Cedar Deck Railing

Connecting a home’s interior to its exterior and outdoor surroundings is becoming more and more important to homeowners. As you’ll see in the pictures, a homeowner selected branch infill for interior and exterior railings to create a cohesive flow throughout his Craftsman home and tree-lined lot. And the result is stunning!

Cedar Deck Railing
Cedar Deck Railing
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The railing with balusters made from mountain laurel branches softens the height transition from the woodsy yard to the main floor. In order to clear the lot for the home’s foundation, a few red cedars were cut down. In keeping with a unified look, the homeowner used them to make the handsome log newel posts.

Mixed media is another popular trend. The stairway railing features round metal rods that maintain the rustic look while mixing nicely with bark covered branches.

Cedar Deck Railing Posts
Cedar Deck Railing Posts
This spacious covered porch is perfect for entertaining or just relaxing in the shade and enjoying nature’s scenery. To get more use from the outdoor deck the homeowner installed recessed lighting and also a ceiling fan for warm weather comfort.
Cedar Porch Railing
Cedar Porch Railing
From a design perspective, twisting and turning twigs add movement and flow to the wood plank floor and paneled ceiling. Notice how the sinuous outline of the branches really stands out behind the sunshine and complements the trees.
Cedar Deck Railing Kits
Cedar Deck Railing Kits

The homeowner chooses to complement cedar deck railing for interior and exterior décor. Instead of using rough cedar logs for newel posts, square posts were installed and stained for a contemporary look in the interior.

A stained glass window features an Osage orange tree that blends beautifully with the twig and branch infill in the interior railing. Notice how the branches are arranged to spread out like those in the stained glass. Just like the stained glass work, the interior cedar deck railing is a piece of art. Each branch is unique as well as the overall pattern within each railing section.

Overall, this entrance way feels like an extension of the tree-lined landscape outdoors.

Handrail with Oak Boards
Handrail with Oak Boards

We think the results are stunning and so does our customer:


Dear James:

Our new home is finally complete and all of the packing boxes are empty. Enclosed are photos of the railings you made for us. While, for me, the handrails were one of the most difficult design elements of our home, we are very, very pleased with the result. When all is said and done, the handrails are exactly what we envisioned.

The stained glass front door panels is modeled after a big Osage Orange tree (used for hedge rows in Kansas to prevent erosion), which was in our back yard in Kansas. It always fascinated me. In the foreground (somewhat difficult to see) are plowed fields and a barb wire fence. On the exterior can be seen 5 or 6 tiny “m” shapes representing the Canada geese, in flight, in the distance. They make Kansas their home throughout the year. Throughout our travels, we have tried to obtain something significant to represent each place we lived. This panel pays homage to Kansas.

Sadly, we had to sacrifice a number of red cedars to make room for the house’s foundation. However, as you can see, many of the red cedar logs became the newel posts on the deck. The fireplace mantle is cut from the largest log. There are two pillars in the great room, also of red cedar. The bark was removed by pressure washing.

Thank you very much for all your patience as I tried to understand the process of fabricating twig railings.

Sincerely,

Ken

Natural twig and branch infill work beautifully for interior and exterior design while creating a connection with outdoor surroundings. If a cohesive design flow is important to you, contact us at Mountain Laurel Handrails to learn more.

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Big Sky Montana Railing

Big Sky Montana railing gets its inspiration from the rugged terrain and other natural surroundings of this home’s amazing locality.

Montana, nicknamed Big Sky Country is famous for its magnificent mountains, alpine forests and abundant wildlife. So instinctively, the homeowners wanted to incorporate local elements into their interior design.

Big Sky Montana Railing

Natural and rustic, the Big Sky Montana railing artfully outlines this staircase from the balcony to the landing. Rough hewn posts recreate the look of early mountain-style architecture. In similar style, organic Mountain Laurel twigs twist and turn forming a unique pattern within each railing section.

The large, black bolts used to mount the railings to the staircase add another vintage touch. Rugged metal caps top the posts. It’s amazing how these small accents make a big impact on the railing’s bucolic appearance.

Here’s what the Montana homeowner had to say about his new railings:


James,

Thanks for everything, they look great. I’m quite sure you’ll be seeing a few more orders from Big Sky, everyone is oohing and aahing over these.

Thanks again, quality product

Jesse V.

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Big game hunting is part of Montana’s culture and history. In keeping with tradition, a Rocky Mountain elk chandelier shines above the staircase. Notice how this rustic light fixture complements the Big Sky Montana railing perfectly.

We also like the towering, wood paneled wall on the right that completes the look. The panels and railings boast a matching walnut stain, which pops out against celadon walls in the backdrop.

Big Sky Montana Railing
Mountain Laurel Handrail Big Sky Montana

The picture above is a close-up view of Mountain Laurel branch balusters, showing their interesting details–bark and all.

This foyer offers an eye-catching mix of architectural styles, local elements and traditions. Overall, the form displays a dash of contemporary design, while the Big Sky Montana railing features classic mountain-style architecture.

Enhance the natural beauty of your mountain retreat with the one-of-a-kind look of Mountain Laurel Handrails.

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Big Sky Montana Railing
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Artistic Railings on Interior and Exterior

Artistic Railings
Artistic Railings

Artistic railings on the interior and exterior structures of a house, with multilevel balconies, is a creative showpiece. This custom home design was in need of equally unique railings. With so many options in handrails, there are very few that have truly random designs, where everything is unique. These artistic handrails all have different shapes and patterns since they are made with sticks and branches from the mountain laurel tree.

Architectural details, such as the glass windows and plank floorboards, create stark and stunning geometrical forms. At the same time, branches in the handrails soften the look with their sinuous shapes. As a finishing touch, a long Mountain Laurel branch with its natural curve serves as a banister along the foyer steps. They are enhancing the beauty of your living place through their real designs just like decorative elements.

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Artistic Handrails
Artistic Handrail

Notice in the picture how branch railings convey spaciousness by opening up the view to the lower and upper balconies. Instead of looking at a half wall or boring vertical balusters, visitors focus their eyes on an artistic twig and branch railings with awe. In a lounge or hotel, they would give a classic look with artistic beauty that can enhance the value of your property. Visitors would love to come closer to feel the easiness and beauty of the wooden structure. This creative idea can give an excellent look to the balconies of your rooms through their primitive designing. After their installation, you can get a good cost of your investment in the future as the value of your home and premises are increased.

Most of us like to live in the soothing and peaceful company of nature. If you want to give this company to your customers by changing the interior and exterior look of your resort, the artistic outdoor railings can be the best idea. Its beautiful classic and natural look would give you the feeling as if you are living in the lap of nature. They would best suit the outside balconies and areas of the resort garden where you can enjoy the natural sceneries standing alone. Our professionals always have the obligations of meeting the customer’s demands and needs by making use of the surroundings in a natural way, and ascertaining that the basics of railing design and construction are met and even surpassed.

artistic-deck-railings
Artistic Deck Railings

The artistic railings on the exterior balconies coordinate seamlessly with those in the interior for a cohesive look. That’s the beauty of Mountain Laurel Handrails —- they work equally well inside or out. Incidentally, the curious dog appears very content enjoying the unobstructed view from the balcony. Many times, your kids would have insisted you have a look at a sight that you would have observed near a wall of your house but they could not have due to their small heights. You can fulfill their wishes by installing artistic railings. Their beautiful construction with natural materials can enable your kids to watch any natural sight through the gap of twigs. Apart from this, they could also provide safety or protection to your children.

We needed to create a design that would utilize the environment’s strengths in a creative manner to arrive at a unified as well as a complementary whole. The project here was unique in itself as it incorporates exciting creative challenges. A warm and natural wood railing in the form of branches give your balcony or stairway a soft and organic appearance.

Mountain Laurel The Artistic Handrail
Mountain Laurel The Artistic Handrail
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In the picture below, the railing functions as a divider and safety feature for the split-level, sunken room. But that’s not all. A Mountain Laurel railing filled with uniquely shaped branches stands out as a work of art. Here, meandering twigs cluster in the center on the bottom rail and then flare up and out creating a picturesque design. They are increasing the beauty of the interiors of your living place. The natural design of branches can also give you the feeling as if you are sitting under a tree. The wood and timber material give a sophisticated and classic touch to your home. Their artistic designing gives a completely different look from a steel and iron railing. These handrails are durable as well as sturdy. Due to their great strength, they can bear more weight than other soft materials.

You can choose the height and width of the railing as per your need and choice. A too short height of railings can be a danger to the safety of yourself and others. Similarly, a too tall height would deteriorate the beauty of your home. So, it is better to make a proper planning for a suitable height and width of the railings in your home.

Artistic Handrail Installed in Wyoming
Artistic Handrail Installed in Wyoming

See in this picture how the silhouettes of the branches when lit from behind look sinuous and shapely. As each day progresses, the character of the handrail also changes since the light strikes differently throughout the day. Most homeowners like to have textures and designs of their house that could give a natural look. The same they expect from a railing also. If they use steel, iron or mortar for this purpose, they may fail to get that look. Steel and iron are hard metals that may give your home a boring and disappointing appearance. They also not look natural from any angles. Hence, to get a natural feeling, you would need to have a natural element like wood.

These aesthetic handrails are made with sticks and branches of the mountain laurel tree. They are strong, flexible and gives natural appearance from all angles. Due to these qualities, they can be used in different shapes and patterns as per your requirements. They have their own strength and durability that make them useful for years to come.

Some persons love the artwork and like to collect such items in their home. They often search these designs to make their office or living place look like an ideal symbol of art. These guard rails suit their purposes perfectly well. With their exceptional artistic beauty, they look embodiments of art that can be utilized at any place of your liking. And with pieces like this Framed Mountain Laurel Art, you can also hang them from the walls to complete the motif.

mountain frame
Framed Mountain Laurel Art

Artistic railings on the interior and exterior balconies are much more than a safety element—it makes the most creative and attractive design feature. Carpenters working in woodshops nestled in the Smoky Mountains produce magnificent works of art for your deck, balcony, and stairs. In this picture, you can see the railing which is giving a classical primitive look to your house. Apart from separating the dining room from the living room, it gives sight of both places through the gaps of the branches. You can have a feeling as if you are living in the beautiful house of your dreams. After installing them, you need not spend extra money to decorate the house for some holidays. Just by applying some lighting over these twigs, you can enhance the beauty of your house for any party or occasion.

In the morning or evening, while drinking your coffee or tea, sitting near these creative works, you can enjoy the beauty of them closely. You can get the inspiration of working happily like nature and would feel worthy in this creation of God. The woods in their natural form carry the same qualities which are found in their tree forms. So, you can enjoy the touch and texture of the same natural wood while interacting with these railings on daily basis.

Artistic Railings on Interior and Exterior
Artistic Custom Railings

An artistic railing with its aesthetic form and appearance solve many purposes at one time. Apart from enhancing the elegance and grace of your living place or office, they give your building a different style and form. With appropriate maintenance and care, they can stay years after years in their natural form. The most attractive part of these railings is that they meet the inventive and aesthetic needs of art-loving people.

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Interior Wood Railing

Small Railing Projects with a Big Impact

Although it’s a relatively small project, adding a new or updating an interior railing makes a big impact on your home’s appearance. After all, your staircase and balcony are typically the first things visitors see when they walk into your home. Additionally, Mountain Laurel railings offer a bigger benefit by inspiring designers and homeowners to broaden their creativity with the artful beauty of branches.

Let’s take a look at a few small projects with a big impact involving stair and balcony interior wood railing.

Each features a simple and straight interior stairway with a balcony that takes advantage of the natural beauty of branch balusters. While each home displays its own unique twist on a cabin, country or beach-style interior, the use of wooden rails and branching infill fits beautifully with each design style, ranging from rustic to contemporary.

Interior Wood Railing for Stairs
Interior Wood Railing for Stairs
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Pictured above, a cabin-style home gets a new staircase with chunky timber steps made to match a bevy of hefty log beams. What better way to complete this uniquely rustic look than filling these rails with bark covered branches.
Interior Wood Stair Railing
Interior Wood Stair Railing
In contrast to the small railing projects shown in the first pictures, the one above displays a more finished appearance to suit a contemporary-style interior. To create this look the railing is installed using a method that hides the triangular gap typically seen when the railing is set in line with the stair stringer.
Interior Wood Railings
Interior Wood Railings

We love our railing and have gotten many compliments on it. Thank you for helping us add the final touch to our dream home.

John and Heather
Pine Wood Cabin Railing
Pine Wood Cabin Railing

Here’s another gorgeous view of a pair of clean and simple rails framing Mountain Laurel branches, while the shimmering light in the background highlights their sinous shapes. Although the balustrade only contains two sections, it is a focal feature of the room.

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Balcony Railing Lighted
Balcony Railing Lighted

From an interior design viewpoint, few architectural items standout like an extraordinary staircase and balcony. If you’re looking into small railing projects that make a big impact on your home’s appearance, consider Mountain Laurel Railing.

Extra Tall is Extra Awesome!

tall railing
Tall Railing

These two wood railing sections are extra tall at five feet just for the railing. That puts the top of the railing at almost six feet. Just another demonstration of how versatile and inventive Mountain Laurel Handrail can be. The design of any project is crucial and, on this project, Wood Railing, the contractor and the homeowner worked closely together to ensure the best possible finished product. And as you can see, it turned out wonderfully!

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Tall Handrail

Like all Mountain Laurel Handrails, this was custom made to the owner’s specifications. The homeowner was looking for a special design element to add to her New Hampshire ski home and this was just the ticket! These tall sections are five feet tall and will be installed inside on a loft balcony. For extra added safety, the homeowner will install a piece of plexiglass on the face of the railings. Normally, laurel branches stick out from either side of the handrail but in this case, the branches were left flush or set in from the front of the railing so that the polycarbonate plexiglass can be installed easily.

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Contemporary Stair Railing

Contemporary Stair Railing
Contemporary Stair Railing

James,

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.

Thank you,
– Charielle Sowers,
Marketing Coordinator
Owens Homes KC

As guests enter this recently completed custom home, the first thing to draw their eye is the contemporary stair railing, featuring Mountain Laurel Handrails. Balusters designed from branches of the Laurel tree gracefully interlace from the base of the staircase up to the overlooking balcony.

As you can see from this picture, it’s amazing how a simple design element, such as branches, can turn an ordinary staircase into the centerpiece of a room. (Although, it appears that the cuddly cat in the foyer is vying to be the main attraction here!)

Contemporary Stair Railing
Cat in the Foyer

Below is a close-up view of the gorgeous stairway and handrail. Notice the natural beauty of the branches, bark and all. Chunky newel posts are another prominent feature of the platform staircase. Slightly over-sized, they are well suited for the large open space and add balance to the wooden pillars on the left that support the balcony.

Contemporary Stair Railing
Elegant Stair Railing

The neutral color palette is also striking, while bringing all of the architectural elements together for a cohesive look. The newels and top and bottom rails are stained deep brown to match the plank flooring in variegated brown. To make the railing elements stand out, trim along the stairway is painted in contrasting white.

Overall, the architectural elements and décor, including Mountain Laurel Handrails, mounted animal trophies and a candlelight chandelier, display a striking, yet unexpected mix of rustic and elegant interior design.

I think these pictures will inspire your imagination when choosing a railing system, whether your design preferences lean rustic, country or more towards elegant stairs.

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North Dakota Lodge Balcony Railing

North Dakota Lodge Balcony and Stair Railing
North Dakota Lodge Balcony and Stair Railing
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.
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Rustic Balcony Railing
Rustic Balcony Railing
Balcony Railing with Antler Chandelier
Balcony Railing with Antler Chandelier
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Balcony Handrails
Balcony Handrails
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Barnwood Railing with Carved Birds

Rustic Barnwood Railing
Rustic Barnwood Railing

It’s always a pleasure working with creative homeowners who entrust us to build amazing creations for their homes, but this one is extra-special…

And, it’s only the beginning!

The homeowner loved the Mountain Laurel Handrails but decided that she wanted a much more rustic feel and a totally unique look.

While discussing different wood types and species, I recommended some wood from an old barn that had been recently salvaged. I though that this would be a perfect fit for what she had in mind, so I sent her some pictures; she agreed.

The next step was the addition of the carved birds which the homeowner provided. These were tricky to integrate into the weave of the railing, but the finished look is as if Audobon is watching them in the forest!

And, as promised, there’s more to come. Once the project is installed, I’ll be back to share the finish pictures which have rustic Mountain Laurel Newel Posts in addition to some more carved wood creations!

Bluebird in Branch Railing
Bluebird in Branch Railing
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Barn Wood Railing
Barn Wood Railing
Rustic Barn Wood Handrail
Rustic Barn Wood Handrail
Carved Bird Custom Railing
Carved Bird Custom Railing
Carved Cardinal Mounted to Railing
Carved Cardinal Mounted to Railing
Red Cardinal in the Winter Forest
Red Cardinal in the Winter Forest
Railing with Carved Birds
Railing with Carved Birds
Bird in Railing
Bird in Railing
Branch Handrail with Bird
Branch Handrail with Bird
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[[UPDATE]] New Pictures [[UPDATE]]

Take a look at the pictures of the finished project and leave a comment with your thoughts!
I think the combination of the materials is absolutely amazing combined with the unique space yields a truly one-of-a-kind installation: art.

Balcony Railing with Carved Wood Face
Balcony Railing with Carved Wood Face
Mountain Laurel Handrail with Carved Birds
Mountain Laurel Handrail with Carved Birds
Balcony Branch Railing
Balcony Branch Railing
Rustic Barnwood Railing
Rustic Barnwood Railing
Barnwood Balcony Handrail
Barnwood Balcony Handrail
Unique Balcony Handrail
Unique Balcony Handrail
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Wood Stair Railing on Stone Staircase

Wooden Stair Handrail
Wooden Stair Handrail

Natural materials mingle with apricot hues to create a warm and welcoming glow in this stair railing in stone staircase. Not to mention, the look is lovely! Let’s take a peek at all the fine details of this sprawling staircase from top to bottom.

As you can see in the picture above, a stairway is more than a means to get from one level of your house to another. It is a major architectural design feature. And the right railing in the right surroundings can turn a staircase into something special.

Ideas for Wooden Stairs
Ideas for Wooden Stairs

The wood stair railing is constructed from natural wood materials to complement the fieldstone walls. Amazingly, the look of this stair railing in stone staircase is a mix of elegance and rustic. The custom handrail features a top rail, while two additional rails frame the balusters like a piece of art.

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Wood Stair Railing Stone Staircase
Wood Stair Railing Stone Staircase

Flowing Mountain Laurel branches create the fluid infill. This is another unique feature as no two branches and therefore, no two sections are alike. Rough bark covers the balusters and creates an interesting contrast to the smooth and polished rails.

Variegated wood landings connect the platform stairway as it changes direction on its long way down to the lower level. Thick stair treads are made to match other elements in the stairway, beautifully. Additionally, the open riser stairs add an element of airiness to the staircase.

The walls along the staircase are faced with irregular fieldstone creating a mosaic pattern. Multi-colored stones in neutral overtones contrast nicely with the chestnut stained rails.

Wood Stair Hand Railing
Wood Stair Hand Railing

The stair railing in stone staircase is indeed the showpiece of this home. It flaunts an old world charm featuring natural elements. If you’re considering custom railings of exceptional beauty, send us your project details or questions to get started.

This lake time balcony railing mirrors the homeowners’ message of ease and enjoyment!

The owners of this cozy lakefront home wanted to define their interior with an openness that blends with the lake and outdoor scenery. They did this perfectly with a large balcony overlooking the great room, complemented with a staircase that’s open on one side.

To harmonize these architectural elements they tapped into the talents of craftsmen at Mountain Laurel Handrail. The rails and balusters feature natural overtones to enhance the home’s easy and relaxing feeling. All in all, this indoor space expresses the homeowners’ message perfectly. On Lake Time!

Wooden Handrails for Steps
Wooden Handrails for Steps

Blocky newel posts secure the post-to-post railing system. The linear handrails frame sinuous balusters crafted from branches covered in bark. It’s like bringing a splash of the outdoors in. As you can see in the picture, the railings are both functional and decorative.

What’s more, the ideal railings for a lakefront retreat should be easy to maintain and weather resistant. Mountain Laurel branches need little maintenance and withstand the moist environment of coastal or lakefront homes. That means more fun and less work for you.

Lake houses are all about easiness and enjoyment. In keeping with that principle, the homeowners’ decorated the interior with simplicity in mind. A few plaques with playful inscriptions and a couch with comfy pillows and cushions highlight the wall under the lake time balcony railing.

Here, the homeowners selected a soothing color theme. Cool blue hues are on spot with the coastal look. Additionally, light beige walls add to room’s breeziness. The railings stained in walnut add a touch of contrasting warmth.

Clearly, this indoor space along with its lake time balcony railing, opens up to a sunny day on the beach! To make the interior of your lakeside retreat as eye-catching as the view, consider Mountain Laurel railings.

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