Many homes feature a grand staircase as the focal point of a great room. And oftentimes these stairs are finished with precise woodworking. But too often, the stair railings get overlooked and the balusters end up as boring pickets or turned spindles going up and down from tread to banister. A thoughtful staircase design acknowledges that an intricate and beautiful balustrade is the most important factor in the look of a stairway.
Here are some pictures of another example of how stair railings are the centerpiece of the great room. The front door to this home is located at the foot of the stair, so as visitors enter, they are greeted with the sight of this rustic wood stair railing. The staircase design draws the eye upward toward the balcony handrail and then further into the room where the viewer is greeted by cathedral ceilings and tongue-in-groove pine boards. The use of two different colors on the lower and upper levels also adds to the visual excitement and makes for an intersting tableau.
A truly magnificent staircase begins like any other, with a well-planned staircase design. The overall style of the home is the first consideration. Some modern architecture calls for glass balusters and floating treads, while some old-world or Tuscan designs might be better served with wrought iron handrail. But for log home, timber frame and other rustic and mountain styled buildings, there is no better choice than Mountain Laurel Handrails. These custom guard rails can be modified to match any staircase design although they are especially suited for stair parts, treads, and risers made of woods like oak, hickory, bamboo or reclaimed wood like heart pine.
After a wood species is chosen for treads, riser, and skirt board, the staircase design can move on to architectural aspects including trim details. Each section of Mountain Laurel Handrail is an elaborate trim detail in and of itself a testament to nature’s beauty crafted by a skilled artisan. These unique stair railings accent the grandeur of any home and give your visitors something to talk about!