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Clean and Elegant NYC Railing and Fence

A general Contractor was doing a complete renovation on a home in Upper East Side in NYC. The old Iron railing was decrepit and the design was dated. The client wanted to update the Iron railing design to be more current, yet not break from visual of a landmark property. Along with the stair railing…

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Bucks County Railing with an English Flair

A couple in Bucks County, PA had an older home and had revitalized the front terrace. They needed a classic terrace railing design that would be authentic with the house. The couple spent a lot of time in London and wanted the design to be reminiscent of the Hyde Park area. After looking at many,…

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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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Brass Railing on Glass Stair

A client was building his Dream home and had a modern staircase with glass railing. A challenge was that to meet code requirements on the curved glass railing, he needed a graspable handrail. He wanted to enhance the contemporary stair design with a round brass handrail. An additional challenge was that all the brackets had…

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Compass Iron Security at ASIS NYC!

  Compass Iron Security participated in the ASIS NYC conference last week. A gathering of over 2500 security professionals from across the country to see the latest in thought leadership and technology. The latest gadgets in surveillance cameras, crash barriers, driveway gate openers, perimeter security and active shooter detection were debated. Probably the highest interest…

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Exterior Railing that Accentuates the Architecture

Clients were building their dream home on their wooded lot in the Mainline Philadelphia area. They had need for extensive stair and terrace railings. They explored material and design options by browsing through many railing pictures. They choose custom-forged solid aluminum pickets for the strength and rigidity, plus the elegance and character they provided without…

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