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Before & After: Take a look at these recent transformations

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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Popular Spindle Styles

Abbott-Wade Spindles

Timber Spindles

popular spindles
Because every home is uniques and every homeowner has a style of their own, every staircase installed by Abbott-Wade is bespoke. Our range of spindles caters for all tastes and styles in a variety of hardwoods including oak, walnut, ash, sapele or in a stained or painted finish. Our colour compliment service means that our spindles are available in a natural finish or with custom paint or stain to suit your interior styling.

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Popular Handrail Styles

Abbott-Wade Handrails

 

Timber Handrails

handrails

Every staircase installed by Abbott-Wade is bespoke using a range and combination of components to make each installation perfect for every home.

Our standard range of handrails provide options for every home and staircase style whether a glass or timber installation is required and are available in a variety of hardwoods including oak, walnut, ash, sapele or in a stained or painted finish. Of all the components of a staircase, the handrail takes a considerable amount of were and tear which is why we use high quality timbers, lacquers and paints.

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NHS Discount – A Thank You from Us to You

Special NHS Discount

We’re a family business and we’ve needed the services of our wonderful NHS many times over the years with the birth of new family members and the inevitable accidents that all families have. The NHS staff have helped the Abbott-Family through good times and bad. With this in mind we just wanted to say ‘Thank You’.
Thank you to all those working on the Front Line of the NHS and behind the scenes. We’re grateful of everything you do!
Thank you is an easy thing to say, so we’re making a further gesture to all the NHS staff – Show your NHS Card to our designer during their initial visit and they’ll apply our special discount with a reduction from the list price.

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Before & After: Replacing Ranch Rails with a Stylish Glass Balustrade

Before & After: Changing ranch rails for a glass balustrade

 

Interior style trends have changed over the years and while many of us have changed the pink and green bathroom suites which were once popular, the ranch rail balustrades are a 1970s design feature which have somehow outstayed their welcome for decades. One of the main reasons cited for replacing ranch rails other than the dated appearance is the amount of light which is restricted by the solid wooden planks which span the stairs.

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Hot-Off-The-Press: New Abbott-Wade Staircase Brochure Available Now

The hotly anticipated Abbott-Wade Staircase is hot-off-the-press and available now!

Filled with photographs taken in the homes of real Abbott-Wade customers and all the information you’ll ever need to know, our customers are as excited about getting their hands on the finished copy as we are!

Not just another brochure: What makes this one different?

“I wanted the brochure to reflect our award winning family business and our huge wealth of experience because it’s something that gives me enormous pride – I think we’ve achieved that. We aren’t like our competitors and that’s the way we want it to be.” – Mike Wade

Unlike other brochures you may see – this one has been a real labour of love and has the personal touch. Rather than put our brochure in the hands of design studios and marketing executives who don’t truly understand staircases, Mike Wade and the Abbott-Wade family have been instrumental in putting the brochure together themselves. It is far from being just a collection of glossy photographs and carefully chosen quotations and soundbites. Like our previous brochure, it is a reflection of the honest way we conduct our business. The text has been written by our own staircase experts who know exactly what they’re talking about; written to inform and inspire – not to create any unrealistic fantasy using marketing jargon. Instead of building fake sets or clever computer renderings, Mike visited each of the homes with a photographer to meet genuine Abbott-Wade customers and capture each staircase in their real surroundings.

Mike who has been the driving force behind the brochure from start to finish and from cover to cover says, “Our company behind everything Craig and I do. We’ve built it from the ground up over 20 years and I love it, it’s a part of me as much as I’m a part of it – and I feel the same about this brochure.” 

It’s understandable, creating a brochure from scratch in no mean feat. From a sketch that started on the back of an envelope over a cup of tea, Mike developed the concept of the front cover handpicking the images which would be placed behind each of the letters and even choosing which recycled paper every copy would be printed on. “We send all our waste wood and the old stair parts we remove to be taken away for recycling,” quips Mike, “So it’d be nice to think that there’s an old staircase or some Abbott-Wade wood that’s gone into making the paper itself.”

Abbott-Wade Brochure cover
brochure poster

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Staircase School

The Staircase Terminology You Need To Know

Like houses, there are many different types of staircases and they come in all different shapes and sizes which means our renovations and new flights do too. We’re the staircase experts and that’s why we’re here to guide your though your staircase project every step of the way and the staircase terminology which will help you along the way.

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National Family Business Awards 2018

THE NATIONAL FAMILY BUSINESS AWARDS 2018: WINNERS

We’ve done it again!

We are delighted to confirm that our multi-award winning Family Business has received yet another prestigious accolade. Following on from our success at the last years awards, Abbott-Wade were winners again at the prestigious National Family Business Awards at a ceremony held at Wembley Stadium on 14th July 2018!

National Family Business Awards 2018

Abbott-Wade were honoured to receive The Customer Service Award for the North West region at the ceremony which was hosted by Anita Brightly-Hodges, Chairman of the Family Business Place amid stiff competition from finalists representing the finest family businesses in the UK . Fellow recipients included celebrated business men & women like Charlie Mullins OBE who was also picking up an award on the night on behalf of Pilmico Plumbers. It was a truly family affair with Abbott-Wade being represented by Directors Craig Abbott & Mike Wade, their wives and parents as well as other members of the Abbott-Wade team. It was a proud moment for Craig & Mike’s parents who were also there to see their sons take to the stage to receive their award. For them, it was wonderful to witness another great achievement for their boys after seeing their journey to get there from humble beginnings back in 1996.

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Abbott-Wade Newel Post Styles

Abbott-Wade newel posts add a bespoke touch to your staircase installation

There are many factors which add an individual touch to one of our bespoke staircase installations. By offering our customers different styles, colours and materials for our many stair parts we can ensure that every staircase we install fits perfectly into their surroundings. As well as offering a range of handrail and balustrade styles, we can also offer an array of newel posts. A newel post is a staircase’s supporting pillar which in addition to being a structural component, can provide aesthetic and decorative properties to make a feature of the stairway.

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