Wood Railings Installed in Washington State

This is the first order that was shipped nationally by Mountain Laurel Handrails! About eighty feet of handrail was shipped to Washington State.

Wood Railing Installed

Wood Railing in Washington State

here’s what the customer had to say:

Hi James,

We are doing well! We moved a few months ago into the house and are slowly

getting settled and working on the never-ending punch list. The handrails

are beautiful!!! We get so many compliments on them. Today was a sunny day

(we haven’t had many lately) so I ran out and snapped a few pictures.

Thank you again! You were great to work with and created a work of art for our home.

Take care,


Porch railings are an important visual element in the style of any home. On many houses, the front porch is visible from the street and an artistic railing design makes a positive first impression. Some homes feature an expansive back porch that may have a nice view of the mountains or a serene river. A country manor may feature a wrap-around porch that goes for the perimeter of the building. Regardless of the porch location, the impact a porch has on visitors to the home is undeniable. A beautifully designed porch architecture with columns, entablature and baulstrade in proper proportions will result in a strongly visually appealing design. Look here for some interesting deck railing ideas.

This is what a preassembled deck railing system from Mountain Laurel Handrails looks like once it’s installed.

porch railing

Porch Railing Design

Before starting a project a comprehensive design should be completed. More work on design means less work in the field, or as my father told me, “Work with your brain or work with your back.”  It’s important to start the design process with  an idea of where you want to end up. With that in mind, here are 5 porch decorating questions to ask yourself:

  • What is the Architectural Style?
  • What Porch Railing Design do I prefer?
  • What type of Finish Material for deck and trim?
  • Should I Paint or Stain the exterior?
  • What is the Decorating Theme for the porch?
Rustic Porch Railing

Rustic Porch Railing

Here is an example of the above process. The first four pictures in this post are a timber frame lodge featuring plenty of wood in the floors, ceilings, trim and decorating elements. This defines the home’s architectural style. The best porch railing design for this home is Mountain Laurel Handrail, a natural complement to rustic decor. If the deck is a special species of wood, like cedar or ironwood, this should be reflected in your decorating elements. Staining wood really brings out the natural beauty and grain as opposed to paint which is a coating. Choosing a decorating theme will depend on many factors like your life experiences. Maybe you were a hunter and want to display some big game. Or maybe you have a love of fine art and want to display works by crafters.  Adding decor elements like porch furniture is also important.

porch railing design

Porch Railing Design

Once you have a general plan, get started on your design. Working with a design professional is always the best way to achieve the results that you envision as this person is trained and educated to guide you on your decision making process. If you decide to go it alone, you can still get great results by taking your time and paying attention to detail, like Mountain Laurel Handrails for your porch railing.

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Updated on September 26, 2018 by jimmypader

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8 Responses to Wood Railings Installed in Washington State

  1. Joann says:

    I love these railings! We are building a retreat house on Lake Shoecraft in Stanwood WA. They would look gorgeous on our double decks!

  2. Vicki Salmon says:

    Just beautiful!

  3. Nice work James! I always admire these handrails on every project you do.

  4. Yvette Melby says:

    Amazing & beautiful artistic railings!!! Congratulations Jimmy….very proud of your work!!

  5. Diana says:

    The railing and the backdrop play off each other really well. It doesn’t feel like a barrier, but rather something that transitions you from the inside to the outdoors. Great work!

  6. Congratulation’s James…another happy customer, as are we ! Keep up the great work, your continued success is guaranteed. Both our N.C. and Florida homes have the curb appeal you mentioned and we are very proud to have your stamp each and every time we arrive and depart.
    Again, thank you for everything,
    The Williamsen Family

  7. Edna says:

    It’s needless; not needles in your new post.
    Rails look great, but just in design stage now.
    What do your rails age like? Some new pics of older rails with info on maintaining would be good.

  8. Anne Belanger says:

    Just lovely, and so well suited to the Cascade Mountains!