Arkansas Log Railing

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

Arkansas Log Home and Branch Railing

Arkansas Log Home and Branch Railing

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,
Rob Hester
Stonebridge Construction, LLC

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Juliet Balcony Railing

Juliet Balcony Railing

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.

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Minnesota Log Home Wood Railing

Mountain Laurel Handrail installed on Minnesota log home. Enjoy a nice lawn and a view of one of the 10,000 lakes!

 Minnesota Lake Home Deck Railing

Minnesota Lake Home Deck Railing

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Deck Railing for Alabama Lake Home

If you’re ready to move away from the typical deck design for your backyard, look no further than Mountain Laurel Handrail, works of art for your decks, balconies, and stairs. Give your deck an upgrade or a facelift, and then kick back and relax with your beautiful new view.

Mountain Laurel Handrails recently installed a new deck for this beautiful lake home in Alabama. The homeowner was thrilled with the new railings, and even provided photographs of the finished deck. This brand new sturdy deck overlooks a beautiful lake. Mountain Laurel Handrails also installed beautifully finished rails with natural branch detailing around the deck.

deck chair overlooking lake

Nice View

The homeowner was thrilled with her new railings:

Hi – the rails turned out great. I’m trying to talk my husband into replacing all the railing around the house. He said no but I’m still working on him. I’ve attached lots of pictures.

Thanks again we love them!

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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.

Special Thanks to the Contributors!

mary morri front porch ideas

ronique

rand soellner home architects
Wendy
DavidBeaulieu
richard d'angelo
magnolia emporium
SteveAndStevie
kathleenmoore
lifetime

 

    • Make it Big

      mary morri front porch ideasDepending 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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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. Continue Reading…

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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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Rustic Stair Railing

Rustic Staircase Railing

Rustic Staircase Railing

The crew took a drive recently to install a rustic stair railing. Located near Mocksville, NC, this log home was in desperate need of a handrail for safety and ease of access to the second-floor loft.

Rustic Stair Railing Designs

Rustic Stair Railing Designs

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. The best compliment came from the lady of the house who said,

“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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With the vaulted ceiling and tongue and groove wood paneling, big timber rafters and antler chandelier hanging from the collar tie, this home is juuust right for this decorative handrail. Since there are already plenty of strong straight lines, the sinuous shapes of woven branches tie all the different wood elements together.

Rustic Stair Railing Interior

Rustic Stair Railing Interior

Working with a material palette that is mostly wood, it is a challenge to pick suitable colors and lumber. Since there’s so much wood already, it’s sometimes better to contrast slightly, as opposed to trying to find an exact color match. This is what was done here, using a lighter color stain on the same pine lumber lightens up the room a bit while the reddish mountain laurel branches work their magic!

Rustic Stair Railing Ideas

Rustic Stair Railing Ideas

Unique Rustic Staircase Railing

Another recent project features a unique rustic stair railing. The stairs ascend from the living room to the second floor and are an important visual element of the rustic home decor. The staircase is supported by an 8″ to 10″ 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.

Rustic Stair Railing

Rustic Stair Railing

The tree branch stair railing is built with of Mountain Laurel Handrails. With the stone wall in the background, this rustic stairs and handrail give the feeling of being in the woods near a rock face.

The contractor on the project said:

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

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