Blog Category : Deck

Cable Railing Systems for Decks

Deck with surface mount railing

Whether you’re building a new deck or remodeling an existing one Keuka Studios offers a variety of cable railings systems for decks. There are six standard post styles to choose from and many accessories and materials available to suit your home and your style.

What is included with a cable railing system for decks?

When you’re deciding to purchase a cable railing system for your deck it is important to understand what is included with our system:

-Design and rendering service. Unless your project is a simple, level rectangular deck, your probably going to need some custom designed posts. During this process, we work this all out and can provide renderings showing optional styles and colors to help you visualize the finished project. We are particularly good at making your project look cohesive and elegant. Just look at our Deck Railing Gallery and I am sure you will agree.

-The individual railing posts. There are different posts available for end posts, intermediate posts and stair posts. All are available in either a surface or fascia mount.

– All the cables with fittings required to complete the project. These can be for 1/8th-inch or 3/16th-inch cable. 3/16th-inch cable is more common on commercial ailing systems.

-All mounting hardware for installation. 18-8 stainless steel is standard, 316 stainless is optional (for coastal applications).

-The top rail (optional). Available in wood, steel or aluminum.

-Keuka cable railing fittings including a fitting installation kit.

What accessories are available for my cable railing?

We offer a variety of additional accessories for cable railing systems that include: posts and rails, custom-designed to accommodate LED lighting. Escutcheon Plates to hide mounting hardware, and nut caps to hide hex lag screws.

What styles of posts are available to choose from?

We offer 6 standard cable railing designs. The Keuka, Ithaca, Chicago, Tokyo, Kauai, and Prairie. Each style offers a different look and feel to complement your home’s style. We can also make a custom design where your imagination is the only limitation. Each post style can be purchased in a range of materials with associated costs relative to the material chosen. Available materials include Steel, Aluminum and Stainless Steel. Available finishes are:

Our signature Keuka railing post style has a curved profile and can be made to be fascia mounted or surface mount. This railing style beautifully complements architecture with curved roofs, decks or balconies.

The Ithaca style cable railing has sleek thin posts to be the least obstructive to the view beyond. This railing can be surface mount or fascia mounted. The Ithaca style railing looks sleek and streamlined on modern homes and blends simply into almost any architectural style.

Industrial style mountain home with cable railing

Unique to Keuka Studios the Chicago style cable railing boasts an industrial edge. Our clients have installed this railing on modern and industrial architecture with exposed beams to add a sleek contemporary look.

The Tokyo Style cable railing has sharp lines and sleek profile. The corner posts have a unique style with thin square bars that add an Asian influence.

The Kauai Style has slender intermediate posts with double-bar end posts connected with round stainless steel standoffs between the corner posts. This style works well with modern and contemporary architecture and allows for vista views.

The prairie posts are reminiscent of an I-beam with a unique motif design on each of the posts. This style complements an industrial look as well as prairie-style architecture including homes with low roof lines.

What type of top rail are available to choose from? Top rails are available in a variety of styles, shapes, and materials including wood, aluminum and steel. There are several factors to consider when choosing top rails. Depending on the railing style of choice some top rails will work better than others. Each top rail will have an associated cost depending on size, material and finish of choice.

Let us help you customize a cable railing system of your choice for your deck to suit your home’s style. Call us for a quote 585-487-6148

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9 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 railings

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.

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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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. Moreoever, you likely want these views to be the architectual 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 an 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 resistence to whethering.

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

A home tucked away in the mountains that overlooks vast forest and valleys is 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, your mountain home can have both a modern design and a natural, unobstructed view.

Keuka Studios has created cable railing systems for homes in mountain ranges across the U.S. To name a few, we’ve designed railings for clients in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, the Rocky Mountains of Montana, and the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts. Also, we’ve designed railings for clients in Canada. For example, we crafted a custom railing for a client in the Selkirk Mountains of British Columbia. All of our railing systems arrive at their destination ready for assembly.

Interested in ordering a custom cable railing for your home? Whether your project is indoors or outdoors, Keuka Studios can design the perfect railing system for you. If you need design ideas for your future railing system, take a look at these cable railings we’ve crafted to help maximize aerial views.

Mountain View Cable Railing Inspiration

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. When they dine on the deck, the homeowners have a panoarmic vista of the whole city. The railing features 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. This 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 that match perfectly with the slate. In order to create contrast, the homeowner chose Brazilian walnut (IPE) for the wood top rail.

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

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Maintaining IPE Decking

Famous "Glass and Wood" home with Ithaca style cable railing.

Maintaining the natural beauty of IPE decking requires some care when installing and during yearly maintenance.  IPE is a natural material that moves with the elements, therefore, it is subject to checking (looks like cracking), twisting, warping, and cupping similar to other types of woods. Proper installation and maintenance are key to the long-term beauty of your deck.

There are many websites that you can access to obtain a variety of expert advice for caring for your IPE. Below are some helpful recommendations.

What are some helpful recommendations for IPE Deck Care?

Always seal the cut end (end grain) of the board with a paraffin wax, such as Anchorseal.
Do not install decking without an oil-based finish being applied to all four sides with sufficient rack time to dry.
Do not use film finishes such as a varnish

What type of finish should I use on IPE Decking?

Finish the IPE with a penetrating oil. We have had good experience using Penofins for hardwoods. When applying, use a brush, rag or sponge. Once applied,, wipe and remove all excess oil. DO NOT over apply as it will become sticky and tacky and my take a very long time to dry. IPE does not soak up the oil like a softwood does.

CAUTION: The rags (applicators used) are FLAMMABLE and must be disposed of properly – READ the manufacturer’s instructions for disposal.

How do I maintain my IPE Deck and Railing?

Our recommendations for maintaining IPE are to routinely clean off your deck by sweeping off leaves and hosing off spills and mud to help prevent staining. Depending on the amount of sun exposure the deck receives, you may need to thoroughly clean and re-oil your IPE yearly or bi-yearly. Thoroughly wash your deck with a product made for this application and allow it to dry completely before re-oiling.

Proper installation and care for your IPE deck and railings will greatly influence the beauty and longevity of your deck.

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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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