This 2,600-sq.-ft. home features a collection of main-floor living spaces that include a kitchen, dining room, and master bedroom, all with floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing a 180-degree view of the natural seascape.
Extending the living space is an inviting screened patio with impressive views of nearby Portland. This outdoor living area is appointed with a gas fireplace, ipe decking, and stainless-steel railing system from AGS Stainless – elegant finishes that differentiate this home, which earned the 2014 AIA-Maine Design Honor Award.
The stainless-steel railing system adds a luxurious, clean finish to the patio area. This nearly invisible system allows the surrounding natural beauty to be highlighted without distraction, providing deck dwellers an ideal spot to enjoy the oceanfront views.
Though the design team had never previously used an AGS Stainless railing system on a project, their initial apprehension disappeared as the Rainier cable railing, featuring a flat stainless-steel top rail, started coming together within the porch area.
“The railing was a very important design element so the screened-in porch felt as if it was an extension of the home’s gentle aesthetic,” explains Gavin Engler, AIA, associate with the office of Carol A. Wilson Architect. “It’s remarkable how they elegantly accented the thin vertical structural columns – then slyly fade into transparency when focus goes toward the breathtaking views.”
The project exemplifies how railing systems – sometimes considered a secondary design element – can quietly accent major design elements and bring spaces together into an overall cohesive look. These systems can be paired with a wide range of options, including top hand railing and mounting post, powder coating, and tempered glass infill – for a fully-customized railing system at an affordable cost.