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New oak flight with modern twisted spindles

Mrs Minty, Staffordshire

Why a new staircase?

When we moved to our home forty five years ago, my husband and I never liked the existing staircase, we felt that it was very dated. We had a young family at the time so I could never afford to have it replaced. So we kept painting it and saying ‘one day we will have a new staircase installed’.

Inspiration:

I saw the Abbott-Wade brochure and thought the transformations in it were stunning. I had a demonstration of all the various staircase designs and then had the measurements taken. The cost was about what I had envisaged.

Decision making process:

The fact that Abbott-Wade was a family-run company appealed to me and the staff were friendly. One company turned out to be very expensive.

Style choice:

I chose light oak throughout as my flooring is light oak parquet herring bone design. I was glad I did as the result is stunning. Both friends and neighbours have all commented on how beautiful it looks.

End Result:

I only wish I could have afforded it years ago. I absolutely love my new staircase. The whole process took forty eight hours to complete and the workmen were very tidy, clearing away the mess and cleaning up as they went. They were also very friendly.

 

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Oak stairs with white risers, cube handrail & clamped glass

Mr & Mrs Hughes, Amersham

“The Abbott-Wade staff were so helpful throughout the whole process. All the staff were very friendly and helpful at every stage. They even noticed a tiny fault on one piece of the glass and had a replacement on order before we even knew there was a problem. I would certainly highly recommend the company and their product to anyone who asked me.”

Why a new staircase?

Having had a new front extension which removed a wall adjacent to part of the staircase it was an excellent opportunity to create a feature in the enlarged hall.

Inspiration:

We spent a long time mulling over what we could do to turn a staircase into a feature that made an impression.

 

Decision making process:

We did see lots of examples, including Abbott-Wade, in various magazines. One deciding factor was a recommendation from a friend who had work done by Abbott-Wade a couple of years ago.

 

Style choice:

We had decided that we wanted the space to be open and light and chose glass panels. It was in discussion with Abbott-Wade that the finer details of the Oak features were agreed. They took time to talk through the detail about the steps, the posts and handrails. Their attention to detail was excellent. It has worked really well and has achieved all we wanted and more!

 

End Result:

It looks wonderful and we are really pleased with it. We have now finished it off with white painted risers and carpeted treads which look amazing with the oak. It has had a great reaction from family and friends who have seen it.

 

 

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Sweeping white & walnut curved staircase

Mr & Mrs Currie, Liverpool

 

Why a new staircase?

Our old staircase was looking old fashioned and did not do the house justice.

Inspiration:

I had been thinking about updating the staircase for quite some time.

 

Decision making process:

Abbott-Wade were recommended to us by a manufacturer of bespoke turned handrails.

 

Style choice:

We opted for simple narrow spindles and turned walnut handrail. The whole staircase now looks lovely and has really made the hallway.

 

End Result:

The process was efficient and once the handrail was ready, the whole thing was completed in a week which was impressive as there were actually three staircases involved. The follow up service to ensure everything was perfect was excellent with very fine attention to detail.

 

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Glass Spindles

Open Tread stairs with Glass Spindles

Mr & Mrs Mansfield, Guilford, Surrey

 

Why a new staircase?

We had no stairs as we lived in a bungalow, but needed a staircase as we wanted to build 2 more bedrooms in the loft space.

Inspiration:

Desperation.  We needed more space.  A loft conversion was the trigger for us to search for a staircase and we were attracted by Abbott-Wade’s advert.

 

Decision making process:

Abbott-Wade had a choice of designs that was far superior to others and were sympathetic to a difficult placing of the staircase.

 

Style choice:

We chose an oak floating staircase with glass spindles and glass supports. It was the individual spindles that set the whole staircase in a class of its own.

 

End Result:

The spindles sparkle in the sunshine and by evening lamplight.    The access to two more rooms and a bathroom is way beyond our expectations.

 

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Embedded glass & oak staircase & walkway

Mr & Mrs Bennett, Warwick, Warwickshire

 

Why a new staircase?

We felt that the Edwardian style of the staircase did not fit with the barn. Although the barn is old, we felt a contemporary staircase would really provide the wow factor in the large entrance hall.

Inspiration:

We were certain this would make a big difference and prioritised it over other renovations to the barn after seeing Abbott-Wade’s advertisment in Ideal Home.

 

Decision making process:

We selected Abbott-Wade as the service was friendly and professional from the very first call. Peter, our salesman was not pushy and did not try and talk us up on the job at all. He clearly provided all the relevant details and presented the options well which enabled us to make a clear choice.

 

Style choice:

We chose clear embedded glass with oak handrails and baserails. We felt this would really open up the hallway and also allow us to see right through to the countryside beyond the house from the front driveway.

 

End Result:

It looks amazing and has surpassed our expectations. We love it! The fitters were brilliant, tidy, friendly and worked so hard to complete the job in just one day. Brilliant!

 

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illuminated hallway

Open tread oak stairs & shaped glass balustrade

Mr & Mrs Hill, Weston-Super-Mare, Dorset

 

Why a new staircase?

Although the original staircase was only 7 years old, it wasn’t giving us enough light into the small hallway, which was dark and dull looking. We felt if we opened it up by utilising light and space it would enhance the aesthetics giving the hallway grace, elegance and sophistication also more light and airiness.

 

Decision making process:

The reason why we selected Abbott-Wade was the overall quality of the American Oak and glasswork. It was customised to suit our needs, using the mix and match materials and components from their pattern book. An Abbott-Wade staircase suited our budget, after exploring for over a year with other companies, we chose the right company for us.

 

Style choice:

We selected an open tread staircase with a glass side panel, for light and openness. The renovation work was done with a high degree of professional workmanship, each detail was perfection ran by a team of 8 including the salesperson, surveyor, fitters and office staff. Yes, it really did work for us, its’ just how we imagined it to be.

 

End Result:

The end result is incredible and far better than our expectations!! It has eye catching features like the glass balustrade which has created an illusion of more space.

It has transformed our modest hallway into an inviting space, the transformation is unbelievable. The whole process wasn’t as daunting as we thought it might have been, the guys were extremely considerate, polite, cleaned up after each day and were always conscientious to their work commitments.

We have no hesitation in highly recommending Abbott & Wade for your new staircase, you won’t be disappointed.

 

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Polished Steel Staircase with Black Oak Tread and Glass Risers

Open tread stained oak with steel & glass

Mr Wills, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire

 

Why a new staircase?

A new staircase was needed to complete the renovation of our house and we wanted our staircase to be a major feature in giving an additional wow factor to compliment the rest of the project turning our house into a beautiful home.

Inspiration:

Our inspiration was to design a modern striking staircase with black stained oak, open treads and glass risers complimented with glass and polished steel handrail thus allowing maximum light to penetrate our hallway area and as the natural light changes throughout the day, it performs many striking lighting effects.

Decision making process:

Abbott-Wade were chosen over their competitors because the process from design to installation is completed in-house.

Style choice:

The style we were wanting to create was modern and contemporary and for the staircase to relate to our style throughout the whole of our home.

End Result:

We have received numerous compliments (including trade) on how magnificent the staircase looks and how in keeping it is with the rest of the home. Other comments are beautiful and compliment how well made the staircase is.

We have no hesitation in recommending Abbott-Wade and have done on various occasions.

 

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Clear glass with rounded steel clamps

Oak & glass with brushed steel round clamps

Mr Frodsham, Lancashire

 

Why a new staircase?

We’d had wooden spindles which had been painted several times and were in need of updating to brighten up the hallway. The spindles had also reached a point where they had a tendency to break or come loose.

Inspiration:

We’d had a picture in our mind of the kind of staircase we were looking for but weren’t entirely clear of the finer details. We needed to know what was possible and whether it was a realistic option for us.

Decision making process:

A local company had been to quote and a friend recommended Abbott-Wade. Mike came out to visit us and we clicked straight away. He listened to our ideas and, after discussing options and details, we reached a shared vision of exactly what we wanted to achieve at the end of the project.

Style choice:

We opted for oak and glass for our refurbishment. We chose brushed steel glass clamps with stop-chamfered newel posts and pyramid newel caps to add extra detail. We’ve also emphasised the extra feeling of space the glass creates by adding a mirror to the foot of the stairs with the added benefit of showing off the staircase from all angles.

End Result:

It’s been several years now since the project was completed and we remain just as delighted with the end result. There’s been no maintenance needed and the stairs still look superb.  Everyone who visits still comments on our staircase and we have recommended Abbott-Wade many times over the years. Several of our friends have since used Abbott-Wade on our recommendation and they have been equally impressed with the service, professionalism and the price they have received.

 

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New oak flight with modern twisted spindles

Mr Holliday, Bolton, Lancashire

 

Why a new staircase?

We’d moved into our new house and the first thing you were presented with was an old, open tread staircase straight out of 1974. It wasn’t fit for purpose and didn’t meet current building regulations, most importantly we didn’t feel it was safe for our young children as there were large gaps between the ranch rails and treads.

Inspiration:

As soon as we moved in we knew it had to go. The treads were so narrow I couldn’t fit my full foot on. It needed to be practical and safe for our children. We liked glass but didn’t want the problem of little fingerprints everywhere and decided that oak spindles would be our preferred choice.

Decision making process:

We looked online and found several staircase companies, all of whom wanted to renovate our existing stairs and retain the same structure which defeated our primary reasons for the change. Only Abbott-Wade were able to offer a complete new flight which not only turned out to be the best option for us, but the cheapest one too!

Style choice:

We needed a ‘proper’, carpeted staircase, not just for my large feet but because they are the first thing you see when you walk into the large hallway. We talked though the various options with Janet who suggested we consider the twisted oak spindles – it was absolutely the right option. We’d also seen a feature step in a friend’s house and Janet designed a stylish flourish for the foot of our stairs which we love.

End Result:

We’re not ‘staircase people’ and needed expert advice, fortunately Janet was great; helpful, knowledgeable and offered suggestions which suited our needs. The outcome is truly delightful! We have achieved the safe, practical staircase we desired with the benefit of being aesthetically perfect.

 

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