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Amazing Glazing (Part 2): Our Toughened Glass Balustrades

Round brushed steel closeGlass staircases are certainly on-trend in the home renovation world at the moment. Whether it is our standard glass, super clear low-iron, sandblasted, coloured or shaped, our glass staircases are chosen for their aesthetic qualities. And like anything that you love – looks aren’t everything. All our toughened glass balustrades are thermally strengthened to ensure that they are safe for the job it is they are designed to do.

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Amazing Glazing (Part 1): Glass Cutting

Shaped Glass with square steel clampsGlass comes in all shapes and sizes which is great for us as so do our staircases. Our design and surveying teams take great care to ensure that all glass balustrading is made to measure and fits perfectly into your staircase regardless whether you’re opting for embedded or clamped glass, glass spindles or shaped cut-string balustrade glass.

We select experienced, proven glass suppliers carefully to ensure we can install excellent quality glass into our staircases. Our suppliers receive our glass drawings as a CAD file from our design team and then precision cut each panel before sending for toughening.

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We’ve all to start somewhere: A little from The Princes Trust

At a time when the news is full of doom and gloom, it’s good to be reminded of some of the many good people and things which are still out there.

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Way back in 1996, our much younger (and slightly less hairy) directors, Craig Abbott & Mike Wade were amongst the first recipients in Merseyside of a Prince’s Trust grant to contribute towards the tools needed for their fledgling new business.

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Write a guest feature on our news page

As a small family-run business, we appreciate the importance of expertise and specialist knowledge. If you think your expert insight would be of interest to our customers why not get in touch? Whether you can advise on stair carpets or you’re an interior designer with great ideas for hall decoration, maybe you’re an estate agent who can advise customers of how to add more value to their home or maybe you’ve been renovating your home and want to share some of your experiences, send us an email at info@abbottwade.co.uk and your Guest Blog could appear on our website and social media.

Turn economic groans into hurrahs for your homes: It’s time to invest in your property

1273179534-300pxBrexit came as a surprise to many of us and the economists reported the events with caution and suggested an economic slowdown. This can be bad news for homeowners looking to make a sale as there is usually a reduced demand for housing as buyers become more nervous and are put off buying. In turn, this often leads to a reduction in the value of a home which is very bad news, especially if you’re downsizing as you stand to lose more on the home you are selling than the you would save on the home you are buying.

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The Mighty Oak

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We may never learn exactly what magic allows such an impressively large tree to fit inside such a tiny acorn, but with a mature oak tree producing 2,200 acorns a year there’s plenty more miracles still waiting to grow.

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Maximising small staircases

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The best things come in small packages. Not true of bank balances, but often true of many staircases. While we’ve installed some grand staircases over the years, the majority of us are slightly less well-endowed when it comes to our stairs. Many of the family homes we visit may only consist of two and a half newel posts – but size, after all, isn’t everything. Continue reading…