A California Deck Takes Advantage of the Views

California Deck Railing
California Deck Railing
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.
California Rustic Railing
California Rustic Railing
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Notice how the branching balusters in the California deck railing echo the shapes of the pine trees beyond. These complementing forms ease the transition from the outdoor living space to the landscape seamlessly and… beautifully! In fact, the Mountain Laurel railing becomes part of the landscape.

Deck Railing CA
Deck Railing CA

The homeowners further customize their deck by selecting chunky, yellow pine posts to support each railing section. The wood grain features natural whorls or knots that enhance the overall rustic look of the outdoor space.

As a design note, we like the way meandering branch balusters contrast with the linear floor boards. The variation in form adds a visual twist to the California deck railing.

Rustic Branch Handrail California
Rustic Branch Handrail California

Beyond beauty, the Mountain Laurel handrail is necessary as a safety feature. The platform deck rests on the edge of a steep slope. By installing the decking system, the homeowners are able to turn this area into use-able outdoor living space. And of course, now they can relax while taking advantage of the incredible view!

Cali Deck Railing
Cali Deck Railing

From concept to installation, take the time to craft the right railing design to capitalize on your outdoor surroundings. As you can see, the homeowners of this California deck railing did just that. The result allows for more outdoor living space, greater visual appeal and beautiful views. To make your dream railing a reality contact Mountain Laurel Railing today!

This handrail installed on a breezeway for a home in Palo Alto, California really shows off all there is to love about these intricate wood railings.

At Mountain Laurel Handrails, we help you to choose the best deck railings, furniture, and other exterior and interior railings to give your home an elegant rustic feel, a real mountain home. To keep the theme going throughout your beautiful house is simple and requires only small adjustments to your existing house.

I’ll attach the pictures I have! The project was finished some time ago and turned out beautiful. Send me a link so I can see what you put up.

Regards,

Thomas Jordan

Mountain Laurel Handrails is dedicated to helping California residents enhance the style of their homes with high quality hardwood handrails. No state has the diverse range of landscapes that California can boast and whether you live in Northern California, the Bay area, Central California or Southern California, you deserve to have a beautiful place where you can step outside and view the great outdoors.

Handrail in Palo Alto California
Cali Deck Railing

The handrails that you use to complete your deck will help to determine its level of safety while enhancing its appearance, so you don’t want to settle for anything less than the best. Mountain Laurel Handrails stands out due to the painstaking attention to detail with which every one of our hardwood deck rails is manufactured. When you choose our deck rails for your California home, you can be certain that you’re getting the absolute best solution to enhance your exterior decor and ensure that you can safely enjoy the beauty of your view.

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Before Railing Installation
Before Railing Installation
From Palo Alto to Pasadena to every other corner of the state, California countless homeowners have put their trust in Mountain Laurel Handrails. Not only do we offer the very best deck railings that money can buy, but we also offer a wide array of other hardwood railing products to help complete the look of your home. We have created a number of interior railings to bring the beauty of handcrafted hardwood into indoor spaces in living rooms, bedrooms, entryways and other locations in homes. Whether your decor is rustic, modern, inspired by nature or country chic, we can create an interior railing design that will add to the ambiance of your space perfectly.
Mountain Laurel Handrail Installed in Palo Alto, CA
Mountain Laurel Handrail Installed in Palo Alto, CA
Handrail Installation in Progress
Handrail Installation in Progress
Railing Installer in Palo Alto
Railing Installer in Palo Alto

At Mountain Laurel Handrails, we have the expertise and skills needed to create quality hardwood railing for any use inside or outside California homes. We offer curved railings and log railings as well as custom decorative railings that are designed to order. If you have a project in mind for your California home that calls for a special decorative flourish, let us transform your idea into a high quality wood railing that will look just as you pictured and stand the test of time to bring beauty to your home for years to come.

The difference in the quality of Mountain Laurel Handrails comes from our unique approach to manufacturing. We don’t mass produce our railings for California homes along an assembly line. Instead, we individually craft each railing by hand the traditional way. Our team of independent woodworkers takes pride in every wood railing that we produce, working hard to ensure that each piece is flawless. By using only the finest of hardwoods, we are able to offer an unparalleled level of quality to customers throughout California.

Whether you’re looking for the ideal railing to complete the deck in your California home, want something beautiful to line your walkway or would like to finish off your interior with a gorgeous handcrafted railing, Mountain Laurel Handrails is ready to assist you. Contact us today to learn more or fill out the form to the right to request a product guide.

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Installing Mountain Laurel Handrails is easy!

Basic carpentry tools and skills are required, however. Here you can see that the carpenters have out the most important tool: the jobsite work radio. The radio is the first thing to come out of the truck with all the power cords and electrical boxes, and the last thing to get put away in the evening. But seriously, the carpenters are using a level to make sure that the railings are level as they are installed between the posts. A circular saw is needed for cutting the ends of the sections as well as additional lumber and boards that are required to complete the project. An air compressor and nail gun make installing certain boards quick and efficient. Mountain Laurel Handrail sections need to be screwed into the posts to get a strong connection and attachment point.

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Stick Finish Options

Laurel Sticks Stained
Laurel Sticks Stained

The results on this project speak for themselves! The homeowner went with an ipe decking but wanted a contrast for the railing lumber which is rough sawn red cedar 2x4s. The railings are finished on site with rough sawn cedar 1x4s and the top plate is a 1×6 ipe decking board. The sticks on this railing are stained with Cabots Exterior Deck Stain in the Natural color. This helps preserve and enhance the natural red color of the mountain laurel sticks. It also darkens them and adds some shine.

Stained Laurel Sticks
Stained Laurel Sticks
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Stain on Mountain Laurel Sticks
Stain on Mountain Laurel Sticks

common question about Mountain Laurel Handrails is, “What does the mountain laurel look like when it weathers?” Well, it looks a lot like a piece of cedar that turns silver with exposure to the sun. But, since pictures are worth a thousand words, here are some pictures of mountain laurel that has weathered to a silver color.

Weathered Mountain Laurel in Full Sun
Weathered Mountain Laurel in Full Sun

This picture is of weathered and silver mountain laurel with full sun shining. The next picture is with partial sun and shade.

Weathered Mountain Laurel in Sun and Shade
Weathered Mountain Laurel in Sun and Shade

Some of you might remember a recent wood deck railings project I posted that was installed at the Summer House in Highlands, NC. I passed by there recently and noticed that the painters had been through and work was about complete on their new Idea House Showroom. The sticks and branches on these custom railings have been painted to match the color scheme. I love this picture with the timber frame porch railings in front with the green of the forest beyond.

Painted Branch Wood railing
Painted Branch Railing
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Decorative Railing
Railing Section with Painted Branches

The left picture shows a wood railing section before it was delivered. Each section was carefully painted before being delivered. It’s quite time consuming and requires a delicate hand to avoid errors. But painting the sticks is a great way to get the look that perfectly matches your colored schemes. Sticks can also be stained and this is another good way to add another level of customization to your Mountain Laurel Handrail project.

 
deck railing
Corner Post Railings

I seriously just noticed that these railings were repainted after we installed them. In the picture directly above you can see that the cedar 2x4s have been painted a light gray but in the pictures after all work on the project had been complete, the lumber is a much brighter white to match the windows and doors. I think this looks much nicer than the original color which would have matched the color of the posts. The white lumber gives the sticks plenty of contrast to set them off!

timber frame porch decorative railing
Sunlit Porch

The designer on this project has a strong eye for detail and color. She brought together many local crafters to work on this project. She also keeps many of these items available in her store and is ready to help with design and decor suggestions and ideas. On the right is another picture when there was snow on the ground. White snow and the evergreen forest make a great backdrop.

Exterior Handrail
Mountain Laurel Handrail with Painted Branches

New pictures have just arrived of a stairwell railing. For this project, the lumber is stained dark walnut and the branches have been painted off-white for an absolutely stunning effect. I really like how this turned out. What do you think?

Dark Walnut Stained Wood Railing with Painted Branches
Dark Walnut Stained Wood Railing with Painted Branches
Painted Branch Mountain Laurel Handrail
Painted Branch Mountain Laurel Handrail

Straight and simple rails stained in mocha make a stunning contrast to the silvery white branches that form balusters. Together, these elements create an abstract piece of art. Then, to bring on the holiday cheer, the homeowner decorates the balcony railing with bright, colorful lights wrapped in garland.

Railing with Christmas Lights
Railing with Christmas Lights


Just sent some pictures of my beautiful railing. Everyone has to comment when they see it. Truly unique and perfect for our beach home. Earthy and perfect !

Blessings !!!

— Annabelle

Railing with Holiday Lights
Railing with Holiday Lights
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