G.B. of Olympia, WA writes:
A huge “Thank You” to this Minnesota customer for sending pictures of this beautiful porch.
This homeowner wanted to keep the profile of their original porch railing. We reproduced the rail profile in cedar, with the slight modification of a sloped bottom rail and notched spindles to avoid problems with water sitting on the bottom rail.
N.M. of Norfolk, VA writes: “Attached are photos of the finished product (new railing system on existing porch). The materials were good quality (working with the cedar smelled wonderful) and everything arrived promptly and perfectly packaged. Thanks for your assistance and I will certainly recommend your company. If you need more professional looking images, or think a certain angle, detail, etc would suit your needs, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Project includes the use of our best-selling 3 1/2 x 26″ Victorian Porch Spindles with the 6″ class 4-piece Porch Rail System. Note the use of sloped bottom rail and notched spindles, for better drainage of moisture to prevent rot.
Replacing your porch railing can seem like a big project, especially if it includes custom reproduction spindles and newel posts. But it’s easier than you think. This Portland customer simply sent us the original posts and spindles, and selected a our standard 4″ class 3-piece Porch Rail System. We were able to match his posts and spindles exactly, and then send the reproductions back a few weeks later. Beautiful work on the paint accents, guys!
This Quincy, MA deck made beautiful use of our 4″ class 3-piece Cedar Porch Rail System, both in straight and curved sections. Also featured are 1 3/8″ Square Cedar Balusters with Bottom Notched to match the Sloped Bottom Rail, which increases longevity. These items were shipped from our factory pre-primed with a premium oil-based primer for maximum protection.
This Kentucky homeowner wanted to reproduce a spindle size and style. He sent us the spindle dimensions and desired quantity, from which we gave him an estimate. After the estimate was accepted, he sent us the original for reproduction, and you can see the result. We especially love the before/after contrast on the first two pictures. The before photo shows a nice home, but not the type that would cause you to turn your head as you drove by. With the addition of columns, wood railing, and custom wood porch spindles (turned balusters), the difference is simply amazing.
The front of the home is dripping with eye-catching curb appeal. But the real fun is around back. This homeowner, with a little help from a good architect and American Porch’s custom porch products, has created a backyard environment that will bring entertaining and relaxing to a whole new level. This space is perfect for everything from a few minutes with a cup of coffee in the morning, or a safe and fun place for the grand-kids to play, to a daughter’s dream wedding reception venue.
What kind of transformation do you have in mind for your home?
You may have noticed that this spindle design is very similar to our Classic porch spindles. This was one of the many reproductions we’ve done over the years that all had a similar “classic” style. From the dozen or so reproductions we’ve done in this style, we developed our Classic design which we’ve now incorporated into all our standard spindle offerings. The “Classic” is now one of our best-selling spindle designs.
People ask us all the time: “Can you make a custom spindle length, or do we need to order the next larger length and cut them down?” The answer: “No problem!”
This is a common situation. You’ll notice on our spindle product listings, there are usually only three lengths listed: 20″, 26″, and 32″. These lengths were selected because they work very well with our Porch Rail Systems to give you the most commonly desired finished railing height. But homes are often as unique as the homeowners themselves, which is why we offer custom lengths. In this example, the customer was able to save some time and money by having us make the spindles at 28″ tall. Shorter lengths are less expensive to produce, plus the installer doesn’t need to take the time to cut each spindle.
This is one of the reasons why we have “standard” items vs. “stock” items. Our products are made to order rather than produced and then stored until they’re sold. In this way, we are able to tailor the product to each customer. Also, stocking products is very expensive. In typical situations, the cost of carrying stock is of course passed on to the customers. Although it means it takes 3 weeks to get your products, we have chosen to remain flexible to the customer needs, and cost effective as well.
So if you’re scratching your head wondering how to fit a square peg in a round hole, STOP! Give us a call and we’ll round out the peg, making your life easier and leaving you more time to enjoy that porch.
L.W. of Franklin, TN writes in his restoration blog:
“They are not local but they are a family owned business that provides a high quality product and ship directly to your house. If you are looking for spindles that are architecturally and period correct for your house made out of something other than pressure treated lumber, this is your place. The cedar spindles are exceptionally nice.”
You can read more reviews and information on his blog: http://www.popsrestorations.com
This project was a fun one. This home’s natural beauty was being dragged down by a old rotted porch floor and railing. While the task seemed daunting at first, a breakdown of the steps involved (and a little help from Western Spindle) revealed that this project was very do-able.
Seven-piece top rail with scalloped trim supported by square balusters with multiple widths, all in premium Port Orford Cedar to ensure decades of trouble free enjoyment. Beautiful clear vertical grain tongue & groove Douglas Fir flooring to compliment the light of the morning sun.
Take a look at these “Before” pictures for an idea of the transformation seen on the home:
Thanks to our friends in NJ for sharing their gorgeous pictures with us! If you have a project that seems overwhelming, give us a call. With a little help, it might be easier than you think!