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Staircase Stories

Whether in a terrace or a town house, a mansion or a maisonette – every stairwell and every staircase has it’s own unique story. Abbott-Wade have been collecting some of these stories on our travels around the country; finding out out the reasons for transformations, the history and inspiration of staircases in homes just like yours.

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Carpeting your stairs

Carpeting your staircase

 

Of course, carpets aren’t about aesthetics, they soften noise from the stairs which are a high-traffic area of the home and add additional comfort and warmth underfoot. Choosing the right style of carpet for your home is like buying an item of clothing – it’s all about what suits your style and needs. It must also be in keeping with the character of your home. There are also other pragmatic considerations for when you’re choosing a carpet. For example, do you opt for a thick and luxuriously soft carpet or a more hard wearing material like sisal or coir which is more corse in texture? Lighter cream and whites are great for making a stairway feel brighter but have the downside of showing up dirt and stains on the stairs – which is bound to happen given the high levels of through-traffic in this this part of the home.

What is right for one home is not right for another, but how do you know what the right choice is? One tip is simply to take a look at what other homeowners have chosen to do and try to reflect on whether the same ideas will transfer to your home. You will see ideas you like – equally you’ll see ideas which you don’t. This is also useful as it will help you to remove certain styles from the equation. Similarly, you may have an idea in your mind but be surprised by something you see which changes your perspective in a positive or negative way.

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We Only Photograph Real Staircases in Real Homes

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It’s interesting to consider as you browse our website that the images we use are of Abbott-Wade staircases in real homes up and down the country. Some are taken by a photographer after the installation but many are taken by our fitting teams after the installations are complete and also by our customers who are are keen to showcase their beautiful new staircases.

It is also interesting to note that you will not see the same staircase duplicated in a different colour or design because unlike other staircase companies because we do not use photographic sets or rendered images.

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5 ways a bespoke staircase can increase the value of your home.

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It is not so much that a staircase increases the value in direct correlation to what the staircase cost, it is the increase in desirability of the home overall which benefits the sale price. Read on to learn why and how a staircase can influence potential buyers of your home.

As the Director of Kings Estate Agents, I have sold many homes both with and without luxury staircases.

Here is what I believe to be the top reasons you should invest in remodelling and specifying a bespoke staircase for your home.

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Staircases in Culture: Music

Staircases have been around in one form or another for thousands of years and have become an integral part of our culture. In this article as part of our ‘Staircases in Culture’ series, we look at staircases in music – and we promise that at no point will we reference the pop group Steps!

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@StairRenovation on Social Media: YouTube

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We aren’t extensive users of YouTube but we are part of it’s online community with a small collection of videos sharing information about who we are and what we do. You will no doubt have seen the video on our home page and those within our news pages and if these have been of interest to you, it’s well worth subscribing to our channel to keep up to date of any new videos we publish in the future.

 

You can visit & subscribe our Youtube Channel here

@StairRenovation on Social Media: Tumblr

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Tumblr is a blogging platform which combines aspects of other social media platforms and allows us post photos like Instagram, videos like YouTube, links to articles of interest like Twitter as well as full news stories like this blog. Like Twitter, hashtags allow us to escape the pigeon hole of staircase renovations and engage in #familybusiness and #carpentry or #joinery affairs, share stories, videos, articles and advice.

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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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