How to Install Railings in Concrete for Safer, More Stylish Outdoor Living

I was going to pick up a couch from my friend’s father-in-law, and when I arrived at the house, I was shocked to pull up to the black gate of Mordor. His father-in-law’s house is built on a hill, and has a seven-foot-high retaining wall in the front yard. Below the wall is a large […]

Create an Open View with Glass Railings for Balconies

One of the ladies I used to work with owned a nice property on the water. It was a small apartment complex built by her parents which she inherited and managed on the behalf of her family. The only problem was that people weren’t renting. She tried everything, including cutting rents, until her spacious waterfront […]

Contemporary Deck Railing Ideas: Choosing Railing for the Contemporary Home

I have a friend who is an investment banker but defines herself as a musician first. Not surprisingly, her home expresses her weekend-only ripped jeans sensibilities. The house is an old-fashioned brick townhome, but by adding the industrial aesthetics of punk rock clubs, she has made it her own with exposed masonry walls, clearly visible […]

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 her children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren wanted to take it over. The paint was peeling, there were rats in the basement, and it was anyone’s guess if the two-story front porch could support a person. Nevertheless, my […]

Custom Deck Railing Systems Let You Make Your Railing Your Own

I have a lot of friends, and they all live in homes with very different looks and personalities. For the most part, these homes started off as similar ranch-style homes with the occasional turn-of-the-century bungalow or Craftsman-style cottage. Over the years, though, my friends have marked their homes with their personalities inside and they’ve also […]

Art Deco Balcony Railings with Modern Durability

A friend of mine recently sent me a birthday card, and when I saw the return address, my eyebrows rose. It was in one of the most prestigious parts of town, and as the doting father of three young girls, it seemed unlikely that my friend could afford a house big enough for his family […]

Modular Railing Systems Make Installation Easy

When I worked in a welding shop, one of our best clients was a local builder who specialized in large homes built to custom-designed plans commissioned by wealthy customers. He was a reliable customer that the front office loved, but back in the welding shop, we dreaded seeing his name on our shop drawings. The […]

Exterior Stair Lighting Makes Stairs Safer at Night

An early job of mine was building boat docks with a neighbor from down the street. He was the sort of man who liked to bring his crew back home and treat them to a dinner he cooked himself. He’d grill some chicken or hamburgers and we’d eat on his back deck at a picnic […]