The simplest way of redoing the outer staircase is changing the railings. The railings can be made wider or it can be done elaborate to give a new look to it. The railings can be done with wrought iron to give an exclusive look. The railings can be fixed with large stone end posts.
Staircase is the right place to hang garden window boxes. It can be decorated with some potted plants. The outdoor garden can be brought up to the entrance of the staircase or in some cases it can be done till the portico. This gives natural as well as architectural look to the staircase at a minimum cost.
Safety plays a major role in designing the staircase. The railings selected for the staircase should abide with the local building codes. The gaps between the railings and the height of the railings are very important points to be considered. The railings can be made according the needs of the building code and also suit your home decor.
Periodic maintenance is essential for outdoor wood railings. Painted wooden railings may chip or blister after some time if not maintained properly. Due to climatic conditions the posts can also get damaged and break. There are chances of insect damage in wooden railings, if the wood is not pressure-treated.
It is important to examine outdoor railing for damages before spring season. Refix the loose railings, scrub and repaint the railings if necessary. Wrought iron railing is a better choice than outdoor wood railings in context to maintenance cost. Staircase can also be done using stones or bricks. They are equally good to a wooden staircase at a lesser cost and needs less maintenance.
There are many reasons to redo staircase, may be to give a new look to the house, may be to suit the newly done home decor, to give guest room an outside access. Lighting is very important aspect for outdoor staircase. Lighting should cover the entire staircase to ensure safety.
Outdoor spiral staircase needs more lighting than regular stairs, as it is difficult for the people to climb. Spiral staircase should have light that illuminates the entire stretch of the staircase. Regular staircase can be done with color lights to give different look. Plants kept on the staircase can also be lighted to make it more visible in nights. During festive seasons and holidays railings can be used to hang serial lights along the stairs.
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