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, Kalmia latifolia.
  • 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.
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