The secret identity of street artist Banksy is a mystery. What we do know is that his stills with a spray can are second-to-none. To the best of our knowledge our own resident spraying expert is not the artist in question…but then again – he would say that wouldn’t he?
Abbott-Wade, a staircase specialist company, have been at the forefront of staircase changes for more than 20 years. We provide countless options for you to choose from when you feel your staircase could do with refreshing and many of our most popular styles involve glass staircase panels.
We have been performing staircase refurbishments since 1996, helping homeowners across the length and breadth of the UK to revitalise their home by updating and refreshing existing staircases or by providing a completely brand new flight.
Glass balustrades continue to be a popular staircase choice for many of our customers. Where glass is not embedded into the rails, it is secured into place with metal clamps. These clamps (or brackets) come in several standard designs (see below) though others may be available upon request. Abbott-Wade’s standard brackets include stainless steel in a polished chrome effect or brushed steel which are popular for many modern homes. A brass option is also available. Our clamps also come in two popular styles; a rounded D-shape and a square edged bracket specifically designed for the 10mm toughened glass we use as standard. The style and finish choosen is entirely up to each customer. Many customers choose to match these with their existing door furniture and other fixings around the home to give a sense of continuity and cohesion.
To celebrate St Patrick’s Day we thought we’d share a portrait recently voted Ireland’s favourite painting: Hellelil and Hildebrand – The meeting on the turret stairs (1864) by Frederic William Burton.
Currently, one of our most favoured staircase products is our glass staircases. The use of glass staircase panels allows more light to pour through your home while adding a sense of elegance and style to your hallway.
A survey of 1000 UK homeowners by Pilkington Glass found that the average UK homeowner has spent £11,240 on home improvements during the last 5 years as the needs of their family circumstances changes. These investments may come in the form of essential maintenance or creating more space. It’s interesting to note that 41% of these surveyed listed adding value to a property as the motive for carrying out home renovation while for 1 in 8 homeowners creating more light was also a key motivation.
Winston Wolfe was the famous ‘fixer’ from Pulp Fiction who defines his role with the line, ‘I solve problems’. We have no need for this Harvey Keitel character, instead we have Adam – our Abbott-Wade equivalent (only much less intimidating and far more friendly). Affectionately known to his friends as ‘Wiggy’, Adam’s career started in cabinet making – a trade which demands a keen eye for detail. His passion for renovating camper vans and building durable, quality longboards (skateboards to you and I) in his spare time has honed his ability to adapt his carpentry skills to solve almost any problem. All of this makes him the ideal perfectionist for the position of Abbott-Wade’s resident ‘Fixer‘, or Aftercare Fitter to give him his official title.