Railings Installed in Georgia

Relaxing in the morning sun on the backyard deck is the perfect place for fresh-brewed coffee! If you enjoy unwinding with the sights and sounds of nature, then you’ll really enjoy seeing how homeowners in Georgia optimized their outdoor space for southern living at its finest.

Morning sun on the backyard deck
Morning sun on the backyard deck

The photo above shows how the homeowners created a gradual, almost seamless transition from their Georgia home’s interior to a slightly sloping backyard.  Through the back door rests a cozy, covered porch enclosed with full-length screens.  A few steps down, a spacious raised deck opens up to a peaceful landscape inspired by nature.

Mountain Laurel Handrail Georgia
Mountain Laurel Handrail Georgia
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Morning Sun on the Backyard Deck in Georgia

The morning sun on the backyard deck captures a serene scene in the woods, not to mention the harmonious beauty of natural branch railings.

Certainly, decks are not just for relaxing with morning coffee. This backyard deck is spacious, nearly spanning the full length of the home.  As such, this outdoor space offers plenty of room for intimate gatherings with family and entertaining friends.

Notice in the center of the deck’s perimeter, an unexpected extension makes an attractive focal point. This spot would be perfect for a comfy, cushioned bench or perhaps a dinning set.

Georgia Mountain Laurel Handrail
Georgia Mountain Laurel Handrail

Here is a close-up view of all the eye-catching details that create this railing system. It is particularly striking from an architectural and visual perspective. The reason is the way twisting twigs project themselves against the linear and rectangular elements in the railing and deck, such as the handrails and floorboards.  At the same time, the Laurel branches blend beautifully with birch and pine trees in the woodsy landscape.

Clearly, the Laurel railing is more than just a functional or safety element on a raised deck. It’s also a natural piece of art, as craftsmen arrange each unique branch along the sections creatively.

Georgia rustic deck railing
Georgia rustic deck railing

A growing trend among homeowners is the creation of outdoor living space. And of course,  decks are a popular and practical option. So if you’re planning on building a deck,  why not explore the many possibilities available for branch handrail designs that convey the natural beauty of the great outdoors.  And you can enjoy the morning sun on the backyard deck!

Deck Railings are the defining visual element of an exterior deck. The right deck railing will turn a boring deck into an exciting feature of any home. This project was installed on a residence in Atlanta, Georgia

Pergola Deck Railing
Pergola Deck Railing

Come and pull up a chair on this deck and gaze through the rustic deck balusters at the forest beyond. The deck furniture looks like a good place to sit down and enjoy a quiet moment or perhaps share a time with friends. check out this page for more ideas on home decorating One of my favorite aspects of mountain laurel handrail are the shadows that each branch casts and how it changes through the day and through the seasons. As the sun moves, each shadow moves and morphs.

Here’s what the homeowner had to say:


We have finally gotten the deck painted and everyone loves the Laurel railings. Thank you for making our backyard come alive!

— Mitch J.

Mountain Laurel Handrails are a unique option that are sure to make people take notice of their artistic beauty and undeniable character. Since each section is individually crafted, no two are ever the same and each takes on its own distinct form to create a railing system unmatched in visual interest.

Gray Deck Railing
Gray Deck Railing
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These Deck Railings were installed in the Atlanta GA area. The structure over this deck is a pergola, which is open framing members with no solid roof on top. The organic shapes of each handrail and the welcoming outdoor furniture create an inviting atmosphere that makes the smell of charcoal and BBQ seem to float through the air. The forest beyond blends into the edge of the deck and the natural forms in the handrails help to blur the distinction between the built and natural environments.

Deck Railing
Deck Railing

With the spring deck building season getting started early with all the nice weather, be sure to start planning your deck project with a solid design. Contact a design professional around Atlanta if you feel that it will be helpful, and it usually is. Consider your design options including decking material, decorating style and the deck railings.

Deck Railings
Deck Railings

The pergola and rustic deck railings are a hit! The angled sections demonstrate the skill of the on-site carpenters. Wood Railing creations make this deck unlike any other in the neighborhood! How about a miniature version of the umbrella on the deck floating in a sea of ice cubes? I think I smell the grill again…

Deck Handrails
Deck Handrails

These handrails are installed on hot tub deck for a home in Georgia.

Handrails and Deck Furniture
Handrails and Deck Furniture
Hot Tub Deck Railing
Hot Tub Deck Railing
Matched Railing Panels
Matched Railing Panels
Branch Railing Design
Branch Railing Design
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There’s just something striking about dark lines on natural wood in these railings designed for a rustic great room. One reason this room leaves a great impression is the homeowner’s interesting use of contrast—an essential interior design principle. And while contrast combines competing colors, textures and shapes, when done correctly as seen here, it all fits together beautifully.

Dark lines on natural wood
Dark lines on natural wood

Dark Lines on Natural Wood—A Lesson in Contrast

Beyond being beautiful, contrasting color brings attention to the focal point of the room. Here indeed, as guests enter the home, Mountain Laurel railings draw their eyes along the stairway and up to the open balcony.

Georgia balcony branch railing
Georgia balcony branch railing

While Mountain Laurel branches have a natural red hue, you can also stain them in a variety of shades to complement your home’s interior. In this Georgia home, the owners choose a dark stain to bring out the artful form of the branches against a lighter colored backdrop.
Notice also how the dark knots in the paneling balance with the dark sticks in the handrail. Although it’s a small detail, it certainly makes a big impact.

Laurel stair railing in Georgia
Laurel stair railing in Georgia

The use of color isn’t the only way to create visual interest in an interior. Contrasting shapes and textures also play a key role.

Let’s take a look at shapes first. Here, we have a great example of geometric lines enhanced with contours inspired by nature. The branch balusters form a series of sinuous shapes all framed within linear 2 by 4’s.

Marietta Georgia stair railing
Marietta Georgia stair railing

And secondly, notice the use of smooth texture complemented by a rough surface. The lumber used in the cap of the handrail is sanded and stained to a nice, smooth finish. Conversely, rough bark covers the Laurel branches displaying all of its natural imperfections.

Marietta Georgia balcony railing
Marietta Georgia balcony railing

In the picture above, you can clearly see the impact that the dark twigs have on the room. Now, just imagine the visual difference if boring vertical balusters were used instead.

Mountain Laurel handrails on Georgia balcony
Mountain Laurel handrails on Georgia balcony

All in all, the interesting use of contrast adds a burst of character to this country home’s spacious great room. If you’re looking for ways to spice things up in your home’s interior with contrasting color, shapes and textures, consider using flowing dark lines on natural wood.

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Porch Railing for the Home

porch railing with furniture
Porch Railing with Furniture

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 the first order that was shipped nationally by Mountain Laurel Handrails! About eighty feet of handrail was shipped to 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, Erika

porch railing
Porch Railing

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 five 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?
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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 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.

Hand Hewn Log Cabin Porch Railing

Hewn logs are cut with an adze or axe and have a rough look. This style is somewhere between a milled D-log and a whole round log. It’s a traditional style that pairs nicely with Mountain Laurel Handrails as seen in this picture. These log home deck railings went to Missouri. The small fans installed on the ceiling are an interesting break from the staid ceiling fan. The red trim on the deck is mimicked on the top rail which looks like a 1×8. Beginning with design, this house pulled it all together and has the best handrail!

Hewn Log Porch Railing
Hewn Log Porch Railing
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Planning for the Project

Mountain Laurel Handrails are custom built works of art. Like any project, a successful result is usually due to planning and hard work. This project was no exception. The homeowner, carpenter, brick mason were in regular communication with the Wood Railing Workshop to make sure that all the details were right.

rustic porch railing
Rustic Porch Railing in Upstate New York

The result in this case is a wonderfully proportioned and well executed piece of architecture. This was an old stone porch that had fallen into disrepair and was in need of an update. Thanks to the homeowner for sending this picture of his home in Upstate New York.

Quickly Transform Your Home’s Look

We shipped Mountain Laurel Handrails to some neighbors in Cherokee, North Carolina, and they were so thrilled with the railings they installed them the very same day! We see this excitement and enthusiasm for our handcrafted railings time and time again, and it’s one of the many things that makes working with such a fine artisan product so rewarding. Our master woodworkers keep time honored craftsmanship alive, and the resulting product is unique, beautiful, and made to last. It’s easy to love what you do when you know your customers are as excited as you are and the results are always so stunning.


Hi James, Attached are photos of our installed porch railings. They look great and we installed them the day we picked them up. Thanks,

— Bill Queen

Branch Railing from Cherokee, North Carolina
Porch Railing Installed in Cherokee, North Carolina

There aren’t many ways to completely transform the look of a home in an afternoon. Most home projects require weeks or even months of living in a construction zone, but the Mountain Laurel Handrails are so easy to install, this project just took a day! The homeowners most likely sat out on the front that very night admiring the lovely new look of their home.

The railings complement the charming home perfectly, and the porch becomes an eye catching focal point. All they need now are a couple of bentwood rocking chairs so they can enjoy their beautiful house for many, many years. In an era when so many products are made to be almost disposable, a finely crafted real wood product keeps traditions alive and outlasts the mass produced products out there.

The beauty of the new railings is so eye catching, too! The red of the new branches really pops against the gray of the home and coordinates beautifully with the brick foundation, yet the handrail will look equally stunning as the branches age to more subtle silvery gray like the house. Homeowners often ask how to preserve the stunning red of the. Keeping the color vibrant and new is as simple as regularly applying a penetrating “natural” colored stain. Many of our customers choose to do this, but we think the soft silvery color of aged railings is beautiful, too.

Buying from local artisan small businesses helps the economy thrive as well, so a Mountain Laurel Handrail product makes customers feel good while making their home look awesome too. Each woodworker puts their whole heart into their work, and that pride is built into every uniquely crafted detail. To top it all off, these are entirely Made in the USA! Between the beautiful, rustic charm, the ease of installation, and the commitment to local woodworkers, it’s easy to see why these customers were so excited to install the railings as soon as they arrived!

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