Glossary of Handrail Terms
Balcony — A floor that projects out and is surrounded by a balustrade.
Baluster — The part of a guardrail that runs from bottom to top and supports the handrail or banister.
Balustrade — A row of repeating balusters. The most visible part of a guard rail.
Banister — The piece of the guard rail that is grasped while climbing stairs.
Deck — An exterior structure built outside a home. Used for outdoor living and recreation.
Decor — The style or manner in which a home is decorated.
Design — A unified plan, here referencing a guided approach to home decor.
Guard Rail — A structure preventing people from falling off of exposed platforms.
Handrail — The part of a guard rail that is grasped with the hand.
Loft — An upper floor that is open to the floor below.
Log Home — A house constructed with whole or modified logs as the structural walls.
Mountain Laurel — A small, bushy tree that grows in the Appalachian Mountains.
Newel Post — A short post that supports long spans of guard rail.
Outdoor Living — Creating outdoor spaces for recreation and entertainment.
Porch — A deck that is open on the sides and has a roof for shelter.
Railing — Generic term for handrail, guard rail, balustrade, etc.
Rhododendron — A small, bushy tree that grows in the Appalachian Mountains.
Rustic — A home decor style that is found on log homes and timber frames involving architectural wood.
Stairs — A structure for moving from one floor to another.
Stringer — The structural element of stairs supporting the treads and risers.
Timber Frame — A structure made of square wood timbers supporting roof and walls.