Railing Redo Complete

After discussing railing options with our friend/client, Ben got to work ordering the various pieces and installing the new railing.  Before installing any new parts, he secured the wobbly newel post, making it solid.Railing-Redo-Finished-Overa

With the 1 1/4 inch balusters spaced into groups of three, each 1 1/4 inches apart, then 3 1/2 inches from the next group, he started building.

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The top rail is made 3 1/2 inch wide by 2 inch thick red oak, stained to blend better with the wood in the house.

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On the other side, a square handrail follows the slope of the stairs.

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Keeping the base simple and painting it white makes it look like a complete system, rather than separate rail and floor.

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Before, the posts looked too thick and heavy for the skinny, detailed balusters.  Now, the trio of thick baulsters are similar in width to the post.

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At the bottom of the stairs, the angled rail system blends nicely with the existing molding.

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Before, the railing felt off-balance and disjointed, with thick white posts and skinny dark wood.

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Now, rather than looking overly traditional and dated, it looks fresh and simple.

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For a relatively small project, the update has made a big impact.

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Style wise, it blends seamlessly with the traditional trim throughout, and the owner’s transitional style furnishings and decor.

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