We recently had an older couple reach out to us because they purchased a brand new home in Wheaton but had a little bit of a dilemma. As you walk into the home the stairs leading up to the main area had no guard of any kind and they were worried that their dog, friends or kids may fall and get hurt. We were frankly shocked at the idea of no railing of any kind and began by discussing the idea of whether they wanted a rail at the top only or on the side as well. The client settled on just the top railing for their design.
We initially asked them for the rough length of the area that needed the railing as well as the design they were thinking about, and we were able to give them a rough estimate for the project. Since we typically have a base pricing for any project – we typically recommend for clients to plan out all their projects together, or as many projects as possible at once, as it saves everyone time and money down the line if they do decide to add a small handrail or something similar in the future.
The fabrication and installation process took roughly a little over a week, with a large chunk of that time taken up just in waiting for the finish to adhere properly. We typically do two coats to ensure the product will last for a long time, even if it’s scratched. We utilized diamond pattern elements to make the structure more interesting and everything was done with custom wrought iron.
This particular couple was looking for something in a stainless style without the stainless price, as stainless tends to be roughly 40% higher in price, and we can simply mimic the style by utilizing a silver paint. The silver paint is meant to be more reflective but won’t have the same shiny and smooth texture that stainless steel would have, but for a structure such as this, it’s more than sufficient. The final piece was fairly small and took under an hour to install. The clients loved it and were glad that they can finally feel safe in their home.
If you are ever in the market for a custom railing – give us a call. Our goal is to bring art and functionality to provide a safe solution to your residential and commercial property.