This really isn't the appropriate time during the building process to be looking at finishing details. But since we're basically just waiting to hear back from the excavators we contacted to bid on our project and we won't know until February if the town will approve our build for the summer of 2008, we have time on our hands. Thus, we're researching. In our family, this translates into me spending most of my evenings Googling products, reading blogs, searching the forums on LiveModern.com and then running my findings by Ryan. These are some of the various products we've really fallen in love with.
Stairs: Metal Railing
We really want to use a cable, metal mesh or even heavy duty plastic stair rail/panel that would extend along the length of the balcony. Here are some examples of things we like.