Imagine this: A couple in the Philadelphia area owns a beautiful house, but it was missing just one thing. A way to enter their house from the back door! What can they do? They feel like they are missing a big part of their home…So, they chose us to create a realistic natural branch railing. It was on their masonry landing and stair to provide accessibility to the back door. This way they can enjoy their loving home no matter what side of the house they are on!
The stair treads and landings were done in a beautiful bluestone. Chester County stone was chosen to cover the faces. What a lovely pairing! This couple’s desire was to have a very organic and artistic feel, so the normal stair railing’s were deemed unacceptable. They searched for an artistic railing design and landed on a realistic natural branch railing design as a way of expressing their artistic vision. An excellent choice and perfect fit for this lovely couple.
For their artistic rail, they desired the tree to look like it was growing out of the back of the stair landing. Our goal was to make it look like it grew from the back of the landing, grow forward and then down the stairs and back into the bottom tread. It was complete with branches, twigs and leaves growing out of it for very natural effect. The other side of the stairs and landing called for a branch railing to mimic the tree railing and function as a handrail.
Additionally, the client requested to have sprigs grow out of the treads and landing. This really brought the whole piece together! We drew our inspiration from the beauty of a Japanese maple tree.
How its made:
First, we tapered all the trunks and branches for life-like growth. Then, we forged naturalistic veins into each individual twigs and leaf. Once we forged and created the entire artistic railing, we sandblasted it and hot dip galvanized it for corrosion protection. This als0 provided a realistic texture to the railing. Next we sand blasted for better adhesion, and applied a special black patina finish. This brought the already beautiful piece to life!
We hand glided the leaves a unique red color for the ultimate visual effect. Next, we applied a dappled effect, and coated the entire project with a clear resilient sealer. We core drilled each piece and epoxied them into the masonry. To finish it off, we mixed blue stone masonry powder into the epoxy to provide visual contact continuity.