Another dozen photos from the owners of the Texas Plat House today. They have installed rails around the decks and they look great.
Several of the houses that have been built from our plans have used cable rail, both for decks and for inside rails on the two story houses. Cable rails are great, because they are very transparent, and when you are surrounding your deck with railings its nice to use something that is fairly transparent so you can see the landscape beyond. The only downside is cable rail components can be expensive if you go with the nice hardware sold for this purpose. You can buy turnbuckles and crimping hardware and do it yourself for much less, but the Owners of the Texas Plat House came up with a great alternative.
Hog Panels. Thats right, Hog Panels. Welded wire mesh panels meant for building hog pens. You will notice that there are more horizontal bars at one end - this is typically put at the bottom of the pen to keep the hogs snouts in the pen. But they have turned them over. The heavy welded wire will be very durable, and its at least as transparent as a cable rail installation.
See more photos at the Flickr set for this house.