Architecture ? about Chippendale railing
(Edit: I'm hoping Renovator8, virgilcarter, et al. will chime in here. Thanks.)
I'm curious to learn the architectural guidelines regarding the use of Chinese Chippendale railing. On which house styles would it be appropriate to use Chippendale balustrades? If/when it would be architecturally appropriate to use them on a coastal home? I've certainly seen many coastal homes both in person and in photos with Chippendale railing, but this style railing seems to be especially popular in the Southeast; I think of VA, NC, SC, GA, LA, FL.
I started a thread in the decorating forum about using this style railing on my beach house on Lake Michigan, and the consensus seems to be that I should use cable railing instead. The house we're building is typical of many homes along Lake Michigan, combining Cape Cod / Craftsman / Shingle / Cottage elements. Along our shores, we tend to borrow designs from the Northeast as opposed to the Southeast. Would Chippendale railing ever be appropriate on a coastal Northeast home? I can't recall if I saw Chippendale in our travels last year in that region.
Our 1 1/2 story house has shed dormers, a relatively simple, boxy design with a steep pitched roof, end gables and a curved portico. We used cement composite shakes and asphalt shingles instead of cedar.
Here is a link that might be useful: My thread on decorating forum: should I use Chippendale or Cable railing?
This post was edited by jujubean71 on Fri, Apr 25, 14 at 9:33