Archive for June 2019

Custom Iron Privacy Fence

After 10 years, I was finally able to check off one item from Susie’s to do list. For years, she wanted a privacy fence that has a barrier to separate us from noisy neighbors and the neighborhood convenience store. Wood, vinyl, composite or masonry fence simply was not an option. With our love and passion…

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How big do you like your Whoopie Pies?

This past Saturday, at a benefit auction for the clinic for special children, we bought a “3 ft” whoopie pie! At 3″ thick, it was the biggest Shady Maple could make! What is more Lancaster County than a whoopie pie? And such a whopper! That Saturday the Compass Team was not concerned about creating Iron…

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Classic Architecture with Beautiful Appeal

An architect was designing a classic home in the mainline Philadelphia area. The foyer stair railing design was an issue between the client and the architect. The design needed to be simplistic enough not to over power the foyer area and to stay within budget. Yet a plain and simple railing design was not acceptable…

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Spiral Staircase on the Shore Front

A custom home builder was building a beautiful home for a client in Ventner, New Jersey. The plans called for a custom spiral stair on the oceanfront for the clients to traverse from first floor to 2nd floor terrace. The location right at the beach meant that whatever spiral stairs was installed would be subjected…

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Japanese Inspired Moon Gate in West Windsor Park, NJ

A landscape architect was designing a public space in a park in New Jersey. The entire park had an Japanese theme design. So he designed this unique “gate” for a walking trail. Called the Moon Gate, it is a simple rectangular structure with a hole for pedestrians to pass through. Desiring the uniqueness of a…

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