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helical walnut staircase

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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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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Glass Staircases

Open Tread Staircases with Glass Down stands

Cut-String Shaped Glass

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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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Open Tread Staircases with Glass Downstands

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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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New open tread flight with glass downstands

Mr Bond, Windsor, Berkshire

 

Why a new staircase?

Our staircase somehow didn’t sit well with the rest of the house – the finish (mahogany stain) appeared somewhat dated, it occupied a large footprint within the hallway encompassing a good deal of wasted space, and remedial solutions were limited insofar as one cannot paint it successfully, nor strip and refinish. Cladding and stair rod replacement was one option, but one which left the basic shape intact and didn’t address the footprint issue.   Eventually we concluded that wholesale replacement of the entire staircase was likely to be the sole option that could address all the issues.

Inspiration:

We paid a visit to a manufacturer and installer of bespoke staircases and were persuaded that a redesign was not only a viable option but also would rest comfortably with the budget we had in mind. The visit also sowed the seeds that an elegant simplicity would be an attractive and timeless choice.

Decision making process:

We consulted with a number of companies, but Abbott-Wade was the sole one that not only offered the timelessness of style we were seeking, but most importantly, the only company which could satisfy our requirement for a one-stop shop capable of removing and disposing of the old staircase and fitting the new one without the involvement of several different parties.

Style choice:

We chose an oak staircase with open risers and embedded glass with stop chamfered stair rods and newel posts, the latter with simple cappings. It worked really well and is now much more in keeping with the way we’ve dressed the rest of the house.

End Result:

We’re delighted with the end result. It’s opened up the hallway and has given us much more footprint, and the openness has created a light and airy space which has transformed the entrance to the house. The entire process was free of difficulty and seamless, and completed in one and a half days with minimal collateral damage easily remedied by our decorator. We celebrated by getting a 15′ Christmas tree and placing it right up the centre of the staircase!

Should we ever move and consider changing a staircase again, Abbott-Wade will be our first point of contact.

 

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