Custom Railings

These posts and rails are made of treated southern yellow pine, while the balusters are aluminum. Note the post-mounted built-in deck lighting, a great upgrade for dining after dark.

Decorative metal balusters dress up this sturdy but basic railing design, which is also built with treated southern yellow pine.

This railing was built with redwood and has a paint finish, though the same design could be built with reinforced composite balusters.

Even though these posts and rails are wood, they're designed to accommodate the electrical wiring needed for deck lighting.

Note the wiring channels routed in the two-part handrail assembly. The 2x6 handrail (left) also has a shallow recess to accommodate the 2x4 subrail (right), which gets flipped upside down when it's installed.

This versatile rail design can also be used with preassembled metal balusters or even cable rail, since the wire chase runs through the upper rail assembly.

Here's a schematic drawing that shows the wiring chases in the assembled rails and posts.

The tile inlay in this cedar rail was installed using offcuts from the deck's travertine tile sitting area (shown in the background), mixed in with pieces from other tile projects.

Here's a closeup showing the tile inlay.

An occasional application of clear silicone caulk to the grout helps prevent water from penetrating this tile inlay and damaging the 2x6 cedar caprail.

In this railing design, the upper and lower rails were milled to match the mahogany decking. The balusters are painted fir, and attached with screws and nails to PVC subrails.

The classic railing design suits the traditional appearance of this New England home.

This rail design features a double top rail made of cedar and short upper balusters made from 3/4-inch diameter copper plumbing pipe.

A horizontal blocking detail let into the balustrade adds an interesting visual element to the rail.

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