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Luxury Staircases

Our bespoke staircases can truly transform a property. A staircase is a necessity for most homes but an Abbott-Wade staircase is much more than just a functional feature of the house. Is a highly desired premium product due to the quality of the materials used, the level of craftsmanship and aesthetic allure it adds by enhancing a home. It is not a necessity in the same way that a luxury car  is not a necessity – but the design and charisma of the staircase helps you to forget its true purpose as homeowners take pleasure from the form – both the visual and tactile stimulus it takes as the centrepiece at the heart of the home.

Our pre-finished installations are more than just a functional means of transitioning between floors – they are a premium furniture-finished addition to the home which are not only visually pleasing in themselves but enhance the space around them – increasing light flow through the glass balustrades making the hallway feel brighter and more spacious and acting as a transition providing a feeling of cohesion in colour and texture from one floor to the next. It is a true combination of the upmost quality design, joinery, eye for detail and blending functionality and form without compromising one over the other.

Before & After: Changing a metal balustrade to glass

Before & After: Changing a metal balustrade to glass

One of the problems with old metal balustrades is re-decoration. Dried drip marks glass which are re-painted over every few years are a typical characteristic as is flaking paintwork. This client decided enough was enough and brought in Abbott-Wade for a complete remodelling of the stairs. Warm oak tones and 10mm glass panels replaced the old, cold steel which were removed and sent for recycling.  The transformation was completed with a full oak transformation with oak treads, risers and stringers. No more drip marks or flaking paint, just a beautiful new staircase renovation.

Each of the Before & After images on this page are taken before and after a real Abbott-Wade installation from UK homes visited by our installation teams. Some of the images may be taken at different stages of completion with carpets/decoration left unfinished.

Watch: The Staircase at Number 10 Downing Street

If you’ve already seen our 3D tour of the Grand Staircase at Buckingham Palace, you may also be interested to see the staircase behind the doors of another famous British residence. Behind the iconic door of the Prime Minister’s residence at Number 10 Downing Street is a staircase which has seen many of our most famous politicians come and go. Like your own home, the stairs are the first thing you see as you want through the front door but has been rebuilt once or twice over the past 300 years. Prime Minister Robert Wagpole commissioned a refurbishment of the staircase in the 1700’s – long before Abbott-wade popularised the trend! The stairs have withstood the test of time and still feature the cantilevered design with no visible supports. The stairway is now lined with the portraits of each Prime Minister since in chronological order, with the most recent towards the top.

Take the tour with Simon Schama and see how it compares with your own staircase…

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Behind The Scenes: The Abbott-Wade Workshop

There are many factors which set Abbott-Wade apart from other staircase companies. One of the attributes which our customers like is our ‘everything under one roof’ philosophy of project managing your entire staircase project. Our custom fitted premises in a transformed Airforce engineering building enables us to do this more efficiently. From our purpose built Office Space, Spray Shop and of course the Workshop where our craftsman unlock the potential of each piece of wood to create unique stair parts for our installations.

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We’re unique – Just like our staircases

Established in 1996, we now have a vast pool of experience and expertise; a valuable resource which is shared through the company as only a family business can. Abbott-Wade pioneered many of the techniques which have now become the industry standard and while we are proud to be local, we offer our customers a nationwide service based out of our business premises in Burtonwood, Warrington. From top to bottom – there are many things which set us apart. Unlike other leading staircase companies which have been established and run by individuals from a sales and marketing background; Abbott-Wade has been established and run by two experienced joiners with no other shareholders. You can imagine the difference in priorities – and you’d be right!

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From the Archive: Staircases in Culture

It’s been some time since we ran our series of articles describing how staircases have engrained themselves in our culture, permeating in to our daily language and making their way into the books we read, the music we listen to and the movies we watch. Given the way in which they play such an important role in our day to day lives, we thought it would be worth revisiting this. It is a fascinating journey through both classic and popular culture guaranteed to make for some riveting reading!

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The National Family Business Awards 2019: NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

It’s Official!  We are delighted to announce that Abbott-Wade have scooped the highest award at the prestigious National Family Business Awards at Wembley Stadium, the only awards to recognise Family Businesses at a National Level with entrants of all sizes from all four corners of the UK & Ireland.

The prestigious awards celebrated their 10th Annual Event in style with a glittering ceremony held at Wembley Stadium, The Home of Champions. Unlike many awards, the National Family Business Awards aren’t judged on turnover. Instead their independent judging panel get to the heart of what really makes each nominee such an extraordinary family firm. From small first generation businesses to fifth generation giants; their aim is to recognise the very best, regardless of size.

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Watch: Abbott-Wade’s Full Twist Oak Spindles

This Stylish Oak Staircase Renovation With Abbott-Wade’s Full-Twist Spindles Is Captivating

Abbott-Wade offer a wide range of traditional and contemporary spindles with styles to suit every home. This installation uses our Full-Twist Spindles which are manufactured using cutting edge CNC technology. Full Twist spindles have a contemporary design with a hint of traditionally turned spindles in their silhouette. This culminates to create a subtlety modern feel with contemporary lines but the warmth and elegance of traditional design.

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