A custom balcony or stair railing can always add beauty to a building or home and the Renaissance Man team enjoy elaborate and ornate projects, but sometimes the location itself emanates such beauty that the design goal is simply to add a safety feature with as little interference as possible, which is most definitely the case on this project.
Pictured here at the Preisser Residence, facing the Gulf of Mexico are two balconies on a stately three-story home embraced in a wreath of semi-tropical foliage.
We used an ultra-smooth, comfortable aluminum framework with a black finish just glossy enough to catch the sun, supplemented between the posts with stainless steel cabling that is stretched tight at either end and passes seamlessly through precisely placed holes at the mid-posts, secured by bolts visible only by a thin steel collar and softly rounded divot. The measurements echo the geometry of the stair and balcony planks.
A design like this is not only a near-transparent safety feature, but it is also virtually maintenance-free; corrosion/weather resistant and easy to clean. Click on any image for a full slideshow tour of the completed project.