To create a drop-down staircase railing in his private residence, Omega Steel Inc co-owner and fabricator Ryan Taylor looked to Banker Wire mesh WDZ-615—a 2” by 8” rectangular ornamental welded wire mesh pattern that celebrates simplicity.
After purchasing the home, Taylor envisioned creating an open-plan layout that prioritized connectivity, providing an area more conducive to gathering and openness. To visually connect the kitchen and the living room, the removal of a three-sided framed wall that surrounded the top of the stair was paramount.
“When we have used a wire mesh material at Omega Steel, it has mostly been an industrial mesh, within industrial settings,” explains Taylor. “After discovering Banker Wire’s architectural wire mesh product—and the range of finishes available—we knew it would be the perfect fit. We selected the WDZ-615 pattern, framed within Banker U-edge panels and tabs. Powder coated in Raven Black, the material provided a cleaner, architectural finish for our home, compared to the other wire mesh on the market, which isn’t always a fit for residential settings.”
The secondary finish of the Raven Black-colored powder coat—alongside the walnut-capped railing posts—complements the dark accents within the space, providing visual continuity. Walnut kitchen cabinets with black hardware, and a black faucet, provide detail within the kitchen; in the living room, walnut-colored finishes provide a warm contrast to the black and walnut mantel, and the metal doors connecting to the exterior.
“We love the dramatic contrast of black and walnut, so we also decided to replace the five existing wood columns in the dining room with two steel columns, painting them in Raven Black to match the secondary finish of the wire mesh,” adds Taylor.
An ornamental welded wire mesh with a high percentage open area, WDZ-615 works well for residential staircase railing applications, providing security and safety without sacrificing subtlety.