Solid balustrades are a throwback to an era of home design that most architects and homebuilders have thankfully left in the past. Solid balustrades essentially enclose the staircase as a separate dark space in the home. By opening up the balustrade using spindles, increased light flow will create the impression of additional space especially with lighter timbers such as oak or whites.
Abbott-Wade offer a range of glass staircases with embedded or clamped 10mm clear glass being a popular choice. For a super-modern minimalist style we also offer Frameless Glass options on new staircases such as this one. Our 15mm glass can be paired with oak or with a stained or painted finish on the stairs. Tour this recent installation over three storeys to see for yourself how the unobscured glass opens up the entire stairway and consider how a similar installation could transform your own home.
Every staircase has a story to tell. It has a history and a future. In the case of Abbott-Wade customers – it also undergoes a metamorphosis. We’ve collected many of the stories told by Abbott-Wade customers from all over the country to describe the journey that brought them to Abbott-Wade. We’ve been finding out and sharing the reasons for transformations as well as the history and inspiration for staircase renovations in homes just like yours.
Take a look because the next staircase story on our website may be yours!
The traditional look is still in style, even if more and more alternative staircase designs and materials such as glass and steel are appearing in people’s homes. At Abbott-Wade, we have been installing painted staircases for over 20 years and have found that traditional painted staircases are just as in demand now than when we first started the business. It’s of little surprise when staircases are fully customisable, with many different shades available. We can provide a full staircase renovation to suit the backdrop of your home.
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.
The world is full of amazing staircases of all shapes and sizes. Back in 2017 we started collecting some of our favourites from around the globe in a series of articles called Stair in Disbelief. We found staircases transformed by colour, murals, mosaics and more.
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.