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St Joseph’s Day

St Jospephs dayMarch 19th marks St Joseph’s Day which is significant to us as Joseph (husband of Mary and step father to Jesus) is the Patron Saint of Carpenters.

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Avoid Rogue Traders: Choosing the Right Company

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If you’re thinking of renovating or replacing your staircase, you’re choosing to make a big investment in your home so it’s important to make sure you choose the best company for the job. Many homeowners are wary of ‘cowboy builders’, but as these cowboys don’t wear 10 gallon hats and ride in on a horse – so how to you spot them?

Our guide isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ model, but it’ll help to give you an idea. Some legitimate smaller companies may not have the same resources as others – but if you see too many red flags – walk away…

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15mm Frameless Glass

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15mm Frameless Glass Balustrades: The beauty of designing a bespoke staircase is that every staircase is unique. Each customer a new individual with their own specifications, every challenge fresh and every setting with its own special requirements. What’s more, there are so many combinations you can opt for. With a range of hardwoods, special stains or paints, a wide variety of spindles and different styles of toughened glass to be embedded into the balustrade rails or fitted securely with different styles of bracket. Even the newel posts can be custom fluted or chamfered or even especially CNCed to complete a quarter turn to give a truly unique twist.

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World Book Day

classic-winnie-the-pooh-32_1780x2406A member of our office team worked as a primary school teacher prior to joining Abbott-Wade and has fond memories of dressing up in school each World Book Day. As a family business, we love to celebrate World Book Day too (although we aren’t sure how our customers would feel if they found a team of carpenters dressed as Where’s Wally and Harry Potter installing their staircases). Instead, we thought we’d share a relevant poem by Winnie the Pooh author AA Milne from his 1924 collection ‘When We Were Very Young’:

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Stair in disbelief: 6 Staircases transformed by murals

The world is full of stairs; dull, humdrum stairs. Fortunately, street artists from around the world have transformed staircases in these public spaces into masterpieces. Viewed from the right vantage point, they create a feast for the eyes, uplift communities and create a vibrant public spaces.

Journey around the world with us…

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Auckland, New Zealand: Credit: Flickr / Pablo Garbarino

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Stair in disbelief: 6 Staircases transformed by colour

The world is full of stairs; dull, humdrum stairs. Fortunately, street artists from around the world have transformed staircases in these public spaces into masterpieces. Viewed from the right vantage point, they create a feast for the eyes, uplift communities and create a vibrant public spaces.

Journey around the world with us…

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Stair in disbelief: 6 Staircases transformed by mosaics

Since the 3rd millennium BC, mosaics have played a part in decorative art; most famously in the patterns and pictures in Ancient Rome and Ancient Greece.

But not to be left in past, mosaics have been used to turn outdoor staircases into wonderful works of colourful art in cities around the world.

Journey around the world with us…

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The 16th Avenue, San Francisco: Credit: Flickr / Momo Liew

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New Flights: Meeting regulations & surpassing expectations

Half Landing with chamfered spindlesWe have 20 years experience installing new staircases and it’s important to make sure that whoever you choose to install your staircase knows exactly what they’re doing. As a trusted family business, all our staircases comply with current UK building regulations. From making sure that the steepness of the stairs (as dictated by the rise and going), complies with Section K1 of the building regulations to constructing balustrades using quality materials, we’re always one step ahead when it comes to ensuring your safety. We also know how to ensure that limitations imposed by the regulations do not need to compromise the design and aesthetics of your staircase.

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Happy New Year from Abbott-Wade

New Year is the time of year when we set ourselves goals with the best of intentions. Whether you’re going to read more, spend a few pounds to treat yourself to something special you’ve been meaning to get around to for ages or even commit to losing a few pounds from around your waist.

What you may not have known is that Abbott-Wade can help with all of the above. Request our brochure to achieve ‘read more’, splash out on a new Abbott-Wade oak staircase to achieve ‘treat yourself’ and finally you’ll be up and down those new oak treads enjoying the experience so much that you could even achieve ‘lose a few pounds’ before you know it!

 

Happy New Year from Everyone at Abbott-Wade Staircases!