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Types of Porch Railing | New Home Exterior Ideas

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, May 08, 2012 @ 09:05 AM

Types of Porch Railing Popular in North Carolina

New Home Exterior Style Ideas

Here are three popular front porch railing styles - with up-close photos to help you see the differences.

Each of these porch railings have visual appeal with materials and styles that compliment the design and colors of the home exteriors.  These porch railings also provide a practical measure of safety and convenience for both kids and adults.

There are endless railing designs to choose from. Get ideas from these picture samples.

 

Types of Front Porch Railing

 

This Raleigh new home wrap-around porch uses a unique railing style - a "spider web" custom wood design. 

 

What other special features can you name on this home exterior?

 - Colonial round windows

 - Transoms (above the front door and porch windows; on the side of second story center window)

 

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 - Shutters to match front door

 - Stone and shake siding accents

 

Take a closer look at the front porch railing - custom built by Stanton Homes.

This "spider web" is another specialty design, similar to the "chippendale" rail style.

 

 

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This Chapel Hill new home full-length front porch uses a different railing style - a vertical "criss-cross" custom painted wood design.

What other special features can you name on this home exterior?

 - Transoms (above the front door and porch windows; on the side of second story center window)

 

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 - Front door glass accent

 - Board and Batten exterior siding

 

Take a closer look at the front porch railing - custom built by Stanton Homes.

The posts alternate meeting at the top of the rail and bottom of the rail for a "zig-zag" design.

 

 

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Compare these two homes to a more common front porch railing style - vertical posts evenly placed with matching square columns, painted white.

 

What other special features can you name on this home exterior?

 - Wide colonial arch window above foyer

 

 

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 - Solid wood front door with window

 - Beadboard accents

 

Take a closer look at the front porch railing - custom built by Stanton Homes.

Many homebuyers love this classic front porch look.

 

 

 

While these porch designs are made of wood, vinyl railing is becoming more popular. While wood requires maintenance over time (repainting, revanishing), vinyl railing is very durable. Vinyl can even come in pre-made patterns.

 

Here are some new home exterior style and outdoor living features you may be interested in:

Exterior Elevations | Exterior Styles | Custom Home Exterior ChoicesHow Much Does a Screen Porch Cost? | Raleigh New Homes with Screen Porches | Types of Screen PorchesRaleigh New Homes with Front Porches | Types of Front Porches | Front Porch Styles

 

Also learn about:

Types of exterior siding - most popular new home exterior types

Are one story homes better than two story homes?

Contact Stanton Homes for floor plan ideas, to get a new home cost estimate, or find out more about building a custom home in North Carolina.

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