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How you know we’re a reputable company

In the modern world it’s sometimes hard to know who you can trust, especially when you’re planning on parting with your hard earned money.

 

So how do you know you we’re a reputable staircase company that you can trust?

Firstly, we’ve been busy building the best reputation in the business since 1996.

We’re no fly-by-night operation and we’ve been leaving a trail of happy customers for over 20 years.

We’ve won multiple awards

We’ve been recognised for our service, design and product by Build magazine, Acquisition international, The National Family Business Awards & Corporate LiveWire.

We’re a Family Business with Family Values

That’s why the National Family Business Awards has named as a winners for 3 years running!

Our customers will tell you in their own words

Visit our Testimonials page or the ‘What Our Customers Say‘ from our newspages and you can read just some of the hand written testimonials from our customers.

See it with your own eyes

All the photographs from our website are genuine photos taken in clients homes. There are no set, mock-ups or clever computer renderings like you find some other companies use.

We’re Best Practice Representatives for the Parliamentary Review

We have been named as Best Practice Representatives for this prestigious publication and visited the Palace of Westminster at the invitation of Lords David Blunkett & Eric Pickles.

We don’t canvas or cold call

You won’t be hearing from us out of the blue. All our clients make the first approach.

We’re all employed

Which means that we won’t jeopardise the quality of your installation by using subcontractors. Our fitting teams will arrive in one of our branded Abbott-Wade vans.

Painted Risers

Risers should rise to the occasion!

A staircase riser is the vertical, forward facing front of the stairs closing the gap between each tread. For many staircases this will be hidden beneath carpet but it doesn’t have to be. As part of our bespoke service, your staircase will be what you want it to be and our prefinished service means the messy work is all done for you!

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Before & After: Exchanging your old spindles for oak

Before & After: Updating your staircase spindles for oak

Not only did Abbott-Wade open up this clients home by replacing the solid landing balustrade with traditionally turned spindles but the tired dark rails and dilapidated spindles were also replaced with our pristine prefinished oak to add a consistent look throughout the hall, stairs and landing.

These clients will no longer need to worry about ‘drip marks’ from decades of redecorating and our pre-finished oak spindles come in a range of contemporary and traditional styles to suit any home.

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.

Before & After: Changing a solid balustrade to spindles

Before & After: Changing a solid balustrade for spindles

Solid balustrades are a throwback to an era of home design that most architects and homebuilders have thankfully left in the past. Solid balustrades essentially enclose the staircase as a separate dark space in the home. By opening up the balustrade using spindles, increased light flow will create the impression of additional space especially with lighter timbers such as oak or whites.

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From the Archive: Staircase Stories

Every staircase has a story to tell. It has a history and a future. In the case of Abbott-Wade customers – it also undergoes a metamorphosis. We’ve collected many of the stories told by Abbott-Wade customers from all over the country to describe the journey that brought them to Abbott-Wade. We’ve been finding out and sharing the reasons for transformations as well as the history and inspiration for staircase renovations in homes just like yours.

Take a look because the next staircase story on our website may be yours!

 

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Before & After: Changing a metal balustrade to glass

Before & After: Changing a metal balustrade to glass

One of the problems with old metal balustrades is re-decoration. Dried drip marks glass which are re-painted over every few years are a typical characteristic as is flaking paintwork. This client decided enough was enough and brought in Abbott-Wade for a complete remodelling of the stairs. Warm oak tones and 10mm glass panels replaced the old, cold steel which were removed and sent for recycling.  The transformation was completed with a full oak transformation with oak treads, risers and stringers. No more drip marks or flaking paint, just a beautiful new staircase renovation.

 

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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.

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