Blog Category : Cable Railings

5 Ocean View Cable Railing Decks

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

Cable Railing Ocean View Inspiration

For any oceanfront property, the view of the water is a design focal point. With cable railing, the cables blend in with the sea beyond, creating an unobstructed view. At Keuka Studios, we design our cable rail with your home or business’ unique location in mind. For exterior design inspiration, check out these seaside railings we’ve designed for clients.

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

1. Hawaii Dining with an Ocean View

This home on Kauai Island, aptly named “Hale Ike Mala” (“Love of the Garden” in English), incorporates Keuka Studios Kauai Style cable railing. For this Hawaiian mid-century modern home, the architect and builders created a building that seamlessly combines indoor and outdoor living spaces. Our Kauai Style railing takes this home to the next level by integrating an unobstructed view of the ocean, flora, and fauna into the architectural design.

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 that directly overlooks the ocean. The cable railing was made with a Brazilian walnut (ipe) top rail and 6061 T6 clear anodized aluminum to withstand the saltwater environment.

Have questions about cable railing? Visit our website, www.keuka-studios.com. To discuss ordering and installing Keuka Studios cable railing, contact Jason White at Jason@keuka-studios.com or (585) 487-6148.

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4 Mountain View Cable Railing Decks

Mountain View Cable Railing Inspiration

A home tucked away high in the mountains that overlooks vast forest and valleys sounds like any nature lover’s dream. With an organic mountain vista all around you, the architecture of your home shouldn’t stand in the way of the view. Rather, it should enhance it. By installing cable railing on your deck or patio, you’ll have both modern design and a natural, unobstructed view.

Keuka Studios has created cable railing systems for homes in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, the Rocky Mountains of Montana, the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts, and the Selkirk Mountains of British Columbia. If you need design inspiration for your mountain home, take a look at these cable railings we’ve designed for customers to maximize their aerial views.

Timber deck with cable railing

1. The Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina

Located near Biltmore Lake, this mountain home with a large timber frame incorporates Keuka Studios Ithaca Style railing. The railing has “Raven Black” powder-coated steel posts and a Brazilian walnut top rail.

San Francisco deck with dining table and cable railing

2. San Francisco, California

For our client in San Francisco, we designed a cable railing that preserves this amazing overlook if you’re dining on the deck. The railing has a wood top rail and steel posts powder coated in “Raven Black.”

Close up of silver powder-coated post and aluminum top rail

3. Bear Mountain, California

Keuka Studios designed cable railing for a California home that looks out on Big Bear Lake. The home near the popular Bear Mountain ski resort features a concrete curved deck with our Keuka Style cable railing. The photo below is a close up of the railing’s “Silver Vein” powder-coated steel posts and matching aluminum top rail.

Slate deck with cable railing

4. Soquel, California

Our Ithaca Style cable railing preserves the view from this slate deck overlooking a California hillside. The railing features “Dazzling Pewter” powder-coated steel posts and a Brazilian walnut wood top rail.

Have questions about cable railing? Visit our website, www.keuka-studios.com. To discuss ordering and installing Keuka Studios cable railing, contact Jason White at Jason@keuka-studios.com or (585) 487-6148.

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Design Trend: Blackened Stainless Steel

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

With the black stainless steel appliance trend still gaining steam in 2018, our product carries this unique look beyond the kitchen. By incorporating black stainless steel cable railing into interior staircases or balconies, you can create a sleek, cohesive look throughout your home. If you want your space to have a minimalist, rustic, or urban-modern interior design, blackened stainless steel will give an understated look to your railing system. Plus, the blackened metal will seamlessly match dark or muted hues on your walls or within your decor.

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

Interested in black stainless steel? Contact us today. 

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

Black cable railing in mountain home interior.

Open-tread stairs with black cable railing

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New For 2018! Blackened Stainless Steel Cable For Cable Railings

New for 2018!
Blackened Cables and Fittings
Looking for an alternative to stainless steel? Keuka Studios is proud to announce we have blackened stainless cable and blackened stainless cable fittings available to purchase today for cable railings. Black is making a comeback in 2018 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. Our cable and hardware is made of Type 316 marine grade stainless steel and black-oxide coated.

Call us today to place your order at 1-855-454-5678 or email Jason@keuka-studios.com
Blackened Stainless Steel Cable Railing

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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 color choices.

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 color?

It is important to look at color samples in the area that it 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.

I hope this has helped you to make your railing color choice easier, so have fun with your project!

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Pool fence blocking your view?

Stainless steel pool fence.

Love the view from your new pool but don’t want to block it with a pool fence? Consider cable railings/fences.

If you’re looking to open up the view beyond your pool, consider these pool fence ideas. Most local building codes state that pool fences or railing pickets need to be vertical. Vertical cable railings can meet these requirements while preserving your view beyond your pool. Cables are thin compared to larger wood or metal pickets. Cables will 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.

Important requirements to consider for railings and fences around pools:

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

pool fence heightCost considerations:

-Vertical cable 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. Since there are so many of them, the costs can add up.

-Frames must be rigid to be able to handle the combined tension load of the cables.

-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.

Conclusion:

If your view from your pool is important, than a vertical cable railing could be for you!

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vertical pool fence

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Cable Railing Post Material Choices

stainless steel cable railing.

When purchasing a cable railing system, it’s important that you consider your railing system’s enviornment before chosing materials for the top rail and railing posts.

While the cables and fittings are usually made from stainless steel, we offer a wide selection of top rail and post materials. With so many different choices of railing materials, it can be very difficult to know what the best choice is for your railing. Here is a guide to help you understand the materials we offer and their advantages and disadvantages.

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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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Top Rail Selection

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. You will notice that when you look at our company’s website, many of our railings are shown with a wood top rail. Many of our customers prefer wood top rails, and here is why you might want to consider a wood top rail for your application as well.

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Fascia Mount Vs. Surface Mount

Fascia mount and surface mount cable railing posts.
I always get customers asking me how to attach their railing to their application. While there are many different ways to attach your railing, though the most popular methods are mounting to the fascia or mounting to the surface. Fascia mounts are also referred to as a side mounts or joist mounts and surface mounts are occasionally referred to as deck mounts, floor mount, or even top mounts.

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