We need handrails for heading up (or down) the stairs. Are there modern hand rails out there?
This rail hardware by Halliday and Baillie is rather perfect:
but the $220 required per fixture is gulp inducing.
Here's a less expensive one by Linnea:
but still, at $100 a piece (and needing at least six of them) we're looking at a lot of scratch.
Here's a nice one from componance:
Can't find a price on this very-expensive-looking piece of hardware...
Inline Design has a nice blocky bracket:
that is also relatively affordable at $34 a piece. Also appears that the hardware could be square with the rail at an angle. Me likes. Not chrome, but not horribly expensive either...
Here's a similar but less elegant one at buyrailings.com for $31:
Not sure what we're going to do for handrails, but the folks at stairsupplies.net have squarish handrails in a variety of woods, including hickory: