Katrina Ralston remembers when her parents set out for a vacation to Europe back in the mid-1980s. At the time, her dad, Ernie Ralston, owned and operated their family’s business on the edge of the San Francisco Bay – a rigging shop (Feeney Wire Rope & Rigging) that handled heavy duty industrial rigging for tow trucks, bridges, cranes, aircraft carriers and over-head lifting ventures. Katrina, who is now the president of Sales/Finance/Operations/Marketing at that same family business – now known as Feeney – recalls her dad coming back from the trip with a big idea.
That big idea was to expand the family’s industrial rigging business to produce cable railing infill for interior and exterior applications. Ernie began experimenting with the marine cable and fittings he had in stock and transformed them into an architectural railing system with simple, clean lines. The result was , a durable, easy-to-install railing system that is not only functional and attractive, but also preserves the view – whether that’s the shoreline of a lake or ocean, a stunning mountain range, or a beautifully-landscaped backyard or garden.
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Images: (left) Nat Rea Photography; (right) Huston Kennedy, RiverWorks Design Studio
Like the Ralston’s original rigging and wire rope business, their cable rail system has expanded over the years to include a slew of different applications along with accessories that complement every style of home (as you’ll see below). The company also offers the aluminum railing system, which provides even more design options.
The teak wood bannister on top of the system below lets the modern, clean-lined aesthetic of the building and surrounding pool landscape shine. Feeney offers for purchase that you (or a professional) can install, as well as custom solutions.
Image below: Kurt Krueger
Image below: The system meshes perfectly in this home filled with mixed woods and a rustic modern vibe. Photo by Christian Edwards, Timberline Construction
Image below: This ultra-modern space with architectural-grade plywood built-ins gets a metallic lift from the system leading to the second floor. Photo by Ferrier Custom Homes
Image below: This sophisticated-leaning second level with rich wood tones and nods to the past benefits from the clean, minimal lines of the system surrounding the landing seating area. Photo by P. Chandler
Image below: The expansive porch on this modern version of a ranch house is unfettered by heavy railing, allowing for views of the landscape beyond through the low profile system. Image by Henry Ambrose Architectural Photography
Image below: This exterior showcases a modern railing system that works perfectly with more traditional architectural elements like the trellis panels attached to the lower deck area. Photo by John A. Prokos, GUND Partnership
Image below: The owners of this traditional home with gorgeous lake views opted for glossy wood decking and a mix of light stained wood with white composite posts as the anchors for the system. Photo by Patrick Brickman Photography
Image below: Here the system encloses a small porch that serves as both a kitchen garden and a rela seating area. Photo by June King, Landmark Landscape Company
Image below: The powder coating on this DesignRail® railing with wood top and infill on a bridge-style walkway matches the concrete exterior of the modern-minimalist home for a seamless look. Photo by Huston Kennedy, RiverWorks Design Studio
Image below: Feeney’s recently introduced that blend architectural design with durability to provide stylish protection from the elements.
Image below: We love that Feeney also has offerings in the garden realm. Their trellis pieces add a delicate, sculptural feel to outdoor spaces. You can see more of their outdoor garden pieces .
Images: Feeney, Inc.
With so many options, it’s easy to optimize your view!