Blog Archives : 2019

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.

 

 

Keuka Studios Cable Railing

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 North Shore 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 silver powder-coated aluminum top rail.

 

 

vertical and horizontal cable railings made from 316 stainless steel

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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Understanding Floating Stairs

Glass railing staircase

At Keuka Studios, we custom design staircases based on your taste and needs. For clients who want an open, airy, or minimalist feel for their home or business, we recommend staircases with open risers. Also known as floating stairs, staircases with open treads allow light to pass through. Natural lighting, in combination with the weightless look of floating steps, creates an atmosphere of ease and elegance.

Floating staircases come in all shapes and styles. For a personalized, modern look, our team will work with you directly to design the perfect floating staircase. First, you’ll have to decide on the support structure you want for your stairs. Whether you prefer cantilevered stairs or want the support of a stringer, we’ll create a staircase that is sturdy but sleek.

Truly cantilevered stairs are only fixed on one side; the treads usually attach to a fixture built into a wall. On the opposite side, no structural support connects the steps to one another. However, because of building codes in the U.S., a handrail must run along the unfixed side of the treads.

Another popular floating stair style is the mono-stringer staircase. Instead of having fixation on one end of the treads, the support comes from a stringer running down the middle on the underside of each step. Keuka Studios designs and produces double-stringer stairs with open treads and floating spiral staircases.

For design inspiration, take a look at the different floating stair styles we’ve designed for customers:


Mono-stringer floating stairs

1. Grand Entry Mono-Stringer Staircase with Cable Railing

We designed this unique grand entry floating staircase for a client in Candlewood Lake, CT. This staircase includes curved steel posts powder-coated in “raven black,” Keuka Style cable railing, oak wood-top rail, and thick treads.

 

 

Glass railing staircase

2. Mono-Stringer Floating Stairs with Glass Railings

This modern mono-stringer glass railing staircase has steel posts powder-coated to look like copper. It features open-riser wood treads and our Ithaca Style cable railing.

 

 

Custom metal staircase

 3. Dazzling Pewter Spiral Staircase with Curved Cable Railing

This custom-made staircase features steel posts powder-coated in “dazzling pewter,” curved Keuka Style cable railing.

 

 

Stairs with black cable railing

4. Wooden Side-Mounted Double-Stringer Stairs with Black Railing

For this mountaintop home we designed Ithaca Style cable railing for a side-mounted double-stringer staircase. For the cables and fittings we used black stainless steel. The open-riser stair design allows for natural light to pass through the house.

 

 

Custom made double stringer steel floating staircase with Brazilian cherry treads.

5. Under-Mounted Double-Stringer Stairs with Cable Railing and Brazilian Cherry Wood Top Rail

For our client in Westchester County, we custom designed a floating double-stringer staircase. The steel has a “raven black” powder-coated finish and the Ithaca Style cable railing is topped with a Brazilian Cherry rail.

 

 

Floating staircase rendering

6. Cantilevered Stairs

As seen in this Keuka Studios rendering, cantilevered staircases don’t include a support stringer underneath the treads. Rather, each step is attached on one side to a fixture within the wall.

 

 

Interested in floating stairs? Contact us.

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

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Maintaining IPE Decking

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

To maintain the natural  beauty of IPE Decking it requires some care when installing and 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.

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

Installing IPE

– Proper installation and maintenance are key to the long term beauty of your deck

-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.

-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 may 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.

Maintaining IPE

Routinely clean off your deck by sweeping off leaves, hosing off spills, mud etc. to help prevent staining. Depending on the amount of sun exposure 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 to Dry Completely before re-oiling.

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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? 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 to go with your all black decorating themes for your cable railing system. Our cable and hardware is made of type 316 marine grade stainless steel and black oxide coated. Black oxide coatings can actually “increase” corrosion resistance for exterior and saltwater applications over stainless steel alone. Call us today to place your order 1-855-454-5678 or email Jason@keuka-studios.com
Blackened Stainless Steel Cable Railing

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Keuka Studios Receives Best Of Houzz 2015

best of houzz badges 2015

Over 25 Million Monthly Unique Users Rated Top-Rated Home Building,
Remodeling and Design Professionals in the United States and Around the World

Rush, NY USA January 26, 2015 – Keuka Studios, Inc., of Rush, NY 14543 has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” for Design & Customer Satisfaction by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. A family owned and operated company established in 2002 that designs and fabricates custom cable railings and staircases was chosen by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Design and Customer Satisfaction. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers.” Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2015” badge on their profiles, helping Houzz users around the world who discover and love a professional’s work to learn even more about that business’ popularity and satisfaction rating among their peers in the Houzz community.

“We empower our team to do the right thing for the customer at every step of the process.”
“Houzz provides homeowners with a 360 degree view of home building, remodeling and design industry professionals, empowering them to engage the right people and products for their project,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of industry marketing for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Keuka Studios, Inc. among our “Best Of” professionals as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

Follow Keuka Studios on Houzz  http://www.houzz.com/pro/keukastudios/keuka-studios-inc

About Keuka Studios, Inc
We work with architects, contractors, and homeowners all over the country to provide our railing and staircase designs ready to install.

About Houzz
Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin and Sydney. For more information, visit www.houzz.com

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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?

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 or 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 dark color of railing posts blend in with the trees

 

cable railing color on deck with water front view

light colored posts blends in with 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 calming 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 surface. 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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Cable Railing Post Material Choices

stainless steel cable railing.

One of the most important decisions you will ever make when choosing your cable railing is selecting the correct hand railing and cable railing post material for your environment. Although the cables and fittings are usually made from stainless steel, the choices are many for post materials. With so many different choices of railing materials it can be very difficult to know whats the best choice for you. Here is a guide to help you understand materials and their advantages and disadvantages.

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Fascia Mount Vs. Surface Mount

Fascia mount and surface mount cable railing posts.
I always get customers asking me about how to attach their railing to their application. There are many different ways to attach your railing although the most popular methods are mounting to the “Fascia” or mounting to the “Surface”. Fascia mounting is also sometimes referred to as a “side mount” or “joist mount”, while surface mounting is occasionally referred to as a “deck mount”, “floor mount”, or even a “top mount”.
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