With every year that has ever passed since our origins in 1996, there have been changes and challenges, triumphs and milestone moments.
2017 has been as eventful as ever, more so in fact…
There’s a few staircase companies out there. If you’re reading this no doubt you’ve been shopping around and come across some of them for yourselves. However, please don’t tar us all with the same brush, because there’s quite a few things which set us apart from the rest.
You probably already know that we’ve been specialising in new flights and staircase renovations for over 20 years – since 1996 in fact. You probably also know that we’re a family run business which has many advantages for both us and our customers. But look a little deeper and you see that there’s other subtle differences which mean that Abbott-Wade is more likely to be the best match for you.
We are delighted to announce that Abbott-Wade are now a Multi-Award Winning family business. We have always been pioneers in the staircase installation and renovation sector, a feat which has been recognised at the Corporate LiveWire Innovation & Excellence Awards where we were announced as the Winners in the Bespoke Home Improvement Category.
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. At Abbott Wade, we understand that 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 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.
One of the problems with offering a Nationwide service is that our design team members spend a lot of time travelling up and down the country so it can be difficult to all sit down together – but it’s important that we do. It’s an opportunity to discuss new ideas, collect feedback about what our customers have looking for and to debate current and future trends to ensure that we’re always putting our customers needs first.
This must happen in businesses up and down the country – but it’s unusual that the key players is the directors mother. Jean Wade stole the show with her cheese cake to rival anything you’d find in the final of The Great British Bake Off. In a true family business tradition which you’ll never find in the board rooms of big businesses – proud mum Jean was on hand with cakes, sandwiches and cups of tea for the appreciative team. For a design team who have backgrounds working for some big corporations, it epitomises what working for a family business means; all the family rallying around to do the best we can for each other and the common cause. Something which has drawn them away from careers working with big corporations and into our close-knit family business. Working in this way is a welcome and refreshing change for many employed at Abbott-Wade, however for the family members working here – it’s just another day at the office!
If you’re looking to buy a new home with the wow factor, this might be one for you to consider. The super stylish interior and beautiful views from this 5 bedroom barn conversion are stunning in themselves but the icing on the cake is…you guessed it…the beautiful Abbott-Wade Staircase!
Metal spindles make a bold statement in any home. They create an air of strong elegance and offer a surprisingly versatile option when planning your staircase design. Our range of steel spindles are available in traditional styles such as the slender Buckingham & Sandringham spindles which taper towards a classic knuckle or the grander basket design of the Windsor.
Alternatively the contemporary flowing lines of our Ripple and Wave spindles add a modern twist to this style of spindle.