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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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No Such Thing As A Fish (Episode 211): No such thing as a photograph of a river

Staircase Trivia Hits The Airwaves!

No Such Thing as a Fish is a podcast series produced and presented by the researchers from the popular television series QI collectively known as “The QI Elves”. Every week the team present their favourite fact that they have come across that week. Since the launch of the podcast it has attracted over 700,000 subscribers and has perviously been named by Apple as the “Best New Podcast” in 2014 and winning the “Internet Award” in the Chortle Awards in 2015 & 2016.  In episode 211 the team start the podcast with 13 minutes taking a light hearted but factual look at our favourite subject by sharing their favourite staircase facts. You can listen here – but please be warned, some of the language and content may not be suitable for children.

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Before & After: Changing Spindles to Clamped Glass

Before & After: Changing spindles to clamped glass

With over 20 years as The Staircase Specialists we’ve shown that Abbott-Wade transforms homes with expertise and experience which is the envy of our industry. We’ve transformed all types of balustrades and will continue to do so. On this page we show real photographs taken by our installations team within customers homes who have replaced their tired spindles in favour of our clamped glass panels.

Replacing tired spindles with our stylish 10mm toughen glass panels is a popular choice among Abbott-Wade clients. While the colour and finish of painted spindles can add a feeling of continuity between different parts of the home, this can be achieved by choosing stainless steel or brass clamps to secure the glass in position which can match other fixtures & fittings such as door furniture or light fixtures.

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Choosing the right artwork your stairway

Choosing the right artwork your stairway

We work in different homes nationwide and see some beautiful examples of artwork complementing the home. It can be framed or a canvas, a wall mounted masterpiece or a freestanding sculpture. As far as we can see, there is no right or wrong approach. There are many similarities between the art chosen for a home and an Abbott-Wade staircase. They should reflect the character of your home and personality as well as complementing their surroundings. Here are some of our favourite examples we’ve seen on our travels.

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AI 2018 Global Excellence Awards

ACQUISITION INTERNATIONAL GLOBAL EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2018: WINNERS

With such a wealth of experience and expertise behind us backed up by a customer focussed approach and dedicated team, we are always pleased to be recognised for our achievements. It is a reflection that our approach, service and product are of the highest quality. Abbott-Wade are delighted to have been recognised and awarded within Acquisition International’s 2018 Global Excellence Awards as winner of the UK’s ‘Best Bespoke Staircase Replacement Firm 2018′ .

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St Patrick’s Day

Happy St Patrick’s Day

 

To celebrate St Patrick’s Day we thought we’d share a portrait recently voted Ireland’s favourite painting: Hellelil and Hildebrand – The meeting on the turret stairs (1864) by Frederic William Burton.

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