Monday, January 25, 2016

Stunning Stair Railings

Exciting news, we’re in contract to purchase another fixer upper house. Of course it’s never a done deal until escrow closes so I won’t blog about the house until the keys are in my hand but this one is a single story home. For months I’d been looking at two story homes and saving images of beautiful staircases assuming we’d buy a two story and as it turns out this time we’re not, so I thought I’d just get my love affair for stunning stair railings out of my system and spotlight a few staircase balustrades that I adore.

The pieces between the hand rail and stair tread are formally called a balustrade and the individual vertical posts are called balusters. We all know a stair railing has its functional use: to protect people and pets from falling and as a hand support for traveling up and down stories. But all of us who love design we want more than just function, we want beautiful form too. While a classic look with vertical balusters will always be timeless, I’m admiring the horizontal lines and geometric designs in many of these systems, a modern detour from the traditional look of all vertical balusters.

iron balustrade wood treadsclayton & little

geometric metal balustradesingle point design build

 geometric metal stair railing

stacey cohen interiors

 modern cable stair railing

mf architecture

 geometric staircase balusters

leo designs

 contemporary wire stair railing

  rume home

 iron contemporary balustrade

specialized stairs


 wave staircase railing

john k anderson architect

 steel balustrade

synthesis design build

 custom modern balusters

jeff king & co


vertical wire balustrade

heritage collection


hgtv dream home

A staircase railing remodel is a pricey undertaking, those beautiful balustrades are custom work by a local craftsman or builder. Any build or remodel should meet local codes, so a permit is often required. That last image is my favorite, what’s yours among these modern designs?

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