Okay, finally got DH convinced that base housing is the best for us. It's WAY WAY WAY nicer than the base housing we were in to say the least. However, it has stairs and it's a wide stair case. At this age, do most people still gate off their stairs at the top and bottom? By the time we left from checking out the house today he had mastered climbing them without any issue. We can't drill holes in the walls by the stairs apparently (though if everyone says we need gates and the mounted ones are better, we can ask for an exemption to policy since it's for safety). Any thoughts and suggestions (brands, etc)? We've never lived in a house with stairs (even as kids) other than a 9 month stint when we first got married. We're pretty much stair clueless.
My second set of questions is about gates and outside. Our house will have a desk off of the back door. It's a good sized one too, but we'd need the stairs leading into the yard gated off since there's no yard fence and there's still construction going on near us (maybe even directly behind us depending on what house they assign us). Once again, not supposed to drill into the wood deck. Do I need a certain type of gate or certain material to use back there? Any suggestions? Once again we've never ever lived anywhere with a deck. lol.