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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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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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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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Abbott-Wade open tread staircase refurb

Open tread with embedded glass & oak

Mrs Thompson, Ulverstone, Cumbria

Why a new staircase?

We live in a converted barn and had already done quite a lot of upgrading. The stairs stood out as dated with dark wood spindles which had been badly finished a long time ago. The stairs are open tread and go right up through the house which is open plan and are quite a major feature.

Inspiration:

We saw various advertisements from other companies showing beautiful oak and glass staircases which we thought would look great in our house so we started some research. We found that it was possible to re-clad the open tread existing staircase rather than ripping it all out. We liked Abbott Wade’s website and read good reviews about them on the internet from other clients.

Decision making process:

We thought it was sensible to get several quotes so asked 3 companies to visit including Abbott Wade. The other 2 companies’ quotes were higher, one considerably so. One of the main difficult issues was that of the strings which, with the stairs being open tread had to be cladded individually. Neither company could offer the same cladding for the strings that Abbott-Wade could, one wanted us to paint them white ourselves, the other just said they couldn’t do it. This was a key issue and made the job more complicated. Janet, the sales consultant was excellent – friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The company’s final price was very competitive. We have quite a complicated staircase with 4 different runs as the house is on split levels, so needed some clever designs at the turns. It also had to be made very safe for our small grandchildren.

Style choice:

The open treads allow light through and we chose the clear glass and oak without brackets to achieve a streamlined look throughout. This has opened up the whole living area and lets more light into the hallways.

End Result:

Stunning! Everyone who visits loves it and we are delighted. The whole process took a little longer than for a more straightforward job but Abbott-Wade took their time to do a thoroughly professional job and we were able to use the staircase all the time. The team was led by Mike Wade and they all worked well together coming up with clever solutions for any complicated parts. They even cladded a window cill to match. We would highly recommend this company – they were a pleasure to deal with.

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Embedded glass and oak

Mrs Mallander, Worksop, Nottinghamshire

 

Why a new staircase?

Our old one was very high maintenance and looked old fashioned. We wanted it modernised and opened up.

Inspiration:

We’d seen beautiful glass staircases in a number of magazines and were keen to replicate that look.

Decision making process:

We spoke to a number of companies but found Abbott-Wade offered the best value for money.

Style choice:

We were adamant we wanted oak paired with glass, in order to match the furniture and floor, whilst looking clean, light and airy.

End Result:

The new staircase has opened up our hallway which is exactly what we’d hoped to achieve. It’s a lovely addition to our home!

 

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Stop chamfered oak spindles

Mr Morris, Lancashire

 

Why a new staircase?

Our old staircase was looking tired and uninviting when people came through the front door. We’d invested a lot and time and money in bringing the rest of our home up to a high standard and our staircase was completely letting down the rest of the house.

Inspiration:

We’d had oak doors installed and it was important for us to maintain the theme throughout the house. We liked the elegance of traditional spindles but knew that a turned style would not be in keeping with the modern styling we had chosen.

Decision making process:

Abbott-Wade had been recommended to us but we still decided to contact other companies to make sure the quote was competitive, which it was. After meeting with the designer, our mind was made up. It was clear that they shared our vision and were able to answer all of our questions. The prefinished service was also a deciding factor for us as we have young children and it was important that mess and disruption was kept to a minimum.

Style choice:

We’d looked though the style magazines and wanted a contemporary style which wouldn’t date, so the stop chamfered spindles were the obvious choice.

End Result:

The final result is fantastic. It’s now been several years since the installation was completed and the staircase still looks fresh and has aged better than us. We’ve since recommended Abbott-Wade to other friends and colleagues who have been equally as impressed with their service.

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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.

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Traditional oak turned spindles

Jenny & Luke Johnson, Buxton, Derbyshire

 

Why a new staircase?

We really didn’t like the old one; it was dilapidated, dark and in need of an overhaul. We had renovated the rest of the house but needed to bring the staircase up to scratch too.

Inspiration:

A friend of ours had had a new staircase and we liked the look and freshness of it.

Decision making process:

We obtained a few quotes however Abbott-Wade were the most flexible and open to ideas. They offered a larger range of styles and overall we just felt happier and more confident in their ability to do a good job.

Style choice:

We knew we wanted a traditional style but with less detail than most turned spindles we’d seen. It was also important that it matched the age and style of our home. We both loved the look and feel of oak having already got pieces of oak furniture in our house.

End Result:

We are delighted with the end result. It looks and feels extremely tactile and much more light is now able to reach the stairwell.

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