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Keuka Studios Receives Best Of Houzz 2015

best of houzz badges 2015

Over 25 Million Monthly Unique Users Rated Top-Rated Home Building,
Remodeling and Design Professionals in the United States and Around the World

Rush, NY USA January 26, 2015 – Keuka Studios, Inc., of Rush, NY 14543 has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” for Design & Customer Satisfaction by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. A family owned and operated company established in 2002 that designs and fabricates custom cable railings and staircases was chosen by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Design and Customer Satisfaction. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers.” Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2015” badge on their profiles, helping Houzz users around the world who discover and love a professional’s work to learn even more about that business’ popularity and satisfaction rating among their peers in the Houzz community.

“We empower our team to do the right thing for the customer at every step of the process.”
“Houzz provides homeowners with a 360 degree view of home building, remodeling and design industry professionals, empowering them to engage the right people and products for their project,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of industry marketing for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Keuka Studios, Inc. among our “Best Of” professionals as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

Follow Keuka Studios on Houzz  http://www.houzz.com/pro/keukastudios/keuka-studios-inc

About Keuka Studios, Inc
We work with architects, contractors, and homeowners all over the country to provide our railing and staircase designs ready to install.

About Houzz
Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin and Sydney. For more information, visit www.houzz.com

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5 Considerations For Choosing Railing Color

Cable railing image in the evening light.

Part of planning your outdoor deck project is thinking about “what the railing color should be”? This can be perplexing or lots of fun! Your home color is a personal choice, and your railing color will be a personal choice too.

Here are some things to consider when selecting your cable railing color choices.

Which is more important to you?

The look of your deck and railing from the outside of your house? Or how it will look from the inside of your house?

deck railing color from inside and outside

looking at the home from the outside or from indoors

Which railing color will best blend in with your view?

Dark colors generally blend in better with a forest view and stand out against a water view. Lighter colors blend in better with ocean and lake views.

deck railing with forest view railing color blends in

notice dark color of railing posts blend in with the trees

 

cable railing color on deck with water front view

light colored posts blends in with water view

 

What type of experience do you want while enjoying your deck?

One way to think about railing color is to establish a theme for your deck space. Should your space provoke a specific feeling or mood? Do you want it to feel Zen-like, Nautical, Rustic, or Modern?

More passive or neutral colors can give a soothing calming Zen-like feeling to your outdoor space. Silvers, whites and stainless steel can look more nautical or modern. Browns and greens can feel more rustic and blend in better with a backyard garden space.

Did you know light conditions can greatly affect the appearance of color?

It is important to look at color samples in the area that it will be used. Whether you’re planning an outdoor deck railing project or an indoor staircase, look at color samples in natural light. Direct sunlight is best. Observe the railing color sample during the daytime and evening. Observe the railing color in the environment that the color will be used. The eye perceives color differently on vertical surfaces than it does on horizontal and curved surface. If the color is being applied to a vertical surface, be sure to look at the sample on a vertical surface. This will give you a better perspective on how the color will actually look.

Should the railing color match the outside of the house or accent it?

Many times we are asked by customers, “should the railing color match the house color, window trim, or accent color?” These are important things to consider.  Contrasting colors can be used to accent or draw attention to the railing. Making the railing a focal point. Similar colors can make the railing posts appear to blend in with the home.  See these example images below showing different railing color variations. These images may help you visualize how your completed project will look.

 

wood rail vs metal rail

Wood top rail vs metal top rail

matching the trim or the siding

Railing matches siding vs trim.

I hope this has helped you to make your railing color choice easier, so have fun with your project!

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Pool fence blocking your view?

Stainless steel pool fence.

Love the view from your new pool but don’t want to block it with a pool fence, consider cable railings/fences.

If you’re looking to open up the view beyond your pool, consider these pool fence ideas. Most local building codes state that pool fences or railings pickets need to be vertical. Vertical cable railings can meet these requirements while preserving your view beyond your pool.  Cables are thin compared to larger wood or metal pickets. Cables will disappear while allowing you to enjoy the view. Whether its the sunset at your beach house, a sweeping mountain vista or a  backyard oasis.

Important requirements to consider for railings and fences around pools:

Pool railings and fences should be at least 48″ high to prevent unintended access by children. See illustration below. Gates should open out from the pool and should be self-closing and self-latching. The height of the gate latch mechanism should be set at of 54″ high.

pool fence heightCost Considerations:

-Vertical cable fences are more expensive than other types of fences. There are several reasons for this.

-Since each cable assembly is short there are many end fittings. These end fittings act as turn buckles to keep the cables tight. End fittings are high grade (type 316) stainless steel. Since there are so many of them, the costs can add up.

-Frames must be rigid to be able to handle the combined tension load of the cables.

-Since pool chemicals are corrosive, it is common to use non ferrous metals for this type of application. Stainless steel, aluminum and galvanized steel are the best choices. Stainless steel is much more expensive than aluminum and galvanized steel. Steel is stronger than aluminum so the frame can be more slender.

Conclusion:

If your view from your pool is important, than a vertical cable railing could be for you!

Click here to see more Examples

vertical pool fence

 

 

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Keuka Studios Receives Best Of Houzz for cable railings, 2014

best of houzz 2014 award - Keuka Studios

Keuka Studios Receives Best Of Houzz for cable railings

Annual Survey and Analysis of 16 Million Monthly Users Reveals Top-Rated Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals

Rush, NY February 4, 2014 – Keuka Studios of Rochester, NY has been awarded “Best Of Houzz for cable railings” by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The 12 Year Old Fine Architectural Metal Work Company was chosen by the more than 16 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.

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Use Escutcheon Plates For A Refined Look

Railing Escutcheon Plate

Escutcheon (pronounced es·cutch·eon) plates are by definition a shield, cover, ornamental or protective plate. Escutcheon plates are used to conceal something functioning like mounting hardware or an unwanted hole.

Use escutcheon plates for a clean, simple or modern style

More and more customers are looking for a clean, seamless or modern look for their home. For interior railing whether it’s a cable railing or any type of railing the escutcheon plate is a great choice. I find that especially with interior applications you might want all the fasteners and hardware hidden with no exposed bolt or screw heads. Escutcheon plates are a perfect and easy solution. They simply slide over the post hiding the hardware and providing a more refined look. Our escutcheon plates are machined from a solid billet and not the thin stamped sheet metal common in the industry.

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Cable Railing Post Material Choices

stainless steel cable railing.

One of the most important decisions you will ever make when choosing your cable railing is selecting the correct hand railing and cable railing post material for your environment. Although the cables and fittings are usually made from stainless steel, the choices are many for post materials. With so many different choices of railing materials it can be very difficult to know whats the best choice for you. Here is a guide to help you understand materials and their advantages and disadvantages.

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Where Do You Find Cable Railings Used?

Green cable railing posts with wood hand rail.

Once in a while I have a customer who contacts me and they say “I found your cable railings online and I love them”! They follow up with “I have never seen a railing like this in my area, where can I find examples of your work”?

Since we manufacture and ship our railings all over the country . . . our work can be found everywhere. With that being said there are certain areas in particular where cable railings are more popular than other areas.

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Bringing The Mediterranean Style Home

Mediterranean style iron railing for Juliet balcony.

The Mediterranean Style developed in the 1800s conjures up images of a villa overlooking rolling hills or the beautiful coastal views of the Mediterranean sea. It is a formal yet welcoming style with an old world charm and a comfortable ambiance.  Colors are warm and alluring and textures abound. Arching windows and doorways add a bit of seductiveness to the otherwise rectangular exterior lines. Interiors are spacious and grounded with heavy architectural elements such as wrought iron railings and grills, heavy stone, marble and large beams or columns.   Although this style was most typically built in warm climates, where spacious rooms lend itself to the indoor-outdoor lifestyles, it can also add warmth and charm to any home just by adding a few decorative touches.

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Top Rail Selection

Keuka style corner post with IPE wood top rail.

When choosing the right top rail for your railing project there are many factors you should consider. You will notice that when you look at our company’s website many of our railings are shown with a wood top rail. Many of our customers prefer wood top rail and here is why you might want to consider a wood top rail for your application as well.

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Fascia Mount Vs. Surface Mount

Fascia mount and surface mount cable railing posts.
I always get customers asking me about how to attach their railing to their application. There are many different ways to attach your railing although the most popular methods are mounting to the “Fascia” or mounting to the “Surface”. Fascia mounting is also sometimes referred to as a “side mount” or “joist mount”, while surface mounting is occasionally referred to as a “deck mount”, “floor mount”, or even a “top mount”.
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