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a couple of thoughts :

*** keep it more or less as is ( height , layout ) but fence it in with a clean board facing out , it would connect the house more firmly to the landscape and hem in the circular deck in a really dope way imho . ( looking again maybe i wouldn't 'fence' the upper part but more the stairs / lower path ... but a mixed treatment seems possible too )

- if you want to go more transparent , consider round stock for the rails or even just clean up the joinery with the elements that are already there .

i do like it as is and i think it goes well with the house and yard but i can appreciate wanting an updated finish , so i'll also note that you've got quite a bit of glass throughout so i think you could well consider alternative materials like rail . maybe google playground fence rail for ideas , those are often either pretty traditional or very forward and will give you some possibilities .
 
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Nice place, G. I really like the loose stone patio. I just put in a path like that.

Wire and wood can look good imo, like this:
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I really like the looks of these minimal designs with horizontal slats, but they're not great for people with kids, and probably not up to code (ours requires a 5 or 6" ball to not be able to pass through any gaps.):
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So maybe something with narrower spaces, like this would work:
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Or maybe a somewhat simple but interesting design, like these:
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The last one's probably better for @lefty's cabin.
 

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Thanks guys. @emptym i like that second style quite a bit. I think we’re trying to keep the spirit of not obstructing the views (the current rails have tempered glass panels all around to achieve that) so the ornate designs are probably too obstructing. every time I see the wire style (like that first one you posted), I really don’t like it for that specific house in that specific setting.
 

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how about full glass for the railing? and ipe for the deck. maybe too minimal but you get the views. @gdl203
 

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Our kids are not little but we have visitors all the time. I wouldn’t have those walkways 12 feet high without railing
 

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“Only one”

Hope it wasn’t a far fall.
 

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Eh, it wasn't *that* high, the ground/plants underneath were soft, and kids are bouncy.

They sold it a while back, so its not easy for me to find a handy photo, but I found this photo of the guest house online which shows the main deck on the left. Looks higher than it really is...always felt really high as a kid since the ground slopes down, but probably only 5' straight down (and my elementary school playground had stuff taller than that to jump off!)

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Flowerpots and a built-in bench protect most of the extended corner of the deck. The deck in front of the guest house door has a long flowerbed in lieu of a railing.
 

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Unfortunately, this definitely cannot work on our house - the walkways are about 12 ft above a stone patio. Kids aren't that bouncy
 

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Put some potted plants along the edge so nobody walks too close.

At least that’s how my grandparents did it at their cottage and only one of my cousins ever fell off the deck into the ravine.

a buddy and his wife were playing fetch with their chihuahua on the rooftop deck of their condo , iirc it was more or less the third story . anyways the ball bounces over the railing or parapet or whatever and sure enough the dog goes sailing off after it , sadly had to euthanize
 

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Not sure if this is the right place to post this, but this thread feels like a good home for design and architecture discussion so…

We need to redo the decking and walkways of our house. Since I’ve never really been that into the railings around it and in the stairs, I’d like to go with something different but that will keep up with the style of the house (cedar sided mid-1970s house).

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I’ve seen stuff online that just feels really off (metal rails, or wire stuff) but I haven’t encountered a style that makes sense for this setting. I suspect the right answer is a mix of metal and wood but I wish I could find pictures of a house with similar style/period and a deck railing that looks great, so we could use it as a basis for this reno

Any ideas?

I like the look of this mixed metal and wood deck with this house, although you not like the look:

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