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5 Considerations For Choosing Railing Color

Cable railing image in the evening light.

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

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

Which is more important to you?

Is it the look of your deck and railing from the outside of your house, or how it will look from the inside of your house?

deck railing color from inside and outside
Looking at the home from the outside vs. from indoors.

Which railing color will best blend in with your view? 

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

deck railing with forest view railing color blends in
Notice how the dark color of the railing posts blends in with the trees.
cable railing color on deck with water front view
Light-colored posts blend in with the water view.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

wood rail vs metal rail
Wood top rail vs. metal top rail.
matching the trim or the siding
Railing matches siding vs. trim.

Why choose just one color for your railing?

You can create contrast or similarity depending on the aesthetic and architectural style you are trying to achieve. The top railing can be powder-coated in a contrasting color to the railing posts, or they can be the same color to create more uniformity.

Deck with railing top rail different than post as compared to Deck with top rail the same as the posts
Railing contrasting top rail color vs. railing with uniform post and top rail color.

I hope this has helped you to make your railing color choice easier, so have fun with your project! For more color options see this page on our 6 signature colors. There are thousands of custom colors available for metal railings so you can create a style you’ll love.

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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5 factors to consider when selecting a top rail for your deck railing

Keuka style corner post with IPE wood top rail.

When choosing the right top rail for your railing project, there are many factors you should consider, including:

Style

Shape

Material

Color/Finish

Lighting


What is a railing top rail?

A top rail is a horizontal member across the top of the railing system that is typically affixed to the vertical posts and acts as a cap to the railing. The top rail is different than the handrail (which is meant to be graspable)

What style top rail do you want for your deck railing?

When you’re thinking about the style of your top railing consider the style of your home and your personal taste. Do you prefer the simplicity of a square or rectangular top rail for a modern touch?  Or a rounded profile that is smooth to the touch and rounds out the hard edges of the deck design? 

Take a look at these projects for ideas on how this can work with various home styles.
Log Style, Modern Craftsman, Contemporary, Modern, Tropical, Colonial

What to consider when deciding on the shape?

The variety of the shapes of the top rail are reliant on the type of material to be used. Wood has the most flexibility of shape as we can custom mill it to nearly any shape and size. There are however limitations on how small the cross-section can be in order to maintain the structural integrity.

Metal rails are available in a somewhat lesser variety of shapes due to the relative difficulty in machining shapes into them. Typically metal top rails are made from tubing, extrusions, flat bars, and pipe.

Another consideration is whether you want the shape to act as a shelf allowing for guests to set their drinks on it?  Or maybe you would prefer the top rail to be rounded to discourage items from being placed on the railing?  
Is the view the most important aspect to you, then maybe a thinner top rail is the best choice to be the least obstructive to your view.  

Some examples of wood and metal rail profiles shown below:

What type of top rail materials are there?

When choosing a top rail for exterior applications there are many wood and metal options. Wood is the easiest material to install since it’s the easiest to cut drill and miter. Since the top rail is the only section of the railing you will consistently put your hands on, wood is typically softer to the touch than metal. Wood will not fluctuate in temperature as much as metal. Metal rails can get very cold in the winter and hot in the summer. If choosing wood we typically recommend IPE (Brazilian walnut) for your outdoor application. IPE (pronounced ee-pay) is a very strong wood that is considered to be part of the “ironwood” family. IPE requires some maintenance and should be oiled once or twice a year. 

A metal rail is, of course, the lowest maintenance selection.  There are solid or tube metal options available in steel, stainless steel, and aluminum. We provide a splice plate system that easily attaches to the railing posts for finish fitting on location.

What color or finish should I choose for the top rail?

For metal railings, there are a variety of finishes available. All metal rails can be powder coated in a wide variety of colors. If you find choosing a color daunting see these links for help.
5 considerations for choosing color
6 Popular cable railing color options

Steel railings have the option of being galvanized before painting or if you prefer the look of galvanized metal this could be the option for you. Stainless steel rails add glitz and shine to your railing system without paint, and has the added benefit of standing up well in a coastal environment. And yes, stainless steel can also be painted. Aluminum is a great choice and can be anodized to have a more natural look, or can be powder coated also.

The first image below shows an aluminum top rail powder coated to match the railing post.
The second image below shows our curved Keuka style railing post powder coated black with an aluminum rail powder coated sparkle silver.

Do you want LED lighting built into your top rail? 

If you think concealed LED lighting is the way to go, we recommend a tube (round or square, or rectangle) type top rail that can easily hide the electric wires within it. Hiding the wires in the post as they run back to the LED drivers can be a bit more challenging, however, we have options to accomplish this.
See more pictures of the Sequoia project with concealed lighting here.
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Whichever top rail material and style you choose for your railing applications, please make sure it works with the type of railing you have chosen. If you have a cable railing system there are force factors involved that most railings do not have. Therefore, it is imperative that the top rail be very sturdy since it’s a key component of the entire railing system.

In addition to the top rail, your project may also need handrails that comply with ADA requirements and ideas. Handrails are required on commercial projects and add an extra element of safety to any stair railing. See this link for more information on ADA compliance requirements

If you still need help, our team of experts can advise you on the available options, to reach your desired result.

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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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 stringer on one end of cantilever steps with cable railing

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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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.

Driveway gate with man door and cable infill

Modern Cable Driveway Gate

This driveway gate was designed to complement the modern cube style architecture of the home. In addition, a cable fence was made with tapered posts to match the cable railings on the patio and exterior stairs. The objective of the gate and fence was to discourage animals from entering the family’s boutique vineyard and gardens that surround the home. This gate is 8 feet tall and includes a man door for easy access to the beach. Made of powder-coated steel with 316 stainless steel cable and includes an automatic opener.

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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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.

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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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Pool fence blocking your view?

Stainless steel pool fence.
What type of pool fence won’t block my view?

If you love the view beyond your pool and don’t want to block the view, consider a vertical cable railing pool fence. Cable railings around pools keep the view open beyond your pool. Most local building codes state that pickets on pool fences need to be vertical. Vertical cable railings can meet these requirements while preserving your view beyond your pool. Horizontal cable fence around pools can also be used as long as they are on top of a 48 inch high elevated surface. Cables are thin compared to larger wood or metal pickets. The wire cables around your pool will seems to disappear and allow you to enjoy the view whether it’s the sunset at your beach house, a sweeping mountain vista, or a backyard oasis.

Vertical cable railings
What are Important requirements to consider for fences around pools?

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

What type of material is best for a pool fence?

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

Are vertical cable railings more expensive than horizontal cable railings?

Vertical cable pool fences are more expensive than other types of fences. There are several reasons for this. Since each cable assembly is short, there are many end fittings. These end fittings act as turnbuckles to keep the cables tight. End fittings are high grade (Type 316) stainless steel. Because there are more fittings, the costs can add up. In addition, the metal frames must be rigid to be able to handle the combined tension load of the cables.

Pool Fence ideas

Conclusion:

If your view from your pool is important then a vertical cable railing fence or a horizontal pool fence railing could be for you!

To see more about this ocean view vertical cable pool fencing click here

Vertical and horizontal stainless steel cable railings.

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