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)

Learn more about AGS Stainless Here: AGSStainless.com

 

Choosing the correct wood for your outdoor project

Choosing the correct wood for your outdoor project, by: Lonza Wood Protection

This past year the wood preserving industry took a bold stance on quality when the American Wood Protection Association (AWPA) voted to require higher amounts of preservative for wood used in many applications. The AWPA, an organization comprised of individuals from all facets of the wood protection industry that sets standards for wood preservation and treated wood, updated its standards to require wood treated to Ground Contact retentions be used in many physically above-ground applications, including when:

  • soil or other debris may build up and stay in contact with the wood
  • insufficient ventilation does not allow air circulation around wood
  • material is installed <6 inches above the ground on permeable building materials
  • material is installed in contact with non-durable untreated or older construction with evidence of decay
  • wood is subject to frequent or recurring wetting
  • located in tropical climates
  • the wood is both:

— difficult to maintain, repair or replace and

— critical to the performance and safety of the entire system

Building codes require that preserved wood comply with these standards and the installer must decide if these conditions are present, select, and install the correct material for the project.  The wood preserving industry and many retailers have helped implement these standards by switching inventories of lumber in sizes commonly used for structural parts of decks to Ground Contact retentions. Some retailers have switched all lumber, including decking and railing, to Ground Contact retentions. These changes benefit builders and consumers by removing the guesswork from the decision process. Buyers can focus on their project rather than deciding if they need to purchase Ground Contact wood.

“It is important,” says, Jay Hilsenbeck, chemist and residential product specialist from Lonza Wood Protection, “to educate builders, contractors, and DIYers so they know what wood to choose for their project. During Deck Safety Month® we focus on deck inspections, but we should also focus on quality and proper construction practices before construction begins. The builder should consider the deck surroundings. For a deck built close to the ground, for example, Ground Contact retentions would be required under the new AWPA guidelines.”

The contractor should also consider what parts of the deck (joists, beams, ledger boards, posts) are important to sustain the structure and are more expensive or time-consuming to repair after the project is complete. The contractor and homeowner should work together to discuss the environmental conditions such as if the deck will be subject to constant wetting from a pool or sprinklers or if there will be debris build-up.

With that knowledge, contractors and homeowners can have peace-of-mind that they have chosen the appropriate preserved wood for the project. Contractors can offer their clients the confidence that they are providing a durable outdoor living space for their homeowner clients to enjoy for many years.

Each May, during Deck Safety Month®, homeowners can focus on evaluating the items in the deck safety checklist, knowing their deck was built using the right preserved wood.

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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.

MEDIA: 

To download hi-resolution images of AGS Stainless railing systems, visit: AGS Media Site 

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Stuart Hanson, Hanson Communications ph. 253.677.5337 | shanson@Hanson-Comm.com

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)