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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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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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@StairRenovation on Social Media: Houzz

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If you haven’t heard of Houzz before, it’s a great place to start when you’re looking for ideas for all parts of your home. Whatever aspect of home renovation or home improvement you’re planning, from a new kitchen, bedroom furnishings or revamping your living room, Houzz‘s online community of over 40 million homeowners from all over the world have packed the website full of ideas for all parts of your home. With ideas from home owners, home design enthusiasts and specialists such as Abbott-Wade, you’re sure to find both inspiration and advice.

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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.

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Auckland, New Zealand: Credit: Flickr / Pablo Garbarino

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New Premises 2017

At Abbott-Wade we’re always looking to the future. It’s part of our policy of continuous improvement but goes beyond that. Since our early days back in 1996 we have always made a conscious effort to invest in our staff and our infrastructure: our fleet, our tools, our materials and of course – our building.

We’ve left behind our old home in Lowton but stayed close to our St Helens roots. Our new premises in the beautiful village of Burtonwood on the outskirts of Warrington was famously a major airbase used by both the RAF and American forces during WW2. The site was visited by stars of the day such as Glen Miller & his band, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby & Humphrey Bogart among others as well as high ranking officials such Generals Eisenhower and Patton. It’s even rumoured that Burtonwood the only place in the UK ever visited by Elvis Presley  – though he never actually got off the plane.

The base was finally closed in 1994 and with the arrival of Abbott-Wade in the village, Burtonwood will now be home to a ‘stairbase’ rather than an ‘airbase’ and will accommodate plains not planes in our building fitted out to help our business run more efficiently than ever before.

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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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@StairRenovation on Social Media: Instagram

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We love the informal simplicity of Instagram, the online community of over 5,000,000 visual storytellers, but it’s not all teenage girls taking photographs of their lunches. Search the hashtags and you’ll find lots of photos of #homeimprovement, #architecture and even #staircases.

You can follow Abbott-Wade to see not only the glossy photos from our online gallery but also (in this modern world of camera smartphones) some real-time photographs taken by our installations teams and other things of interest to us and hopefully you.

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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.

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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!