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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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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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LED Lighted Railings and Stairs

LED light cable railing system

Creative, Custom Solutions

Indoors and outdoors alike, LED lighted railings adds to both the functionality and ambiance of a given space. Whether you’re hoping to set a romantic mood for your restaurant patio or are looking to light up your interior staircase for nighttime visibility, architectural LED lighting is a stylish solution.

At Keuka Studios, we understand that every project is different and requires some creative engineering. When it comes to lighting, concealing wires and accessing power sources may present a challenge. However, our designers are committed to coming up with innovative solutions for the unique demands of your project.

Cable Railing LED Lighting

Cable railing systems designed and crafted by Keuka Studios bring a modern, sophisticated look to decks, balconies, terraces, and stairs. Many of our clients, both home and business owners, request LED lighting for their railings so they can make the most of their outdoor spaces. At Keuka Studios, our engineers can incorporate the LED lighting system of your choice into a custom cable railing system. (For example, we worked with a commercial customer who chose the LEDPOD 40 by KLIK Systems.) Most commonly, our clients request under-rail lighting to illuminate the whole perimeter of the space. With this design, light faces down from beneath the top rail and it reflects off the stainless steel cable infill below, illuminating them as well.

How our designers accommodate the lights, wires, and access to a power source will depend on the style and materials you chose for your railing posts and top rail. For example, if you select a wood top rail, we can design a groove in the underside of the railing that accepts rope-style LED lights. For metal top rails, we can adhere a plate in place of the grove that accepts the string of lights.

Alternatively, if you want spotlight-style LED lights, we can use aluminum tubing and run the wires through the top rail. Using this method, we can craft a rail with custom cutouts for spotlight-style LED lights. Once you have selected your lighting system we can custom design our railings to work with the system of choice.

While our engineers create inventive ways to incorporate LED lights into our unique cable railing systems, every project requires custom accommodations. If you’re interested in railing with LED lighting, we recommend you call our project developer Jason White to discuss your ideas.

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For this terraced patio bar at the Sequoia restaurant in Washington, D.C. we incorporated LEDpod night lighting into the underside of the round handrail. All of the wires are concealed within the posts and the handrails. The LEDpod lighting has the effect of lighting the walkways while adding ambiance to the dining experience.

Led Lighted railing

Staircase LED Lighting

LED lighting has also become popular with our custom stair customers. To achieve a modern look and to light the way, clients often request built-in lights for stair treads or risers. Like with cable railing, how we incorporate the lights will depend on the style and materials of your staircase. For ideas, take a look at a couple of our staircases with LED lighting systems:

This exterior spiral staircase features LED lights on each riser and connects to a deck railing system with under-rail lights. As shown in the accompanying drawings, the circuit runs up the center column of the spiral staircases and wires run beneath each tread to connect the LED lights embedded in the risers. Each light has a custom machined metal diffuser that guides the light downward to prevent glare while ascending the steps. 

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Keuka Studios designed this zigzag staircase and cable railing system for a client in Greenwich, Connecticut. To brighten the walkway and to match the customer’s unique hanging light fixture, we added LED light strips to the underside of each stair tread. A brushed stainless steel riser was used to add a bit of dazzle to the project.

modern staircase

We custom created this lighted glass tread, steel stringer stairs and a cable railing system for the interior of a clients home in Knoxville, Tennessee. The lighting system for the glass treads is fed up through the wall and into the end of each treads. This creates a warm glow that transitions across the glass tread.

With LED lighting, the options are unlimited. You can opt for classic white lights or colored lights. You can even purchase diming or pulsing lights. Whatever your style, Keuka Studios can help you create your perfect illuminated space. Interested in LED lighting for your stairs or cable railing? Contact us to discuss your ideas.


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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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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.”

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.

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 with 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.

complete modern railing system

3. “Dazzling Pewter” Cable Railing Color

“Dazzling Pewter” is a matt dark grey shade with a slight sand paper 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.

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

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.

6. White Powder Coat

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.

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. For example, we crafted a green cable railing system for a modern log cabin tucked in a Washington forest. 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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5 Ocean View Cable Railing Decks

Pool Deck Railing in the background view from the open living space with Pergola night lighting.

If you own an oceanfront home, you understand the importance of intentional design that preserves the natural views. Moreover, you likely want these views to be the architectural focal point of the home. At Keuka Studios, we design and build ocean view cable railing systems that can add sophistication to any deck or balcony. Our railing systems use stainless steel infill cables that blend in with the ocean backdrop, creating unobstructed vistas. Also, our cable railings have slender posts and flat top rails don’t distract from the view beyond. Whether your beach house has a modern, nautical, or coastal design style, Keuka Studios can craft a custom railing system that blends seamlessly with your home’s existing architecture. For exterior design inspiration, check out these seaside railings we’ve designed for our happy customers.

Ocean View Cable Railing Inspiration

Cable Railing by Keuka Studios used on this Indoor outdoor living space

1. Hawaii Dining with an Ocean View

This Kauai Island home, aptly named “Hale Ike Mala” ( or “Love of the Garden”), incorporates our Kauai Style cable railing. The architect designed the Hawaiian mid-century modern home with seamless transitions from indoor to outdoor living spaces. Our Kauai Style railing aids these transitions with posts and top rail that match both the interior and exterior architecture. Furthermore, the railing provides unobstructed views of the ocean, flora, and fauna from the deck and within the home.

Cable railing on deck overlooking North Shore harbor

2. North Shore Natural Design

Located in the historic North Shore of Massachusetts, this harbor home sits on a natural cliff overlooking the ocean. Featured in Northshore Magazine, this home cohesively combines stone, steel, and wood. Both the deck and indoor staircase have Ithaca Style railing.

Pool Deck Railing in the background view from the open living space with Pergola night lighting.

3. Turks and Caicos Private Villa

In Providenciales, Turks and Caicos you’ll find the luxury vacation rental of your dreams. The Villa Capri overlooks turquoise water perfect for snorkeling. Complete with an infinity pool, the villa has four king-size bedrooms, a 4,000-square-foot patio, and a private wood dock. To preserve the view of the azure ocean, Villa Capri installed Keuka Studios Ithaca Style railing on the seaside perimeter. The railings have solid aluminum posts and a silver powder-coated aluminum top rail.

4. Oceanside in Old Greenwich

The backyard of this Old Greenwich, Connecticut home has both horizontal and vertical cable railing. The horizontal Ithaca Style railing preserves the view of both the pool and ocean from the back porch. For added safety, we designed verticle cable fencing and a matching gate in stainless steel for the pool area. The property also includes Keuka Studios cable railing on an exterior staircase, second-floor balconies, and on top of a stone retaining wall.

Pool deck railing overlooking the ocean on the Jersey shore.

5. Jersey Shore Outdoor Lounge

Perfect for suntanning and a swim, the deck on this Jersey Shore home features an Ithaca Style cable railing system. The railing surrounds an outdoor living space complete with a pool, lounge area, and bar. We crafted the railing posts with 6061 T6 clear anodized aluminum so it can withstand corrosion from the salty sea air. Similarly, we used IPE (Brazilian walnut) for the top rail because of its natural resistance to weathering.

 

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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Where Do You Find Cable Railings Used?

Green cable railing posts with wood hand rail.

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

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

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