Railing Detail: The Diagonal Cross Balustrade

Our front porch railings are ornamental black wrought iron, and if they’re beautiful on many homes, they clash terribly with our cute little Craftsman. While traveling in Bend, Oregon, I seen a bungalow with angled cross balustrades and made it my life’s mission to switch out our wrought iron guys for timber railings with angled cross balustrades.

The wooden railing design features a X spanning the newel posts, fastened between the bottom rail and the handrail. It is frequently painted white, and the design is used on front, back and screened-in porches.

The following step in accomplishing this life mission is to convince my husband that it is also among his. I am certain these fine cases will do just fine.

Arcanum Architecture

It’s easy to see why diagonal crosses are usually referred to as farmhouse railings. Is this not the very quintessential modern farmhouse you have ever seen?

Texas Construction Company

The diagonal crosses within this balustrade mimic the angled lines of the exposed rafters above. Both in bright white, they pop from the darkened clapboard exterior.

Philip Clayton-Thompson

Designed for island alive, this fine railing is enriched with decorative post caps.

Michael Abraham Architecture

With carefully placed articles, the X’s on this Illinois house are taller than they are wide.

Siemasko + Verbridge

Combining quatrefoil railings, angled cross railings and ornamental porch brackets … this front elevation is a vintage woodworking fantasy!

Van Wicklen Design

With only one diagonal piece per part, this porch looks longer and leaner.

Ron Brenner Architects

Diagonal cross balustrades are perfectly appropriate to the traditional American Dutch colonial. Here they help sew a porch.

Rethink Design Studio

Greeted upon entrance by a custom screened-in front porch with angled cross balustrades, it is impossible to not fall in love with this Georgia house.

McHale Landscape Design, Inc..

It is a bonanza! This attractively landcaped Virgina home features diagonally crossed balustrades below, embellished Union Jack balustrades square and above spindles between.

Wayne Windham Architect, P.A.

Located in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, this small guesthouse porch covers the bigger porch of the sprawling principal residence for architectural continuity.

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