In September's column, I discussed how to integrate a deck into the overall design
of a house. In this column, I'll focus on handrails — another element that if carefully
thought out can add to a house's visual appeal.
Railings serve an obvious and important utilitarian purpose. People lean against
railings and children climb on them, so foremost they have to be strong.
Understandably, this is often your first concern as the builder. But railings are also
one of the more visible details on a house, so it pays to think about their aesthetic
design as well.
A railing creates a horizontal band that helps to visually