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AI 2019 Business Excellence Awards

ACQUISITION INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2019: WINNERS

Acquisition International are the voice of modern business and have now proudly announced  the UK Winners of the 2019 Business Excellence Awards.

We’re delighted to be named among the UK winners for 2019 as the Best Quality Staircase Company in Northern England.

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The space under your stairs

Making the most of the space under your stairs

Space is a valuable resource, especially as modern homes get smaller. It makes sense to utilise the space under and around your staircase and there are many ways to do it. It may be a practical use or purely aesthetic. There’s no right or wrong – it’s a choice based on what’s best suited for you and your home. On our travels around the country we’ve seen some lovely uses of this space and this is a collection of some of our favourites.

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Before & After: Changing spindles to embedded glass

Before & After: Changing spindles to embedded glass

 

One of the popular trends we have have seen over recent years is customers moving away from traditionally turned spindles in favour of glass. This is largely due to a desire to create a bright contemporary space within the heart of the home but there are practical implications to be considered too.

smith- spindles to frameless glass
white - spindles to frameless glass

Abbott-Wade’s embedded glass gives clean, straight lines which not only looks sleek and stylish but is easy to dust and allows light to flood the stairway.

One of the biggest transformations can be seen where a dark timber balustrade is transformed by a glass renovation.

The transformation pictured below emphasises the increased impression of openness a glass balustrade can create. The glass front of the property shows off the staircase with the glass balustrade allowing a flow of light through the house from front to back.

bennett 1 - spindles to glass
bennett 2 - spindles to glass

Many customers tell us that the additional dusting required between each spindles and that after painting the spindles every few years, the time, effort and drip marks involved have been a significant motivation for their decision to choose a glass installation.

adams1 - spindles to glass
adams2- spindles to glass

Read more about our glass staircases here.

Each of the Before & After image blocks on this page are taken before and after a real Abbott-Wade installation from UK homes visited by our installation teams. Some of the images may be taken at different stages of completion with carpets/decoration left unfinished.

Abbott-Wade Newel Cap Styles

There’s an Abbott-Wade newel cap to suit every staircase in every home

From glass to spindles, hardwoods to handrails and newels to newel caps – Abbott-Wade offer a wide range of stair parts to our customers in ensure their staircase is as unique as they are.

We offer a range of newel caps all available in a range of hardwoods or painted finishes to suit both modern and traditional staircases with examples shown below.

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Manufacturing a helical staircase

Manufacturing a helical staircase

manufacturing a helical staircase

The precise curves of a helical staircases means the design and manufacturing process requires a level of skill, expertise and precision beyond that needed for a straight staircase. A comprehensive digital site survey is taken using state of the art measuring technology that is accurate to within 80 microns to capture the precise details of any underlying construction.

This is used to create a detailed 3-dimensional digital CAD model by a highly skilled design team to allow for the meticulous manufacture of curved components or a complete bespoke helical staircase. This is achieved by dividing the more complex curves and features into parts and running them through a computer simulation to makesure that each component is correct and accurate. These accurate models allow skilled craftsmen to build a forma (see photo) which duplicates the exact curvature required around which the curved components are built.

Before & After: Changing from spindles to embedded glass

One of the popular trends we have have seen over recent years is customers moving away from traditionally turned spindles in favour of glass. This is largely due to a desire to create a bright contemporary space within the heart of the home but there are practical implications to be considered too. The original staircase (pictured right) was painted white in an effort to lighten the hallway but the transformation to oak and glass adds the warming tones of oak with the open feeling of glass which allows unobstructed light to fill the hallway. The new 10mm toughened  glass panels means there are no gaps between spindles to collect dust and the absence of glass clamps offers a more streamlined look. An added wall handrail makes a further safety feature while the new carpet injects colour with the stripes creating a further illusion of extra space.

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Staircase Movie Quiz

Test your Staircase Movie Trivia

You may be something of an expert at naming famous movie stars or reciting lines from your favourite Hollywood blockbuster – but can you recognise a movie from it’s staircase? Take our fun quiz to try and recognise the 15 staircases and identify which well known movies they feature in?

Staircase Movie Quiz

Because staircases are such an integral part of day to day life they appear in some iconic movie scenes. Test your knowledge below to see which movies you can identify from their iconic staircase scenes.

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Before & After: Changing a solid balustrade with glass

Before & After: Changing a solid balustrade for glass

Staircases come in all shapes and sizes with balustrades made of glass, metal and timber or they can be completely solid made from plasterboard or breeze blocks.

While these solid balustrades serve the purpose of keeping the staircase safe and defined from other spaces within the home, they do so at the detriment of light and airflow.

The transformation made here for Mr Rose (read more) revolutionised the hall, stairs and landing. A compromise was made from a full transition from completely opaque to fully transparent by opting for sandblasted glass. Sandblasted glass allows light to flow through the stairwell but with a translucent quality which maintains privacy by obscuring the sight lines between the upper and lower levels.

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