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Bronze glass with oak

Mr & Mrs Quinn, Wilmslow, Cheshire

 

Why a new staircase?

Unfortunately we had inherited a bad job when we moved into our new house. As the staircase is in our main living area and therefore a main feature, it was very important to get it right.

Inspiration:

We wanted to create a unique focal point in our home and searched the internet for something different. We looked at a number of ideas but loved the bronze glass option offered by Abbott-Wade.

Decision making process:

Everyone wants value for money so cost was a factor, however ultimately we made our choice based upon on a recommendation.

Style choice:

We always knew we wanted glass but thought the bronze finish gave it a classy, warm and richer look. It looked nice against the oak timber which we selected as it was light in colour.

End Result:

Superb; it all looks great. Furthermore Abbott-Wade provided a polite and friendly service.

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Oak with clamped glass balustrade

Mr & Mrs Avery, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

 

Why a new staircase?

We wanted to create the impression of a larger and brighter entrance hall & update the original ranch style staircase.

Inspiration:

An advert by another company re-kindled an old desire to upgrade the stairs & we requested more details and a quote.

Decision making process:

We were shocked by the quote we received from another company and so spent an informative hour with Janet from Abbott-Wade who talked us through the process. We were given our quotation and we were very surprised! Janet was also able to provide approximate dates for installation and we were pleasantly surprised how soon the job could be done.

Style choice:

We decided to use light oak to keep the whole structure as light as possible; oak is also a really beautiful wood!

End Result:

The team arrived at 9am and by 4pm the following day the job was done. There was no time wasting, disruption was minimal and the standard of their work was excellent. The whole process was totally painless and the lads were a pleasure to have in our home. To say we are delighted would be an understatement. From start to finish, Abbott-Wade were a pleasure to deal with and we would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending them for your stair renovation.

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Sandblasted glass staircase with oak

Mr Chadwick, Wigan

Why a new staircase?

As the last part of my home to be modernised my old staircase was looking tired and in need of a makeover.

Inspiration:

I saw the design in a magazine and knew instantly that I wanted to recreate that look in my own home.

Decision making process:

Abbott-Wade provided me with the most competitive quote whilst also being able to give me exactly what I wanted. They were very helpful and happy to discuss any ideas I had.

Style choice:

I wanted glass but needed to be practical in terms of cleaning as I have a dog that would be forever leaving wet marks on the sides. I liked the suggestion of the sandblasted glass as it wouldn’t show the dirt yet would let in as much light as the clear glass. The opti-white glass, unlike standard glass, doesn’t have a green tinge which I loved.

End Result:

I love it! The sandblasted glass looks great and has received lots of compliments from visitors to my home. It’s certainly brightened up what was previously a dark hallway.

Oak staircase renovation with oversized newel posts and glass panels in balustrade

Oversized oak posts with embedded glass

James & Shelagh, Warwickshire

 

Why a new staircase?

Our property is a timber-framed barn conversion which we agreed to buy nearly thirty years ago when it was little more than the original framing with a very old clay tile roof.  Although we had a lot of input into the works of conversion, we were nevertheless presented with a staircase ‘fait accompli’ by the developer who regarded it as his ‘piece de resistance’.  It was heavy, dark, imposing, and for a while, quite impressive  –   in a way.

Inspiration:

I am a Chartered Surveyor and over the years became convinced that the design and execution did little to complement the original architecture and the present residential use: the situation was exacerbated by the staircase being, literally, a core feature of the house. I had begun to ruminate.

Decision making process:

Recently my wife decided that a number of other elements now needed addressing; these were mainly in the areas of carpeting and upholstery, not surprising after thirty years. We realised that with prudent planning, a case, (both aesthetic and economic) could be made for a scheme to marry our now joint concerns.

Style choice:

Our aspiration was for a scheme to harmonise the historic architecture with a contemporary residential user that itself had both classic and modern on the palette. Ideally the style would be simple and elegant; it would have presence but not undue weight. Any ‘wows’ would be whispered rather than exclaimed.  After consulting a major competitor and finding the quoted cost prohibitive, we called Abbott Wade  –  and from there on dealings have proved exemplary in this field; a scheme and costings were quickly drawn up and agreed, installation dates diarised and personnel confirmed. From the outset, there was Trust in this relationship. This trust was confirmed with the fitters (Lee and Rob) who arrived promptly (early even)  each day, were extremely personable, and whose skills and attention to detail often had me shaking my head in quiet admiration. No problems with leaving them alone to get on with the work in hand, which was completed within the week, on schedule and without hitch.  The initial trust was fully validated.

End Result:

After thirty years, the house at last feels ‘all of a piece’; the cornerstone of the aesthetic is now in place.  The historic and the contemporary are now in harmony.  A very satisfactory, and very satisfying, result.

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