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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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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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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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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Custom Stair Railing

A builder in Delaware was creating a custom home. The interior designer wanted to have a custom stair and railing built. As a statement, the interior designer wanted the railing to attach directly to the sides of stair treads. To accomplish this, the round pickets came down from the top and bent 90°. We welded…

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Classical Ironwork Staircase

A client in VA was renovating a home from the basement to the attic. Part of the renovation was for a custom stair to provide an egress point from the basement to the grade level. The client chose the stair design to be a beautiful classical ironwork staircase design. However, the client debated between a…

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Stacked Double Helical Staircase

A  builder on the New Jersey shore was building an exceptional home for a client. To provide access to the 2nd and 3rd floor deck on the back of the house, the architect had designed two flights of double helical stairs This gave the visual impression of a stacked double helical staircase. We created the…

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Double Helical Stair

A client on the New Jersey shore was building an exceptional home. This build featured a second story deck. In order to access the second floor deck, they needed a staircase. They went with an exceptional double helical stair design. The initial idea was to have the double helical stair start from the first-floor deck…

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