The Children’s Inn at NIH Gets a New Playground Enchanted with Branch Railings
Mountain Laurel railings with their twisting twig balusters lend a fun and fairy-tale look to a special play park located at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Children’s Inn.
The Inn, established in 1990, provides temporary residence for children receiving life-saving treatment at the NIH and their families. Outside the facility adjoins a sprawling playground that “provides a magical escape from the burdens of illness.”
Last year we completed a custom home that had your handrails installed. They look amazing so I wanted to forward you on some pictures of the project. You are welcome to use these pictures if you would like.
The homeowners absolutely love them- they fit in perfectly with their style and are one of a kind.
–Charielle Sowers, Marketing Coordinator
Owens Homes KC
The designer requested a special gate of cedar beams and mountain laurel branches with a somewhat gothic feel to the curves. Read on to learn how we built a mountain laurel branch and cedar beam framed gate.
We built a hot tub deck recently and it turned out quite nicely. Like any good construction project, before we got started we needed a set of deck bench plans. The mountain laurel newel posts stick up above the handrails for a completely different look. Nestled in a woodsy spot, the posts and balusters also blend beautifully with the background. As you’ll see in the following pictures, natural elements bring to life our concept of an incredibly functional deck.
Creatively designed and custom crafted, the Oklahoma deck railing brings artistic flair to a rustic ranch home in the country.
Deck Handrail in Oklahoma
The owner of this ranch home is a commercial architect. He designed the exterior to incorporate so many amazing rustic elements, such as the branch handrail, poplar bark shingles, log posts and horizontal cedar siding.
The style of the handrails is the same as those featured at the Lake of Lissara Lodge. Within each railing section, linear timbers sculpt a beautiful geometrical frame. The framework surrounds unique, curvilinear patterns of Mountain Laurel branches. As an added dimension of visual interest, bold newel posts intersect each frame. Continue Reading…
We couldn’t imagine a better deck railing for this cozy home hidden away in a California forest. While railings are available in many materials from wood to metal and glass, this one with bark covered branches clearly is the perfect choice. The following pictures will show how the right railing design is key to preserving the character of your home and its surroundings.
What would a country home in the Appalachia be without a covered porch and West Virginia deck railing?
West Virgina Deck Railing
Large sprawling porches are an enduring feature of West Virginia homes. During hot and humid summers before modern conveniences, one would simply step outside to relax under the shade of an overhanging porch in the cool Appalachian breeze. That good old-fashioned tradition is still embraced today. This alluring country-style home with its spacious veranda is a fine example.
Mountain Laurel Handrails were shipped to West Virginia for the deck railing. Twig and branch railings also get their roots from craftsmanship in the Appalachians. Early settlers constructed and enhanced their homes with local materials—everything was handmade. They would use limbs and twigs from Rhododendron and Mountain Laurel trees to build functional railings that now can be considered folk art.
In this West Virginia deck railing, our craftsmen interwove twisting and turning branches between top and bottoms rails to create functional pieces of art. The homeowner left the bark covered branches in their natural reddish brown hue. This creates a striking contrast to the wood rails and posts stained in antique white. The chamfered posts are also a nice detail.
Notice in the picture below the small shrubs planted in the landscape. As they grow they’ll form a lush green skirt along the front porch
These large, covered front porches characteristic of West Virginia homes also fostered community ties. Today, we can’t think of a more welcoming way to greet family, neighbors and visitors than with an inviting West Virginia deck railing.
The Mountain Laurel Handrail is the perfect match for this country porch looking out over the serene mountain valley covered in trees. Consider the enduring beauty of twig and branch railings for the porch on your country or mountain-style home.
The homeowner on this project wanted something that would match her husband’s mounted trophies but would also be artistic and creative. She found the perfect balcony handrail for her North Dakota lodge in Mountain Laurel Handrails. Custom build branch railings are the crowning touch for the timber-framed lodge with its full balcony and central staircase.