I am in the process of planning to rebuild a Victorian era porch. The railings and balustrade are in varying poor condition with rot, layers of paint and breakage. I will need to recreate just about everything. My question is: what species of wood should I use? Cost is not much of a factor, it needs to be done right and preferably with native woods. The pieces will need to be painted white or I was thinking of using a cabot solid white stain (to keep the detail over time.) I have used the stain on cedar fences and have been happy with the results. Does anyone have any advice for me? Also the house is in a tough New Hampshire climate. Thank you in advance.
Engineered rafters are lighter, straighter, and often have more room for insulation than dimensional lumber.
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