hi toni! as to the design, i looked over several different variations of torii, and then with those in mind, i jumped in and drew it up in sketchup. there were a couple of items that i changed, the size of the outer posts, due to the original size being too thin, and the addition of the end caps. then again, there was a design change that was, as bob ross would say, a happy accident. that was the accidentally cutting way short the two main supports. when i now look at it, the way it turned out looks better proportionally than the original idea. as for painting it red, i think it may have been a subconscious choice of cherry for this project, as over time it will turn a nice reddish brown.