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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…

Staircase Stories: James and Shelagh, Warwickshire

When Chartered Surveyor James – from Shakespeare’s own county and with the Bard’s grace and eloquence, had decided that his current staircase did nothing to compliment the original architecture of his home.  James and his wife Shelagh decided the time was right to breath new life into their stairs with a call to Abbott-Wade. Chunky, oversized oak newel posts replaced those of the original staircase with embedded glass securing the balustrade.

“After thirty years, the house at last feels ‘all of a piece’; the cornerstone of the aesthetic is now in place.  The historic and the contemporary are now in harmony.  A very satisfactory, and very satisfying, result.” – James & Shelagh

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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…

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…

Staircase Stories: Mr & Mrs Cooke, Oxfordshire

Mr & Mrs Cooke in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire had been without a staircase balustrade for many years and the advent of grandchildren prompted concerns for the safety of visiting youngsters. A new balustrade in-keeping with the rest of the staircase was needed, not a problem for the Staircase Specialists! Big or small, there’s a solution for all.

“Your prices were keen and your designs suited what we needed.” 

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Staircase Stories: Mr & Mrs Farrall, Derbyshire

 

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Keen to show off her new staircase with a newly fitted carpet, Mrs Farrall in Derbyshire was so pleased she even sent us in this photograph. Her carpet works beautifully with the stairs and wall colouring and sets off the bottom oak step perfectly. We always love to see the completed project once customers have added their own finishing touches.

“The whole process from quote to completion was professional and seamless, even the minor snagging issues at completion were dealt with promptly and satisfactorily.” – Mrs Farrall

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Staircase Stories: Mr & Mrs Dowlman, Lincolnshire

“The hall stairs and landing will be worthy of inclusion in Country Life magazine!” 

There are many types of staircase, in all shapes and sizes. Open tread staircases are a great way to add an open feeling to a living area. However, even an open tread staircase can need a bit of TLC eventually and Abbott-Wade were the obvious choice for Mr & Mrs Dowlman in Lincolnshire who wanted to replace old ranch rails to create a bright glass staircase. As other work in the home progressed, the completed staircase provided the vision and drive to ensure the rest of the project was completed to the same standard:

“Needless to say we are delighted with our revamped staircase.  At the moment it is a beacon of delight in a sea of disorganisation!”

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Abbott-Wade turn disappointment into delight

split level 22This a tale of disappointment turning to delight and involves a lovely lady from Buckinghamshire.  After paying her deposit to another leading staircase company following their sales visit, Mrs Paxton was disappointed when her deposit was returned and she was told that they would being unable to complete her installation. She would only become a happy customer once she she turned to Abbott-Wade.

 

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