Modern and Minimalistic Railing

A builder in the Washington DC area was creating a custom contemporary home. It had 2 flights of stairs that required custom stair railings. When the initial budget design conversation was initiated the custom railing design was very minimalistic. It included ½” round vertical pickets, 2 ¼” caprail, 1 ½” X ½” bar channel and…

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Bronze Railing

A client in Pennsylvania wanted custom railings for the double set of steps to their front door. The custom railing design required a continuous dialogue between the client and our design team so we could all zero in on the exact desired design and budget. The clients wanted functional safety, but with some railing design…

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Ornate Tree Railing

Clients in the greater Philadelphia area had several stairs without any railings that they contacted us to remedy. They were really attracted to our company by our artistic railing of the Japanese Maple tree design style. The clients project entailed a long, curved stair that they wanted a stair handrail for. They also had steps…

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Custom Cable Rail

A custom home builder was working on a project in a secluded area of northern New Jersey. On the back of the house project was a large outdoor living area. It also had a stair to go down to grade level. This project also included a second-floor terrace over part of the first floor living…

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Custom Ironwork

As part of a backyard renovation, a builder in Lancaster PA was creating a beautiful pool house and outdoor living area. The architect had created the pool house design with a combination of exposed timbers, stone walls, and iron railings. On the south side of the building the stone countertop also created the bottom of…

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Stunning Iron Stair Railing

A local builder had renovated a home in the mainline Philadelphia area. The style was in the current best- selling trend, rustic modern farmhouse design. As part of the renovation, the interior iron stair railing design had a mix of traditional and minimalist design aspects. The stunning iron stair railing design had a standard molded…

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Top Job 2024

Compass Ironworks was presented a silver award from the 2024 NOMMA Top Job Competition for a complete residential stair entitled “Invisible Rigidity.” The Top Job 2024 competition is held annually. It is hosted by National Ornamental and Miscellaneous Metals Association (NOMMA). It is a competition where metal fabricators from across the country enter their best,…

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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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