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A day in the life of an Abbott-Wade designer

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Far from being a lonely life out on the road, our design team relish the chance to visit customers up and down the country. With a small, dedicated team of designers with lots of experience, our customers have been enjoying the warm, friendly and relaxed approach you would expect from a family business which is in stark contrast to the more aggressive style and ‘sales games’ employed by our competitors.
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Tiny tips for making a homely hallway

It doesn’t have to be a New Year’s resolution or part of the annual spring clean – decluttering is said to be ‘good for the home and good for the soul’ and now is the time to start! Let’s begin with your hallway, it is after all the first room in your home which your guests will see. We visit lots of homes all over the country and we learn a few things alone the way. We see what people do well and what they don’t. We’ve come up with our 6 favourite tips we’ve picked up on our travels for making the most of what you’ve got. They may be obvious, but they’re important.

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A treat for the toes: Margaret Dabbs, Cheltenham

Margaret Dabbs - BeauticiansIf anyone understands style, beauty and luxury, it’s the Margaret Dabbs brand.

Since opening her pioneering series of Foot Clinics in 1998, Margaret also created a range of foot products to fuse both the health and beauty of her customers’ feet. From London to Dubai, Margaret’s clinics have gone from strength to strength. Discerning clients from the beautiful Spa Town of Cheltenham now have the opportunity to experience the Margaret Dabbs treatment in their recently opened fifth clinic. Continue reading…

Add style to your hallway

A hallway is more than just a means of accessing other rooms in your home, it is, and should be regarded as a room in it’s own right, especially as it probably the first room to receive visitors and usually receives the most traffic and wear and tear. It therefore sounds obvious to identify that it should be kept clean and tidy with shoes tidied away and skirting boards touched up after scuffs.

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Catching up with old friends

Catching up with old friendsIt’s a couple of years since we first met our friends at Smart Furnishings.

The staircase in the center of their store was in need of a renovation and we were glad to be of service. Since this time, the lovely people at Smart Furnishings have been happy to invite people into their store to see the quality of the installation for themselves before taking the plunge with a staircase of their own and even pointing their own customers in our direction. Continue reading…

Another Abbott-Wade staircase stuns Rightmove

Screen Shot 2016-07-07 at 13.15.45It’s not the first time that an Abbott-Wade staircase been used as a major selling point for a beautiful house. The customer selling this home was very disappointed to be leaving behind his beautiful oak staircase. The striking oak feature step with a backdrop of chamfered oak and forged steel Winsor spindles acending the oak stairs still makes a striking impact in the entrance hall several years on from their original installation.

 

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Abbott-Wade at 20: What sets us apart from our competition?

20th AnniversaryIt’s official – we’ve now entered our 20th year in business!

Unlike other companies who claim to have 20 years experience because someone there once sold a few stair parts, Abbott-Wade have been specialising in the installation and renovation of staircases since the beginning. Since that historic venture in 1996, there have been weddings and babies, laughter and tears, familiar faces come and gone. While a lot has changed over the years, a lot of things also remain the same.

There are lots of things which have always set us apart from other staircase installation companies, like our prefinished materials which mean that once our fitting teams have visited, the work is compete without the need for return visits by painters or French polishers. Not all companies can offer you the choice of a new flight or a renovation either, as Abbott-Wade does. These are important factors to consider when choosing a company to transform your staircase, but we don’t pretend that these factors are exclusive to Abbott-Wade, so what else sets us apart from the others? Continue reading…

A small company with a big conscience

Enviro friendlyWe understand that lots of little things add up to make a big difference, so we know that it’s not just the big changes we make which make an impact either. We’re a family business, not a big faceless organisation and we like to think of ourselves as a company with a conscience – whether it’s the way we treat our staff, our customers or the environment. We know that it’s the little things we do which culminate to make the biggest impact.

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Celebrating Individual Successes

IMG_8867One of the many nice things of being a small business is being able to celebrate individual successes and there have been many. We have celebrated new homes, marriages and new babies. We swelled with pride when our hardworking apprentices received their qualifications, when team leader Lee gained his HND with distinctions and when fitter Charles represented his country on a Canadian rugby tour.

Now we’d like to take a moment to share with you the achievement of our very own ‘Clarke Kent’.
Mild mannered and unassuming fitter Ellis Grimes has always shown that he excels with his joinery skills, but now our very own Superman has demonstrated his expertise on the rugby field.  Continue reading…