Ah-HA! This is what we can do outside the back door that currently has a cement landing and staircase built directly over a basement window (the stupidest design decision EVER!). Perforated metal would be the perfect replacement to let light into the rec room.
This is a staircase featuring a combination of steel and wood. The steps are made of wood while the structure and guardrails are made of steel. The combination of material is interesting and the contrast is strong and beautiful. The two materials have different textures and colors but create a nice balance.