Stairs in homes are traveled every day.  There are handrails for kids to slide down; stairs create a sense of movement, they allow details to be expressed, they connect a home….

Here are some stairs from some homes we have designed:

[the stair in a home we designed the renovation for in Rosemary Beach, Florida — photo by Michael Granberry]

[a light filled stairway in an Auburn, Alabama home we designed — photo by Colleen Duffley]

[waxed antique oak paneling adds drama to the staircase of a Mountain Brook, Alabama home we helped design a massive renovation for — photo by Colleen Duffley]

[a curved wall covered in painted horizontal planking defines the main staircase of a home at Lake Martin we designed]

[in the garden] diy Fresh Home planter box

As we mentioned [HERE]…we really love the newest magazine to hit the shelves these days, Fresh Home Magazine. It’s Domino married with Martha Stewart Living and full of amazing recipes, decor ideas & enough do-it-yourself projects to last a lifetime. Bess recently spent one sunny afternoon tackling  the above planter box for her rooftop garden. Her plan is to have four, two at each end of the roof overflowing with potted herbs or flowers.  

[What you need] 1″x4″ pine boards, corrugated metal roofing, sandpaper/electric sander, stain [below], stainless steel screws, an electric drill, a small power saw, drop cloth, rags & protective glasses. Bess used Behr Premium Transparent Weatherproofing Wood Finish in No. 500 Natural.

 The process… 

Ta da!

 A huge thanks goes out to Bess’ Dad, Rick, for doing the majority of the work so she could document. What big outdoor project are you getting ready to tackle? Or what big project do you wish you could tackle?

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