Mountain Handrails in Highlands, North Carolina

Get a taste of North Carolina with handrails and railings made in the resort lodge style! These Mountain Laurel Handrails were installed on this cozy home in Highlands, North Carolina. The mountains of Western North Carolina is where the traditional art of using mountain laurel branches and twigs for rustic deck railing began. The local craftsmen and carpenters recognized the inherent beauty of the sticks and began a style which now decorates homes across the United States. Contact now for more info.

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Weathered Mountain Laurel

A common question about Mountain Laurel Handrails is, “What does the mountain laurel look like when it weathers?” Well, it looks a lot like a piece of cedar that turns silver with exposure to the sun. But, since pictures are worth a thousand words, here are some pictures of mountain laurel that has weathered to a silver color.

weathered mountain laurel

Weathered Mountain Laurel in Full Sun

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Incredible Living Tree Chair

Living Tree Chair

Living Tree Chair

This is a super cool chair that has been grown and shaped from the beginning. The tree was planted in 1998 and has been formed into the shape of a chair, complete with armrests. A single trunk springs into multiple limbs which make up the seat, back and armrests and continue on to fan out on the top. Leave a comment and let me know what you think about this living tree chair.

Rhododendron Railing

Rhododendron Railing

Rhododendron Railing

Purple Rhododendron Flower

Purple Rhododendron Flower


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Artistic Handrails

With so many options in handrail, there are very few that have truly random designs, where each and every one is unique. These artistic handrails all have different shapes and patterns since they are made with sticks and branches from the mountain laurel tree.

Artistic Handraila

Artistic Handraila

Carpenters working in woodshops nestled in the Smoky Mountains produce magnificent works of art for your deck, balcony and stairs. See in this picture how the silhouettes of the branches when lit from behind look sinuous and shapely. As each day progresses, the character of the handrail changes also since the light strikes differently throughout the day.  Click here for more information.

Handrails for Stairs

Handrails for Stairs

Handrails for Stairs

These incredible handrails for stairs were custom built to exact specifications and then shipped to South Carolina for installation. Mountain Laurel Handrails are available nationwide in preassembled and easy to install sections. Contact today for more information and to get started on your project. This homeowner opted to go with pine lumber on the handrail to match the pine shiplap on the interior walls. The newel post at the bottom of the stairs is set to the outside of the tread. This makes the  bottom rail of this stair handrail set outside the stair stringer. This is the preferred installation method since it hides the unsightly triangle gap created if the handrail is set in line with the stair stringer and has to sit on the leading edge of the nosing of the tread instead.

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Balcony Railing

Balcony Railing

Balcony Railing

This balcony railing was installed in a Texas “barndominium”, a large open barn-type building that has been converted for residential use. Wood Railing worked with the homeowner while this home was still in the beginning construction phase. This close collaboration leads to a well-executed finale. If you have questions or want specific advice on your project, contact us and we’d be happy to help so that your results are just as pleasing as this balcony railing.

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Handrail Design

handrail-design

Choosing one of all the handrail designs for your home can be a challenging process. The owners of this home wanted to add a unique element to their great room. Mountain Laurel Handrail is the perfect accent for this application! The large sliding glass door lets in light and views of the outdoors, and the branch railing continues the line of sight from the outside with the organic shapes of the forest. Each of these interior handrail designs is unique and totally unlike any other since the sticks and branches lend unique characteristics and style to the piece.

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