This large covered porch and deck make for easy access to the HGTV Smart Home 2014's back yard from either story. A beautiful white railing surrounds the porch and staircase, creating a more modern looking deck.
The building was designed to be seasonally expansive – generous in summer when livability expands onto the porches and private terraces, but also modest and efficient in winter. With its railing and floors bathed in sunlight, the southeastern porch seems especially inviting.
White railing works well with any deck board and complements brick, shingles, stucco, or vinyl and fiber-cement siding. It’s a great look for stairs and porches, too. Fiberon Symmetry Railing features a classic profile in a sturdy, low-maintenance composite that never needs paint or stain.
This garden shed has a sloping roof on one side, and, on the other, a partially-covered porch. Stone steps lead from the ground to the porch, which has railing on two sides. Strings of exposed bulb lighting stretch from the house to trees.
Using a black railing can fit with traditional or modern architecture of a patio or porch, and it can help the railing or a fence seem to fade away when you're trying to relax and enjoy the view. This black railing uses steel cables, but designer Mosaic Group Architects and Remodelers has recreated the look on a lower-end budget. It spray-painted a chain link fence black and found the result also is far less obvious than with silver.
This beige home exterior is rooted in coastal design. The tower, surrounded by windows, even resembles a lighthouse. An ornate white railing around the front porch and a balcony add a touch of Victorian charm to the homes casual nautical style. Red shutters flank the windows on the front porch, adding color and character to the home.
A mix of red, green and yellow paint colors create a charming exterior on this Victorian home with ornate molding. The front porch is surrounded by a decorative, colorful railing and looks out over a small garden with shrubs and topiary.