The Best Modern Deck Railing (is the one you make)

The Best Modern Deck Railing (is the one you make)

July 22, 2010

Modern Deck Railing 

Update! Update! For those few souls who might have followed our household plight in past months, I am happy to announce that we have a deck railing! Yes, a full two years after Ted laid a lovely new cumaru wood deck, we are able to dine al fresco. We went back and we went forth. We had plans to replicate the old railing, updated to baby-safe standards. We also considered all the other standard offerings for modern railings: cable, glass, etc. Hours were spent in CAD, fine tuning. Powder coat colors were considered, from harvest gold to black and--for a brief crazed moment--blue. But it never seemed quite right.  Then I happened to pass a new house under construction down the street, and their elegant solution was clearly the best choice. We ended up more or less copying that design, which consists of welded steel panels that are side-bolted to the deck and reinforced with a wooden hand rail.  

Spore Modern Deck Rail

 

We had hesitated on having horizontal pickets due to the age of our young girls, but we figured they'd learn not to climb , and the spacing is up to code so that they can't squeeze their noggins through. While the house down the street sports galvanized panels, we opted to powder coat ours black, to match our windows and house trim. While things like this never happen quite as quickly as one would like, we are quite pleased with the result. And the thrill of our "new" outdoor space inspired our babe to learn a new word: "Deck!"



Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Blog

Black Doorbells and Chimes: a Primer
Black Doorbells and Chimes: a Primer

April 18, 2019

Are you looking for a black doorbell button or black door chime? Spore has you covered. This versatile finish looks fantastic on both contemporary and traditional homes in a way that no other finish can compare. We've embraced it and offer our thoughts on the ways that illumination color can convey different tones to the same black finish.

Read More

Do I Need a Transformer for my Doorbell?
Do I Need a Transformer for my Doorbell?

April 07, 2019

We get a lot of questions about doorbell transformers! Here we will attempt to answer the most common of them. 

What is a doorbell transformer?

A transformer converts line-voltage to low-voltage (16 volts). In the United States, line-voltage 120 for most household wiring (this is what is running to your lights and outlets). In Europe and other parts of the world, line-voltage is 240. Any transformer that converts line-voltage to low-voltage will work as a doorbell transformer.

Read More

On Repair: A Story of a Broken Doorbell Button
On Repair: A Story of a Broken Doorbell Button

April 07, 2019

In the office last week, we were discussing the importance of building repairable products. We are happy to say that we don't get a lot of calls requesting help with repairs, as our products are built to be sturdy in exterior applications. Nonetheless, some of our doorbell buttons have been in the field for decades now, and once in while we hear from someone whose doorbell is looking a bit shabby or whose LEDs have bit the dust. Whenever possible, we offer replacement parts to try to help customers repair their Spore products.

Read More

Who's coming?

Join our mailing list and be the first to see what is coming in 2019!