Exterior railings are one of the defining elements of the facade of a home. Each style of home has a style
that fits it best, though, more and more homes are blending railing designs. Mountain laurel handrails are made by master craftsmen and are a great rustic look. This railing design is based on a traditional form found in the Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina. Modern craftsmen have improved on this form with joinery and preparation techniques to ensure a beautiful exterior railing that will draw compliments from everyone that see them. This stair railing is one example of how many different elements can be included that use the mountain laurel wood. The center post of the stairs railing is a larger stick that supports the handrail. The branches come all the way down the side of the stairs and blend the structure with its surrounding. Behind the stairs, sticks extend from the stair all the way to the underneath of the deck. I especially like how the dappled sunlight further blurs the distinction between nature and the built environment.
This exterior wood handrail was installed on a bridge over a small stream. The bridge was built with round log posts holding up the timber framed roof. Special pockets were carved in the round posts so that the square lumber of the handrail would fit seamlessly. Large diameter mountain laurel branches were used to match the stout look of the covered bridge. These exterior railings tie this bridge to its surroundings by mimicking the organic forms of the forest.
This is what the homeowner, Tommy, had to say about his external handrails:
This project started as a 450 SF cottage. Then I added a utility room and single car garage to make probably 900 SF. I used old tin and bark siding plus twig rails to get the look I wanted! The rails came in the specified color and turned out great! Thanks James, I’m looking for another project and I tell everyone I went in woods and made myself!