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The railing around a deck can be a distinctive design detail or a practical addition that creates a secure enclosure and safe footing on the stairs. Before planning to replace a deck railing, check the local codes about its height and construction so that it meets local building code requirements.

AFTER: To create a home large enough for the homeowners and their relatives, Temme built a breezeway that connects to and incorporates the once-detached cabin, on the right side of the photo, into the main house’s plan. She also added a second story. Overall, the renovation doubled the size of the house. The new materials added to the exterior blend right in. Temme used locally harvested cedar logs that match the originals and stud walls with rough-sawn pine board-and-batten. The roof’s red asphalt shingles are a Scandinavian touch.

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