Front stoop railings for a series of Washington, DC row houses. It’s not every day we see our exterior wood railings painted a charcoal black color! This makes for a very cool look – almost looks like wrought iron but on a massive scale. It matches the row house architecture beautifully. Note that the railings, turned balusters, and newel posts are all made of clear cedar wood. The balltop finials on the newel post caps are made of polyurethane, which mimics wood and works better for a balltop. These Raised Panel Newel Posts are 8″ wide, and they go very well with these 6″ Polyurethane Balltop Finials. It makes for a very balanced, architecturally appropriate look. As a rule-of-thumb, you’ll want to choose a balltop “a size” or so down from the newel post shaft width.
For this front stoop railings remodel, the architect and builder chose our 6″ 3-piece Porch Rail System, and the best-selling 3 1/2″ Classic Turned Porch Baluster. This system balances well with the 8″ Raised Panel Newel Post and 6″ Polyurethane Balltop Finials. Because of the particulars of this setup, they had us custom-make the balusters an inch longer than the standard 26″. This is no problem, as most of our products are made-to-order. Unlike companies like Fypon, which have outsourced production of architectural balustrades to China and elsewhere, we can quickly produce and ship exactly what you need. And it arrives at the jobsite right when you need it.