Stories Behind The Porch Company’s Custom Porch Panels

custom porch panels

The Porch Company delights in turning ideas and inspiration from our clients into railing panels. If you don’t know what we mean by railing panels, as you scan these photos you’ll quickly understand. You might be familiar with railings having balusters or spindles, and these panels are installed in place of those. Sometimes they serve as knee walls for a screened porch. We often use our panels on doors we create, too.

Each time a client requests a new panel design – “something like this” – it expands the diversity of the designs we have available for future clients. It expands our repertoire.

Sometimes a client will show us an image and ask us to create something similar. We are sharing some of those examples with you here. In other cases, while we no longer have the original image used for inspiration, you can see the results among the photos here.

“Like This, Only Bigger …”

The inspirational images can vary greatly – clients have brought us pictures from Pinterest, Houzz, and other online sources. Often they ask us to replicate what the image shows, but to design it for a project with far different measurements.

As porch designers, we have had clients come to us and say, “Here is the style of my house. I don’t know exactly what I want along the lines of a porch. Can you make a recommendation?” Sometimes a request like this one doesn’t result in a new panel design but leads us to expand our thinking about a design we’ve already created. Often we can use our standard panels and tweak the dimensions to make those work with an unusual project.

Inspiration Provided by the Clients

The first image shows a porch during the installation of our custom panels. They liked the look of our standard Chippendale panels, but wanted to tweak them a bit to be more intertwined and fit their exact specifications.

The next image shows the same project from the outside.

Here is one of our favorites! A customer sent in this wedding image (above), quite some time ago, and told the Porch Company, “I want these railings on my house.” We like to say that, here at the Porch Company, nothing is impossible. Ask and you shall receive!

porch panel inspiration-photo

Below is a photo of the completed project and the panels we custom designed and built for this client based on the wedding picture above. Included are additional photos taken during the installation of those panels.

porch panel inspiration to reality

porch panel inspiration to reality

When is a Widow’s Walk Not a Widow’s Walk?

The next image is similar to the widow’s walk image we featured in one of our recent stories. Here’s an interesting thing to know about the design specifications of a widow’s walk. If the widow’s walk area is truly a functional balcony accessible from the inside via a door, we have to adhere to local building codes. However, if the railings or panels will line a “widow’s walk” that’s purely decorative and will never be used, we have a lot more leeway with the design.

custom widows walk porch panels

Porch Company Panels as Interior Stair Rails

custom porch panels for interior stairways The Porch Company

In these photos, you see that our custom panels can serve as more than just porch railings outdoors. We designed this specific panel for a staircase when a client was building a house. Yes! Our panels work indoors too! The clients sent us a metal railing with the same design as an example. We designed the panels, as requested, and they used their own wooden posts and rail cap to complete the project.

Custom Panel Designs for Porches High and Low

Below you see a simple yet charming design we used on a low-to-grade deck. Since the deck was low, a railing was not required to meet building code. This use of our custom panels was purely aesthetic.

custom panels used on deck for aesthetics

We designed the next project using our “drummer boy panel,” but we modified it with an added top and bottom rail to meet code. We also designed sliding doors to match.

modified drummer boy custom porch panel

Below is quite a unique project we designed, built, and installed for a client. While it looks like one big panel, it’s actually three different panels stacked atop each other.

Next is another use of custom-designed panels for an interior stair railing. These are similar to our Chippendale design, tweaked according to the pictures our client sent for us to use as an example.

Custom porch panels used on interior stairway

Here is another widow’s walk design. This project did not have to meet code, so the design was pretty open. You could not use these panels for a functioning widow’s walk.



This final image shows a front porch railing for which we used panels with a simple “X” design. Like some of the other projects mentioned here, this railing is non-code compliant because the porch is so close to the ground. A higher porch would have required panels that functioned as true guardrails.

front porch railing for which we used panels with a simple “X” design

Whether you are in Nashville, TN, or anywhere in the U.S., we can create a custom railing look for you that ships right to your door. If you are in the Nashville are and are interested in having us build your porch, let us know if you want to incorporate a custom PVC railing design!

If your home is beyond our region, take a look at the railing panels available through our PorchCo online store. Your builder can order these panels and use them for your project. All of our panels have the body and substance of wood without the character flaws or necessary maintenance. They are made from 1″ (or 1.5″) thick solid cellular PVC. You can use them as shipped (white) or paint them with exterior house paint.

In and around Nashville, call us at 615-663-2886 or come by our design studio. We would love to meet with you to discuss your porch needs!

The Porch Company



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