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Homes with Exterior Cable Railings

Eleven home styles featuring cable railings on the exterior stairs and decks

Whether you are in the beginning stages of designing and building a home or renovating an existing one there are a lot of decisions to make. Among those decisions is deciding on the exterior facade and what types of railings to choose for the stairs and decks. I have always found starting with inspiration photos for my projects helps me to see the possibilities and visualize the results. Cable railing systems are a great choice for exterior stairs and decks. They give your house a unique style and add value to your home. Following is a collection of homes with a variety of architectural styles including contemporary, modern, traditional, cube, and log homes that feature Keuka Studios cable railing systems for your inspiration.

Exterior cable railings on pool deck exterior stairs and balconies of contemporary beach home.

Contemporary Beach Home Renovation

Located in New Jersey on Long Beach Island this Loveladies beach home sat vacant and neglected for many years. When new owners purchased the home they decided to refurbish it and completely update the decks with a minimalist and modern appearance. They removed a dated white metal tube railing that obstructed their ocean views and replaced it with a cable railing system. The client chose our Ithaca Style railing system for its slender railing posts and clean simple lines. The railings are custom modified to accommodate the site with shorter posts on the half wall. The posts are designed to be attached by fascia on the pool deck and surface mount on the upper-level rooftop decks.

  • Cable Railing Style: Ithaca Style Railing
  • Material: Anodized Aluminum with IPE top rail
  • Fascia and Surface Mounted Posts at Varied Lengths as needed for half walls
Desert villas with exterior cable railings on the decks.

Desert Villa with Custom Curved Railing System

The epitome of indoor-outdoor living, the Summit Club, NV desert villas offer sweeping decks and patios designed for gracious entertaining. Since the villas overlook the club’s golf course and have stunning views of the Red Rocks mountains the objective was to design a railing system that would maximize the views. To complement the architecture of the villa we custom-designed a unique curved blade-shaped railing post. The posts are powder-coated a custom color to match the exterior facade of the villa. The top rail is made of round stainless steel tube.

  • Cable Railing Style: Custom Curved Railing
  • Material: Powder-coated steel with polished stainless steel top rail
  • Posts are fascia mounted and made to a custom height of 40 inches
  • Builder: Discovery Land Company
  • See more about this project in our gallery
A log home adjacent to the forest curved cable railings system on the exterior.

Lake House Log Home with Curved Cable Railing

Situated adjacent to Liberty Lake, WA this residence enjoys panoramic views of the surrounding natural landscape. This log home combines architectural materials including wood, steel, and stone creating a rustic home with a modern touch. Since the view from the home was of utmost importance a cable railing system was chosen as the best choice to maximize the views. Our client chose the Keuka Style cable railing post for its gently curved shape. The railing posts were made to a height of 42 inches and custom modified to wrap around the deck drainage system.

  • Cable Railing Style: Keuka Style Railing
  • Material: Powder Coated Steel with wood top rail
  • Custom made posts at 42-in height and designed to wrap the deck’s drainage system
  • See more about this project in our gallery
Expansive mid century style home with curved cable railings on exterior decks, stairs and pool deck.

Lake Tahoe Mid-Century Modern Estate Update

Lake Tahoe also known as the Jewel of the Sierras is a recreation destination that boasts beaches, ski resorts, and state parks. Located in South Lake Tahoe is Villa Harrah originally built in the 1960s by William Harrah founder of Harrahs Casinos. The 22,000 sq ft home recently underwent a complete renovation bringing it up to date with modern amenities while paying homage to its famous roots. Our Keuka Style curved railing system was chosen for all the outdoor decks, stairs, balconies, and pool decks for its nautical aesthetic and to maintain the stunning panoramic lake and mountain views.

  • Cable Railing Style: Keuka Style Railing
  • Material: Custom color powder-coated steel with IPE top rail
  • Posts are surface mounted and made at a custom height for the concrete pool wall.
  • Architect: Solanna Design
  • See more about this project in our gallery

Cube Architecture with Rooftop Deck Cable Railings

Based on simple geometric lines this cube-style home has a modern design incorporating a combination of materials including stone, steel, glass, and wood. The unique home was planned to efficiently use all the available living spaces inside and outside. Therefore, a rooftop deck was added above the sunporch for enjoying the outdoors, and the views during the mild comfortable summer months in the Northeast. To complement the simple lines of the exterior of this cube-style home our client chose our Ithaca Style cable railing system.

  • Cable Railing Style: Ithaca Style Railing
  • Material: Custom color powder-coated steel with IPE top rail
  • Posts are surface-mounted
  • Architect: Krzystof Bury

Sleek Modern Home with Industrial Edge

Cleans lines and a sleek appearance with a unique blend of metals and brick define the look of this modern home. The porte-cochere creates a grand entrance to the home with the added benefit of extra rooftop space for entertaining, dining, and lounging. This client chose our Chicago Style cable railing system for the exterior of their home since the tapered post has a unique cut-out design with an industrial edge. The railing is made of powder-coated steel at a 42-inch height and fascia mounted.

  • Cable Railing Style: Chicago Style
  • Material: Custom color powder-coated steel with wood top rail
  • Posts are Fascia-mounted
  • See more about this project in our gallery
Contemporary home with curved rooflines and curved cable railings in located in the mountains of Tahoe NV.

Majestic Mountain Home with Curved Cable Railings

This contemporary home is located at a private home development club in Clear Creek, NV. The residence has an open floor plan with dramatic views of the mountains from every window. Because the main objective of the exterior deck railing design was to maintain the mountain views cable railings were a natural choice. Since the architecture of the home has curved rooflines the Keuka Style curved railing system was chosen to accentuate the contoured rooflines.

  • Cable Railing Style: Keuka Style Railing
  • Material: Custom color powder-coated steel with a 2 in x 6 in aluminum top rail.
  • Posts are fascia mounted
  • Architect: Kelly and Stone
  • See more about this project in our gallery

Tropical Modern Architecture with Cable Railings

The island of Kauai is referred to as the “Garden Island” for its lush undeveloped mountain ranges and rainforests. As is the custom in Hawaii many homes are given names, this home is named “Hale Ike Mala” meaning “Love of the Garden” since it is set on the hillside overlooking the orchard and pristine ocean. This residence was designed by Kelly and Stone Architects, their approach to creating homes is guided by sustainability and harmonizing with the site and the environment. They chose our Kauai Style railing for this project. The Kauai Style has slim posts and unique double-end posts connected with round stainless steel spacers. The railing is made to a height of 42-inches with 3/16 in cables.

  • Cable Railing Style: Kauai Style Railing
  • Material: Custom color powder-coated solid aluminum posts
  • Posts fascia mounted and made to a 42-inch height with 3/16 in stainless steel cables
  • Architect: Kelly and Stone
  • See more about this project in our gallery.
  • Link to video of this home Hale Ike Mala

Industrial Style with Exposed Hardware and Beams

The Chicago Style railing was chosen for this home since it perfectly complements the exterior exposed beam architecture and stone facade. This railing design has an industrial edge with tapered posts that have a unique cutout pattern. Since the home is situated adjacent to panoramic views of the Colorado mountains the objective of the project was to maintain the views while accenting the architecture of the home.

  • Cable Railing Style: Chicago Style Railing
  • Material: Custom color powder-coated steel posts.
  • Posts fascia mounted with aluminum top rail.
  • Builder: Kogan Builders – Durango, CO
  • See more about this project in our gallery.
Traditional beach home with outdoor lounging spaces including a hot tub. The Ithaca style cable railings system with its slim posts wrap the decks, balconies, boardwalk and screen porch.

Rehoboth Beach House with Deck Cable Railings

Located on the Delaware Shores Rehoboth Beach boasts plenty of fun and activities for the whole family including water activities, shopping on the boardwalk, and an amusement park. To maintain the stunning views and ocean breezes this client chose to use cable railings to wrap the exterior decks, balconies, screen porch, and boardwalk to the beach. They chose the Ithaca Style railing system for the slim posts and minimalist style that perfectly complements the traditional facade of the home.

Mid Century Modern with Curved Cable Railings

A mid-century modern home gets an update while maintaining the original simplicity of the style. Since the home has large floor-to-ceiling windows the client chose cable railings to maintain the views from the multi-level decks and from within the home. The railing style chosen for this project is our Keuka Style for its gently curved posts. That adds a unique approach to the otherwise straight lines of the architecture of the home.

  • Cable Railing Style: Keuka Style Cable Railings
  • Material: Powder-coated steel posts
  • Posts: Surface mounted with stainless steel cable

If you are inspired by these homes with exterior cable railings you may also like the following ideas.

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Cable Railing Styles for Decks and Stairs

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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6 Popular Cable Railing Color Options

At Keuka Studios, we provide endless options for cable railing customization. We offer five signature railing post styles and an array of post and top rail materials. Once you’ve selected the design of your railing system and your desired materials, you can also choose your finish. If you opt for a powder coat, you can select one of our standard colors or a customized shade.

When choosing a powder coat for your cable railing system, you should consider a few important factors. You can read more about these considerations here. If you need some design inspiration, take a look at our six most popular cable railing color options: “Raven Black,” “Sparkle Silver,” “Dazzling Pewter,” “Oil-Rubbed Bronze,” and “Gamblers Gun Grey”, and “Texture White”.

1. “Raven Black”

With both interior and exterior applications, many of our clients pick a classic black powder coat for their cable railing system. Our “Raven Black” option matches virtually any natural setting, interior design scheme, and top rail material. In the photo below, the railing features black powder-coated steel posts paired with a maple wood top rail. The dark railing posts create a striking contrast with the home’s white walls and Douglas fir exposed beams.

Interior cable railing and double stringer staircase and maple treads. The cable railing post and stringer color is Raven Black.

2. “Sparkle Silver” Powder Coat

If you’re looking for a cable railing system with a modern edge, consider the “Sparkle Silver” shade. This lustrous, soft silver powder coat adds a reflective and metallic look to any railing and mimics the look of stainless steel without the added cost. The owner of this luxurious home chose a “Sparkle Silver” powder coat for their steel Chicago Style cable railing system. Both the silver posts and light wood top rail contribute to the sleek monochromatic aesthetic of the home exterior.

Modern railing system on rooftop deck with the cable railing color sparkle silver

3. “Dazzling Pewter” Cable Railing Color

“Dazzling Pewter” is a matt dark grey shade with a slight sandpaper-like texture for a more industrial feel. The rustic barn pictured below features a floating staircase and cable railing system with “Dazzling Pewter” powder-coated stair stringers and railing posts. The color contrasts nicely with the antique Oak treads and handrail without being overpowering.

Interior of rustic party barn showcasing stairs in a channel style with cable railing post color dazzling pewter.

4. Cable Railing Color Option: “Gamblers Gun Grey”

“Gamblers Gun Grey” also has a metallic look but a more muted appearance than “Dazzling Pewter.” This powder coat shade is particularly popular among clients who have contemporary taste and want a cable railing system that harmoniously melds with its surroundings. Our clients in Martha’s Vineyard chose “Gamblers Gun Grey” powder-coated aluminum posts and a white oak top rail for their rooftop deck cable railing system.

Modern rooftop deck with view of the water in Martha's Vineyard and cable railing post color Gamblers Gun Grey

5. “Oil-Rubbed Bronze”

The “Oil-Rubbed Bronze” cable railing color option is particularly popular for exterior applications. The deep brown shade has a natural look that seamlessly blends with natural landscapes. For example, Keuka Studios designed and crafted this cable railing for the observation deck at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. The “Oil-Rubbed Bronze” powder-coated aluminum posts and top rail complement rather than distract from the sprawling natural scenery.

Expansive view of the river beyond can be seen from this observation deck with cable railing post color oil rubbed bronze.

6. “Texture White”

White powder-coated railings have a clean, simple, and sophisticated look. Many of our clients in coastal areas who want to achieve a nautical aesthetic opt for a white powder coat. Keuka Studios crafted the cable railing system shown below for a hotel lobby that was designed to resemble a ship deck. The railing features steel posts, a teak wood top rail, and stainless steel infill cables.

Hotel lobby relaxing area iwth texture white cable railings posts.

Close Up of Color Chips

An image of the 6 colors is shown below to help you visualize your projects. Since monitors display colors differently these color chips are available upon request for Keuka Studios projects.
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Six metal color chips with showing the popular cable railing colors up close.

Don’t see the cable railing color that’s perfect for your project? While these are our most popular powder coat options, we offer a much larger selection than what’s shown above. If you don’t see exactly what you’re looking for in our cable railing gallery, contact us and ask about powder coat color customization.

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Atrium Cable Railing Ideas

Cable Railings on Mezzanine in Atrium

Simple and Stunning Atriums with Cable Railings

Atriums are usually spacious open multi-storied areas featured in the main entrees of buildings. Many designs will have skylights or generous windows to provide an infusion of natural light to each floor. Atriums provide a great area for informal gatherings, small meeting places, or a relaxed atmosphere for taking a break or having a bite to eat. Since the objective is to create large open spaces, a cable railing for the balconies and stairs is a perfect choice. Atrium cable railings are available in a variety of styles and finishes, these creative ideas will inspire your next project. Cable railings are a perfect choice for all types of atriums including, office buildings, college campuses, and retreat lodges.

Atrium with thin posts on balcony and cable railings.

Sleek Atrium Cable Railing

Creating an environment to prioritize wellness the Amerisource Bergen new offices feature healthy options in the cafeteria as well as a yoga and fitness center. Our Ithaca style cable railing was chosen for the atrium’s interior stairs and balcony. Because the modern thin posts and sleek styling, allow for the natural sunlight to stream throughout the open areas, resulting in an enjoyable place to work and socialize.

  • Cable Railing Style – Ithaca Style Railing
  • Materials: Powder-Coated Steel Posts at 42 in height with Aluminum Top Rail
  • Architect: Gensler
  • See more about this project in our gallery
Industrial style railing system with large window view in college atrium.

Atrium Lounge Railing

Rogers State University Pryor Campus is located in an active area with an abundance of lakes and parks. The University provides a vibrant campus life including an open atrium for studying, socializing, and lounging. The railing chosen for this project is our Chicago Style with 42-inch posts powder-coated dazzling pewter. Since the post design features cutouts and angular projections it gives the posts an edgy industrial aesthetic.

  • Cable Railings Style – Chicago Style
  • Materials: Powder-Coated Steel Posts at 42 in, Fascia mounted
  • Architect: Dewberry Architects
  • See more about this project in our gallery
College atrium with wood wall, water feature wall and industrial railing system on balcony.

High-tech Industrial Atrium Railing

Olivet Nazarene University Reed Hall is home to both the study of engineering and the sciences. The spacious lobby features a large water sculpture that greets you as you walk in the door. Together the glass window wall and ceilings combined with our transparent cable railings keep the space feeling open. As a result, it allows for natural light to flow throughout the building. Our Chicago Style cable railing was chosen for its high-tech and industrial look that fits in perfectly in the environment built to inspire.

  • Cable Railing Style – Chicago Style
  • Materials – Powder-coated steel posts fascia mounted with a wood top rail.
  • Architect – Piggush-Simoneau, Inc
  • See more about this project in our gallery.
Luxury office building with stainless steel cable railings on balconies.

Stainless Steel Balcony Railing

Forward Bank was designed with finishes chosen to reflect its brand and culture while creating a desirable and pleasant place to work. They needed a building that offered an enjoyable work environment to attract talented employees. Smart office design concepts and finishes were incorporated throughout the building. Our Ithaca style cable railing made of brushed stainless steel was chosen for the atrium to complement the aesthetic of the building.

  • Cable Railing Style – Ithaca Style Railings
  • Materials – Stainless Steel Posts and a sub-rail with a wood top rail
  • Architect – The Redmond Company
  • See more about this project in our gallery.
Overlooking corporate retreat dining atrium through cable railings

Balcony Railing Retreat Lodge

Nestled in the woods the Clayton Lodge was designed to blend in with the natural surroundings. The lodge includes several training rooms including indoor and outdoor gathering spaces. It is a perfect location for corporate retreats and private events. For this project, our Ithaca Style Cable railing was chosen because of the slim post design. We made the steel posts at a 42-inch height. The posts are powder-coated with stainless steel cables and a wood top rail.

  • Cable Railing Style – Ithaca Style
  • Materials – Powder-coated steel at a 42 in height with 3/16 in diameter cables
  • Architect – Johnson Architecture
  • See more about this project in our gallery.

Atrium balcony railing with I-beam industrial style cable railing system

I-Beam Atrium Cable Railing

KLN Family Brands created an inspiring work environment by combining wood accents with steel finishes and vibrant colors. The multi-level office space includes sunny open areas to work or take a break. Our Prairie Style cable railing post was chosen for this project without the motif cutout resulting in an I-beam appearance. Made of steel and powder-coated with a wide wood top rail. The straight lines complement the interior design finishes.

  • Cable Railing Style – The Prairie Style without the post design cutouts
  • Materials – Powder Coated Steel
  • Architect – Bhhh Partners
  • See more about this project in our gallery.

At Keuka Studios, we take pride in building craftsman-quality residential and commercial-grade cable railing systems. Every Keuka Studios custom railing is built specifically for your space. As a result, our products fit perfectly with your home or business’ existing architecture, both in terms of structure and style. To learn more about how each project moves from vision to reality, take a look at our custom railing design process.

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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 traditional there is a style to fit your requirements.

At Keuka Studios, we design our staircases to accommodate your preferred style of 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. In addition, it is important to consider the wood grain, how it is sawn, and the construction of the stair tread.

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.

Brazillian Cherry is a very strong hardwood that is considerably harder than most woods. It is a mostly straight-grained hardwood with rich color and reddish undertones that adds warmth and elegance to any room. With time and exposure to light, the wood may darken. It is not recommended for damp or high humidity environments due to the natural ability of the wood to store water.

Cherry Wood Treads on stairs, landing and hand rail

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 pine 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.

Ladder Stair to rooftop deck glass treads and 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

Bluestone Treads are the most common stone tread currently trending 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. 

Limestone Treads can be used for interior and exterior stair projects. It is a natural stone that can be easily shaped and cut to any size. Limestone is highly durable and is widely available. It is available in a variety of color variants ranging from honey creams to grays. Limestone can be polished to the desired finish. It is important to seal limestone to prevent staining.

Limestone treads on a steel stair with keuka curved cable railing system

Travertine Stone Treads on the interior floating stairs of this home add a dramatic and beautiful elegance to the decor. Travertine is durable and has a natural non-slip textured surface, making it an excellent choice for stair treads. Travertine is more porous than many other stones, therefore it is important to seal it to resist staining. Paired with a glass railing, brass handrails, clamps, and kick plates result in an exquisite staircase.

Interior floating stairs with travertine treads, brass hand rails and glass standoffs

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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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.

Deck cable railing in our Chicago style made of 316ss

Rustic Industrial Stainless Deck Railings

Chosen for its angular design and open cutouts our Chicago-style cable railing system adds a sleek contemporary look to any home. The industrial elements of the home include an exposed timber beam structure with large metal flanges and bolts. This combination of warm woods, clad siding, and stone create a refined and rustic appeal. Since this is a coastal home the cable railing posts are made of type 316 stainless steel and are designed to be fascia mounted to the deck.

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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Impressive Exterior Floating Stair Ideas

Galvanize Exterior Floating Stair and Spiral Star

Exterior floating stairs provide egress from your home as well as allow easy access from a raised deck to the ground level of your property. When deciding on the type of stairs for your outdoor space there are many styles and material options available that will complement the design of your residential or commercial property.

Like interior stairs, exterior stairs need to meet required building codes. For example, a landing would be required for any stair that is higher than 12 feet vertically. Building codes vary by state and municipality so it is important to check local building codes for requirements. For example, in most localities, a 36″ high guard rail will meet building codes however in California a 42″ high guard rail is required on stairs.

Exterior stairs need to be engineered to accommodate environmental influences. Tread materials that can withstand the elements are an important factor. The metal structure required for a solid stone tread would differ greatly from that required for a composite tread, a solid wood, or tile tread. The composition of the earth will determine the lower level stringer footings and anchoring requirements. These factors must be carefully considered to ensure a long life for the staircase.

Choosing a floating stair style is totally up to your design aesthetic, we offer a variety of stringer styles, powder-coat colors, and railings to mix and match to achieve your objective.

Exterior Floating Stairs are functional and beautifully complement any home’s architecture. See several inspirational and impressive exterior stair ideas below.

Modern Exterior Mono Stringer Floating Stair

Exterior Floating Stair with Mono Stringer Cable Railings and Travertine steps

The Summit Club is a private residential community located in Las Vegas Nevada that boasts 5-star amenities and views of the Red Rock Canyon. The design of the residences offers a variety of outdoor living spaces with large patios and decks for relaxing or entertaining. For this two-story Dessert Villa, we designed an exterior floating stair to provide access from the patio to the second story.

We collaborated with Discovery Builders on the design of the exterior stairs and railings for this project. The stairs are engineered to support the weight of the travertine treads including custom tread supports. The railing posts are connected to the stair stringer below the treads to prevent stressing the stone treads. The stair stringer is made of square steel tubes with the stair configuration incorporating two landings. The curved cable railing posts continuously wrap the stairs and deck. The posts design tapers to the top and has a round stainless steel handrail. Hidden wire channels are built into the steel structure of each tread to provide LED lighting on the leading edge of each tread.

Exterior Stairs and Railing – Steel stringer with custom-designed tread supports. Curved railing posts, and round stainless steel handrail.

Material -Steel stringer and posts, stainless steel handrail.

Finish – Powder Coated – “Black Anodized”

Additional Option – LED lighting built into the leading edge of each tread.

Offset Cantileverd Floating Stair with Stone Steps

Cantilevered Stair with offset stringer and stone steps leading to lower level garage.

We collaborated with architect Viebeke Lichten on the innovative design of this offset cantilevered stair and railing system for this concrete home known as the ECO House on Shelter Island, NY. The stairs provide outside access from the garage level of the home to the upper-level pool patio and main entrance.

The stair stringer is crafted from a 4-in by 10-in rectangular tube with a 3/8-in wall. The design of the stairs has the stringer offset to one side of the steps. The custom cable railing post has a tapered shape that complements the modern aesthetic of the home. The tread supports are designed to accommodate the weight of the bluestone steps. Each railing post is welded to the tread support below the step. The stairs and railings are powder coated a custom color to match the home’s window and door accent color.

Exterior Stairs and Railings – Offset steel stringer with custom tread supports and unique tapered cable railing posts.

Material – Steel stringer and railing posts with IPE top rail.

Finish – Powder Coated “EVO Grey”.

Floating Exterior Stair and Horizontal Round Bar Railing

Modern Cube home with exterior floating stair and Pencil Railing

This modern cube-style home has simple geometric shapes and a minimalist appearance. The exterior of the home expertly combines cedar siding with concrete and steel to delineate the variety of cubic spaces. The architects at The Thread Collective contacted Keuka Studios to create floating stairs and horizontal round bar railings aka pencil rod railings for both the interior and exterior of this home.

We crafted the exterior stairs with double stringers made of C-channel and a horizontal round bar railing system. The stair treads are made of 1-1/2 in x 3 in IPE slats with space in between each board resulting in a wood grate appearance. Custom tread supports were designed on the stringers to support the unique wood tread design. The exterior railings have a simple sleek look with black metal balusters and horizontal round bars. The railing posts are surface mounted and wrap the stairs, decks, and rooftop deck.

Stairs and Railings – Custom double stringer stair with c-channel stringers and a steel pencil rod railing.

Material – Steel stairs and railing with IPE top rail. IPE wood treads are vertical 1-1/2 x 3 in slats.

Finish – Powder Coated “Raven Texture Black”

Galvanized Exterior Floating Stairs and Spiral Stairs

Galvanize Exterior Floating Stair and Spiral Star

Located on the Hudson River, NY with beach and water access this family vacation home was in need of a complete renovation. The original structure was completely remodeled and expanded to increase the living space. Since the owners enjoy entertaining, multiple decks were added to the home including a rooftop deck.

To access the rooftop deck we crafted a triple spiral stair with wide steps and ADA compliant handrails. The spiral stairs are designed to have entry points at the ground level, on each deck, and on the rooftop. In addition, there are two matching floating stairs to the main deck allowing for easy access to the water level of the home. The cable railing system is the Ithaca Style with a slim post design, the railings wrap all of the decks and stairs. The stairs and railings are made of steel with an exposed galvanized finish that has an industrial style and will provide decades of maintenance-free service.

Exterior Stairs and Railings – Custom-designed double stringer matching stairs and triple-level spiral stairs with ADA handrails. The cable railing system is our Ithaca Style railing posts with IPE top rail.

Material – Steel with IPE top rails.

Finish – Exposed galvanized steel.

Additional Option – ADA compliant handrails.

Modern Floating Stair with Stone Treads

Floating exterior stair with stone steps on brick wall

This family decided to build their dream home alongside the picturesque golf course in St Louis, Missouri. They envisioned enjoying the golf community lifestyle with visually appealing views of plush greens and rolling hills. They designed their home with multiple decks overlooking the golf course, a screen porch viewing area, and a pool patio oasis.

To access the pool and complement the home’s architecture the client chose a floating mono stringer stair with stone treads. The stair and tread supports are engineered to support the weight of the blue-stone treads with the railing posts attached to the stair stringer. The stringers and railing posts are powder-coated to match the home’s accent colors. To maintain the views cable railings were chosen to wrap the decks, floating stairs, and screen porch.

Exterior Stair and Railings – Floating stair stringer with landing and the Ithaca Style cable railing system.

Material – Steel stringer and posts with aluminum top rail.

Finish – Powder Coated “Oil Rubbed Bronze”.

Additional Option – Escutcheon Plates for surface mount posts, and gates.

Industrial Split Stairs with Cable Railings

Grand exterior split staircase with cable railings and ADA handrails

Waterways Marina in Richmond Hill, Ga, is located along Redbird Creek with access to several waterways. This state-of-the-art full-service facility features boat launches, boat storage space, and an expansive pool. The exterior split staircase has channel-style stringers and provides access to the upper level of the Club House.

The stair and balcony railings are made with solid aluminum posts at a 42-in height in our Ithaca style with ADA compliant stainless steel handrails. The top rail is powder-coated aluminum and the cable railing system is 3/16-in stainless steel cable. The balcony railings are fascia mounted and the stair railings are surface mounted.

Cable Railings – Ithaca style surface and fascia mounted slim posts at 42-in height with ADA compliant handrails.

Material – Solid aluminum railing posts with stainless steel handrails, and aluminum top rails.

Finish – Powder Coated “Autumn Grey”.

Exposed Stringer Cantilevered Floating Stair

Large Stringer Cantilevered Floating Stair on Exterior Deck

A post and beam home was disassembled and moved to a new location on top of a mountain in Stowe, VT. Each section of the home was labeled and numbered for easier reassembling in the new location. Since the client lived in the home for many years they knew what changes they wanted to make to the overall plan of the house. So they decided to take this opportunity to redesign part of the interior floor plan and added exterior floating stairs to the deck.

We designed an exterior floating stair system with robust steel stringers. The steps cantilever off the stringer on one side of the stairs, and transition to the other side at the landing. The cable railing system is our Ithaca style in stainless steel with a wide IPE wood top rail. The railing posts are fascia mounted to the deck and stairs.

Exterior Stairs and Railings – Custom cantilevered stringer stairs with our Ithaca Style cable railing system.

Material – Steel stair stringers with stainless steel railing posts and IPE top rail.

Finish – Stair stringers are Powder-Coated “Raven Texture Black”

Exterior L-Shape Floating Stair – Log Home

Exterior Floating Stair on Log Home

Located in the Catskill Mountains, NY, a weathered and damaged deck needed to be completely refurbished. Our client chose to replace an old split log style deck railing system with a framed metal cable railing. They were looking for a system that would hold up better to the natural elements of the area. The existing heavy log railing impeded their views of the mountain range so a cable railing seemed like the perfect choice.

This railing is custom-designed with 3-inch square tube posts giving the railing visual mass that complements the large timber log structure. They also decided to add a floating staircase for easy access to the ground level. The floating stairs have a large rectangular metal tube stringer with metal tread supports and a landing partway down the stairs. The treads, decking, and top rail are made of composite material.

Exterior Stairs and Railing – Custom Design Style with Framed railing and 3 in square posts.

Material – Steel

Finish – Powder Coated “Oil Rubbed Bronze”

Exterior Spiral Stair Ideas

Exterior Spiral Stairs leading to upper level deck

Floating spiral stairs offer a way to access the upper level of your deck from a porch or patio without taking up as much space as a conventional straight stair. These metal spiral stairs have a curved cable railing system with railing posts that connect to each step. The handrails gracefully curve around the spiral of the steps. The steps are designed to be wider to provide a comfortable tread surface for ascending and descending the stairs. LED night lighting is concealed within the steps.

Stairs and Railings – Spiral Stairs with our Keuka Style curved railing system.

Material – Steel center post, steps, and railing posts.

Finish – Powder Coated “Raven Texture Black”

Additional Option – Concealed LED lighting, Non-skid step surface.

Every Keuka Studios design project is custom-built for your space. To learn more about how each exterior stair and 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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10 Cable Railing Interior Design Ideas

living room entry with stair and balcony cable railing

Cable railings sleek, streamlined appearance and minimalist construction is very versatile when it comes to interior design. Over the years, Keuka Studios has worked with hundreds of clients, each with their own taste and style. We’re always delighted to see the “after” photos we receive from our customers showing us their new cable railing system and how it fits in with the overall aesthetic of their home. We’ve seen our cable railing seamlessly integrated with a wide range of interior design styles, for example, industrial, farmhouse, and traditional.

Considering cable railing for your home interior and need some design inspiration? Take a look at the numerous styles we’ve seen our clients bring to life in their homes:

1. Industrial

Second story curved Ithaca style cable railing with view out expansive windows

Keuka Studios crafted a railing system for this penthouse loft that overlooks the heart of downtown Denver. With exposed pipes, timber beams, and floor-to-ceiling windows that look out at an urban scene, the apartment naturally has an industrial aesthetic. When the architect renovated the building, constructed in 1882, he wanted to update the space but stay true to its original industrious design and function. In order to achieve this, he opted for a cable railing system with “Raven Black” powder-coated steel posts and a wood top rail for the loft balcony and staircase. The cable railing not only matches the architecture and interior design of the apartment, it also preserves the incredible view.

2. Coastal

Keuka studios interior and exterior railing design styles

Coastal interior design embraces natural materials, fabrics, and colors. Above all, coastal design maximizes the feeling of relaxation. For example, this beach house on the North Shore of Massachusetts incorporates natural light, stone architecture, wood furniture, and ocean hues. Keuka Studios designed an interior cable railing system to match the natural, open feel of the waterfront home. The Ithaca Style railing features “Oil-Rubbed Bronze” powder-coated solid aluminum posts and a maple top rail.

3. Modern

Minimalist interior design with cable railing stairs

This state-of-the-art residence includes all the essential features of a modern, monochromatic home. As seen in the photo above, the home has a sleek appearance and minimalist feel. All throughout the house, the interior designer incorporated metals, glass, and clean lines. For the foyer, Keuka Studios fabricated a custom zigzag floating staircase with cable railing. The railing features stainless steel posts and a white oak top rail, giving the stairwell a cool, chromatic look. To add another modern touch to the staircase, we integrated an LED lighting system into the stair treads.

4. Modern Farmhouse

Double stringer steel staircase leading from the kitchen to the second story.

This chic kitchen features exposed Douglas fir beams with wood flooring and island cabinets to match. To complete the room’s modern farmhouse look, the homeowner chose simple white walls and cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and black quartz countertops. The kitchen sits adjacent to a floating staircase with cable railing designed and fabricated by Keuka Studios. The homeowners wanted the stairs and railing to perfectly match the kitchen’s style and the existing architecture. To achieve this, we designed the cable railing system with “Raven Black” powder-coated steel posts and a maple wood top rail. The staircase features steel stringers and maple treads.

5. Tropical Modern

Keuka Studios Cable Deck Railing overlooking expansive ocean view

Located on the island of Maui, this luxurious home was designed by the world-renowned architecture firm, Olson Kundig. In order to embrace the home’s incredible natural surroundings, the architect designed transitional spaces that blur the lines between the home’s interior and outdoor living spaces. The living room pictured above embodies this design and seamlessly transitions into a cable railing deck with a view of the ocean. Our Kauai Style cable railing with black powder-coated posts and a wood top rail melds perfectly with the living room decor that extends out onto the deck. The space features all the hallmarks of tropical modern design including geometric wood furniture, natural fabrics, and rich textures.

6. Contemporary

Cable railing interior design

Keuka Studios designed and fabricated a complete cable railing system for this Long Island residence, including a railing for the interior balcony. The second-story balcony overlooks the great room which features high ceilings and large windows that face Great Pond. To match the openness of the space and the streamlined design of cable railing, the homeowners opted for a contemporary interior design scheme. They achieved this look by embracing the natural lighting, choosing neutral colors, and utilizing textured fabrics. Furthermore, the homeowners chose furniture with metal accents that complement the “Sparkle Silver” powder-coated steel posts on the balcony railing.

7. Rustic

Ithaca style staircase and railing in open activity barn.

Complete with a half-sized basketball court, this open-concept “party barn” is the ultimate entertainment space. The barn has a luxurious feel and many state-of-the-art features. Nevertheless, the barn maintains a rustic aesthetic. Architect James Dixon achieved this look by incorporating a reclaimed barn board ceiling and exposed timbers. In order to match this worn appearance, we designed a cable railing system with a white oak wood top rail. In addition, we designed and built floating custom staircases with white oak treads.

8. Minimalist

Minimalist interior design with cable railing

When it comes to minimalist interior design, less is more. The owner of this California home wanted to create a modern, sparsely decorated space that embodies simplicity. In order to achieve this look, they opted for a few statement pieces of art and furniture and left the remaining space open. The kitchen/dining room features white walls and light wood flooring, creating a crisp, airy atmosphere. For the interior staircase, Keuka Studios designed a minimalist Ithaca Style cable railing system with slender end and intermediate posts. The homeowner chose polished stainless steel for the railing to match the sharp, clean look of the room.

9. Traditional

Cherry Staircase Cable Railing in the Chicago Style with Custom Newel post

Traditional style has endured the test of time and remains a popular interior design scheme. For example, our clients in Wisconsin created their dream kitchen that embodies sophistication and comfort. The staircase, flooring, and cabinets all have a gorgeous cherry hue that brings warmth to the kitchen and second-story balcony. When the homeowners contacted us about designing a railing for the balcony and stairs, they asked if we could craft a cable railing system with an elegant feel. In order to match the room’s traditional decor, we designed a railing with our intricate Chicago Style posts powder-coated bronze, stainless steel cable infill, and a wood top rail. Additionally, for even greater grandeur, we included a custom newel post at the bottom of the railing.

10. Open Concept

Interior design of Open Concept living space with floating stairs and cable railings.

Open Concept design refers to a floorplan of a home with a minimal amount of barriers or walls between functional areas of the home. Thus, creating a spacious open great room for families to live and interact with each other. This large open space allows for several activities to take place while keeping families connected in one area. Multiple furniture arrangements and area rugs can make a large room feel cozier and define separate spaces. The open concept design approach is great for people who love to entertain since guests can visit and mingle easily throughout the great room.

Our client desired a floating stair and cable railing for the home’s entry that would maintain the open flow and spaciousness. To accomplish this, we designed an open gracefully curved floating mono stringer stair with cable railings that wrap the stair and upper-level balcony. We provided custom machined maple treads made to fit each step.

Every Keuka Studios design 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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How To Choose Wood for Stair Treads

Choosing wood for stair treads

Hardness, Durability, Grain and Lamination Explained

There are several factors to consider when selecting wood for stair treads that will be used on floating steel stringer stairs. They include the species of wood, the method of sawing the wood, and the construction of the stair treads. The species of wood selected will vary in hardness, durability, and grain. In addition, how the wood is sawn will affect the appearance of the grain, and the construction or lamination of the tread will have an effect on the appearance of the finished product.

Wood Hardness

The hardness of wood is measured using the Janka scale. This scale helps you to understand a wood’s relative hardness.

Why is wood hardness important? Softer woods are more prone to dents or dings than harder woods. Also, softwoods are not suitable for use as handrails since they may not hold up under the typical forces required to meet building codes.

The chart below shows the Janka Scale rating for several of the popular types of woods our clients choose for their stair and railing projects. IPE is one of the hardest of the hardwoods and Eastern White Pine is among the softest.

Janka Scale Rating of Several Types of Wood

Janka Scale showing wood hardness and interior or exterior applications

Durability

Durability is the wood’s ability to resist natural elements of decay. Durability is critical when choosing wood for an outdoor application. Environmental elements that affect the degradation of wood include fungus, destructive insects, and weather. For exterior use, the wood’s ability to resist weathering such as photodegradation from UV rays, contraction and expansion, warping, surface checking, and decay will affect the longevity of the wood. The wood’s durability is based on the use of the heartwood. It is important to note that sapwoods are not durable. Hardwoods like Teak and IPE are among the most durable woods for outdoor use.

Note: Shown in green in the chart above are woods recommended for outdoor use.

Wood Grain

The grain is the natural cell pattern of the wood. The natural pattern of the wood combined with the method used to cut the wood will affect the overall look of the finished product.

  • Straight Grain – runs in a single direction parallel to the axis of the tree.
  • Wavy Grain – runs in irregular directions from the vertical access of the log.
  • Spiral Grain – follows a spiral twist around the axis of the tree
  • Interlocked Grain – spirals around the axis of the tree and reverses direction resulting in the alternating of direction.
  • Irregular Grain – is many different patterns of the grain as it twists or swirls. Often times it is the result of knots deformed growth, or crotch wood.

Examples of Flat Sawn, Quarter Sawn and Rift Cut Lumber

What is the difference between Flat Sawn, Quarter Sawn, and Rift Cut Lumber?

There are three main methods for cutting lumber and each method has a different appearance of the finished board. Flat Sawn is the most common and has a flame appearance. Quarter Sawn results in a straight grain appearance with a flame effect. Rift Cut results in a straight grain pattern.

Flat Sawn

Also known as plain sawn is the most common method of milling logs and the least expensive. The boards are cut from the log in a way that maximizes the use of the wood and minimizes the amount of waste. Flat Sawn wood is more likely to cup and warp over time.

Flat Sawn wood boards result in a flame look.

Oak board Flat Sawn Plain Sawn pattern

Quarter Sawn

Just as the name implies the log is cut into quarters then it is flat sawn. This method is more expensive than flat Sawn wood since it requires more labor and produces more waste. Quarter Sawn wood is more resistant to warping, cupping, and twisting than flat sawn wood.

Quarter Sawn wood results in a straight grain pattern without the flame effect on the front of the board. The oak will show flecks or rays in the grain on the face of the board.

Oak Board showing quarter sawn grain

Rift Cut

The boards are cut radially around the center of the log. Rift Sawn lumber is the most stable and the most expensive since it does not utilize the entire log, therefore, having the most amount of waste.

This method results in a straight grain pattern with a clean consistent look on the front of the board.

Oak board showing Rift Cut grain

Note: Wood is a natural product, therefore the grain does not always grow in one direction. This may result in some boards having variations in pattern and appearance.

Wood Tread Construction Solid, Laminated and Boxed

Solid Wood Treads

As the name implies are made from a solid piece of wood, they are generally considered timbers and often difficult to source. As the piece of wood gets thicker, it becomes less available and more expensive. Solid wood although beautiful, is more likely to twist or crack than laminated wood.

Laminated Wood Treads

Laminating is a method used to create a thicker piece of wood. It is made of multiple layers to improve the overall strength and stability. Shown below are two wood stair tread styles with two different lamination styles Butcher Block and Random Stack.

Comparing the look of stack laminated wood and butcher block style.

Box Stair Tread Construction

This example of a box stair tread construction has lock mitered corners on the edges and a layered laminated plywood core for stability. This technique of construction makes it possible for all the faces of the tread to have the same grain pattern. In addition, a boxed tread can be constructed to hide the stair stringer mounting attachments, resulting in a minimal refined appearance. Concealing the steel stair tread supports makes the wood treads appear to float in thin air.

End View of Boxed Stair Construction

Boxed stair tread showing construction with laminated plywood

Now that you have an understanding of various wood characteristics and construction techniques for wood stair treads it should be easier for you to make a selection for your Keuka Studios floating stairs.

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 stair and railing project moves from vision to reality. Take a look at our custom stair 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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Beautiful Before and After Deck Railing Makeovers

How to decide what type of deck railing is best for you.

Your deck is a great place for various activities including a place to entertain, dine, work or enjoy family time. After a while, your deck will need a refresh. One key component to planning a deck refresh is deciding what type of deck railing to choose. There are a variety of railing styles, materials, and colors to choose from for your dream deck.

One approach to choosing the style of the railing is to complement the architecture of the home’s exterior. Some railing designs are more modern, while others may be more traditional. A recent trend is to bridge different styles together which is considered transitional architecture.

Materials for deck railing posts include steel, aluminum, stainless steel and, wood or composite. Some railing infills that are available include cable, glass, or metal spindle. Environment, Cost, and Maintenance are a few considerations to think about when determining the material. Some materials are better for oceanfront or harsh environments like 316 stainless steel or galvanized steel.

Another consideration is the environment, for example, what is the prevailing wind direction. Are you interested in blocking the wind or feeling the natural breezes? A glass railing will block the wind while a cable railing will keep the gentle breezes flowing. When considering cost stainless steel will cost significantly more than steel.

Also, there are hundreds of powder coat colors choices so choosing the best color for your railing may be fun or difficult. Some homeowners prefer to have the railing color complement their home, while others want the posts to disappear into the landscape.

Lastly, you’ll want to think about how much maintenance the type of railing you install will require. For instance, a wood railing will need frequent painting or staining, and a glass railing will need to be cleaned to remove fingerprints or water spots, etc.

Below are some Before and After railing images that we hope you will find helpful in choosing your deck railings.

Wedding Venue Redo

Painted wood railing replaced with curved steel cable railing system

Before white painted wood railing on deck overlooking lake. After the same deck view with Curved cable railings.

Before: The vision for this project on Rock Island in Sparta, NJ was to create a wedding venue with the perfect setting for a romantic indoor and outdoor event. The deck had an old rotten painted wood railing that needed to be replaced. The owners desired a railing that would showcase the beautiful lake rather than block the view.

After: Our Keuka Style curved cable railing system was chosen to wrap all the exterior decks and interior stairs. The curved style of this railing has a nautical appeal that complements the water views. The posts are made of steel and powder-coated “Oil Rubbed Bronze”. Cable infill opens up the views of the lake rather than obstructing the view as the wood railing did. The Rock Island Lake Club created the perfect setting with relaxing outdoor deck spaces for guests to mingle and enjoy.

Oceanfront Renovation – Cable Railings

White painted tubular railing replaced with anodized aluminum cable railings

Before of deck worn deck with white painted railings and After of the same deck with updated wood and cable railings.

Before: This vacation home on the ocean located in Loveladies, NJ, sat vacant and neglected for several years. The entire exterior was in disrepair. The original railings on the decks, balconies, and rooftop were an outdated metal tubular style that was painted white. All of the deck railings including the stair railings needed to be replaced.

After: After purchasing this beachfront home the owners decided to refurbish the house and decks. Since the ocean views and contemporary style were important features of the home, they chose our Ithaca Style cable railing system. The thin railing posts have a modern aesthetic. They are fascia mounted to the curved deck for a streamlined minimal look. The posts are made of anodized aluminum, with 316 ss cables and IPE top rail.

Log Cabin – Deck Railing Update

Wood railing replaced with green cable railing

Before of wood spindle railings on log home. After image of the same house with painted green cable railing system.

Before: The owners of this secluded cabin located adjacent to the forest realized their deck and railings needed to be replaced. Instead of using the same style of railing, they opted to replace the wood railing with cable railings.

After: Since views of the forest were paramount to this renovation project the owners chose a cable railing system to replace the dated wood spindle railing. Since cable has a way of disappearing from the view. By choosing to powder coat the railing posts green the posts accent the home and at the same time blend in with the forest greenery.

Hudson River Expansion – Glavanized Stairs, and Deck Railings

Deck railings replaced with galvanized steel railings and stairs

Before of worn cottage on the Hudson river. After of the same home expanded in size with galvanized stairs, railings and spiral stairs.

Before: Located on the Hudson River, NY, with a natural beach and water access this home was in the perfect location for a family getaway. The harsh environment took its toll over the years resulting in the need to completely renovate the home and update the decks.

After: The owners did a complete renovation enlarging the size of the home, and increasing the outdoor entertaining space. The decks were expanded and two rooftop decks were added. The client chose Keuka Studios to design and fabricate a grand double staircase for the front of the deck and a two-story spiral staircase to access the main deck from the ground and both rooftop levels. The railing is our Ithaca style, The railings, and stairs are made of galvanized steel. creating a rustic industrial style. The railing infill is 316 ss cable.

Villa Harrah – Deck Railing Modernized

Black metal railings replaced with curved cable railing system

Before image of concrete pool deck and patio with old metal railing

Before: Villa Harrah in Lake Tahoe, NV was built in 1963 by William Harrah founder of Harrah’s Hotel and Casinos. Legend has it that he hosted showbiz icons including Judy Garland and the “Rat Pack” at this mega-mansion. The current homeowner decided the residence required a dramatic overhaul to bring it up-to-date. The exterior had several decks wrapping the home and stairs including a pool deck that required a refresh and new railings.

After pool deck with curved cable railings

After: Known for its majestic beauty, the owner’s objective was to create open views of the lake and surrounding mountainscapes. For this luxury home, they chose our curved Keuka Style railing system for the exterior. The curved railing posts have a nautical aesthetic that perfectly blends with the environment. The railings are custom-crafted to be fascia and surface mounted, including at different heights to accommodate the partial concrete wall.

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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Amazing Before and After Stair Makeovers

Stair and railing before and after images are a great place to start when trying to do a remodel or create a new project. Some people have an eye for design, however, for those who have difficulty imagining the transformation of a project these pictures will help you see the vision. Not only do stairs function as a way of transitioning between levels, and railings provide safety they also set the tone for the interior design style. Many staircases are located at the entrance of a home and are the first thing guests encounter when entering your home. Your stairs make your home’s first impression so why not make it great!

Stair Before and After Creative Ideas

1) Traditional Stair to Modern Glass Floating Stair

BEFORE – The owners of this coastal Connecticut home realized that the location of their large traditional stairs blocked the home’s main wall facing the ocean. In addition, the limited amount of windows resulted in a dimly lit entrance. The goal of this project was to create an open and inviting space with lots of natural light and open up the view. They completely gutted the entrance and changed the direction of the stairs to achieve this transformation from traditional style to a modern light and airy aesthetic with a floating staircase.

AFTER – To achieve the objectives of this project, floor-to-ceiling windows were added to allow for the flow of natural light throughout the entrance. When transcending the stairs the glass window wall allows for stunning views of the ocean. To maintain the openness without blocking the views, our engineers designed a mono stringer floating stair with glass railings. The single stringer is made of steel and powder-coated black, the treads are 3-inch thick white oak and we used 3/8 in thick starfire glass panels for the railings. The result is an open, modern, and light-filled room.

What stair and railing is this? Keuka Studios mono-stringer floating stair made of steel with glass railing.

Learn more about types of stairs on Keuka Studios

2) Colonial Spindle Baluster to Modern Cable Railing

Before makeover traditional white spindle stair railinging

BEFORE – Located in Webster, NY this couple wanted to add a touch of their own personality to their new home so they opted to replace a colonial spindle baluster railing. The existing stair just wasn’t their style, since they were inspired by a modern minimalist style they decided on a cable railing system. Also, because they have small children one of their project requirements included adding matching gates to the stairs.

AFTER – Our client selected our Ithaca-style cable railing system with its narrow posts and distinctive modern style to replace the colonial stairs. They added matching gates and modernize the stairs with thick wood treads.

What railing is this? Keuka Studios Ithaca-style cable railing system made of steel with matching gates, wood top rail and stainless steel cables.

Learn about our cable railings and why they are the best.

3) Contemporary Wood Spindles to Sleek Stainless Steel Railing

Before wood contemporary railing with carpet on stairs

BEFORE – This client decided to remodel their outdated heavy wood contemporary, carpeted, and dark, stairs. Their vision for their stairs was to create a modern style that would be open and minimalist. In keeping with today’s design trends, they opted for a sleek stainless steel cable railing system.

After image stairs with stainless steel cable railing

AFTER – Their remodel objectives were realized by updating the carpet and adding a stainless steel cable railing system. This client chose our Ithaca-style railing system for its sleek streamlined design. They also opted for the posts to be made of stainless steel and included our escutcheon plates to cover the post hardware. Exquisitely crafted by our talented team this railing system has an impressive, refined, and sleek appearance.

What Railing Is this? – Keuka Studios Ithaca Style cable railing in stainless steel with stainless steel top rail and escutcheon plates.

4) Shaky Spiral Stair Update to Switchback Stair

ShakysSpiral stair with winder treads.

BEFORE – This beach house on Fire Island, NY had a shaky spiral stair with narrow winder steps that made it difficult to maneuver up and down the stairs. The objective of this project was to design a stair that would fit into this tight space while eliminating all winder steps to make it a safer transition between floors. It was also important to our client to improve the stability of the steps and keep the stairs open to the rest of the room. We started by measuring the site with a FARO 3D laser scanner to understand the dimensions we were required to work within. This allowed our engineers to create a custom stair that would fit in the allotted space and meet the customer’s objectives.

Updated switchback stairs with landings and wood treads

AFTER – We solved our client’s dilemma by replacing the rickety spiral stair with a mono-stringer floating switchback staircase. This eliminated all of the winder treads and by adding landings the access to the upper level is much safer and easier. Combined with the cable railing system the stairs maintain an open aesthetic and fit within the available space.

What type of stair is this? Keuka Studios switchback mono-stringer stair made of steel with Ithaca Style cable railing system.

5) Office Space Colonial Stair and Railing to Floating Stair and Curved Cable Railing

Before Office Spindle stair railing and balcony

BEFORE – Located in Burlington, NJ this office building entry interior design was stuck in the ’80s. The staircase boosted colonial wood spindle railings accented with pink and turquoise decor. The objective of this project was to makeover the dated space into today’s modern style. It was also important to create an open space by adding floating stairs and include ADA-compliant handrails.

AFTER – To bring this entry into the present and meet the requirements for this project our engineers designed a mono-stringer stair with our curved Keuka style cable railing system. The cable railing seamlessly transcends the stairs and wraps around the upper-level balcony. The stairs have thick treads and include an ADA-compliant handrail. The color palette was changed up using neutral colors with dark accents. The result is a complete modern makeover.

What railing is this? Keuka Studios curved Keuka Style cable railing system with ADA compliant handrails.

Learn more about ADA handrail ideas.

6) Enclosed Condo Stairwell to Floating Stairs and Railing

Before of closed stairwell with dated wood spindle stairs

BEFORE – Located in Hartsdale, NY this condominium had an enclosed stairwell with a heavy wood, old-school contemporary railing. The space was dark and dated. With an eye for detail, the vision of this client was to give the space a refresh. The objective included creating a space that would feel larger and more open. This was accomplished by removing the stairwell walls adjacent to the living room and allowing for natural light throughout the space.

After Open floating stairs with cable railing system

AFTER – To accomplish the objective of opening up the stairwell we crafted a mono-stringer steel staircase with floating treads and our Ithaca-style cable railing system. The treads are thick wood with a matching top rail. As a result, the interior of the condo feels larger and more spacious.

What stair and railing is this? Keuka Studios mono-stringer stair with Ithaca style cable railing system made of steel with wood treads and top rail.

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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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