Custom Modern Handrail in Highland Park


This hand railing was a pleasure to create to bring a new sense of character to this home in Highland Park. The architecture of the home was Mid-century modern with naturalistic elements throughout the home. When we first saw the space, we knew our work needed to be able to flow with the stonework and interior succulent garden right beside the stairs. It needed to be seamless in order to be compatible with the existing design.

Many designs for stairs in Mid-century modern buildings did not take into account railings on stairs. The thought at the time was that they broke up the flow of the design and were unnecessary. However, handrails are a very useful safety feature in homes, and they do not need to clash with the space!

Something amazing about the architecture in the modern style is that it’s about combining sleek lines with nature. There’s geometry to these sorts of spaces and it requires a bit of artistry to make something that can fit within these spaces. Just like how the architect and original designer had plans, we can anticipate that and work with the homeowner to make sure our addition is right for their home.

We believe that the people who live in these spaces know them better than we ever will. It’s your home and you know your patterns of movement and where your eyes naturally travel. One of the first steps to a project like this is gathering ideas from you, the homeowner, about the dream and vision you have for your own space. This particular railing both contrasts and flows with the geometric design of the space around it. Made from steel with a brushed finished it adds an industrial element with a more naturalistic curve to compliment the space. This added element makes this stairwell safer and very visible for families and simply brightens the space.

A stairwell is often at the heart of a home. We go up and down them more times than we can count every day. It is a trip from our bedrooms to our kitchens for breakfast. A trip back up when we come home from work. Then back down to join our families in living spaces where we enjoy a movie or share a meal. A custom handrail like the one we built for this home will be a part of that journey. As we feel in all of our projects that artistry and craftsmanship is important. This stair railing will last the test of time and be a fixture in this family’s life for as long as they live there, and it will still be there for the family that comes next.

Let us help you add a little something to our home. If you are interested in adding a railing to make your stairs a little safer or merely freshening up the space with some custom metal work, please contact us so we can get started on the dream you have for your home.