Design Inspiration Scrapbook

 For over a decade, we have been closely following interior design and architecture magazines to see what the hottest styles are. As soon as we see a photos of iron stair railings with a modern mono-stringer staircase design, we tear it out and add it to our inspiration folder. The wrought iron design inspiration folder…

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Design Guide 2024

Introducing the Compass Design Guide 2024! Your one stop shop that provides over 250 pages of exceptional ironwork for architects, designers, and clients to pull inspiration from. This guide helps assist in the design selection process. It also provides thought leadership in Iron gates, balcony railings, property fences, and custom stairs for the design community.…

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Spiral Loft Stair

A prominent architect was designing a house and horse barn attachment for a property in the Philadelphia region. The house had its separate area, as well as the horse barn, but the connector area had a mancave on its 2nd floor. The client wanted a custom spiral stair to be able to gain access from…

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Beautiful Balcony

A home was being renovated in Old Town, Alexandria and the designer wanted a second floor balcony and railing. The idea was for it to have an authentic look to the property and it’s original construction. There were several design ideas that were considered. These included a cast iron railing design, as well as a…

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Custom Modern Railing

And client was building an exceptional home in a modern architectural style on the New Jersey shore. There was need for terrace railings, exterior stair railings, and balcony railings for the master bedroom and safety railings for the bulkhead area. So we created them custom modern railings for each of these areas. The client evaluated…

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Spiral Staircase and Railing

A couple in Maryland were renovating their outdoor living space. They desired to create a modern railing design in addition to a spiral staircase. This would provide ease of access from an outside elevated deck to their basement area. To maximize the deck space and add a unique aesthetic, we designed the deck railing  to…

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Living Finish Bronze Railing

A client on the New Jersey shore was building an exceptional home. Both the client and his architect were looking for an extraordinary railing design. They wanted a railing created from solid bronze in a horizontal design. The railing design was for ½ “solid round bars to be spaced 4” on center, and for the…

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Bringing Back the Authentic

A homeowner at the New Jersey shore had a house that was originally built in the 1920s. This house had been the original model home for a subdivision back in the day. It was even referenced on a map of the island; further indicating how just much of a landmark this home was in the…

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Classical Ironwork along the Skyline

We are seeing a resurgence of affluent residential high rises being designed and constructed in classical architecture. Here at Compass Ironworks we had the privilege of being involved firsthand by designing and creating exceptional ironwork railings for one of these affluent residences. VERANDA ARTICLE: To support this obvious resurgence, the Sept-Oct issue of Veranda wrote…

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Marina Stainless Cable Railings

A developer in Maryland was building an exceptional enclave of marina bay-front condominiums. They wanted contemporary balcony railings to accentuate the architecture of the residential complex. Original Plan: The original dialogue was about utilizing stainless-steel cable infill with a custom aluminum railing structure. The aluminum railing was proposed to be powder-coated a brilliant sparkle silver…

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