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Our dedication to top-quality service and installation not only shows in the work we do, but in the incredible feedback we get from our valued clients. Here is what they have to say about AR2 Design Studios.

I would give them 100 out of 10

November 3, 2023

No words can do justice for IDS Metal and its crews. They did outstanding work for my stair railing. I have replaced the entire wood stair at my home that made of oak wood and replaced it with new treads and risers. I was looking into different companies to replace my old wood railing with glass panels and metal posts and railing and I have interviewed different companies. The first one was with Shawn Afsharjavan from IDS Metal company and I knew from the first time I have met him that I will assign the entire job to this company. The questions he was asking me, the focus and the discussion of so many details, the explanations he was providing me for each and single question, his reliability and transparency in our talk, motivated me and without any hesitation to work with them and they didn’t disappoint me at all. I showed Shawn some pictures from his web site and he was explaining all the details, what would work in my house and doesn’t work with honest and clarity. Before I take my decision, he sent me pictures of his previous work at other residences which show the preciseness and the beauty of his work. Shawn was also able to accommodate any minor changes from my side before the production process. What I liked the most is the large floor plans he provided before the work start which gave me a clear Idea how the work will be implemented and how it will look like at my house. It was also a good way to monitor the job during the installation process and compare it with what has been drawn on the papers. That was an amazing experience for me dealing with Shawn and his crew who mobilized five people during the installation process including himself. He was there the entire time during the installation process to make sure that everything is done perfectly and accurately. Even when I found a tiny error in the railing, he sent his crews right away to fix it. This company is truly keen on its reputation and the satisfaction of their customers. I have to mention one last thing, that Shawn wasn’t hesitant to dedicated several visits and hours to come to the job location to make sure that the measurements were taken accurately. If I would grade IDS metal work and service I would give them even 100 out of 10. I strongly recommend working with IDS Metal company and their crews particularly Shawn Afsharjavan. Thank you Shawn for the beautiful and stunning work. I would indeed repeat this experience again and again with you.

-Lubna H.
Example of Stainless Railing with Frameless Glass
Example of Stainless Railing with Frameless Glass

Nothing Short of Exemplary

July 31, 2023

IDS Metals’ glass railing and stairs project in the luxurious $5 million home is nothing short of exemplary. The flawless execution and meticulous attention to detail showcased by Shawn and his team are commendable. Notably, the absence of any criticism from inspectors speaks volumes about the exceptional craftsmanship and adherence to top-notch standards. The seamless integration of glass elements into the home’s design enhances both its aesthetic appeal and safety, exemplifying IDS Metals’ expertise in creating functional and visually stunning spaces. For any discerning homeowner or developer seeking excellence, this project serves as a glowing testament to IDS Metals’ ability to deliver unparalleled results, making it an absolute pleasure to witness such a remarkable achievement in modern architecture and design. Thanks,


Example of Mono Stringer Stairs with Frameless Glass Railing

Very Easy to Work With

June 2, 2023

I have worked with Shawn in multiple projects throughout my career as an architectural designer. Our 1st project together was in 2009. I was very satisfied with his work, so I have continued to work with IDS metals whenever I have a need for their products.

Shawn has great spatial understanding and fully interprets my vision on what I would like to achieve. His has a keen attention to detail at every stage of the project.  He is very easy to work with, making the process clear and simple.

-Carolina S.

His Installations Have Held Up Over Time

May 26, 2023

I highly recommend Shawn for his exceptional craftsmanship and expertise in creating custom stainless steel cable rails for our three expansive decks and two multistory staircases. Additionally, he skillfully incorporated glass walls into the design, further enhancing the aesthetic appeal of our space. Having collaborated with Shawn several years ago, we have been impressed with the longevity and durability of his work as evident in how well his installations have held up over time. Not only is Shawn a consummate professional, but he also possesses a keen sense of design. His ability to blend functionality with aesthetics resulted in an outstanding final product. Working with him was a pleasure due to his attention to detail, and overall commitment to excellence.


We Love Our New Railing

May 25, 2023

We are thrilled with our new railing! It is both beautiful and strong. Our neighbors and visitors have made many positive comments. Shawn helped us decide on the perfect design, and he personally measured our space. We were impressed with the highly skilled IDS Metals installation crew. We love our new railing, we know it will last for decades and look beautiful every day. We are pleased to recommend Shawn Afsharjavan and IDS Metals.

-Bob and Deb
Fairfax City, VA

Example of Exterior Stainless Railing

Amazing Work

March 15, 2021

Amazing work by IDS and Shawn! I had a quirky design and very small project. Shawn thought of all the details that I had not even considered. The stair railing need to match the inspiration for the the room and the details are what makes it perfect. On install day, the crew was clean, on time and super efficient! I’m looking for more metal projects so I can hire them again!!

-Barbara S.

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We Are Thrilled

January 9, 2021

We are thrilled with the outcome of our steel cable and oak railing. From the beginning of the project, Shawn was informative, thorough, and accessible. His knowledge of his craft and ensuing designs were masterful, yet he was open to our suggestions, aiming to please where possible. Along with his artisan metal worker, Kenny, as well as several assistants…..we now have a unique, custom-made work of art gracing our hallway. We highly recommend IDS and would absolutely connect in the future.

-Susan and Roy
Reston, VA

Attention to Detail is Simply Unsurpassed

October 5, 2016

IDS Metals has worked on several projects in our home in Great Falls throughout the past 3 years. Shawn’s designs, guidance, insight and dedicated attention to detail is simply unsurpassed in our experience. His staff are efficient and respectful and he is present for each installation. We look forward to more interactions as our renovations evolve in the future.

-Goga Smith
Great Falls, VA

We Absolutely Recommend This Company

September 27, 2016

We used IDS Metals to install glass and metal railing in our store in Georgetown. Although this was an extensive and difficult project we could not be more satisfied with the level of expertise and professionalism displayed by their team. The job was completed in a timely manner and on budget. More importantly it looks beautiful! We absolute recommend this company.


The Quality Of Work Is Impeccable

June 5, 2016

Shawn and his team installed cable and glass railings in my house. I initially wanted to install cable railings but Shawn suggested on one of the floors to install glass railings. I am very glad I followed his advice. It turned out to be the best options. Everything got installed in less than a day. Shawn led the work himself. He is very responsive and professional. The quality of work is impeccable.


Example of Cable Railing and Channel Glass Railing

A Perfectionist

January 31, 2016

Shawn was a pleasure to work with and a perfectionist with every detail! He offered additional ideas that enhanced our space even more!

-Jodi L.,  The Leigh Agency

No One Else Came Close

January 6, 2016

Shawn is a pleasure to work with and does fantastic work! I researched for ages and interviewed multiple pros before I found him. In terms of knowledge and experience, no one else came close. His portfolio showed examples of exactly what I wanted. You can see before and after photos of my house under projects. I went from Brady Bunch stairs with brown shag carpet to beautiful steel monostringers with cable rail and glass. Now I’m ready for Architectural Digest!

-Ellen Fox.

The Highest Quality Service

July 4, 2015

Shawn ensured IDS delivered the highest quality service and was personally engaged every step of the way. The precision in the final product simply cannot be beat. We had new interior and exterior railings installed and it gave our home a fresh, new look. Well worth the investment!!!

Falls Church, VA

Example of External Rod Railing

Friendly and Efficient

April 25, 2015

IDS Metals removed the old wooden railings on all 3 floors of our townhouse, and replaced them with beautiful tempered glass. We got good professional guidance on how to achieve the aesthetic appearance we wanted. The installation was quick and the installers were friendly and efficient. They also matched the wood trim nicely to my existing flooring. I have since recommended the company to my neighbors.


Friendly and Efficient

April 25, 2015

IDS Metals removed the old wooden railings on all 3 floors of our townhouse, and replaced them with beautiful tempered glass. We got good professional guidance on how to achieve the aesthetic appearance we wanted. The installation was quick and the installers were friendly and efficient. They also matched the wood trim nicely to my existing flooring. I have since recommended the company to my neighbors.


Friendly and Efficient

April 25, 2015

I always get the best service- very thorough- has great ideas- gives me detailed drawings and we get exactly what is expect and more.

-Shannon W.

Simply Outstanding!

April 14, 2015

Simply outstanding! We built a custom home with intricate architectural steel work in Georgetown. I was extremely impressed with the quality and precision of work performed by IDS. I’m reminded of Shawn and the excellent job he performed on daily basis. I highly recommend him for high-end architectural steel work.

-N. Dash
Georgetown, DC

Example of Stainless Railing with Cables

Excellent Customer Service

April 14, 2015

As an architect I worked with this company through one of my built project. In my experience, this company has my highest recommendation because of thier pricise, detial oriented and excellent job. They also are reliable and have outstanding level of professionalism and excellent customer service satisfactions.

-Far Studio

What a Great Experience

April 10, 2015

Absolute Professional! I worked with AR2 designs last year to install my Stainless Steel and Glass Stair Rail. What a great experience from the estimate phase through delivery. The installation team was extremely diligent and the final product was beyond expectations. I would recommend this company to anyone who is serious about installing a modern hand rail design in their home.


Gifted Craftsmen

April 8, 2015

Shawn and his company IDS Metals are very gifted craftsmen. They have a great design eye and are true artists. They care as much as we do about customer satisfaction and quality of the finished product. They work well with architects, builders and homeowners. I look forward to doing more projects with them in the future. Their work, due to its technical and complicated nature, is expensive to design and fabricate, but their pricing is very competitive when compared to other quality craftsmen. We highly recommend them for custom stairs and railings.

-Ballard + Mensua Architecture
Washington, DC

It Was a Joy

April 8, 2015

It was a joy to work with IDS Metals. I renovate lots of houses and can count on one hand the number of sub contractors that make my job that much easier. Shawn is one of those professionals that understood what I needed, listened, went away and created and made as many visits to problem solve that he needed to get the install right.


-Home Productions
Washington, DC

Off-The-Charts Phenomenal

November 2, 2008

We have been meaning to send you our deepest thanks for the rail you put in our new home in Bethesda. They are absolutely beautiful and give the whole house a new and fresh look. We appreciate your quick turnaround time! They look off-the-charts phenomenal! Thank you!

-Carolina S.

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