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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.

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 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.

 

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 railings 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” 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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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.

 

 

Open-tread 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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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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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 railings 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 while allowing you to enjoy the view. Whether its 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 of 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 turn buckles 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.

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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