Vermont Timber Frame Deck Railing

Proud Owner of Mountain Laurel Handrail
Proud Owner of Mountain Laurel Handrail


All stained….very beautiful…….many compliments. I think it fits in with the Green Mountain surroundings perfectly. My plans are to order railings for the loft and staircase next year when I finish the inside of the barn. BTW, feel free to use the picture if you’d like. I love my deck and have had nothing but compliments about how beautiful it is and how naturally it fits in the green mountains of Vermont. Thanks James!

–Fred

Vermont’s Green Mountains covered with forests create one of the best backdrops for these Mountain Laurel Handrails. This picture was taken in early spring, showing how beautifully branch balusters play off the barren trees in the landscape. Limbs from the Laurel tree also make a good fit in the four season state because they’re durable and weather well even against harsh elements.

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Vermont Rustic Railing
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The Vermont deck railing spans the width of the house softening the contemporary-style exterior with nature’s touch. Notice the interesting contrast between the vertical balusters on the cozy third floor balcony and the sinuous branch balusters on the second level. This demonstrates how nicely branch railings mix and match with other railing styles.

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Deck Railing Vermont

Above and below are close-up views of the customized handrail. It features an eye-catching double top railing. This provides a distinctive look, in contrast to the typical single handrail. It almost appears as if the arrangement of branches in each section is being framed to stand out like a piece of art.

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Wood Railing Vermont

Additionally, this hand-crafted railing is finished with decorative ends on the newel posts, which is another way to customize a post-to-post railing system to fit your style preferences.

If you’re brainstorming over new deck ideas for a rustic or county setting, we hope this Vermont deck railing inspires you. As you can see, branch balusters from the Laurel tree make a natural fit!

Vermont Deck Railing
Vermont Deck Railing

Hi James, sorry for the delayed response, The homeowners love the railings!! Attached are a few photos.

Thanks again,

Don, DG Construction, LLC

You bought a beautiful new home. Your home has a beautiful deck overlooking the forest, with stairs that lead down into the spacious backyard. You filled the house with all of your favorite things. You’re really excited! Why do you feel like your house is missing something?

Your house and everything in it is an extension of who you are. This is why most people keep their homes clean and free of clutter. This is why they take months to pick out the perfect couch and the perfect lamp with a color of lampshade that offers a nice contrast to the color of the accent wall. And we have to make sure the furniture is arranged Feng Shui to offer the most peaceful and lease chaotic atmosphere in the house.

What kind of railings are on the deck? Is the deck or the railings made out of Vermont timber? Were they hand carved by a Master Carpenter? They should be. James Pader of Mountain Laurel Handrails has been hand-crafting wooden railings for decks, balconies, and stairs for the last ten years.

Vermont Timber Frame Deck Railing
Vermont Timber Frame Deck Railing
Branch Banister, Log Newel Post and Handrail
Branch Banister, Log Newel Post and Handrail

One man has made it his mission to bring artistic expression in homes to a new level with his Vermont timber frame designs. Instead of just a plain set of wood railings for your stairs, why not have James hand carve designs into the sturdy and sweet smelling wood to give your home an extra feeling of wow. Your family and friends will be amazed by the simple beauty of your balcony.

James offers photos of completed work along with suggestions for simple renovations on his website. In addition, you will also find a personal bio with James’s mission statement showing how he feels about his work, as well as a special section for potential customers to send him messages and ask him questions about what kind of work he does and what they would like done to their homes.

An outdoor deck isn’t just a few board stuck together to give you the added 2 feet of observation height; it’s a place for you, your family and your friends can all enjoy the brilliance of the outdoors with an added sense of comfort and solitude. We know how to build a sturdy, reliable outdoor deck that will last for years. No deck, however, would be complete without an ornate railing to fit the local landscape.

Your guests will be amazed at just how intricate the designs for your brand-new Vermont timber railing look when matched up against the beautiful wilderness of the surrounding area. The Vermont timber design incorporates the aesthetics of wild tree branches strewn together without any constraint to a specific pattern to create a look that is natural and rugged. The branches were shaved of their bark and placed close together either vertically or at an angle, creating a design that is every bit as practical for the purpose it serves as it is beautiful to look at. For the perfect combination of durability and rugged aesthetics, go for the Vermont timber frame deck railing for your outdoor deck.

Branch Railing for Stairs
Branch Railing for Stairs
Vermont Deck Railing
Vermont Deck Railing

Of course, you don’t have to restrict yourself to outdoor decks when with Vermont timber railing. The design also works very well in many indoor places such as staircase railings and room dividers. Pretty much anywhere in your house where you would like to make a bold, outdoor enthusiast statement that incorporates all the charms of living in a cabin or lodge, you can use the Vermont timber railing design with outstanding results.

We use only the highest quality Vermont timber to build our rails and decks. Every piece of lumber in the rail frame is precisely measured and cut after it is treated with a basic fire retardant. With expert carpenters like ours on your side, any deck upgrade you are looking to make is a snap. The craftsmanship on every part of the decks that we build, from the foundation to the steps and expert crafted Vermont railing, has an unparalleled level of attention to detail as well as the strength to hold up for as long as any other part of your house.

Another plus is that Mountain Laurel Handrails ships all over the United States. The railings come in three separate sections which are easy to assemble upon delivery. Some people order home furnishings based on price and convenience. Some people order home furnishings based on their beauty and quality, home furnishings that will set on lookers slack jawed with appreciation.

Appreciation is the key. Beatiful hand crafted wooden railings, accessories that will accentuate your already amazing home. Mountain Laurel Handrails also gives every home that country feeling that only real wood brings to the table. Sturdy, beautiful and sweet smelling. What more could you ask for?

Mountain Laurel Handrails is where you want to go to add an element of rustic class to your home. Then, just make yourself a glass of iced tea and sit out on your deck and look out at the world beyond your amazing new hand crafted artistic railings. It’s only a matter of time before all of your neighbors are going to want to know where you got them.

Vermont Porch Railing
Vermont Porch Railing
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Clean Lines and Clean Designs with a Fresh Interpretation

While opting for clean lines and clean designs for their house, homeowners add a splash of artistic flair by integrating handrails with interlacing shrub branches. As you’ll see in the pictures below, Laurel railings are an amazing complement to modern and contemporary interior design styles.

Vermont balcony railing
Vermont balcony railing

When it comes to shape and line, a modern home’s interior typically features strong, straight lines. This design principle is quite evident here with the large, linear beams framing the ceiling. The indoor space also displays a strong geometric shape. But then, an unexpected element–curving and weaving balusters–stand out beautifully, while also fitting in perfectly.

Branch railing and neutral colors
Branch railing and neutral colors

Mountain Laurel handrails look particularly beautiful as a focal point with a neutral color palette and modern material choices.

Clean lines and clean designs
Clean lines and clean designs

Modern style homes favor neutral color schemes, such as the beige and white tones shown here. The handrail’s top, bottom and newels also feature a natural stain to match the walls.

However, notice how the deep, reddish brown branches really stand out to create the room’s focal point. Their natural color also brings a sense of warmth to a spacious, open floor plan.

Modern Mountain Laurel handrail staircase
Modern Mountain Laurel handrail staircase

In addition, the artistically arranged balusters add decoration to an otherwise clean, crisp staircase.

Modernist rustic design
Modernist rustic design
Above is a nice example of the use of natural materials in modern design. A natural stone fireplace with its streamlined shape adds a touch of modern rustic to the interior. At the same time, Laurel branch railings pair perfectly while conveying an informal elegance.
Laurel railings and hardwood floors
Laurel railings and hardwood floors

Here, the organic handrails complement smooth and bare hardwood floors. Also notice how the branches in the railing reflect on the trees outside the window.

Mountain Laurel handrail stairs guard
Mountain Laurel handrail stairs guard

If your home’s style favors clean lines and clean designs, consider natural Mountain Laurel railings. As you can see from the pictures, handrails made from twisting branches offer a fresh interpretation of modern and contemporary interior design.

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Pennsylvania Balcony and Deck Railing

Balcony Railing Pennsylvania
Interior Railing Stone Fireplace


Hi James,

Thought you might like the finished pictures (best I can take with my camera). The railings are beautiful and everything I had hoped for. They really are the finishing touch on a beautiful lakefront cabin in the woods of Pa. You are most welcome to use these in your advertising and are welcome to visit and see the results for yourself. Many thanks. I can’t express how pleased we are with both the product and your service.

Thanks!

–Pat

A Mountain Laurel balcony railing provides the finishing touch in this lakefront cottage, nestled in the woods of Pennsylvania. As you can see in the picture, the second story balcony surrounds an open concept living room. This is the perfect place to display an art form — hand-crafted branch balustrades.

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A Balcony Railing with View

The Laurel branches with their bark intact really bring the natural beauty and charm of the woodsy outdoor landscape indoors. Additionally, the railing blends naturally with other rustic architectural elements in the interior, from the cut-stone fireplace to exposed wooden beams in the ceiling.

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Interior Balcony Handrail

One by four Western Cedar boards are used in the top and bottom rails to secure the branches. A visually appealing combination of short newel posts and tall pillars alternate to support the railing sections.

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Balcony Handrail

The sun shines through the window outlining the eye-catching shapes created by meandering branches in the railing, which also mirror the branches in the trees outdoors. This is a picturesque view from the lower level looking up.

Balcony Railing Pennsylvania
Stair Railing Pennsylvania

In this view of the stairway railing, you can see how real wood and branches add richness to the clean and crisp room painted in white.

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Stair Railing Wood

In the picture above, notice the intricate details of the branch balusters, including their natural reddish brown hue. Their color and rough texture create a subtle contrast to the smooth planed and walnut stained wooden parts of the staircase.

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Interior Guardrail on Stairs

Another design point to note in the picture below is how the sinuous branches from the Laurel tree break up the linear form created by the other wooden elements in the interior, such as the tongue and groove ceiling. Unlike vertically placed balusters, this adds a nice mix of form and much visual interest to the cottage’s interior.

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Loft Handrail

An open concept floor plan is becoming a very popular choice for the relaxing and welcoming ambiance that it evokes, particularly in this tree-lined spot on the lake. And as you can see in these pictures, the branch balcony railing Pennsylvania makes the perfect complement with its artistic appearance.

Pennsylvania Deck Railing
Pennsylvania Deck Railing


Here are the pictures of our absolutely, stunningly gorgeous deck (thanks to you). Sorry it took so long, I was trying to wait for the flowers to bloom a little more—-lol. Please let me know what you think.

With Much Gratitude,

Irisha & Nathan

If you’re lucky enough to call Pennsylvania home, you know firsthand how beautiful the landscapes of the state truly are. Come spring, there are flowers in full bloom, and summer brings with it lush green as far as the eye can see. Autumn treats the eye to vibrant foliage, and winter provides the breathtaking sights of trees covered in ice and snow. When you have a beautiful deck completing your Pennsylvania home, you have the perfect place to take in the scenery. Mountain Laurel Handrail specializes in Pennsylvania deck railing design and manufacturing, and we can help you put the ideal finishing touches on your deck.

Wood Railing and Cable Railing
Wood Railing and Cable Railing

When it comes to having a beautiful deck you’re definitely going to need a deck railing to accompany it, and people whom are living in Pennsylvania shouldn’t even question this thought! Being outside when the birds are chirping and the flowers are blooming is an experience that nobody can mimic, so being outside on the perfect deck to enjoy it would only be ideal. Those who live in Pennsylvania usually don’t get a chance to soak up the scenery, but with the right deck (and the right deck railings) it’ll be easier than you could have ever imagined.

Completing Your Deck in Style and Safety

Even the most beautiful deck isn’t complete without the right railing. When you step outside and onto your deck, it’s not the surface under your feet that you notice first; it is the railing right in front of you that catches your eye. You want to ensure that you put as much care and attention into selecting the right Pennsylvania deck railing supplier as you do the contractor to build your deck. Not only does a well-made deck railing add beauty to a backyard, but it also helps to ensure your safety. A strong, durable deck rail will allow you to lean with confidence as you drink in the beauty of our Pennsylvania landscapes.

Hanging Chair with Deck Railing
Hanging Chair with Deck Railing

An Array of Wood Railing Options

No two Pennsylvania homes are completely the same, so why should deck railing be generically designed? When you choose Mountain Laurel Handrail for deck railings in Pennsylvania, you’ll find an array of options available. Our deck railings are beautifully crafted to add character to decks, and we can custom make something with your personal tastes and the style of your home in mind. When you want a design that is truly unique to complete your deck that will truly complement your home, a railing from our collection is the absolute best choice.

Mountain Laurel Handrail has an abundance of quality products to offer the citizens of Pennsylvania, so nothing is stopping you from purchasing the deck railings that you’ve always wanted. You don’t even have to like nature to love deck railings we have to offer are not only stylish, but they’re made with quality materials that can withstand the weather. There’s only one name to think about when you’re looking into deck railings within the Pennsylvania region, and that’s Mount Laurel Handrails! Don’t cut corners when it comes to these projects, because quality is key when you want the best available service money can buy!

Combination of Deck Railing Materials
Combination of Deck Railing Materials

Quality Pennsylvania Craftsmanship

You don’t purchase a deck railing for your Pennsylvania home every day. When you invest in a new railing, you want to make sure that you’re getting the best, and that your investment will last beautifully for years to come. That’s why Mountain Laurel Handrail only uses the finest quality hardwoods in the design of our deck railings and why we craft each railing individually by hand. Our skilled team of independent woodworkers puts great care and attention into every railing that we produce. We take pride in our work and that comes through in the quality of the deck railings that we create.

Choosing a deck railing from Mountain Laurel Handrail for your Pennsylvania home means getting the absolute best for your deck. With so many products available for you to choose from, we can help you create the deck of your dreams. Get your project underway today. Fill out the form on our “Contact Us” page and tell us about what you require. We’ll send you a free initial quote and help you explore the deck railing options available for delivery to you in Pennsylvania.

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Delaware Deck Railing


Love, love, love the railings. Just stained them this week and they look great. These pics are older. I will have to find other pics.

Thanks again,

Holly and Mark

Winter Wonderland Wood Railing
Winter Wonderland Wood Railing
Delaware Deck Railing
Delaware Deck Railing

Deck railings are the most important features of your new deck so it is important to choose the most suitable and attractive rail that compliments the looks of your house combined with that perfect variety of decking material, style and color. Handling clients since 2010, Mountain Laurel Handrail creates the most authentic and gorgeous looking deck railings crafted to perfection. MLH employs the most skilled craftsmen to complete every order of woodworks with precision and technique bringing you the most unique element of your home décor.

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Now in Delaware the season and the environments asks for a specific type of material and ideas for the deck railing. Mountain Laurel Handrail offers every specialization for any place you like concerning any weather providing durable woodwork that lasts for a lifetime, all over the country. You have your Winter Wonderland Wood Railing, Delaware Deck Railing, Snowy Railing and Picnic Table, Snowy Deck and Railing, Short Stair Railings, Deck Railings in the Delaware Sun and Deck Railing with a Hot Tub. These are the types of deck railings that MLH provides to all of its customers specified to Delaware.

Providing rhythm and theme in the complex railing designs, Delaware Deck Railings are the perfect thing to go by with that new deck of yours. Offering performance, look and safety and providing a great visual value and the woodwork offering a traditional outlook to the entire deck. With the visual flair this isn’t another deck installment, this is a piece of art. At Mountain Laurel Handrail we have it all to provide you with the best quality framework for your deck.

Short Stair Railings
Short Stair Railings
Snowy Deck and Railing
Snowy Deck and Railing
Snowy Railing and Picnic Table
Snowy Railing and Picnic Table
Deck Railing in the Delaware Sun
Deck Railing in the Delaware Sun
Deck Railing and Hot Tub
Deck Railing and Hot Tub
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Arkansas Log Railing

A customer in Arkansas purchased mountain laurel material to build branch and log railings to go with this amazing rustic home.

The railings turned out great! Everyone thought I was nuts paying for some “sticks” until they saw the result. I have since built a gate for the top of the stairs out of nothing but the sticks, a couple hinges and a latch. We feel it fits the style of the house and the setting perfect!
Thanks for checking in, and feel free to use any of the pictures.

Regards,

The tile is a ceramic tile over treated plywood deck with cement backer, we love it, much easier to keep clean. The Siding is the flooring out of semi-truck trailers, we have it for the floor of the house and stairs as well.

Arkansas Log Home and Branch Railing
Arkansas Log Home and Branch Railing
Log Railing at Sunset
Log Railing at Sunset
Log Railing with Forest View
Log Railing with Forest View
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Log Railing Corner Post
Log Railing Corner Post
Carpentry Skills for Branch and Log Railing
Carpentry Skills for Branch and Log Railing
Log Newel Post and Branch Railing
Log Newel Post and Branch Railing
Log Posts and Log Handrails
Log Posts and Log Handrail
Rustic Arkansas Home with Branch Railing
Rustic Arkansas Home with Branch Railing
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Juliet Balcony Railing

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Juliet Balcony Railing

This intricate railing is installed on the front of a home in Wisconsin. This architectural feature is named after the famous scene in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and is also sometimes called a widow’s walk. Widow’s walks are often seen on coastal homes in the Northeast, and the lore is that the wives of mariners could observe the sea from their tiny balconies and would watch for their husbands’ ships on the horizon. Some wives would spend years watching in vain for the return of a sailor lost at sea.

While these special spots do evoke the bittersweet romance of star crossed lovers and devoted, pining wives of sailors, they have an inviting warmth that promises a lifetime of enjoyment as well. Juliet balconies complement so many home styles and add a bit of practical romance. Placed outside a master suite, a juliet balcony is a perfect place to enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning or watch the stars at night. With some perfumed vines, like jasmine growing nearby, it is a lovely way to let fragrant summer breezes in at night. Placed off a home office, it is a wonderful place to take a break from work and enjoy a view of the neighborhood and garden.
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Juliet Balcony Design
Juliet Balustrade
Juliet Balustrade

With the finely crafted Mountain Laurel Handrails, this is more than just a place to enjoy a cup of coffee. It is a work of art that is built to last and made with time honored woodworking traditions. The striking woodwork is great for creating a focal point on an otherwise plain wall or adding another layer of beauty to more elaborate homes. Juliet balconies are great for homes that lack space for a larger deck as well as properties with a deck or two that could use another private space. Adding these guard rails makes a functional little space and a true statement of beauty and craftsmanship.

Our friends in Wisconsin used this architecture to accent their front door, and it also creates a lovely shelter from the elements for the doorway. I love how they used the supports to hang a potted plant and made the inviting entryway even cozier. The juliet balcony railing create an unmatched sense of drama and rustic beauty. Although a relativelly simple feature, it certainly does mark the entrance to the home, adding the juliet balustrade above it creates a grand entryway that makes the house really shine. With the romantic history of these features and our fine woodworking traditions, this is a wonderful way to add interest and drama to any home without devoting the time, space, and money to a larger porch or deck.

Juliet Balcony
Juliet Balcony
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—UPDATE 1 – September 18, 2014—

French Camino Rustic Log Balcony Railing
French Camino Juliet Balcony Railing

My mom sent me a picture she took while doing the French Camino de Santiago this past summer. It shows a juliet balcony railing in the same style as the one featured here. This is an interesting in that has the bark left on the logs instead of peeled or hand hewn. Also, the weave is incomplete and open in may areas. These are not as busy as others that you see, but in my opinion that does not diminish their beauty. I played piano when I was younger and I learned then that much of music is about the pauses and rests between notes: that’s what gives the melody.

—UPDATE 2 – September 18, 2014—

Reader Steve Allen Shard with Practical Home Planning sent me some info along with these five pictures to clarify the term widow’s walk. Four of the pictures are from New Bedford and Farihaven areas of Massachusets while one is from Charleston SC.

New Bedford Home with Cupola
New Bedford Home with Cupola


Hello James,

Thank you for the awesome photos. Great looking work!

For your benefit and to avoid any confusion, what you showed (the balcony) is not a widow’s walk. You are correct that widow’s walks or lookouts are popular along the eastern seaboard in maritime cities and I have taken the liberty of attaching a few photos of homes with such widow’s walks/lookouts.

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Charleston SC Home with Widow's Walk
Charleston SC Home with Widow’s Walk


They were built above the roof at the highest possible point and were used during the nineteenth century where the wives of fishermen could climb high enough to see the returning fishing/whaling vessels returning to the harbor after a long voyage at sea earning their living. They are called widow’s walks because many times, especially when there was a strong storm at sea that the ships and crews did not return, but were lost at sea. Such an example was depicted in the 2000 movie The Perfect Storm with George Clooney, a true story about a real monster storm that took place in 1991.

New Bedford, Mass Widow Walk Home
New Bedford, Mass Widow Walk Home


The first photo is a home located in Charleston, SC on Battery St. overlooking Fort Sumter. The rest are from the city of my birth and early childhood, New Bedford, MA, known as the Whaling City and is still the fishing capital of the east coast.

There are too many homes with widow’s walks to share all of them, but I thought you would enjoy seeing a few of my favorites. The vast majority of them (all of the ones I am showing) are enclosed as large cupolas with windows all around for panoramic viewing. Many were also used by artists as studios and some still are used for that purpose.

Thanks again for sharing your photos.

Sincerely,
Steve Allen Shard, AIBD
Practical Home Planning

Fairhaven Widow Walk
Fairhaven Widow Walk
Ornate Massachusets Home with Widows Walk
Ornate Massachusets Home with Widows Walk
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