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Classic Fence Ideas for Colonial Style Homes

For a good year, I found myself working in an old New England neighborhood that was filled with colonial revival and colonial...

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Top Pool Safety for Your Backyard

When temperatures rise, a dip in the pool is understandably appealing. And because swimming pools are so tempting, pool owner...

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Railing

Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal with Custom Railing

Spring brings dreams of spending time outdoors on front porches and backyard decks. Right now is a great time to take your h...

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Fencing

The Best Fence for a Wet Area Has a Tough, Multi-Layered Coating

Much of my building career has taken place in very moist and rainy climates, the kind of places where it rains so much that p...

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Railing

DIY Glass Railings: Installing a Glass Railing on Your Deck Is Easy

I think glass is one of the best ways to make any deck immediately elegant. Glass gives a touch of simple style to any style...

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Decking

Choosing the Best Composite Decking for Cold Climates

One of my good friends recently got to buy some property out west, and he built his family dream home in the hills of the Roc...

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Railing

Easy Iron Baluster Installation: How to Attach Balusters Using Hidden Connectors

A few years ago, I had the job of helping an old contractor friend put in some railing at his house. I was essentially cuttin...

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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...

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Railing

LED Lighting for Your Stair Railings Adds Ambiance to Your Stair Area

LED lighting is all the rage these days. To me, at least, it seems like it’s everywhere. Good lighting can add ambiance and b...

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Decking

For Decking that Doesn't Mold, Look for Fully Capped Composite Decking

Some of my favorite decks are found amidst the tall pines of the Pacific Northwest. I’ve worked in few settings that were mor...

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Railing

Opening Your Home to the View with Minimalist Balcony Railings

Minimalist Balcony Railings Come in Many Styles Minimalism, when applied to railings, is about keeping things as open as poss...

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Fencing

Custom Made Steel Gates Keep Properties Secure with Style

I’ve lived in several apartments complexes in my life. The advertisements for these apartments often boast that the complexes...

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Fencing

Finding Attractive Fencing That Looks Like Wrought Iron

Speaking from personal experience as a welder, steel is a lot easier to work with than iron. If someone manages to break a pi...

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Decking

Great Decking for Beach Houses Brings the Indoors Outside

I lived right on the ocean for many years and had the good fortune to work on many beach house remodels. Burned into my memor...

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Railing

How to Tell If Your Deck Railing Is Safe: Checking Your Railing

Last week, I met with a client to talk about installing a pergola. While we stood on his deck chatting, I rested my arm on th...

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