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Small staircase with diminishing glass

Mr & Mrs King, Merseyside

 

Why a new staircase?

Over the years we have updated our bathroom and kitchen and redecorated every room in the house, but lived with the same two tired ranch rails on our 1970s staircase. Rather than give them yet another lick of paint this time round, we decided to see what sort of refurbishment would be possible for such a small staircase, to bring it into the 21st century.

Inspiration:

We only had one newel post at the foot of the stairs and two ranch rails that encroached over the treads and fastened onto a batten on the first floor, with no landing balustrade at all and wondered whether a renovation would be viable on a staircase like ours. We wanted to use local company if possible, Abbott-Wade was recommended so we looked them up. We were impressed with what we saw and read on their website so decided to give them a try.

Decision making process:

As soon as Janet came out to see us we knew that we need not look elsewhere. She showed us how we could diminish the balustrade into the ceiling to add width to the stairway and add a matching handrail to the other side as we knew that we would require a full length handrail over the coming years. She also said that the small angular bottom step could be remodelled to be wider and curved to make it more of a feature. Then together we looked at the possible styles available and samples of material that would suit us. There was no hard sell and it was up to us to make the next move. It didn’t us take long to decide.

Style choice:

We chose glass to make the small hallway feel bigger and more open and to complement the use we have made of glass in our kitchen and lounge, and opted for the polished chrome glass clamps and handrail fixings for added detail. As we prefer natural materials we decided on oak for the rails and posts, the colour and grain also suited the flooring we had in the hall and meant no more painting in the future.

End Result:

We couldn’t be more pleased! The transformation is amazing; it gives our small, dated hallway and staircase a real wow factor. We love it for its simplicity and style and have received lots of favourable comments from family and friends, especially when they see what can be done to such a small area. The workmanship and attention to detail is very high. The team of three included one of the directors working alongside an apprentice to enable him to achieve the desired standard. They were all very personable and lived up to and beyond our expectations. Thank you Abbott Wade.

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Opti-white shaped glass with oak

Mr & Mrs Slater, Blackburn, Lancashire

 

Why a new staircase?

Having been built in the 1970’s our old staircase was very dark and old fashioned and we felt it needed updating..

Inspiration:

We saw a lovely advert for Abbott-Wade in ‘Lancashire life’ magazine. We immediately loved the oak and glass and the fact we could keep our existing staircase appealed to us.

Decision making process:

We chose Abbott-Wade because they were extremely accommodating. Despite our challenging requirements they were happy to do exactly as we specified without trying to influence us in to making any compromises.

Style choice:

The colour of natural oak would modernise the staircase & we knew the glass would help bring in light. Our home is on a split level & therefore everybody who visits uses our staircase; it’s the hub of the house so we needed to get it right.

End Result:

Very pleased, what a firm! Our neighbour had assumed we’d had no stairs for days, when in fact the job was completed in just over one day. There was minimal disruption you wouldn’t have known they’d been here.

Sandblasted glass and oak staircase

Sandblasted glass and oak

Mr Rose, Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside

 

Why a new staircase?

I have lived in the house for 30 years and whilst I have refurbished other parts of my home the staircase remained drab and dated.

Inspiration:

I first saw a glass staircase on a visit to the theatre, loved it and wondered if it would work in a home.

Decision making process:

A large national company quoted more than twice what I eventually paid for the same product. When I found Abbott-Wade they were not only better value but had the advantage of over 15 years experience.

Style choice:

I was immediately sold on the sleek combination of oak and glass. I preferred the sandblasted option as it allowed as much light to come through as clear glass, but wasn’t transparent. Also, the cladding on the strings meant no more painting and the fact that it was prefinished was a bonus.

End Result:

The new staircase has created a real ‘wow’ factor in my home. What was previously a dark hole has been completely lifted, brightening up the entire hallway and landing.

Stained sapele with wrought iron and glass

Sapele with forged steel & glass

Mrs Catesby, Wakefield, West Yorkshire

 

Why a new staircase?

Simply to open up our hallway and landing area and make them look brighter.

Inspiration:

We saw a similar look in a luxury magazine and knew that was just what we wanted.

Decision making process:

Having had other quotes we were surprised to find that Abbott-Wade could do exactly what we wanted but for a very reasonable price.

Style choice:

Whilst we initially wanted all glass, with such a large balustrade area we thought glass alone may be too plain. As a result we combined it with wrought iron which provides a wonderful contrast.

End Result:

Stunning – it’s achieved the look we wanted and everyone who visits comments on how great it looks.

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Embedded glass with oak & white apron

Mr Thorneycroft-Smith, Slough

 

Why a new staircase?

Although we have a newish house, just some seven years old, we felt the stairs didn’t look modern enough and we liked what we saw on the Abbott-Wade website.

Inspiration:

We had been on the lookout for inspiration for some time and were always looking at other properties. We saw some staircases incorporating glass and liked this look for our home.

Decision making process:

We liked what was offered from Janet, our designer, who did a good review of what we were looking for and quoted within our budget.

Style choice:

We chose inline glass with oak and we’re glad we did as it looks fantastic!

End Result:

We had great fitters to complete the installation, really nice guys. They worked very hard and did an excellent job, it really does set the hall way off.

White and Glass

Cool combination of white & glass

Mr Gary Aspinwall, Culcheth, Warrington, Cheshire

 

Why a new staircase?

We have spent the last 12 months renovating our new home and whilst it looked great, the staircase remained drab and dated. It was the last job to be completed and yet in hindsight, the most important.

Inspiration:

We knew we wanted glass from the outset, however had only ever seen it in natural wood finishes. When Abbott-Wade said they could do this we were delighted.

Decision making process:

We wanted a specialist company we could trust. Abbott-Wade were happy to provide us with a host of testimonials and even arranged for us to visit a project they’d recently completed.

Style choice:

I wanted a contemporary look to complement our décor of minimalist white and neutrals and was immediately sold on the sleek combination of white prefinished polished oak and glass.

End Result:

The hallway and landing have been transformed from a small dark space into a bright and beautiful area at the heart of our home. All visitors are amazed at the difference.

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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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