Lakeside Development – The Woodlands, Texas

Cable railing on ipe deck with lake view - The Woodlands, TX

Location: The Woodlands, TX

Builder: D.E. Harvey Builders

Architect: Clark Condon Associates

Material and Finish: "Sparkle Silver" powder-coated steel posts, stainless steel cable, and Ipe Brazilian walnut wood top railing.

Description: Ithaca Style exterior deck cable railing.


Research Forest Lakeside in The Woodlands, TX is a 10-building, mixed-use lakeside development set on 77 wooded acres. The campus overlooks Lake Woodlands, creating a natural oasis conveniently located near many of The Woodlands’ amenities. With four retail buildings, five office buildings, and additional future development, the campus attracts a variety of people. The Research Forest Lakeside’s deck is set directly on the lake, creating an attractive and relaxing commercial environment.

The deck provides outdoor seating for lunch, meetings, and other gatherings. Our Ithaca Style cable railing allows the cool lake breeze to blow through the entire area without blocking any of it, which is especially important during hot Texas summers. The 42-inch high cable railing adds a clean and modern look to the outside deck area and showcases the lake’s natural beauty. Cable railing was an excellent choice to create a safe barrier between the deck and the water without blocking the view. The modern appearance also matches well with the buildings on the Research Forest Lakeside campus, which has a striking exterior design and a focus on clean lines inside. Taking advantage of the natural beauty of the campus also falls in line with Research Forest Lakeside’s green practices, as the campus is LEED certified.

The “Sparkle Silver” powder-coated steel posts blend in with the dark water behind the railing. The color accents the natural environment instead of pulling attention away from the lake. The 3/16-inch diameter stainless steel cable has fittings within the interior of the post, creating a clean and polished look. The cable railing is topped with Ipe Brazilian walnut wood. The hardwood ages gray naturally which adds to the overall modern appeal of the railing. IPE is well-suited for a lakeside railing application, as this wood has high durability and contains natural oils that make it resistant to mildew. The wood can last outdoors for more than 25 years.

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