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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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:
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.
Loar Home Improvement