Sculpture Railing on an Ipe Deck


This ipe deck with a sculpture railing addressed the practical and design needs of the homeowners.

When the homeowners met with us to discuss design they shared a desire for an artistic deck remodel that also had multiple safety features. Their original small deck became slippery and unsafe in icy conditions. So, we replaced the old decking with grooved, slip resistant ipe planks. The new handrails were also crucial to the functionality and safety of the deck stairs. However, the new stair rails would look awkward and imposing on such a small deck. After all, the deck was 24 inches tall, and less than 10’x10′. We did not want to make handrails around the entire deck, since it could feel cagey. We addressed this design challenge by transitioning the stair handrails into bench seating on either side of the deck. The soft transition was intended to keep the deck connected to the landscape, while also increasing the decks usable footprint.

We also incorporated various materials into the railing system that complimented the home. The black powder coated aluminum balusters matched the window trim and metal fence. Using the round metal balusters in the sculpture railing also added a bold look without overpowering the railing or view of the yard.

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