I have built a new set of steps, using PT lumber, for a front porch. Since
this on the front of the house I want the hand rails and spindles
(balusters) to have a more porch like look than your standard deck. I also
want to use PT lumber for the entire project. If I must, I can work some of
Currently there is no railing around the porch so I plan to use a 4x4 post
on the outside of and bolted to the stringers at top and bottom of the
steps. These posts will also be attached to concrete at the base for
I can run a 2x6 along the inside of the post's top and attach the balusters
in the traditional deck manner on the outside of the stinger and top rail. I
can even cap that with handrail. BUT that leaves me with a post on the
outside and the only two things I can think of to do with that post is cut a
pyramid top on it or cut to follow the top rail. Neither seem visually good
to me. It fact I think the pyramid top would interfere with the use of the
hand rail at the top where it is most important. I should add the total rise
is only about 30".
Links to pictures greatly appreciated.