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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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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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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

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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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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Popular Spindle Styles

Abbott-Wade Spindles

Timber Spindles

Because every home is unique 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

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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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.”

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