6 Porch Railing Styles Fit for Any Southern Home
When you think of a Southern home, one of the first things to come to mind is probably an inviting porch. But take a closer look, and you'll see it's the little details that make for such picture-perfect porches. One such detail is the railing style.
"The fun thing about railings to me is it's like the jewelry on the house," explains Mary-Dolph Simpson, president of Simpson Builders, Inc. "You can do anything."
So how do you choose? Two important factors in deciding which style is right for your home are the architectural aesthetic and location. Houston-based interior designer Katie Davis explains that though homes may be similar, each will require a different treatment.
"There are a few factors we consider when deciding on a railing style," Davis says. "First and foremost we look at the bones of the house: Is it a historical home? What style architecture is it (or was it)? We always try to stay true to the home's origins. Another thing we look at is height, for code compliance…We pick a style of railing we love that works within the aesthetic of the neighborhood and also serves a client's needs."
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Don't Forget: Safety and Maintenance
Finally, don't forget. There's a reason the railings exist in the first place. Whatever style you choose, railings will have to comply with local codes.
"With most raised porches, handrails will need to be 36" tall (or higher, based on local codes), with tightly spaced balusters and sturdy components," advises Clark.
Additionally, Clark suggests homeowners consider long-lasting materials that "feel good to the touch, as handrails offer an ideal spot to lean against, or even hold one's drink!"