Front "porch" building
Howdy knowledgable folks,
I have a quick question on options for building a front entrance stairs to our house. It's not a proper "porch" since the front of the house is an enclosed veranda with cedar shingle siding below the windows, but we still want some elements of a classic porch entrance: 6" newels, railings and risers in white, the steps likely in dark gray. It will be 4-5 steps, so fairly high, and a 3' platform in front of the door.
Anywho, my question is with respect to the choice of wood. As I understand, the standard choice should boil down to pressure treated lumber or cedar (western red let's say...)? Price would not be a major factor between the two, because of the small size of the entrance. I imagine cedar would be better in the long run, but is there a major difference in durability? Are there other (obvious) options I should explore?
Also, with respect to the "white", I presume that a good opaque stain should suffice for either cedar or PT lumber? Anyone have experience with stuff like Benjamin Moore's Arborcoat? Any other recommendations for good quality white opaque stain.
I know this seems like a basic thing, but I just want to get my bearings straight here... We sank a lot of time, effort and money into this house and I really don't want to screw up the entrance... Finishing touch, but an important one. Thanks in advance!