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What are Cantilever Stairs?

Floating cantilevered stairs with platform

Cantilever stairs are made to have the stair treads appear to be floating in the air without support. To achieve this look the stair treads may have a hidden steel structure within or below the treads for support. Also, the steel support structure and stringer may be concealed in the wall, or be exposed. Thus, creating a refined or an industrial appearance. The stringer and steel structure are typically located on one end of the treads. Understanding the required weight-bearing load on the treads is critical to engineering a cantilever stair system that is properly designed to minimize flexing. Expertly engineered and artfully designed a cantilevered stair can add an element of interest and spaciousness to your home.

Floating cantilever stair treads against 
a stone wall.

1) Hidden Cantilever Stair Stringer and Structure

This project was designed to hide the stringer and structure inside the wall. There are three structural steel tube posts that run from floor to ceiling hidden in the wall with an 8-inch steel stringer attached to it on a diagonal. at the top of the stairs, an additional square steel framework was created for the landing and encased with wood. Each Tread has a double steel structure wrapped with oak to hide the steel system within it, resulting in a genuine work of art.

Drawing showing the structure of the one story cantilevered stair with interior support structure.

Creating cantilevered stairs starts with measuring the site, understanding the structure of the building, and existing load-bearing walls. To accommodate a cantilever staircase it may be necessary to build more strength and support for the stairs into the walls. Once this is understood it is important to make an exact drawing for the fabrication of the stairs and it may be necessary to run stress analysis on the structure. Understanding the site and the construction of cantilever stairs makes it possible to create a unique structure that will have optimal performance, safety, and style.

Exposed cantilever staircase showing the stringer protruding out of the wall with cable railings and steel supported wood treads

2) Exposed Stair Stringer with Cantilevered Landing

This staircase was custom crafted with the steel stringer partially exposed through the shiplap finished wall. Each stair tread is supported by an exposed structure to create an industrial styling that appears to zig-zag up the wall. To create the platform landing the stringer wraps around the corner while maintaining the exposure. Each railing post is designed to slice through the treads to hide the attachment hardware below the tread.

Drawing of cantilevered stair that wraps around the landing and transitions to the next floor.

Additionally, steel attachment plates were added to the top and bottom of the stairs and hidden in the floor and wall. This adds strength to stairs while providing the function of resisting torque. By understanding the torsional load on the wall a number of techniques can be used such as adding hidden attachement plates.

Exterior biased cantilever staircase with stone steps and steel supports

3) Partial Cantilever Stair with Stone Steps

This staircase leading from a garage entry to an upper-level pool and patio was designed with the stringer biased to one side along the concrete wall. Thus, establishing the look of a cantilevered stair while maintaining the strength and resistance to the torque that is required.

Rendering of stone steps on biased cantilever staircase.

When using a stone stair tread the strength of the staircase can not depend on the stone tread to add support and resist the torque of the staircase. Therefore, each tread support required a sufficient steel structure to prevent the stone step from cracking. Each tread support was designed with threaded rods welded to the support and projecting upwards into the predrilled stone tread. This approach solidly anchors the tread to the steel tread support.

Exterior Deck with Cantilevered staircase and IPE treads.

4) Fully Exposed Exterior Cantilever Staircase

A fully-exposed cantilevered staircase was designed for this home to transition from the deck to the yard. Choosing a thin Ipe tread for this staircase required the steel structure to be strong enough to support the thin treads. In addition, to support the stringer the deck structure was reinforced. Also, note that the stringer switches sides at the platform level to use the same steel support post and cantilever the landing.

Rendering showing the structure of cantilever stairs

Cable railings were chosen to maintain the open appearance and connect to the steel tread supports. The deck and steel posts are further supported by additional footers below ground.

Mesh image of stairs with rendering image for visualizing the finished product.

5) Digitally Measuring, Rendering and Analysis

Digitally measuring the site provides accurate scan data detail. This detail will provide critical pieces of information such as how parallel the building walls are to the floor. Using these measurements ensures the cantilever staircase will fit and function as required. Creating a rendering of the finished stair before fabrication allows for the visualization of a variety of decorative finishes before creating the final product.

Stress analysis of cantilever stair exaggerating deflection

At Keuka Studios, we custom fabricate residential and commercial stairs and railings to fit your style, space, and requirements. To learn more about how each cable railing project moves from vision to reality, take a look at our custom railing design process. We take pride in building craftsman-quality and commercial-grade stairs and railings for interior and exterior applications. Contact us to get started on your project.

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Sleek Stainless Steel Cable and Railing Ideas

Stainless steel railing posts on mahogany stairs and top rail

The sleek aesthetic of stainless steel cable and railings makes a beautiful design accent for decks, stairs, and balconies. Stainless steel has a clean modern appearance while being durable with minimal maintenance. Stainless can have a brushed, mirrored, or powder-coated finish to create the desired design effect. Whether for an interior or exterior railing project we customize our stair and railing designs to fit your requirements.

modern staircase and LED lighted treads

Ultra-modern Stainless Railing and Stairs

To achieve the desired ultra-modern aesthetic for this home we created a floating zig zag stringer staircase with 316 stainless steel cables and railing posts. To accent the steps and create ambiance as well as light the stairway, we included brushed stainless steel risers that reflect the under-mounted LED lighting. These cool design elements resulted in a one of a kind modern staircase.

Vertical and Horizontal Stainless Steel Cable Railing

An important design element for this home was to provide a seamless flow between the home to the patio, poolside spaces, and beyond to the ocean beaches. Equally important was to create a serene place to relax without impeding the ocean views. This clever combination of vertical and horizontal cable railings achieves this result while adhering to national pool regulations. The railings have mahogany top rails that conceal strips of LED lights to provide ambiance for nighttime entertaining. The 316 stainless steel railing posts are finished with a number 6 brushed polish. Stainless steel escutcheon plates were CNC machined to perfectly fit the posts and conceal the mounting plates.

Sleek Brushed Stainless Steel Cable Railing by Keuka Studios

Simply Sleek Stainless Steel Cable and Railing

As a fashion designer, this client has an eye for minimalist design. Her objective was to eliminate the appearance of joints on her railing to create a clean modern aesthetic. We were asked to design and build a stainless steel cable railing that would optimize the view and not distract the eye. She chose our Ithaca Style cable railing system for its thin posts. Since the home is located on the ocean the railing material chosen for this project is solid 316ss for the railing posts and top rail. Paying attention to every detail even the decking was designed without joints.

Nautical Style Stainless Steel with Cable and Glass

Coastal homes featuring a nautical interior design have an inviting and relaxed beachy vibe. This style for a staircase can be achieved in a variety of ways. For a couple of beach houses pictured above, we collaborated with the designers on different approaches. One homeowner preferred to use a combination of stainless steel cable connecting to wide white wood newel posts with brushed stainless round handrails. The other design style uses glass infill with brushed stainless steel rectangular posts, round handrails, and nautical style lighting in the stairwell. Both stair railing projects complement the charming shiplap wall paneling.

Before and After

Modern Minimal Transformation

A sleek transformation replaces a dated wood stair railing with slim stainless steel railing posts and cables. The level railing was designed to use fascia mounted stainless steel posts along the top of the stairwell and surface mounted posts on the steps. The cable infill creates a more visually pleasing unobstructed view making the overall space feel more open and larger. Also, the new handrail is more easily graspable than the old version.

At Keuka Studios, we custom fabricate residential and commercial stairs and railings to fit your style, space, and requirements. To learn more about how each cable railing project moves from vision to reality, take a look at our custom railing design process. We take pride in building craftsman-quality and commercial-grade cable railings for interior and exterior applications. Contact us to get started on your project.

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8 Creative Curved Deck Ideas with Cable Railings

rooftop pool deck with curved cable railing

Adding curves to your deck and outdoor landscape softens the hard edges of the architecture and creates a zen-like oasis for you to relax and take in the surroundings. Whether your dream deck includes outdoor dining, hot tubs, pools or simply lounging, curved decks combined with cable railings create beautiful spaces for any gathering. Our railing designers have the creativity, talent, and attention to detail to create railing systems that seamlessly transition along curved decks, stairs, and bridges resulting in beautiful entertaining spaces.

Considering cable railings for your curved decks and need some inspiration? Take a look at our clients completed curved deck projects.

1. Curved Raised Deck

Looking down on Curved Ipe deck with cable railing system

What could be better than sitting on your deck and enjoying the view or just soaking up the sun? Our client desired a curved deck with a cable railing to allow for the best-unobstructed views of the patio and distance lake vista. A deck doesn’t have to be large to be able to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends. The decking is IPE with our curved Keuka style railing and stainless steel cables.

2. Contemporary Deck Renovation

contemporary deck railing on multi-level home

This home was renovated to include a large outdoor deck area for dining and relaxing. The upper-level master bedroom deck railing harmoniously curves along with the architecture of the home, creating lounging areas to enjoy the expansive ocean views beyond. The railing style is our Ithaca with its slender posts made of anodized aluminum. We custom fabricated the shorter posts to surface mount on the upper-level wall to meet required railing heights.

3. Curved Deck Timber Style

Timber style home with curved deck and cable railing there is rain chain used for water drainage

Exposed timber columns support this partially covered outdoor curved deck creating a rustic, woodsy and peaceful place to relax. The rain chain adds to the ambiance while sitting undercover and listening to the summer rain. Our Keuka Style cable railing was chosen for this deck for its curved styling. The railing is powder-coated steel and fascia mounted to the deck. This combination of wood and steel complements the natural forest surroundings and the cables allow for the best-uninhibited views.

4. Curved Bridge

Curved deck bridge railing in our Chicago style with industrial styling

This industrial-style bridge was designed to create a curved walking space to relax and unwind while listening to the sounds of the waterfall. The railing posts are fascia or front-mounted to the structure below the decking, thus creating a streamlined appearance. Our Chicago style railing was chosen for this bridge project since it marries well with the exposed deck structure and concrete supports.

5. Curved Treehouse Raised Deck

curved raised deck in the forest with IPE decking.

It is absolutely breathtaking to sit on this deck that overlooks a beautiful lake and yet, it is raised to a level that makes you feel like you’re in a treehouse. The subtle curve of the deck with the curved cable railing post system blends well with the natural curves found in nature. The Keuka Style railing was chosen for this project with IPE wood top rail and stainless steel cable system.

6. Curved Pool Deck Railing

Curved pool deck railing oceanside

Adjoining a contemporary beach home this oceanside curved pool deck is in sync with the home’s architecture. The raised deck allows you to enjoy the view of the ocean surf while swimming, relaxing in the hot tub, or sipping a drink on the chaise lounge. For this project, the homeowners chose our Ithaca style cable railing post for its sleek slender lines that allow for maximum views of the ocean.

7. Curved Commercial Cable Railings

multi-lvedl condominium curved decks with the curved Keuka style railings.

Located in the historic seaport of Portsmouth, NH we fabricated our Keuka style cable railing for this multi-level luxury condominium with curved balconies. The railing was designed to meet commercial railing requirements at 42-inch height. By Fascia mounting to the curved decks and rooftop pool deck, it allows for more useful deck space. To maximize the views while relaxing on the condominium deck or around the pool our clients chose cable railings.

8. Curved Railing with Stone Pillars

For anyone concerned whether cable railings can complement traditional architecture, this photo shows how beautifully the styles work together. Combining curved stone archways, curved windows, and curved decks with our curved Keuka cable railing system is absolutely stunning. It is important to select the best cable railing post design to blend with your home’s architecture. Keuka Studios has many designs to choose from. Taking cues from this home’s design elements, the curvilinear design on the “Keuka Style” cable railing fits perfectly on this expansive deck.

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ADA Handrail Stair Requirements and Ideas

Understanding the requirements for engineering your railing system to comply with ADA handrail standards is essential for commercial projects. ADA handrails do not have to be boring. There are several creative approaches that can be implemented to meet these requirements resulting in an elegant design solution. Keep in mind your project requirements may vary depending on the project purpose and municipality. For instance, designing for a children’s school would be considerably different than an adult facility, outlined in this brief summary.

What are ADA requirements for handrails on stairs?

Six key requirements are:

-Handrails for ADA compliance are typically required to be on both sides of a set of stairs.

-Handrailings must be at a consistent height and located a minimum distance of 34 inches to 38 inches from the walking surface.

-Handrails must be continuous and uninterrupted by newel posts or other obstructions along the top or sides.

-A clearance of 1-½ inches is required between the handrail gripping surface and adjacent surfaces for easy access to the rail. 

-At the top and bottom of the stairs, the handrail must continue to slope or extend for a distance of one tread width of 12 inches beyond the bottom riser nosing.

-The handrail at the top or bottom of the stairs must return back into a wall, guard, post, or landing. Making this connection helps to eliminate any protrusion that could catch on clothing, or be sharp.

ADA compliance guidelines should be referenced for more information as it pertains to your project. In addition, another resource for stair building requirements is the Stair Manufacturers Association visual reference.

For commercial projects requiring ADA handrails, Keuka Studios custom manufactures handrails to fit the project’s specifications. We offer handrails in Stainless Steel (316ss or 304ss), Aluminum, or Steel. See examples of our projects below.

Ideas for ADA Handrail Returns

Handrail returns into railing end post
At the top of the stairs the handrail returns back into wood beam to meet ADA requirements.
Handrail returns into rustic wood column

Handrail returns back into end post on cable railing system.
Aluminum handrail returns into corner post

ADA Handrailing Extension Ideas

A college staircase with extended steel handrail on cable railing
Round handrail extension square corners
Refined looking railing with black extended railing and maple top rail
Handrail with refined modern aesthetic
Industrial stairs with large extended handrail
Industrial monumental stair with ADA handrail
Railing is extended by using an additional post on the landing.
Handrail extension created with additional post on landing
Railing extension on handrail of college lobby staircase
Stainless Steel Angular handrail extensions
Galvanized railing extending beyond the treads.
Curved galvanized steel handrails

Examples of ADA Handrail Transition

Round handrail seamlessly transitions between levels to meet ADA requirements
Stainless Steel Handrail wraps post between levels
Handrail example transition along staircase
Continuous flow of handrail on stairs
L-shape stair with handrail transition
Handrail transition on L-shaped stair corner

At Keuka Studios, we custom fabricate residential and commercial stairs and railings to fit your style, space, and requirements. To learn more about how each cable railing project moves from vision to reality, take a look at our custom railing design process. We take pride in building craftsman-quality and commercial-grade cable railings for interior and exterior applications. Contact us to get started on your project.

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Gorgeous Gate Styles and Ideas

What kind of gate is right for you? There are plenty of reasons to consider adding a gate to your railing project. Gates can perform a variety of functions. They can be used for safety, containment, security, or just decorative. In addition to being functional, your gate should seamlessly integrate with your architecture and the railing design. Whether for a back yard, deck, pool surround or driveway entrance, the gate is often the first impression your guests encounter. Why not make it special?

Garden Gate with access to water feature

Garden Gate

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo created a gorgeous gardenscape entrance featuring a stream and a footbridge, as a natural oasis for zoo visitors to enjoy while waiting to enter the zoo. The curving boardwalks meandering throughout the garden are lined with Keuka cable railings to keep visitors out of unwanted areas. The lockable pedestrian garden gate was made to integrate with the cable railing system. This gate is used as an access to the landscape and waterways for routine maintenance.

Gate style for pool with vertical cables

Double Pool Gate

Considering a pool gate? We design our gates to meet code requirements and match the desired style. There are a number of code requirements that are required to be included in a pool gate design. The gate must be at least 4 ft high, self-closing, self-latching, have a childproof locking mechanism, and open outward away from the pool. There are additional spacing requirements to be considered including distance from grade to the bottom rail, and vertical post spacing. Referencing your local building code pool requirements is recommended as this may vary in different municipalities. This double gate was custom made to fit the size of the stair opening. It is made of 316 stainless steel with vertical cables and a wood top rail. The gate is mounted tight to the stone walls surrounding the lower section of the pool.

Lockable Deck Gate in the cable railing style

Deck Gate

A gate on a deck entry is frequently used as a way to contain small children or pets. In addition, It can act as a deterrent to keep unwanted people or wild animals from accessing your deck. This deck gate is lockable and designed in the style of our curved Keuka cable railing system. The custom hinge used on this gate makes it possible to swing the gate 180 degrees to keep it open or closed, as desired.

Playground steel gate with matching railing in the same style

Playground Gate

We fabricated this double gate and matching railing system for a new water park and playground located adjacent to “The Greenpoint” on Brooklyn’s East River waterfront. The railing is surface mounted on top of the concrete wall. The gate and railing are used to define the space and allow visitors only while open for use. The gate and railing are made of steel and powder-coated black.

Ornamental style restaurant gate

Ornamental Gate Style

Ornamental style gates add beauty and artistry to your entrance and decor. This ornamental gate serves as both an entrance and a barrier for “Amore” an Italian restaurant and wine bar in Rochester NY. The restaurant is located within a retail store, therefore it required customers to have access through the adjoining store. A well-designed gate balances function and beauty with both elements working in sync. This gate is lockable and made of hand-forged steel and powder-coated black with a hand-rubbed patina.

Wood panel railing gate

Craftsman Style Wood Panel Gate

A wood-paneled gate adds an element of privacy. The combination of wood slats and steel frame were used to create a rustic aesthetic which complemented the homes craftsman architecture. In addition to the wood-paneled gate, the customer chose to alternate their railing with a combination of cable panels and wood panels.

Driveway Gate

A driveway gate adds a dramatic touch to the entrance of your property and can be designed to reflect your personal style. An artistic horse motif was laser cut from steel and centered on this gate for an equestrian lovers’ home. Adding an automated driveway gate to your property is one option to improve your security. Therefore, allowing only individuals you approve of to have access to your property. It can act as a deterrent to unwanted visitors and obstruct the entrance to prevent children and pets from wandering into the streets. This gate is made of steel and powder coated with an automatic opening system.

More Gates Styles and Ideas

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Keuka Curved Cable Railing Gate

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Vertical Cable Railing Pool Gate

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Gate and Screen Porch Cable Railing

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Caribbean Cable Railing Gate

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Craftsman Style Cable Railing and Gate

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Stainless Steel Cable Railing Gate

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Grape Vine Gate with Spindle Railing

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Industrial Cable Railing Gate with Exposed Hardware

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Gate for Disability Access Ramp

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Keuka Lake Gate with Matching Hand Rails

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Lake Access Stairs with Patina Grape Gate

Keuka Studios offers a variety of options with our railing systems including gates. Every Keuka Studios designed project is custom-built for your space. To learn more about how each railing project moves from vision to reality, take a look at our custom railing design process. We take pride in building craftsman-quality and commercial-grade railing systems with gates for interior and exterior applications.

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Interior Design Ideas 4 Cool Catwalks

A well designed open interior can make a small space feel larger or add grandeur to a large space. By adding floor to ceiling windows and a catwalk to the design, natural light will easily flow throughout the home. In addition, catwalks create a place to pause and take in the panoramic landscape window views. Whether you are building a new home or renovating an existing one, a catwalk could be just the architectural detail to make your space feel lighter and add wow factor to your home.

Concrete Log home with glass block bridge catwalk.

Glass Bridge and Curved Railing Catwalk

To bring the outdoors in, this log home was designed with floor to ceiling windows to take advantage of the natural light and mountain views. This home perfectly combines rustic and modern, by using cable railings and glass block on the narrow bridge connecting the bedroom spaces to the reading loft. Keuka Studios provided the curved cable railing system for the interior and exterior of this home.

Narrow bridge catwalk overlooking a large living space.

Rustic Timbers and Modern Black Railings

This grand home entry blends rustic timber beams with modern railings resulting in an open space full of light and a minimalist feel. Large walls of windows are located on both sides of the room with an open bridge walkway that was constructed to connect the second level living spaces. This catwalk and staircase feature our Keuka Studios Ithaca Style cable railing system with black cable and fittings.

Double floating winder stair with catwalk and curved cable railing system.

Contemporary Catwalk and Single Stringer Winder Stairs

Stone, Steel, and wood were combined to make this grand entry staircase and catwalk. The curved railing system seamlessly transitions up the winder stairs and across the narrow bridge catwalk. Keuka Studios custom fabricated the single stringer stairs and railing system for this home. The railing is our curved Keuka Style with stainless steel cables and thick oak treads and top rail.

Minimalist railing on modern home with catwalk over looking living room. This narrow bridge allows for large open ceilings.

Modern and Minimal Bridge

Keeping to a modern and minimalist style this home is simple, clean and streamlined. This living space was designed to achieve harmony with the use of an open staircase and raised walkway. For this project, our Ithaca Style railing system was chosen for its sleek appearance, thin posts including standoffs for easy adjustment. The top rail is a round tube. The railing posts were made to be fascia mounted on the stairs and catwalk, and surface mounted on the stairwell.

Every Keuka Studios designed project is custom-built for your space. To learn more about how each cable railing project moves from vision to reality, take a look at our custom railing design process. We take pride in building craftsman-quality and commercial-grade cable railings for interior and exterior applications.

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6 Types of Stair Treads – What to know before choosing various types.

Zigzag stairs with American red oak treads and top rail.

Know your options before selecting the perfect stair tread for your project.

Whether you’re building a new home or renovating an existing one, designing a staircase to fit your design style and lifestyle is an important consideration. Once you have decided on a type of stairs it is time to decide what type of stair tread to choose. There are plenty of tread styles and materials to choose from to complement your home’s design. Whether your home is modern, contemporary, rustic or a traditional there is a style to fit your requirements.

At Keuka Studios, we design our staircases to accommodate your preferred style stair treads.

What types of stair treads are there?

Various Types of materials are available and include – Wood, Glass, Tile, Composite, Stone, and Steel.

1. Wood Treads

With wood, it is important to consider if your project is for the interior or exterior of your home.  Many wood species do not hold up well in the outdoor weather elements so choosing an appropriate type of wood should be carefully considered.

For interior staircases, there are a variety of woods available to choose from for your project that will add different aesthetics to your decor. Some of the more popular varieties are Red Oak, White Oak, Hard Maple, Walnut and Distressed Woods.

Red Oak is readily available has a reddish-brown appearance and is considered hard and heavy with medium bending strength. It adds a sense of warmth to the decor.

Floating stair treads against stone wall. Treads are Red Oak with Steel stringer structure.

White Oak is slightly lighter in color than red oak and is a heavy hardwood with medium bending strength.  White Oak has become very popular in modern design as it tends to have a straighter more linear grain than red oak. Using white oak lightens up a room. It is not recommended for aesthetic outdoor tread applications as it turns black quickly with weather (although it does resist rot quite well). 

Keuka Studios custom stairs and railing made with white Oak Treads and glass railing.

Hard Maple is a creamy white with a slight reddish-brown tinge and is generally straight-grained it has a high resistance to abrasion and wear making it a good solid choice for stairs and landings.

Maple staircase with maple handrail.

Walnut is a tough hardwood, the sapwood is creamy white, while the heartwood is light to dark brown. The dark wood is typically the most sought after so expect to pay more as much of the sapwood will be unusable.

Distressed Wood is often just reclaimed lumber from an old barn or factory where years of heavy use have added some character to the wood. Alternately, it could be newer wood that has been mechanically stressed and finished to give that distressed look. Either way, it can add a textured, rustic appeal. This can be desirable in a high traffic area as any additional wear over time will just add to the character of the wood.

Distressed wood treads on rustic industrial staircase.

In addition, it is popular to whitewash or bleach wood to give it an antique distressed look while lightening the surface of the wood. Sometimes pigment is added prior to the finish coat allowing the natural grain to pop more.

Antiqued knotty pin was selected for the treads on this staircase to complement the wide aged pine board flooring on this Nantucket home. Pine is a softer wood that will more easily wear over-time than hardwoods.

For exterior staircases, ironwoods are recommended such as Ipe or Cumaru. Additionally, although much softer redwood and cedar are good options since they stand up better than other species to the elements. To maintain the natural beauty of these woods they require regular oiling and care, or they can be left exposed to the elements to age to a grayish appearance.

Keuka Studios can provide stair treads and landings in your wood of choice, to be finished on-site by your contractor.

2. Glass Treads

Choosing glass stair treads with a steel floating stair stringer system will create a stunning architectural element in your home. There are dozens of varieties of colors, patterns,  textures, and finishes available in glass. One important consideration is to choose a tread that has a non-slip surface. In addition, would you prefer LED lighting for the treads? The combination of glass tread combined with LED lighting can add a dramatic effect to the overall aesthetic of the staircase. At Keuka Studios we have the capability to create steel stair stringers to accommodate glass treads and hide the LED lighting wires. 

Glass Stair Treads on floating steel stringer stairs with led lighting.

3. Tile Treads

Tile stair treads can be a beautiful and durable alternative to wood. They have the advantage of not needing oiling or ongoing maintenance since they won’t decay or attract insects. Many of today’s tiles simulate the look of wood. We can design and fabricate steel stair tread pans to accommodate the selected style tile tread or pavers.

tile treads with custom stair support and stringers.

4. Composite Treads

Composite materials resist fading, scratching and mold, they don’t rot, crack or splinter. They are durable and require minimal maintenance. For this project below to accommodate composite decking on floating stairs, we designed a steel support system for the treads and the railing posts connect to the steel stringer below the steps.

Composite treads on floating cable railing staircase.
Exterior Deck Staircase with composite decking.

5. Stone Treads

Stone Steps come in a variety of materials. The most common stone tread currently trending is bluestone treads for outdoor stair applications. Bluestone treads have a grayish-blue color and are typically 2 inches thick. They add durability and beauty to any outdoor staircase with minimal maintenance required. In addition, they blend naturally with the adjacent landscape. 

6. Steel Treads

Metal stair treads are strong and offer a rustic industrial styling. Steel treads pair beautifully with open beam architecture and are often preferred on spiral staircases. With metal treads, it is important to provide some sort of slip protection. This could be in the form of a diamond plate surface, metal grating or a series of hole patterns in the treads.

Spiral staircase with steel treads.

At Keuka Studios, we custom fabricate stairs and railings to fit your style and space. We make our stair stringers to accommodate the type of treads you choose. We can provide you with wood, glass and steel treads for our staircases. All you have to do is choose your style.

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Black Stainless Steel Cable Railing and Fittings

Blackened Stainless Steel Cable Railing

Black Stainless Steel Cable Railing by Keuka Studios:

Looking for an alternative to stainless steel? Keuka Studios is proud to announce that we now fabricate black cable railing systems. We have blackened stainless cable and blackened stainless cable fittings* available to purchase today for cable railings. Black is making a comeback in 2019 and you can now purchase blackened stainless cable and blackened stainless fittings for your cable railing system to go with your all-black decorating theme. This is a hot new design trend in 2019. Our black cable railing and hardware is made of Type 316 marine grade stainless steel and black-oxide coated.

* U.S. Patent No. 10,436,23


Common Questions:

What is blackened stainless steel?

Typically, blackened stainless is achieved by a conversion coating process known as black oxide. This process forms a slightly transparent black patina on the surface of the metal. This can add color and character to the otherwise shiny cable railing fittings.

Is blackened stainless suitable for outdoors?

Yes, blackened stainless cable and fittings can be used outdoors. Like most patinas, the black layer can lighten over time when used outdoors. We do not recommend this finish in coastal areas.

Where can I buy blackened stainless steel cable fittings?

Blackened stainless steel cable fittings and cable are hard to come by. At Keuka Studios, we offer cable railing systems with the option of blackened stainless steel hardware. Take a look at our design process to learn how we can build and deliver your perfect black cable railing system.

How much do blackened stainless steel cable railings cost?

Because it takes time to oxidize the stainless steel, blackened cable railing hardware does cost more than regular stainless steel. Also, the cost of your railing system will depend on the specs of your project. To get a better idea of how much your black cable railing system will cost, you can request a customized quote.

Black Railing System Example:

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Design Trend: Blackened Stainless Steel

If you’re looking for cable railing with the durability of stainless steel but aren’t a fan of the metal’s bright luster, then blackened stainless steel may be the perfect material for your new cable railing. Here at Keuka Studios, we now offer stainless steel cables and fittings with a black patina made from Type 316 marine grade stainless steel.

With the black stainless steel, appliance trend is still gaining steam, our product carries this unique look beyond the kitchen. By incorporating black stainless steel cable railing into interior staircases or balconies, you can create a sleek, cohesive look throughout your home. If you want your space to have a minimalist, rustic, or urban-modern interior design, blackened stainless steel will give an understated look to your railing system. Plus, the blackened metal will seamlessly match dark or muted hues on your walls or within your decor.

When it comes to exterior staircases and decks, black stainless steel cable railing can heighten transparency, depending on the location. If your home or business has a naturally dark environment, for example, if your deck overlooks a wooded area, black stainless steel blends into the background and thus doesn’t distract from the view.

Interested in black stainless steel cable and fittings for your railing? Buy black cable fittings online.

Email Jason White at Jason@keuka-studios.com or call (585) 487-6148 to discuss customization. 

Black cable railing in mountain home interior.
Open-tread stairs with black cable railing

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Understanding Metal Railing Finishes

modern staircase

Keuka Studios Railing Finish Options

When choosing the finish type for your railing system, you’ll want to consider your desired style, material, and location of the railing. Each material and finish combination offered at Keuka Studios has its unique advantages to consider before making your choice. Some materials and finishes can be used in combination to achieve your desired style. For example, using stainless steel posts and powder-coated steel stringers, or choosing a stainless steel top rail with powder-coated steel or aluminum posts. To select the materials and railing finish that’s right for your project, take a look at the following examples.

1. Powder-Coated

An advantage of powder-coating your railing and stair project is the wide variety of colors and textures of powder coats that are available. This allows you to customize your project to complement or contrast with the surroundings. Powder coat finishes can be flat, matte, glossy, textured, sparkles, and wrinkles. These finishes may be applied to a variety of materials including steel, stainless steel, and aluminum. We offer 6 standard colors, however, custom colors may be chosen at a slight price increase to complement your specific project. Powder-coated steel is great for indoor or outdoor projects. However, for coastal environments, we recommend galvanized steel, conversion coated aluminum or stainless steel that is powder-coated for better corrosion resistance.

Concrete Retaining wall with the Keuka Style Curved railing and round top rail

2. Brushed Stainless Steel

If you’re looking for a modern railing with a sleek and luxurious feel, consider stainless steel with a brushed or polished finish. Keuka Studios offers three stainless steel finishes that each require a different degree of labor to achieve and thus vary in cost. One of the most common options is the #4 polish, also known as a brushed finish. (Shown on the cable railing image below).

#4 fine-brushed stainless steel indoor railing finish.

Ithaca style interior stainless steel cable railing on staircase

We also offer the #6 polish, sometimes referred to as a fine-brushed finish. (Shown on the glass railing indoor project and outdoor cable railing project below).

#6 fine-brushed stainless steel indoor railing finish.

#6 fine-brushed stainless steel outdoor railing finish project.

Sleek Brushed Stainless Steel Cable Railing by Keuka Studios

In addition, we have the #8 polish available, which is often called a mirror finish. This has a highly reflective surface. Stainless Steel looks beautiful on both indoor and outdoor applications and is a great choice for coastal environments.

3. Clear Anodized Aluminum

Anodized aluminum is perfect for both indoor and outdoor applications. The process of Anodizing gives the metal a lustrous look and it does not chip or peel. This makes the clear anodized a nice alternative to stainless steel since it has a silvery metallic, brushed appearance at a lower cost than stainless steel. Anodized aluminum is a nice choice for coastal environments and indoor or outdoor locations.

sunken pool and cable wire fence

4. Hot-Dipped Galvanized Steel

Keuka Studios offers hot-dipped galvanized steel that can stand alone or be powder-coated to achieve a specific color. Galvanizing steel provides it with additional corrosion protection. Galvanized steel has an industrial look that is on-trend with today’s industrial and rustic design styles. Many times the objective of a railing project will be to match the exposed galvanized steel beams in a space with open ceilings or the exposed steel structure under a deck.

Now that you have had a chance to review the many railing finish options we offer, our experts can further assist you with any additional questions you have to custom make the railing project you desire.

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