Garage Steps: Thinking Outside of Wood

A trend I’ve seen in new-build construction is a garage set roughly four feet below the level of the main floor of the house....

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Railing

For Porch Lights That Don’t Attract Bugs, Try Railing-Mounted LEDs

Ambiance is a word that describes a space’s atmosphere. A casual, relaxing environment was what a friend of mine was aiming f...

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Decking

The Best Decking Material for Seattle and the Pacific Northwest

More than half of my career has been spent working in the Pacific Northwest. When it rains for nearly 9 months continuously,...

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Decking

Decking for Condos: Choose Low-Maintenance Boards That Can Tough Out Anything

Most of the condos I’ve worked on are really not so different than the houses I’ve worked on. The main difference is that whe...

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Decking

Curving Composite Decking to Create Fanciful Deck Designs

When most people build a deck, they’re looking for a place outdoors to gather with their friends and family or enjoy their co...

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Railing

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...

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Fencing

Ornamental Fence Gate Ideas: Design a Decorative Custom Gate

A large part of my design and building practice involves helping people take their gardens and yards to the next level. I lov...

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Fencing

Installing a Child-Safe Pool Fence for Peace of Mind

Growing up in Florida, I used to desperately envy the kids that had pools. They would throw parties at any opportunity, and e...

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Railing

Homeowners’ Association Fence Rules: Considerations When Installing a New Fence

Recently, a client approached me, seeking help with a rather challenging situation. She had recently installed a beautiful ne...

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Fencing

How to Choose a Fence That Doesn't Obstruct Your View: Metal Picket Fencing

In the 20th century, we tore out the walls inside homes to free up space and views, incorporated more glass in home design, a...

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Railing

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 Georg...

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Decking

Farmhouse Outdoor Living Space Ideas: Crafting a Homey Outdoor Retreat

Some of my earliest building experiences occurred while helping my friends’ families keep up their farms. It likely goes with...

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Railing

Steel Railing Designs for the Front Porch Enhance a Home

When my friend’s great-grandmother passed away, she left the family’s old Gothic-style home in such disrepair that none of he...

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Fencing

For an Elegant, Maintenance-Free Black Fence, Try Powder-Coated Wrought Iron

I’ve had the great luck to work in some truly lovely old Victorian neighborhoods, with their streets lined by huge deciduous...

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Fencing

Fencing for Industrial Sites That Secures Without Imprisoning

A former boss of mine recently complained about the money spent on repeatedly replacing a gate for his business. When I asked...

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