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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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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Wrought Iron look alike Balcony Railing

A homeowner in the Mainline Philadelphia area was doing a home renovation. As part of the project, they wanted a Juliet balcony to add architectural interest, as well as functionality to an exterior space they wanted to utilize. The client wanted a wrought iron look alike balcony railing.  So, at the initial design meeting we…

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Juliet Balcony

A previous client in southeastern PA had built a structure to house his automotive collection. In the top story of this structure he desired to build a “man cave” or area to hang out, host parties, relax and unwind. The design vision was to have double doors open out to a Juliet balcony. That is…

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Ornate Railing

A New Jersey couple was building an exceptional house on the river. They brought in a local architect to work out the details of their build. They wanted a spectacular iron stairway railing design to accentuate the sensational spatial design. The challenge was for an iron railing design that had a level of formality and…

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