Deck Design Tips

I wanted to get some insights into what other professionals are thinking about when designing a deck. So I contacted some of the leaders of the home design, construction and product industries with a single question:

“What is the best deck design tip you’d like to share?”

The responses were interesting and included many good suggestions to consider when designing a deck or selecting finishes. (Here’s some help to finding the best railing design ideas.) When you’re done reading, let me know which of these deck design tips you thought were the best or what we didn’t include.

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Make it Big

Depending on your available space, make your deck as large as you can based on how it will complement your home, how it fits your budget, and how you really want to use it. Hardly anyone ever regrets having the extra space.

-Mary Morris, Front Porch Ideas and More

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Consider your Lifestyle

My number one suggestion when designing a deck is to consider the lifestyle of you and your family using the deck before you design it. If you have a family that likes to entertain a lot of people and there are different activities happening at once, a multi tiered deck with separate elevations may be ideal. An area for summer grilling and another area for eating, lounging and sitting could be ideal. While if you have a smaller backyard and have smaller and more intimate gatherings than one level with a built-in bench seat and other amenities can save space while still giving your entertaining area an appealing outdoor experience for all.

– Ronique Gibson, Stagetecture

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Check the Railing Spacing

My deck design tip is that even though many Contractors think the 4” rule means they can space their pickets (and other elements) 4” apart, you really need to have spaces no larger than 3-7/8” to comply with the IRC. And, the top rail must resist an impact load of 200# anywhere along its length. I don’t know many railings that can actually withstand this.

– Rand Soellner, Home Architects

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Your Deck is a Living Room

The deck has become a secondary living room for many of us. As such, you will want to consider how to optimize your deck experience with lighting. Lighting will provide a way not only to utilize this space well into the evening but it will also increase your homes security, safety and beauty. There are many options to consider when looking at deck lighting some of which include under rail lighting, rope lighting, well lights, stair lights, bench lights, chandeliers and even cordless LED lamps that you can take wherever a light is needed. When lighting is done correctly, your space will go from good to great!

– Wendy Weinert, Bellacor

 

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Build a Floating Deck

My best deck design tip is that beginners should try building a floating deck before undertaking any more complicated projects.
It’s good experience for the novice, and there’s less that can go wrong in building a floating deck.

– David Beaulieu, Landscaping Expert

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Choose a Solid Stain

I’m mainly a painting and drywall contractor. So, while I don’t design decks or build them, I am constantly repainting or re-staining them and finishing decks is my area of expertise. My input would be for homeowners with new decks (who don’t want a traditional stain) to consider a solid stain rather than paint. Solid stain absorbs into the wood and looks a lot like paint but it lasts much longer. Benjamin Moore makes a great solid stain for decks.

– Richard D’Angelo, CraftPro Contracting LLC

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Design for Usage

The best deck design tip is to design a deck based on the needs of who will be using it. The best deck design is ultimately what will fit the actual design of the house and what are the clients needs. For example: Do they entertain a lot? Are they environmentally conscious? Are there any ADA requirements to consider? Do they have children or pets?

– Randolph Gareth James, Magnolia Emporium

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Include Deck Lighting

For me, it would be that you should always consider some type of deck lighting. To spend so much money on a deck that you don’t use at night seems ridiculous. Post cap lights provide lighting AND protect wood posts from rotting and weathering. And there’s also under railing lights and up lights that can be inserted into the flooring. Step lighting provides safety for decks with a lot of stairs too. Lighting improves the usability, ambience, security, and safety of your deck.

– Steve Hodes Jr, Moonlight Decks LLC

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Think About the Sun

I specialize in visualizations for builders and homeowners of their building and remodeling plans. I guess my suggestion from my own home would be to try to design your deck with both a sunny section and a shady section. The reason would be in order to have spaces that are comfortable and usable no matter the weather or time of day or what you feel like doing on your deck. Sometimes you want to bake in the deliciously hot sun, other times you want to relax in the cool shade and read a book.
Another suggestion: If you like to entertain on your deck, figure out what the sun angle will be at the time you like to be out there. We love to have people eat dinner out on the deck, but unfortunately we’re usually out there when the sun is sinking low and so some people end up being blinded with the sun right in their eyes. We need to figure out some type of sun shade solution to this problem.

– Kathleen Moore, CastleView 3D

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Invite the Musicians

Well James, I’m only a deck expert because I love partying outside!! To me and my musician friends, a raised, covered, at least 15×15 area for the band is crucial!! Any outdoor kitchen, sink, fridge etc is good!! With a grill!!!! (and a burner for the oyster steamer.)

– Mike Anderson, Lifetime Services LLC

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So what do you think? Which tip is most useful for you? What did we leave out?
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What makes good deck design?

When building or remodeling, there are many different deck handrail ideas to choose from. The first consideration should be the space that the deck is going in. Is this a comfortable, cozy space or is it wide and expansive with long-range views? The character of the space and also of the home will determine how to best design the deck to fit. This should always be the number one consideration and, like with any other kind of design, a well-designed deck begins with planning. Consider hiring a design professional before starting your project to be sure you have all the bases covered.

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What are the types of deck?

A deck is generally any structure that is not enclosed underneath. Here are some basic deck types:

  • Free Standing Deck
  • Attached Deck
  • Covered Porch
  • Screened Porch
  • All-Season Exterior Room

Each of these different deck designs is a tool in the arsenal of the planner. Deciding on the basic deck style will determine a lot of other details. One option, shown here, of a Covered Porch deck design uses timber framing with exposed rafters and tongue in groove wood ceilings. This style is a perfect match for Mountain Laurel Handrails.

Porch Railing Design
Porch Railing Design
Timber Frame Deck Design
Timber Frame Deck Design

What kinds of materials can be used?

There are many different species of wood that can be used for the framing, decking, and wood trim of a deck. The deck framing is the boards that make the actual structure of the deck. The most common lumber for this is pressure treated lumber. The chemical preservative in pressure treated lumber means that it will outlast other common wood framing materials. It is extremely rare to find another type of wood being used for deck framing. Steel framing is the ultimate option for the homeowner who is concerned about strength, style and durability.

Wood Porch Handrail
Wood Porch Handrail

What about decking?

The decking are the boards that you actually walk on when you are on a deck. Again, pressure treated lumber is the most commonly employed choice here do to material cost and availability, ease of installation and consumer familiarity. There are other decking materials that are gaining in popularity and the main of of these is composite lumber. There are many companies now making composite decking. The basic process for making this product involves mixing a post-industry wood byproduct with a plastic epoxy resin, basically sawdust and glue. While the first few iterations of this product may have had some flaws, composite decking is definitely come of age with a product that is strong, durable and easy to maintain.

Porch Design Timber Truss
Porch Design Timber Truss

What’s the difference between a deck and a porch?

A covered deck is commonly called a porch and adds a level of usefulness to your outdoor room. Now the space can be enjoyed even when it’s raining and many porches are used to cover the entry door to a home so that the owner doesn’t have to stand in the rain while trying to get in. Porches are commonly framed with some type of post and beam structure but adding exposed timber rafters or purlins makes a strong decorating statement. One challenge can be getting wood species and stains to match but generally a skilled painter will be able to conquer this obstacle.

Timber Frame Deck Stairs
Timber Frame Deck Stairs

How about deck stairs?

Another element to consider in deck design is the stairs. Some deck stairs are short while other decks may be quite elevated off of the ground, so here again, the space and the land influence the design and planning. Regardless of height and length, stairs are often times the most prominent visual element either interior or exterior. Deck stairs are especially important during the summer time as more recreation takes place in the backyard.

Learning all the different deck designs is a first step on the road to planning your deck project.

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Mountain Laurel Handrails Enhance your Deck Design

Eight More Deck Design Tips

If you’re thinking about adding a deck onto your home, here are helpful ideas for deck railing design. These cover local requirements, deck design considerations, space requirements, deck railing, and more. Leave a comment if you have more tips!

  1. Make sure that you consider all local rules and regulations including setback requirements and building codes. It is especially important to comply with structural requirements as people have died when decks collapsed. Consult your site plan and local offices for help.
  2. A new deck is an addition and should be approached just like adding a room onto your house. Don’t end a deck in the middle of a window. Instead, make sure the deck ends two feet away from a window.
  3. Decks should be lower than the main floor by at least one inch lower and can be as much as seven inches. More snow in the winter will warrant a bigger step.
  4. Before you begin design, think about what you’ll want on your deck, like a grill or chairs, and how much space these items will take. Also consider where stairs will go if needed, access through doors and how traffic will flow.
  5. Use two foot increments when designing your deck. Also keep in mind common lengths of deck boards are eight, twelve and sixteen feet. You can lay scrap lumber or a garden hose on the ground to get a feel for how your new deck will look.
  6. When deciding on a width, twelve feet is a happy medium. Eight foot decks are often constricting and narrow with little room for a grill or table and chairs. Sixteen foot decks can feel overly large and empty (unless you include a hot tub or fire feature).
  7. Think about breaking up the typical rectangle deck with an angled bump out for a little extra space. This is also a great spot to set up an outdoor dining room, an outdoor kitchen, or a full service bar :)
  8. Deck railing really says the most about your new deck. When deciding on wood railing, Mountain Laurel Handrail adds rustic charm to your home!

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Deck Handrail Shines Outside

Custom Deck Handrail
Custom Deck Handrail

Whether you’re designing a new deck for your home or you’ve moved into a home with an existing one, you want to make sure it looks good and fits your style. All decks are outdoors, so it should fit the outdoor feeling it’s already in. Fora beautiful, unique, and natural style for your deck, look to Mountain Laurel Handrails. Each of these deck hand railing sections are made to your specifications and bring in the beauty of the nature beyond.

Picture enjoying your morning coffee outside, gazing at the scenic beauty surrounding your home. Now imagine taking in the view through a deck handrail that blends into the scenery and compliments the view instead of getting in the way.

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Not only are they great for updating the general appearance of the exterior of your home, they’re necessary for ensuring safety for children and pets, especially if your deck is above ground level. What better a way to take those safety measures than with these beautiful wood handrails for decks?

Mountain Deck Handrail
Wood Deck Handrail

The homeowner of the project pictured here installed on these on his home in the North Georgia Mountains. He emailed these pictures and said:


As you may be able to tell from the pictures, the railings have been up for several weeks; I am just now getting around to send you the pictures I promised. As I hope you can tell, the project turned out very well, and we are delighted with the railings.

— Regis

Handrail Corner Post
Handrail Corner Post

Installed on a home in the North Georgia Mountains, Mountain Laurel Handrails are a perfect match for the beautiful mountain scenery. The windy wood almost perfectly matches the windy wood of the trees just behind it. Metal or plastic here would feel industrial and out of place, but this handrail system for decks provides the perfect barrier between the home and the mountains beyond.

Deck Handrails with Branch Balusters
Handrails for Deck with Branch Balusters

These sturdy styles allow you to get as close to nature as possible, while still also staying safe. What could be better than enjoying your morning coffee to this beautiful view? Even looking out your window allows you to see only nature, thanks to these natural deck hand rails.

These wooden deck handrails are often applied to outdoor spaces, and aren’t confined to being used on decks alone. They spruce up a covered porch, or timber frame and add a rustic touch to the any design. The natural red color can be preserved with a penetrating stain or they can weather to a distinct silvery tone.

Mountain Laurel Handrails are works of art. They are handmade with sticks and branches, each one with its own unique bends and curves, artfully woven together and attached to two-by-fours of red cedar on top and bottom. Each section has special details that differentiate it from the pack. The end result is one-of-a-kind custom railing with a rustic, almost otherworldly quality.

Just take a look at these installed at this home in the mountains of North Georgia. Against such a breathtaking mountain view, you can almost imagine that you’ve been whisked away to your own private retreat.

Deck Handrail
Deck Handrail

One of the beauties of Mountain Laurel Handrails is that the appearance changes with the sun at different times of day. In some photos above, you could see the sun, but with the shadows in this picture, you can see the beauty of the intricate woodwork against the bright background of the mountains. You’ll love watching the shadows on the ground change as the sun moves through the branches throughout the day!

The ideal handrail is one that serves as a protective border but at the same time it should be an extension of the property into nature. This may sound like a contradiction in terms but when done correctly it is a powerful tool in creating a peaceful area where you can relax at home while enjoying the peace and tranquility of nature. It is the ideal way of allowing nature to flow into the living area.

Upgrade an existing deck with the addition of handrails, and provide a subtle change that provides a different feel than traditional. Made form real wood and branches, they can be painted or stained to compliment whatever colors your desire. Add some outdoor furniture and relax in style. No two railings are the same, as each features an intricate web of twined branches that twist and turn in beautiful designs that can update and make your home shine.

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Railing and Deck Decor for the Seasons

A deck dressed with Mountain Laurel Handrails is lovely to look at, and it’s a real delight when decorated for the seasons. We recently constructed and shipped these railings for a homeowner who sent us these pictures of her finished deck–all decked out for autumn!

Colorful fall flowers, potted plants and other ornamentals from nature pair perfectly with organic, branch balusters. Let’s look closer at the railing and deck décor.

This is what the homeowner, Joy, had to say:


Hi James,
We love our new deck with our Mountain Laurel Railings! We get compliments on them often. Thanks for checking on our results. I’m sending you a couple of photos we took this fall.

- Joy Wright

Joy’s deck and handrails look beautiful with her fall decorations. And we would enjoy hearing and seeing what she has in store for the upcoming winter holidays!

Deck Handrail through the Window
Deck Handrail through the Window

Glancing through the window pops of violet, mauve, orange and yellow dot the deck. It’s almost as if this festive fall display becomes a part of the home’s interior. In this cozy country setting, vertical pickets or metal rods just wouldn’t offer the same visual appeal as this railing’s intertwining twigs covered in bark. To enhance to the railing and deck décor, metal caps accent the top of every newel post. The homeowner then adds whimsical wicker furniture to create an inviting outdoor space to relax, entertain and enjoy!

Deck Railing with Fall Decorations
Deck Railing with Fall Decorations

As you can see in these pictures, a deck enclosed with natural branches doesn’t need big, bold or expensive railing and deck decor. The branches themselves create an eye-catching art form. Simply adding a few seasonal decorations, such as green potted plants, beautiful blooms and pumpkins, creates an incredible view.

We hope these pictures inspire you if you’re thinking about purchasing a new or updating a timeworn railing. Durable Mountain Laurel Handrails weather the four seasons well. And of course, seasonal railing and deck décor complement the handrails beautifully. Share some of your deck decorating ideas for the holidays!

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Deck Railing with Composite Lumber

Composite lumber is an interesting and unique way to update and decorate your home. Composite lumber is made by combining real wood with plastic materials. This creates a natural wood look that’s able to hold up to the elements very well. This is ideal for outdoor decorating in areas that are open to snow, rain, and wind, which can strip down natural wood over time. Many deck floors and sidings are made with composite lumber as well, and a composite lumber handrail matches that look better than natural wood, which can feel unfinished when next to composite lumber.

This Mountain Laurel Handrail was built with composite lumber to match the composite decking on this beautiful deck located in Boulder, Colorado. The product used was Tamko Evergrain 2×4 in the Weatherwood color. The homeowners used Mountain Laurel Handrail as an accent piece to complement their metal baluster railing. An exciting visual look is created by combining different materials in this way.

Composite Deck Railing and Deck Furniture
Composite Deck Railing and Deck Furniture

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Here’s what the happy homeowner had to share:


My apologies for not sending some pictures sooner. My wife is also working on getting a good picture of the gate and I will forward that when I get it. We love the railings and have received many compliments on them.
Thanks again!

— Joe

Mountain Laurel Handrail with a Sleepy Dog
Mountain Laurel Handrail with a Sleepy Dog
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As we can see from this photo, the metal handrails work nicely with the feeling of the home, but the Mountain Laurel Handrails really bring in the nature beyond and give a feeling of that nature coming into your home and your deck. The use of composite lumber really helps to bring it all together into a beautiful, cohesive deck and handrailing.

Boulder, Colorado Handrail
Boulder, Colorado Handrail

One of the unique elements of Mountain Laurel Handrails outdoors on decks is the shadows created. This picture clearly shows the difference between the shadows from the metal and the wood handrails. While the metal handrails give off very nice uniform shadows, the wooden Mountain Laurel Handrails give a much more natural shadow, which you might actually see in a forest or park. The composite lumber is able to bring these two contrasting elements together nicely.

Mountain Laurel Handrail and Metal Baluster Railing
Mountain Laurel Handrail and Metal Baluster Railing
This deck has a unique mix of metal and composite lumber, which is very eye-catching. The straight black metal contrasts the intertwined, natural-looking branches from Mountain Laurel Handrails. This is sure to be a conversation piece as well as provide a beautiful home for the family living here.
Deck Railing Installed in Colorado
Deck Railing Installed in Colorado

Mountain Laurel Handrails made with composite lumber don’t only look good from the inside of the deck. They create a unique eye-catching look from the outside as well. You’re sure to attract many admirers with these handrails!

Laurel Railings with Composite Lumber
Laurel Railings with Composite Lumber
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Rustic Stair Railing

Rustic Staircase Railing
Rustic Staircase Railing

We follow an important philosophy in our design work, and that is to compliment, not compete. Our custom-made stair railings give a homeowner a new look to their already beautiful home, and a fixture that looks like it belongs. Our rustic staircase railing designs are gorgeous, yet cozy. There is a lot to our work that you may not notice at first glance, but we know the devil is in the details, and those details are what make the difference in a staircase railing project that comes out beautifully.

When it comes to rustic stair railing, our job does not just start and end at installation. Before we even take out our measuring tapes, we are using our creative expertise to design a project that fits your exact home. Our job is to make home still feel like home, and we take plenty of time to make sure the end result gets a “wow!”

Designing stair railing is actually many jobs in one. It takes an eye for design, as we always want to add beauty to the home, not just an awkwardly installed fixture. It takes an understanding of safe construction, as staircase railings are intended to add support and aid someone walking up and down the stairs. And lastly, we always have to put ourselves in the shoes of someone who lives in the home, and interacts with that environment every day. We strive to make home feel even more like home. Making our clients feel comfortable in their homes is a job we take very seriously.

Rustic Stair Railing Interior
Rustic Stair Railing Interior
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Our work goes all around the country. Most recently the crew took a drive to install a rustic stair railing near Mocksville, North Carolina, a beautiful part of the country that boasts the tagline, “time well spent”—our goal was to create a home where this rang true. The home was located in a small town with a great deal of natural beauty in the area, and this home fit perfectly within the geography and landscape.

However, this beautiful log home was in desperate need of a handrail for safety and ease of access to the second-floor loft. Safety, of course, is what we consider first in our design, so we made sure whatever structure we placed alongside the stairs was strong and sound. We only use materials that we know can withstand a great amount of weight over time, and work closely with contractors to ensure impeccable installation.

We also wanted to make sure the railing design was balanced enough not to be overwhelming. Our designs can be very grand and regal, and can add a lot of beauty in a home, but size, placement, and coloring have to be carefully considered so that staircase railing does not take away from the rest of the home.

Before diving into the project, we took some time to get to familiarized with layout and design of the house, and come up with a something that looked like it belonged, not just haphazardly added. Every piece is custom made for our clients’ homes, not pre-made in a factory. Our clients know that, and that is exactly what has us driving us all the way to North Carolina for staircase railing installation!

Rustic Stair Railing Designs
Rustic Stair Railing Designs

We took a tour of the home, designed the railing, and then got right to work with the installation process. We took our time to ensure safety and sound structure, and also pored over the entire thing to make sure nothing was amiss.

The staircase we installed ascends from the left to right of the great room, creating a visual division. The timber frame trusses are finished with pine tongue and groove ceiling boards that give the home a radiant wood glow. An ornate antler chandelier hangs from the ceiling and only adds to the woodsy motif. The homeowners have cleverly utilized the space under the stairs to display part of their library, and the stain on the stairs matches exactly with the shelves on the library.. The railing extends beyond the stairs and also serves as a protective barrier on the balcony part of the upper loft, allowing continuity of the overall design. The railing design has a webbed quality to it, so it is fairly see-through—this keeps from breaking up the room too much, and allows it to still feel large and comfortable.

After our design, construction and installation came time for the big reveal, the part we look forward to the most. The most important feedback are the reactions that come right after our clients have seen the piece for the first time. Once we were done with this stair railing, we managed to get exactly the kind of reaction we love: all of the extended family, from paternal grandfather and maternal grandmother to the kindergarten-age granddaughter, were thrilled with the new look of the stairs. That is the most we could hope for: a family excited to live in the space that we helped create. The best compliment came from the lady of the house who told us,


“It looks even better than I imagined… And I have a pretty good imagination!”

– Kristin

Rustic Stair Handrail
Rustic Stair Handrail
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Kristin is spot on—imagination plays a pretty major role in what we do, and we like to think of ourselves as experts in imagination. When it comes to installing rustic staircase railing, from design to installation, it takes the right combination of technical expertise and a creative eye to install something that looks and feels like home. Without taking that time, the piece may look out of place or it may drown out the rest of the home’s beauty, which is certainly not its purpose. It takes an experienced eye, and a committed designer to develop a rustic staircase railing design that fits the textures, layout and size of the home—this is never a one-size-fits-all kind of project.

We knew at first glance what kind of shapes would fit in this home. A rustic wood stair railing, with a more natural finish and natural curves would be a far better fit than a more modern design. We knew that a metal railing would look out of place.

We were also inspired by the homeowner’s existing style, and made use of the shapes and textures already found in the home. The vaulted ceiling, tongue and groove wood paneling, big timber rafters and antler chandelier hanging from the collar tie were perfectly paired with this particular decorative handrail. Since there are already plenty of strong straight lines, the sinuous shapes of woven branches tie all the different wood elements together. The result is balance and beauty, without being overwhelming. The elegance of the curved branches in the handrail pair almost exactly with the antler chandeliers.

The crew has developed a keen eye for detail. Working with a material palette that is mostly wood, it is a challenge to pick suitable colors and lumber. Since there is so much wood already, it made more sense to strike a bit of a contrast, as opposed to trying to find an exact color match. Color can really change the dynamic and feel of a room, and many people may not realize the role a big, powerful rustic stair railing like this can play in creating an atmosphere. So striking a contrast is what was done here. You will notice a lighter color stain on the same pine lumber, which lightens up the room. The mountain laurel branches are a deeper, reddish brown color, and work their magic in adding depth. The result is a room that is cozy, comfortable, and easy on the eye, while still boasting a stunning, rustic design.

Rustic Stair Railing Ideas
Rustic Stair Railing Ideas

Unique Rustic Staircase Railing

Every home is unique. Even two homes built with the same exact layout can have completely different elements in them that would warrant a different design. The walls, furniture, decor, stains all tell their own story in each home. We always look for a particular center of gravity in the layout of the home, and create designs to align with that, and flow with the lines, shapes and patterns of the home. We also gain inspiration from our clients’ own style, working with them instead of stubbornly imposing our own vision on their home.

Another recent project features a unique rustic stair railing. In all homes, stairs are more than just a solely component connect two floors together. Many people underestimate how much impact a staircase can have on the atmosphere of a home. Strong design skills also make stairs an element of design to tie into the homes structure and decor and create a room that feels comfortable and well-designed.

In this particular home, the stairs ascend from the living room to the second floor and are an important visual element of the rustic home decor. The wall against which the stairs rest are made with a stone pattern with alternating shades of grey. The railing design must appropriately compliment the rest of the home, and its unique, nature inspired features.

This is the kind of layout that needs a truly customized approach. With this installation, the staircase is supported by an 8-inch to 10-inch diameter hickory log and finished at the bottom with a hickory newel post, both of which are in their natural state with the bark on. This is the kind of center of gravity that we tend to build around. The natural, unfinished bark gave us some ideas to work with when it came to designing the staircase. This room was smaller than the one we worked with above, so that played a role in the size of the staircase railing we ultimately designed.

We absolutely love homes with features like these—natural fixtures make homes unique, and add something that breaks up the room creatively and comfortably. Because we are experienced in designing rustic staircase railings, we always welcome the challenge of designing with and alongside features like these.

Rustic Stair Railing
Rustic Stair Railing

A big part of home design is texture, and this is a great example case. Texture is found on the walls, the floor, the ceilings, and of course, the stairs. When we are developing a rustic staircase railing design, we are taking into consideration what kind of textures are in the home, and what we are going to be adding. The important thing is to compliment, instead of compete. Since this house is nature inspired, with a beautiful newel post in the center of the room, we definitely wanted to keep the nature-inspired theme going on. The tree branch stair railing that we installed is built with Mountain Laurel Handrails. With the stone wall in the background, this rustic stair and handrail give the feeling of being in the woods near a rock face.

While the first home boasted a more finished, carved and designed look, this one feels more raw and natural. The stains we picked to color our project took into account the dark stone walls and the amount of light found in this room. The shade of brown in the railing closely matches the staircase itself. Because there is less wood in this particular room, we could get away with more color matching and did not have to worry as much about striking the right contrast.


Hi James,
This is the finished product at the Gibson residence in West Virginia. The owners were very happy with the end result and it was a pleasure working with you on the project.

Thanks,
Rob Loar
Loar Home Improvement

As always, we love hearing firsthand what our clients reactions are when they first take a look at our work, but we also love to hear what our partners in construction have to say. We do not just work with homeowners, but with fellow construction and home improvement professionals as well. We depend on their construction expertise to help us create, and as a team, we are all working toward the same goal: a very happy client.

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