Maine Escape DAY 21 – Railing and Fencing

Maine Escape DAY 21 - Railing and Fencing

DAY 21 – Railing and Fencing

PREVIOUSLY – Maine Escape

Yesterday at the Maine Escape we took a break from construction and reset our job site by giving the house a thorough cleaning, taking inventory, and consolidating our materials.



The double-winder staircase is the most compact design I could come up with to put in a full-size set of stairs with the most compact footprint. There were some obstacles in the way. The well pump had to be straddled and boxed in with access for service and repair. The basement door opened in (common for high snow areas) and the stairs had to turn in in order to allow the opening. Plus the staircase had to allow for the Porch door on the Main Floor.

the Wall

Now that the stairs are in, it’s time to think about the railing. 1st order of business is putting in the bottom landing railing. This is a tight fit with the Basement door right there. I used 2×3 studs to frame up a wall with some 45° cross bracing to stiffen it.

Newel Post


Perfect Blend



the Rail

This part has got to be a mixture of solid wall and post and rail. There was just enough rail and spindles left over from the Main Floor railing to add a nice airy railing to the bottom steps. The problem is the railing was 4″ and needed to be slimmed down to 2.5″ in order for the door to open. This meant carving a newel post out of a 6×6 post with enough surface area to give it a good grip to the stair. No one likes a wobbly newel post.

Railing Wall


Seeing the Newel within the Timber


Too Smooth

Angle Grinder


Rough it Up

Adding Texture



Bottoms Up

Newel Post



the Ankle Biter

As I was working on the landing I kept bumping my ankle against the corner step. A quick 45° cut of it will ensure this doesn’t become an annoyance to the new home owners.


Ankle Biter

Ankle Biter

Little cut makes a Huge difference


MEET R&D – Maine Escape

Perspective on this project comes off a bit one-sided but Liz has been slowly picking off the punch list, off camera. We’ve received our next set of pros, to manage the landscaping aspect of this build-out. The tag team of Rust & Dawn Rowe (R&D) have been hard at work hiding the 1000 gallon white elephant on the property. Along with Ethan (who is staying on another week), R&D built a dog ear fence 3/4 round the Propane tank. This greatly improved the view.


Getting better already

View from Inside

Masking Fence

Let sleeping dogs lie


NEXT TIME – Maine Escape

Tomorrow at the Maine Escape, I get boxed-in to building more built-ins, there’s a tour of what’s been done so far, some more builder’s porn, and the D of R&D poses for a beer selfie.

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