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Staircase Stories: Mr Dunstan, Portsmouth

“Entering our front door now is an entirely new and exciting experience!”

A quirky staircase in Portsmouth needed the Abbott-Wade treatment not only to solve pragmatic design problems, but also to create a stylish and attractive look for the delightful Mr Dunstan.

“Abbott-Wade had come highly recommended by our builder who had seen example of their work.

by Eddie in Abbott & Wade News, Staircase Stories

Why Choose Abbott-Wade for your Staircase Renovation

Why Choose Abbott-Wade for your Staircase Renovation

A staircase renovation can transform your entire home. Here at Abbott-Wade we have been refurbishing stairs for more than 20 years. But why should you choose us to renovate your flight?

If your staircase looks tired or out of date, then look no further. Often neglected in favour of the decoration of other areas of the property it is usually the first thing you see when you walk through the front door.

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by Les in Abbott & Wade News

Abbott-Wade Newel Cap Styles

There’s an Abbott-Wade newel cap to suit every staircase in every home

From glass to spindles, hardwoods to handrails and newels to newel caps – Abbott-Wade offer a wide range of stair parts to our customers in ensure their staircase is as unique as they are.

We offer a range of newel caps all available in a range of hardwoods or painted finishes to suit both modern and traditional staircases with examples shown below.

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by Eddie in Abbott & Wade News, Articles

Manufacturing a helical staircase

Manufacturing a helical staircase

manufacturing a helical staircase

The precise curves of a helical staircases means the design and manufacturing process requires a level of skill, expertise and precision beyond that needed for a straight staircase. A comprehensive digital site survey is taken using state of the art measuring technology that is accurate to within 80 microns to capture the precise details of any underlying construction.

This is used to create a detailed 3-dimensional digital CAD model by a highly skilled design team to allow for the meticulous manufacture of curved components or a complete bespoke helical staircase. This is achieved by dividing the more complex curves and features into parts and running them through a computer simulation to makesure that each component is correct and accurate. These accurate models allow skilled craftsmen to build a forma (see photo) which duplicates the exact curvature required around which the curved components are built.

by Eddie in Abbott & Wade News, Articles

Watch: Taking the stairs like a movie star

Abbott-Wade staircases are fit for any movie star and over the years staircases have been important backdrops in many movie scenes (take our Movie Staircase Quiz). In this scene from the end of the 1942 movie Yankee Doodle Dandy, movie icon James Cagney plays the role of Broadway Showman George M Cohan and shows us how a real movie legend takes the stairs! It goes without staying – Don’t Try This At Home! 

 

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by Eddie in Abbott & Wade News, Articles, Watch
staircase designs for homes

How To Choose The Perfect Staircase For Your Home

Choosing a staircase is not something you will do often throughout your lifetime. However, when faced with such a decision, you should think carefully and do your research first. A staircase is a focal feature of your home. Not only does it serve a function, but it can also add character to the room and it is important to select a staircase design that suits both you and the style of your property.

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by Les in Abbott & Wade News

What our customers say: We’re Tidy Tradesmen

Our homes are special places. They are the places where we feel safest and most comfortable and it should be a privilege for someone to be invited into a place which is so  precious to us. At Abbott-Wade we understand this and that trust it takes to allow someone to complete work in your home. That’s why we endeavour to be tidy tradesmen and to treat you home with the respect it deserves.

Tidy Tradesman

 “There was minimal disruption you wouldn’t have known they’d been here.” – Mr & Mrs Slater, Blackburn

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by Eddie in Abbott & Wade News, What Our Customers Say

Staircase Stories: Mr Lawton, Swindon

“Entering our front door now is an entirely new and exciting experience!”

It’s clear from the outset that Mr Lawton has a very high opinion of Abbott-Wade, and that’s just the way we like it. It’s a demonstration that unrivalled expertise with a personal and friendly service with an outstanding product is exactly what our customers want and deserve and what Abbott-wade deliver.

“A really outstanding job and we are very pleased with our beautiful new staircase. Adam & Anthony were superb, informing us all through the installation and delivering a great result and also keeping everything neat and tidy. Peter from a design perspective and Wiggy from Aftercare were also great and very professional. Thanks again!” 

by Eddie in Abbott & Wade News, Staircase Stories

From the Archive: Amazing Glazing

Shaped Glass with square steel clamps

Glass remains a very popular choice for our customers. Back in 2016 we ran a series of articles about the process of producing our toughened balustrade glass to meet our high standards. We select experienced, proven glass suppliers carefully to ensure we can install excellent quality glass into our staircases. Our suppliers receive our glass drawings as a CAD file from our design team and then precision cut each panel before sending them for toughening.

The articles cover the glass cutting, toughening and bevelling processes as detailing of the standards we work to inline with the Glass & Glass Federations criteria.

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by Eddie in Amazing Glazing, Articles
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