Outdoor Handrails on the Deck

Mountain Laurel Deck Railing is the most artistic of all the deck railing designs. Made from branches from the mountain laurel tree, each section is a work of art unlike any other!

Outdoor Handrails
Outdoor Handrails
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Long spans of handrail are not advisable since regular posts are required for strength and support. These intermediate posts that hold up a handrail and not, for example, a porch are called newel posts. Here, we used a mountain laurel log about four inches in diameter as a newel post.

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Outdoor Railings
Outdoor Railings

The stairs and railing on this deck make a huge visual impact and are a highly visible element on this deck. Another custom feature on this project is the complete lattice behind the stairs eliminating the diagonal line of a banister.

Outdoor Railing for Stairs
Outdoor Railing for Stairs

These are pics of the top of the stairs landing and short landing extension that continues out past the line of the stairs.

Handrail Outdoor
Handrail Outdoor
Handrail Kits Outdoors
Handrail Kits Outdoors

Part of this deck has a roof over it for a nice covered porch to relax under when it’s raining or when the sun is beating down from overhead.

Decorative Outdoor Railing
Decorative Outdoor Railing
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Wooden Outdoor Handrails
Wooden Outdoor Handrails

This deck actually features two custom newel posts made out of mountain laurel. These are relatively difficult to install and are not a project for an inexperienced carpenter.

The Mountain Laurel Handrails
The Mountain Laurel Handrails

Mountain Laurel Handrail is the perfect choice with the surrounding forest as backdrop for these photos.

Stair Railing Outdoors
Stair Railing Outdoors
Outside Stair Railing
Outside Stair Railing
Outside Hand Railings
Outside Hand Railings
Outdoor Wood Handrails
Outdoor Wood Handrails
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Interior Stair Railing

Interior Stair Railing
Interior Stair Railing

We are proud to say that our work has been all across the country. Our clients are looking for work that is expertly crafted and beautifully designed, and our experience speaks well to our ability to achieve both. We are glad that the kind of work we do allows us to service people from all over, and create all kinds of masterpieces. Working with a lot of different homes gives us a lot of insight and perspective into what homeowners are looking for, what kinds of outdoor landscapes we are working with, and how truly unique each home is. For this project, we took a trip to the southern heartland of America—all the way to Sweet Home Alabama.

We were asked to install a grand interior stair railing. We took a look at the home and were, as we always are, thoroughly impressed by its beauty–this one especially took our breath away. The home is located on a lake, and has all the southern charm you would expect of a lake house in Alabama. Being close to a body of water always gives homes a sense of grandeur, as the inside of the home is always built to match the magnificence of the outside.

This homeowner had really put work into the interior, and it showed. The home was newly remodeled with a completely new interior with reclaimed beams and flooring and custom woodwork throughout. The flooring featured a multi color stains with the different panels looking like they were made from a different type of wood, an elegant and eclectic look we appreciated. We were excited to see what we could contribute to an already beautiful interior, working closely to match the themes, patterns and textures already present.

Interior Handrails for Stairs
Interior Handrails for Stairs
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Getting to Work

There were a few things we knew we had to take into consideration here. First, this is a gorgeous, large home that boasts equally beautiful outdoor scenery. We had to bring in something as grand as the home to properly match its decor and its atmosphere. This was the time to go bigger, instead of smaller, as a small, dainty interior stair railing would look silly against this backdrop. Second, there was a great deal of woodwork already—this was the theme that tied this home together, so we wanted to make sure the stair railing looked like it belonged. We took time to get a sense of the kind of woodwork present, as there were multiple kinds of color and stains. We appreciated that, since a singular color throughout the home would look a little too uniform. Finally, we had to keep in mind that all of this was newly remodeled and newly restored. The homeowner had put a lot of work and money into achieving a certain look within the home, so we had to be extra careful to match up with that vision. We took the time to carefully study the selected texture that came with the remodel. We’re building for the home, not installing the piece and leaving it up to the homeowner to make it work.

Antler Chandelier and Railing
Antler Chandelier and Railing

This is what we came up with: these Mountain Laurel Handrails were selected by the Walker Design Studio, and the color and texture were a perfect match for the interior stairs and balconies—it is almost like they were made for this home! Mountain Laurel Handrails are unique woven branch railings, custom crafted works of art for interior stairs and balconies, and that level of customization makes for a truly beautiful work of art, something that looks like it was plucked right out of a natural landscape. These kinds of railings are also great for exterior decks and porches, and since the outdoor of this home is a part of its charm, we wanted to give a sense of that within the home as well, almost like bringing that lakeside view into the home. The lighter colored stain matched excellently with the wood paneling and the interior walls, making it look like all of the home was crafted by one designer.

Rustc Railing and Antler Chandelier
Railing and Antler Chandelier

While we take the entire room in when we are coming up with designs, we also look to identify something key and central to design around. This adds to a sense of unity and structure, and makes the room for more comfortable and less chaotic. We noticed one particularly charming feature of this home, that we identified as a kind of center of gravity: beautiful antler chandeliers. The curved lines of the piece gave the newly remodeled home a bit more of a rustic look, striking a balance between modern and classic. Wanting to match that sense of balance, we added some curved branches to the stair railing design. The stain on the branches is darker, striking a bit of a contract that brings out the elegance of the curves a little more, and makes the lighter colored frame of the railing look even brighter. What we particularly like about a design like this is that keeps the room looking spacious and open; because the design is see through, and does not block the view of the rest of the room, it prevents the interior stair railing from breaking up the room, and keeping it grand and open. And the contrasting colors pair very well with the multi colored wood paneling, bringing out the different stains and texture found on the floor. The branches also serve a functional purpose, and add more structure to the piece, and less open spaces that could be dangerous for someone climbing up the stairs.

Lighted Wood Railing
Lighted Wood Railing

The wood timbers and shiplap paneling impose strong linear elements which is matched counterpoint by the organic and curved shapes of the Mountain Laurel Handrail. Since each section incorporates many different sticks and branches, each piece takes on a unique look which is sure to be an admired part of this grand entry stair. The stair railing looks both crafted and natural, which is a great metaphor for this charming lakeside home.

 
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Creating the Right View

We also noticed some other elements of the home adding to its overall style: knotty alder doors and the reclaimed wood floors, which combine to make the entryway to this home truly grand. These interior stair railings are one of the first things you see when entering the home, so it is especially important that the view upon entrance isn’t jarring, and matches well with the rest of the home. It does put a but of pressure on us to design something just right, but we certainly work well under pressure!

When considering the size and structure of the stair railings, we used size to our advantage. The height of the railing is large without being overpowering or silly looking. The vertical posts extend beyond the railing’s structure to add even more size and grandeur. The homeowner was looking to make the home look big and inviting, and we gladly went along with that very vision!

Railing Kits for Indoor Stairs
Railing Kits for Indoor Stairs

Building for Your Home

A project like this takes a symbiotic relationship. Some designers and crafters may enter a home and stubbornly install the kind of indoor stair railing that they want, something to flex their design muscles, and would look good on its own in a portfolio. That’s not our intention. Instead, our most important consideration is the very final result, and the look of the railing within the entire home, not just a cropped photo for our website. It takes constant communication to pull off a truly customized project like this one, with the homeowners, the contractors, even the people who will be living in the home. The most important question we ask when letting a homeowner know what we are thinking of designing is “can you imagine yourself living in this home with this particular stair railing?” After all, we leave once the project is done–the person whose insight matters most is the homeowners.

Interior Stair Railing Ideas
Interior Stair Railing Ideas

We’re also in constant communication with other fellow builders and contractors that may be involved in the process. You may be remodeling the whole house while you have us working, we may need other contractors to help us with installation of the project. We like to think we play well with others! We’re always willing to seek help to make sure everything we install is safe and secure, because an interior stair railing that doesn’t keep you safe while going up the stairs may as well not be there at all. From our materials, to our installation process, we are double checking every step of the way.

Indoor Stair Railing Kits
Indoor Stair Railing Kits

If you’re considering getting custom indoor handrails made, Mountain Laurel Handrail sections are a great choice. They are custom built to your measurements. Sections are shipped nationwide and delivered to your location ready-to-install. This easy railing system install means that on-site labor costs are reduced and overall build cycle times are decreased.

Stair Landing Railing
Stair Landing Railing

The final result

While we don’t build just for the sake of an online portfolio, you can still see how our work meshed well with the rest of the home in these photos. Above is a cool view of the antler chandelier mentioned before, looking through the railings. You can see the way light travels through the branches and sorts of bounces off the different corners of the room. We love the mystique it adds to the environment without necessarily taking away much light. The room still feels big and inviting.

This photo shows you the height and size of the railings. They don’t take too much space away from this hallway area, while still adding to the majestic atmosphere of the home. And notice the coloring–the contrast of the branches and the large posts look almost perfectly paired with those multicolored wall beams.

Indoor Stair Railing
Indoor Stair Railing

You can see above why we love using these branches in our interior stair railings. They add structure to the railings, are essential for safety by taking away major gaps someone can fall through, but they don’t block the view of the room. You can still look up or down and get a good view of the environment through the beams.

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Railings Installed in Georgia

Relaxing in the morning sun on the backyard deck is the perfect place for fresh-brewed coffee! If you enjoy unwinding with the sights and sounds of nature, then you’ll really enjoy seeing how homeowners in Georgia optimized their outdoor space for southern living at its finest.

Morning sun on the backyard deck
Morning sun on the backyard deck

The photo above shows how the homeowners created a gradual, almost seamless transition from their Georgia home’s interior to a slightly sloping backyard.  Through the back door rests a cozy, covered porch enclosed with full-length screens.  A few steps down, a spacious raised deck opens up to a peaceful landscape inspired by nature.

Mountain Laurel Handrail Georgia
Mountain Laurel Handrail Georgia
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Morning Sun on the Backyard Deck in Georgia

The morning sun on the backyard deck captures a serene scene in the woods, not to mention the harmonious beauty of natural branch railings.

Certainly, decks are not just for relaxing with morning coffee. This backyard deck is spacious, nearly spanning the full length of the home.  As such, this outdoor space offers plenty of room for intimate gatherings with family and entertaining friends.

Notice in the center of the deck’s perimeter, an unexpected extension makes an attractive focal point. This spot would be perfect for a comfy, cushioned bench or perhaps a dinning set.

Georgia Mountain Laurel Handrail
Georgia Mountain Laurel Handrail

Here is a close-up view of all the eye-catching details that create this railing system. It is particularly striking from an architectural and visual perspective. The reason is the way twisting twigs project themselves against the linear and rectangular elements in the railing and deck, such as the handrails and floorboards.  At the same time, the Laurel branches blend beautifully with birch and pine trees in the woodsy landscape.

Clearly, the Laurel railing is more than just a functional or safety element on a raised deck. It’s also a natural piece of art, as craftsmen arrange each unique branch along the sections creatively.

Georgia rustic deck railing
Georgia rustic deck railing

A growing trend among homeowners is the creation of outdoor living space. And of course,  decks are a popular and practical option. So if you’re planning on building a deck,  why not explore the many possibilities available for branch handrail designs that convey the natural beauty of the great outdoors.  And you can enjoy the morning sun on the backyard deck!

Deck Railings are the defining visual element of an exterior deck. The right deck railing will turn a boring deck into an exciting feature of any home. This project was installed on a residence in Atlanta, Georgia

Pergola Deck Railing
Pergola Deck Railing

Come and pull up a chair on this deck and gaze through the rustic deck balusters at the forest beyond. The deck furniture looks like a good place to sit down and enjoy a quiet moment or perhaps share a time with friends. check out this page for more ideas on home decorating One of my favorite aspects of mountain laurel handrail are the shadows that each branch casts and how it changes through the day and through the seasons. As the sun moves, each shadow moves and morphs.

Here’s what the homeowner had to say:


We have finally gotten the deck painted and everyone loves the Laurel railings. Thank you for making our backyard come alive!

— Mitch J.

Mountain Laurel Handrails are a unique option that are sure to make people take notice of their artistic beauty and undeniable character. Since each section is individually crafted, no two are ever the same and each takes on its own distinct form to create a railing system unmatched in visual interest.

Gray Deck Railing
Gray Deck Railing
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These Deck Railings were installed in the Atlanta GA area. The structure over this deck is a pergola, which is open framing members with no solid roof on top. The organic shapes of each handrail and the welcoming outdoor furniture create an inviting atmosphere that makes the smell of charcoal and BBQ seem to float through the air. The forest beyond blends into the edge of the deck and the natural forms in the handrails help to blur the distinction between the built and natural environments.

Deck Railing
Deck Railing

With the spring deck building season getting started early with all the nice weather, be sure to start planning your deck project with a solid design. Contact a design professional around Atlanta if you feel that it will be helpful, and it usually is. Consider your design options including decking material, decorating style and the deck railings.

Deck Railings
Deck Railings

The pergola and rustic deck railings are a hit! The angled sections demonstrate the skill of the on-site carpenters. Wood Railing creations make this deck unlike any other in the neighborhood! How about a miniature version of the umbrella on the deck floating in a sea of ice cubes? I think I smell the grill again…

Deck Handrails
Deck Handrails

These handrails are installed on hot tub deck for a home in Georgia.

Handrails and Deck Furniture
Handrails and Deck Furniture
Hot Tub Deck Railing
Hot Tub Deck Railing
Matched Railing Panels
Matched Railing Panels
Branch Railing Design
Branch Railing Design
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There’s just something striking about dark lines on natural wood in these railings designed for a rustic great room. One reason this room leaves a great impression is the homeowner’s interesting use of contrast—an essential interior design principle. And while contrast combines competing colors, textures and shapes, when done correctly as seen here, it all fits together beautifully.

Dark lines on natural wood
Dark lines on natural wood

Dark Lines on Natural Wood—A Lesson in Contrast

Beyond being beautiful, contrasting color brings attention to the focal point of the room. Here indeed, as guests enter the home, Mountain Laurel railings draw their eyes along the stairway and up to the open balcony.

Georgia balcony branch railing
Georgia balcony branch railing

While Mountain Laurel branches have a natural red hue, you can also stain them in a variety of shades to complement your home’s interior. In this Georgia home, the owners choose a dark stain to bring out the artful form of the branches against a lighter colored backdrop.
Notice also how the dark knots in the paneling balance with the dark sticks in the handrail. Although it’s a small detail, it certainly makes a big impact.

Laurel stair railing in Georgia
Laurel stair railing in Georgia

The use of color isn’t the only way to create visual interest in an interior. Contrasting shapes and textures also play a key role.

Let’s take a look at shapes first. Here, we have a great example of geometric lines enhanced with contours inspired by nature. The branch balusters form a series of sinuous shapes all framed within linear 2 by 4’s.

Marietta Georgia stair railing
Marietta Georgia stair railing

And secondly, notice the use of smooth texture complemented by a rough surface. The lumber used in the cap of the handrail is sanded and stained to a nice, smooth finish. Conversely, rough bark covers the Laurel branches displaying all of its natural imperfections.

Marietta Georgia balcony railing
Marietta Georgia balcony railing

In the picture above, you can clearly see the impact that the dark twigs have on the room. Now, just imagine the visual difference if boring vertical balusters were used instead.

Mountain Laurel handrails on Georgia balcony
Mountain Laurel handrails on Georgia balcony

All in all, the interesting use of contrast adds a burst of character to this country home’s spacious great room. If you’re looking for ways to spice things up in your home’s interior with contrasting color, shapes and textures, consider using flowing dark lines on natural wood.

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Exterior Railings

exterior railings
Exterior railings

Exterior railings are one of the defining elements of the facade of a home. Each style of home has a style that fits it best, though, more and more homes are blending railing designs. They serve a common purpose: to maintain assurance and guarantee among property owners, and upgrade a property’s overall glance. Undoubtedly, railings are more than just providing protection from unwanted accidents; it can also help bring life to a rather plain-looking home. Thus, railings are considered an important asset in a property. A good railing should also be made from high-quality materials that can last for a long period of time. It should also be cost-efficient in terms of preservation and improvement. In choosing the best material for your ideal railing system, one should look for an income producer that has years of experience and state-of-the-art materials and equipment.

Mountain Laurel Handrails are made by master craftsmen and are a great rustic look. This railing design is based on a traditional form found in the Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina. Modern craftsmen have improved on this form with joinery and preparation techniques to ensure a beautiful exterior railing that will draw compliments from everyone that see them. This stair railing is one example of how many different elements can be included that use the Mountain Laurel wood. And such wood in its form preserves all its character and charm; it will age elegantly with the surroundings, so the external handrail merges into the environment.

Wood exterior handrail are composed of an assembly of parts. There are different methods for building them with a variety of materials for decks, but most rails built from wood share a common set of components. Usually, wood posts are attached to the deck frame to provide the support for the rail. Some composite systems require the installation of a wood post that will be covered by a hollow sleeve. The rail system uses horizontal components running between the posts as top and bottom rails to design the frame for the space in between. Likewise, the bottom rail is raised above the surface to allow a sweep space for snow and leaves. A top cap is also used to fulfill the requirements of a stable construction so the last thing to take part is the infill section of rails which is build of branch balusters.

The center post of the stairs railing is a larger stick that supports the handrail. The branches come all the way down the side of the stairs and blend the structure with its surrounding. Behind the stairs, sticks extend from the stair all the way to the underneath of the deck. It is especially to admire how the dappled sunlight further blurs the distinction between nature and the built environment.

exterior railing on a bridge
Exterior railing on a bridge
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This exterior wood handrail was installed on a bridge over a small stream. The bridge was built with round log posts holding up the timber framed roof. Special pockets were carved in the round posts so that the square lumber of the handrail would fit seamlessly. Large diameter Mountain Laurel branches were used to match the stout look of the covered bridge. These exterior railings tie this bridge to its surroundings by mimicking the organic forms of the forest.

Mountain Laurel wood exterior handrails are composed of wood balusters to create striking designs from branches that have grown into a diversity of patterns. Since each section is individually crafted, no two are ever the same and each takes on its own specific form to create a railing system unmatched in visual interest. Balusters are arranged in a clean minimalistic way, of a lighter color compared to the branches which makes it even more distinguishable and artsy.

Tree branches are recycled into functional found art for landscaping. Naturally, the intention was that the handrail for the staircase to harmonize with the trees in the background. After, the bark was peeled from the branch for a smooth handrail. This is a gorgeous design which gives the railing some great character and a large handful of beauty.

Exterior Deck Railing
Exterior Deck Railing

What are the character defining features of the deck? The open qualities are one of the key features of most decks in general. Overall size, shape and design are apparently important components as well. There are numerous other attributes which may exist, including the way this unique deck is divided into distinct bays as with columns, the nature of the supporting deck foundation, the style and size of railing system, including particular columns and balustrade. The simplicity of the deck design and its simplicity in detail also helps to define it. Materials used seem to be as one well combined continuous layer of wood railing texture.
How does the deck influence the building’s overall appearance? The size and location of the deck helps define its significance. The slab of deck across much of the front facade is the most distinctive feature of the actual building. Such architectural style of the deck relates to the building and helps define its character. It is so diverse in terms of style, size, shape and detail, that the significance of exterior railing systems is directly assessed with an understanding of the overall importance and evolution of the existing object.

External Handrails
External Handrails

This is what the homeowner, Tommy, had to say about his external handrails:


This project started as a 450 SF cottage. Then I added a utility room and single car garage to make probably 900 SF. I used old tin and bark siding plus twig rails to get the look I wanted! The rails came in the specified color and turned out great! Thanks James, I’m looking for another project and I tell everyone I went in woods and made myself!

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Exterior Wood Handrails
Exterior Wood Handrails

How can exterior wood handrails be viewed from the outside? One of the approaches to perceive the handrail from the outside is to utilize near full exterior handrail kit set behind existing columns in an attempt to retain a feeling of constancy. Such treatment is successful comparing how the appearance on the outside is impacted by lighting, mechanical systems and furnishings. The traditional use of plantings for shade also provides extended privacy. If historically appropriate, new plantings help to reduce the influence of the deck enclosure on a visible elevation.

Few architectural features arouse more romantic notions or do more to define a building’s historic character or aspect. The size, style, detailing, and location of exterior porch railings can tell volumes about the age and use of a building. All of the components, starting from handrail to column or post, complements the architectural character of the porch. In case the porch is removed the significant building or street view can lose its visual integrity and historic authenticity.
Speaking of the functionality of the porch, it protects an entrance from different weather conditions. Yet open porches made out of Mountain Laurel wood material are constantly exposed to sun, snow, rain, and foot traffic, and thus subject to deterioration, perhaps more than other parts of a building.

Enclosed porches are considered to be a transition space between indoors and outdoors and as an association between private and public dimensions. Comparing to grand entrances and sheltered landings with views of the surroundings, porches added to private homes as the above examples serve many of these same functions. With the expansion of population, exterior porch handrails became an integral part of domestic social life.

Exterior Handrail
Exterior Handrail

Presented exterior wood hand railing offers quick installation and the ability to create your own choice handrail deck system. The branch baluster deck railing displays a beautiful contrast of linear and bending lines. Sharply squared newel posts and a set of horizontal top rails frame arrangements of these certain branches interweave along the balustrade. The primary reason every deck needs strong railings is simply as a safety insurance. Deck railings can assist with everything from protecting little ones are guarded from the edges of the deck to making it easier for guest to head up and down the deck steps.

What is the main role of deck railings? In general, deck railings play the role of basic accessories, however they impact the overall look of your outdoor space and add definition to the property as a whole. This aspect presents the first impression guests will have of the deck. From the installation standpoint, it is necessary to take a look at the local building code requirements to make sure the spacing and measurements correspond to municipal laws. The installation process itself is not too challenging once there happen to be all the necessary equipment and instructions ready to go. Last but not least, deck railing options are very affordable, and feature the utmost condition in terms of performance and durability.

Approachable and practical deck railings require considerable relevant features. Firstly, the important element to know about is the framework of the posts, which help keep the entire railing system safe and secure. Along with following building code requirements for spacing between posts, it is needed to install them alongside the house, on the corners of the deck, and at the top and bottom of deck stairs. If you want to get even more creative, choosing a railing system that includes more stylized balustrades or spindles, will add to the architectural application of the front house or backyard.

Out of all the materials commonly used for deck railings, Mountain Laurel wood is always a more traditional looking option that can also be extremely flexible in terms of customization. These wood railings for decks are typically inexpensive, and allow homeowners to weigh options for various paint coatings. They appeal to be very strong and durable.

wood exterior railings
Wood Exterior Railings

How to consider the railing system? It is important to invest in the strength and durability of the wood railing system. Why? The seamless wood deck pattern and railing will be able to accommodate high traffic events, while only needing particular cleaning and minimal repair.

What are the features and benefits of deck railing systems?

  • Resist color fade, stains, and mold
  • Provide easy assembly and low maintenance
  • Available in different lengths
  • Matching post cap & skirts available
  • Variety of colors to choose from
  • Easy to assemble to fit deck size & design

To sum up, no one can deny the purity of natural tree trunks as detailing or for support structure as the ones from Mountain Laurel. They simply imply and employ strength. Wood poles and limbs give countless opportunities for imaginative handrails, structural projects, natural wood deck railing, and textural fills. Branches provide a rich and sometimes amusing detailing that brings the forest in even closer. It imitates the elegance of nature.

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