Custom-Made, Prefabricated Railing Systems by AGS

Each year, in coordination with the International Builders Show (IBS), The National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) sponsors The New American Home (TNAH). TNAH is a collection of ideas for the industry to take away demonstrating construction technology, design concepts, sustainable materials, energy efficiency, healthy home features and “housing performance” that can be replicated — in whole or in part — in housing built any place and in any price range.

AGS Stainless was proud to have been selected to participate in this amazing project.  Located in the very prestigious Lake Nona Golf & Country Club, a short drive to both the Orlando Convention Center and the Orlando International Airport. Lake Nona Golf & Country Club is a Tavistock Development and home to many International golf celebrities currently on the PGA tour.

Styled as “Pod Living”, so unused rooms can be closed off when not in use, this “Net Zero”, 11,000 square foot home is designed for comfortable living, both indoors and out. AGS Stainless was asked to design and then prefabricate the custom-made stainless rails which grace the homes upper and lower outdoor living spaces. To learn how prefabricated, custom rails by AGS Stainless can help to differentiate your next project go here: (https://vimeo.com/218488973)

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Elegant Railing System by AGS Stainless

Elegant Railing System Seamlessly Connects Indoor/Outdoor Living at Award-Winning Island Retreat

The Railing Choice.

Choosing an AGS Stainless steel railing system added a luxurious, clean finish to the patio area. This nearly invisible railing system allows the surrounding natural beauty to be highlighted without distraction providing deck dwellers an ideal spot to enjoy the oceanfront views.

“The home has a very beautiful yet delicate overall feel to it,” explains Gavin Engler, AIA, Associate with the award-winning office of Carol A. Wilson Architect. “Very thin structural columns of the glazed façade help define its overall lightness, further accentuated by the fine material choices and minimalistic detailing throughout…including the railing system.” While the design team had never utilized an AGS Stainless railing system before this project, their initial apprehension quickly turned to delight 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,” adds Engler. Also it was essential to the homeowners and designers to optimize the views as seen while actually seated in the patio area. The thin cabling infill was the key. Engler stated, “It’s remarkable how they elegantly accented the thin vertical structural columns – then slyly fade into transparency when focus goes towards the breathtaking views.” Additionally, the sleek post profile blended in front of the porch-screen partitions perfectly. Sometimes considered a secondary design element, this project nicely exemplifies how railing systems should be anything but an afterthought as they quietly yet beautifully accent major design elements and bring spaces together into a overall cohesive look.

AGS Stainless, a highly respected company within the industry offers the Rainier® as one of its various stainless steel railing systems. These systems can be accompanied with wide array 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.

With AGS Stainless, the overall design process is straightforward and simple: sketches and approximate dimensions are submitted; CAD drawings and all details of the railing system are created by a member of the AGS design team. Then an AGS railing expert works directly with the homeowner/contractor to make certain every detail is just right and to ensure prompt delivery with attentive service.

The Location. 

Located in Casco Bay, off the coast of Maine, is the relaxing Chebeague Island. On the southeast shore, the Mill’s family established their tranquil island retreat. The 2,600 square foot home set on two acres features a collection of main-floor living spaces that include an accommodating kitchen, dining, and master bedroom, all with floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing a 180-degree view of natural seascape. Extending the overall living space is an inviting screened patio with impressive views of nearby Portland. This outdoor living area is well-appointed with a gas fireplace, ipe decking, and stainless steel railing system from AGS Stainless – elegant finishes which, differentiate this home as the recipient of the 2014 AIA-Maine Design Honor Award.

The Result. 

Both the homeowners and the design community were thrilled with the home’s appearance resulting in the coveted 2014 AIA-Maine Design Honor Award. As noted from the AIA-Maine award jury: “The project is very delicate and beautiful. It shows great control in the detailing without resorting to ornament, excess in materials, or overdesign…it is a pleasure to see.”

“Every AGS Stainless customer essentially has their own outsourced railing factory, complete with world-class welders and state-of-the-art fabrication machines ready to create a beautiful railing system specific for their project,” explains Kevin T. Harris, Director of Sales & Marketing at AGS Stainless. “Each railing system is prefabricated at our factory located in the Pacific Northwest ensuring that every individual nut, bolt and handrail fitting is just right! This allows the homeowner the opportunity to include the luxurious look of custom stainless steel railings at an overall expense lower than traditional custom-fabricated railing systems.”

Project Name: Mills Residence

Location: Chebeague Island, Maine

Recognition: 2014 Design Awards Winner, AIA Maine

Architect: Carol A. Wilson Architect

Design Team: Carol A. Wilson & Gavin L. Engler

Builder: Fine Lines Construction, Inc.

Photography: Mark Marchesi Photography

Railing Products: AGS Stainless, Inc. ( Toll-Free 888-842-9492)

 

About AGS Stainless

AGS Stainless manufactures stainless steel railing systems which are in demand all over the world. Their unique (and proprietary) way of manipulating dimensions provided by the customer allows them to fabricate custom railing configurations that rival anything built on-site. Cut with the precision of a computer-controlled laser and welded and polished by hand, each railing component reflects craftsmanship at its finest. The railing design options are as extensive as the production standards are high: round, flat and elliptical top rail; standard (36″, 42″) or custom post heights; cable, glass, bar or mesh panel infill with a myriad of end-fitting combinations; top or side mount post mounting methods, and more. For more information, visit: www.AGSstainless.com or call 888-842-9492.

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Minneapolis Modern Dream Home, AGS Stainless, Inc.

Custom stainless rails seamlessly integrate interior and exterior spaces in Parade of Homes Masterpiece!

(Complete Project Case Study with images can be found here) Overlooking the scenic Minnehaha Creek sits one of the most unique and energy-efficient homes in the greater Minneapolis area. This 5,144 square foot home features elements such as: a glass bridge spanning two separate wings of the home, a two-story fireman’s pole, kids’ bedrooms with their own private lofts and a modern staircase with open risers. The home is also composed of structural insulated panels providing the best in energy efficiency, and was awarded the coveted “Dream Home” designation in the local Spring 2016 Parade of Homes tour. The award was the second for the environmentally-focused, Twin Cities-based building and remodeling firm Sustainable 9 Design + Build.

In the past, Sustainable 9 Design + Build utilized a local railing fabrication team to create custom railings for their homes. Increased new construction and remodeling activity happening throughout their Midwestern market backlogged those fabrication crews and caused them to demand premium prices. Time delays and increased costs simply were not an option on this custom home, so the Sustainable 9 team reached out to AGS Stainless.

“Before this project, we never considered the option of prefabricated railings – now I foresee us working with AGS Stainless on all our future remodeling and new construction projects,” explains Ryan Hanson, Partner at Sustainable 9 Design + Build. “The ease of installation, at nearly half the cost as custom fabricated railing and quick turnaround really helped us meet the project deadline and budget. Its modern aesthetic and overall high-quality look really resonated with potential homebuyers and existing customers too – so much so that we already have a few clients altering their existing remodeling projects to now include AGS Stainless railings.”

AGS’ Rainier cable railing with flat stainless steel top rail is showcased throughout the home, indoors and out. It’s even a feature of the “hiding forts” (lofts) within the kids’ bedrooms. “Cable railing was an ideal choice for those loft areas,” added Hanson. “It allowed the kids’ secret spots to not feel completely closed off from their bedrooms while still providing a level of safety in an elevated space.”

Another unique feature appreciated by kids both young-and-old is a two-story fireman’s pole. AGS Stainless designers worked closely with Sustainable 9 Design + Build to develop a custom locking access gate for this”transportation apparatus.” With the help of AGS’ Rainier cable railing, the project achieved an overall consistent look and feel that provides unobstructed views of all the natural beauty, both inside and out.

AGS Makes it Easy

Working AGS Stainless is straightforward and simple. They generate exact drawings and details for your project from initial approximate dimensions and photos submitted by the customer. Then, they work directly with the homeowner/contractor to make certain every detail is just right.”Each AGS Stainless railing system is designed and prefabricated at our facility located in the Pacific Northwest. Every individual nut, bolt and handrail fitting is just right.

Our unique process greatly reduces the labor expense normally associated with traditional custom-fabricated railing systems,” explains Kevin T. Harris, Director of Sales & Marketing at AGS Stainless. “This Minneapolis-area home perfectly depicts how Sustainable 9 Design + Build and every AGS Stainless customer essentially has their very own outsourced railing factory, complete with world-class welders and state-of-the-art fabrication machines to create a beautiful high quality railing system specific for their project.”

The Result  (View slideshow of photos)

In addition to the numerous compliments and customer inquiries regarding the railing system,the Sustainable 9 team was very impressed with how accurate and complete each railing section arrived to the job-site. “Initially, we had apprehension about ordering a customized railing system for a project sight-unseen but their team of designers – and overall customer service I might add – was absolutely great on guiding us through the installation which (Read on)

Project Details: 

Location: Edina, Minnesota

Specifications: 

New construction; 5,144 sqft – 5BR/5BA

Recognition: 

2016 Spring Parade of Homes “Dream Home”

Design/Build Team:

Sustainable 9 Design + Build (www.sustainable9.com) | Jalin Design (www.jalin-design.com)

Photography: Images by @Spacecrafting

Railing Products:

AGS Stainless (www.AGSstainless.com – 888-842-9492)

Alpine Meadows Cabin, AGS Stainless, Inc.

When an adventure-loving couple decided to build a second home in the mountains for hosting friends, grown children, and-someday- grandchildren, they enlisted California based Studio Bergtraun Architects to design it on a steep site in the Sierra Nevada’s near Lake Tahoe. The firm took cues from the owners’ active, family-focused lifestyle to create a highly customized house on a challenging terrain

Situated on a 23-degree slope that receives some of the region’s heaviest snows, the steelframe structure’s poured-in-place concrete-mat slab is pinned to the hill’s underlying granite. Lead architect Alex Bergtraun undertook a considerable study of the steep site to create a driveway with a less than 5 percent incline that would allow the clients to pull in easily and, after a long day of skiing, enter the mudroom without having to navigate stairs.

In order to accommodate different combinations of occupants, Bergtraun designed a two-level structure with a lower floor that can be closed off. There, built-in bunk beds (accessible via rock-climbing holds) and two bedrooms for the couple’s adult children flank a central family room. Upstairs, the main floor contains the master suite and kitchen, living, and dining areas. A concrete bridge extending off the kitchen provides a small patio for grilling but requires minimal snow shoveling. (Thanks to the installation of climbing hooks on the edge, it also provides a platform for rappelling down to the creek below the house.)

“When it’s just the two owners, they can close off the lower section and heat only their area,” says the architect, “but in the future, when the whole family is present, the lower floor can become a space for younger generations to bond.”

LED uplights throughout the house reflect warm tones from the Douglas fir ceilings, while hot-rolled steel on the fireplace and cabinets provides contrasting texture. Custom furnishings continue the rustic-and-industrial theme: Bergtraun built an extra-long dining table with a galvanized-steel top, large industrial wheels, and leftover glulam.

“The clients wanted to make this a place that was really their own,” says Bergtraun. “It’s already become a hub of activity for family and friends, and it will be for years to come.”

See more Images of Project & Case Study

See the complete article in Architectural Record Magazine

 

2015 NADRA West Coast Golf Tournament June 27th

NADRA invites you to join us at our Inaugural West Coast Golf Tournament & Membership Drive to be held June 26-27, immediately following the US Open.

The event will be held at The White Horse Golf Course, located about 1-hour away from Seattle. NADRA’s 2015 Golf Tournament & Membership Drive is an opportunity for you have a great time with others in the industry and to see and learn first-hand what’s new in deck & railing products.

Premier Sponsor:

Itinerary:

Friday, June 26th:

6:00pm Welcome Reception at The Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort

Saturday, June 27th:

8:45am Registration at The White Horse Golf Course

  • 9:00am – Continental Breakfast
  • 10:00 – 12:00  – Industry Update from NADRA and Keynote presentation from AGS Stainless, Inc. – Kevin Harris
  • 12:00pm – Contests, Boxed Lunch, Practice Range
  • 1:00pm – Shotgun Start
  • 6:00pm – Dinner & Awards Ceremony

More information about AGS Stainless, Inc keynote:

Increasing project profitability through the use of custom-made, pre-fabricated stainless steel railing systems:

NADRA member manufacturer AGS Stainless will be delivering this year’s Key Note presentation; “Increasing project profitability through the use of custom-made, pre-fabricated stainless steel railing systems”. Although undeniably gorgeous, most builders shy away from recommending stainless steel railings to their clients. The challenge is that adding a stainless steel railing system to a home often requires the builder to subcontract the railings to a local metal fabricator, substantially increasing project costs. This presentation will include a discussion of how pre-fab railings work, as well as recommendations on when and where to suggest pre-fab rails to your clients. Included in this presentation will be a panel discussion with some remodelers who will discuss how and when they have incorporated pre-fab stainless steel rails into their interior and exterior projects.

We have secured a block of rooms at The Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort

The resort features a waterfront hotel, full-service spa, high-tech meeting spaces and the excitement of casino nightlife with table games, slots, dedicated Keno and Poker rooms plus much more!

Below are some details about making your room reservation:

  • Group discounted rate for Friday, June 26th and Saturday, June 27th
  • Call: 866.609.8700 Follow the prompts for hotel reservations. Please say you are with the NADRA group.
  • Room type: Single or Double occupancy
  • Check in is at 4pm
  • Room rates: $107.10 per night total with taxes and fees
  • Release date is June 10th. The ENTIRE Resort is SOLD OUT except for NADRA’s block of rooms. Do not wait to make your reservation.

More Information

If you need additional help with registration, please call us and we will help you get signed up! There are a lot of options between single players, and sponsorships that include foursomes.. please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you want NADRA to help you register. We are here to help. Direct line: 215.679.4884 or 215.317.2018

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Save the date: NADRA Washington Golf Outing, June 27


Online registration and sponsorship opportunities will be available online very soon. If you are interested in getting involved or sponsoring this big event, please contact NADRA.