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.
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.
Do you think this photograph (pictured right) looks just like any rocky outcrop that you’d find on most beaches in the UK?
If so, think again and take a closer look.
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.
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.
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!
“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.”
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.
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.