Customer testimonials and magazine article

This was a quality bespoke kitchen, beautiful and absolutely functional, with delightful detail and the best craftmanship. It is being very much admired, and I will recommend this firm to all who want a product of this quality. I wouls absolutly recommend them.

Although over recent years I have had reviews in several magazines.
This article written about me by it’s editor without knowledge of its content until publication.
As such, I regard it as an open and honest opinion.

While progress on the house has been slow since Christmas, we have started to look in greater detail at some of the finishing touches for the house. It is now approaching the end of March and we should be moving in some time between May and July; this does not give us very long, and we need to get things organised. Our deal with Chris Foggett for the build of the house is that we will supply most of the material used in the house. Bella and I sit down and draw up a list of things that we will need to buy. Top of the list comes the kitchen, both for the main house and for the annexe. We have to decide where we are going to source all of these, but the first thing that needs to be sorted out is the kitchen for the house. For the main house we have decided to go for a bespoke 'hand made' kitchen. The kitchen is the focal point of the house, and is a room where we will be spending much of our time; this needs to be right, and is something that we accept we probably need to spend quite a lot of money on. Bella has been dreaming of a 'semi fitted' solid wood kitchen with granite worktops for years, so here is her chance to get exactly that. We are blessed in Wiltshire that we have some of the highest profile kitchen makers in the UK very close to us. I won't name names, but they advertise in all of the glossy home magazines.

We visit them and wonder at the beautiful kitchens that they have to offer us. The show rooms are very flashy and the young sales people very confident and assertive -they know just the sort of kitchen that we would need! We give them details of what we are looking for and sit back waiting for the final designs to be sent to us.
We are blessed in Wiltshire that we have some of the highest profile kitchen makers in the UK very close to us. I won't name names, but they advertise in all of the glossy home magazines. We visit them and wonder at the beautiful kitchens that they have to offer us. The show rooms are very flashy and the young sales people very confident and assertive -they know just the sort of kitchen that we would need! We give them details of what we are looking for and sit back waiting for the final designs to be sent to us. A few days later they arrive by post. The first thing that is obvious is that these specialist kitchen makers have stuffed the kitchen full of units and cupboards. We had explained to them that we have built a large pantry / larder which will be shelved and will keep most of our non-perishable food, other household products and all of the pots and pans, all hidden away out of view.

We are looking for a kitchen with only a few wall cupboards and maybe a dresser unit against one wall. None of the specialist kitchen designers have interpreted our brief properly. Not only that, , the cost is huge!
They are looking for between £45,000 and £55,000 to build our kitchen for us! And that's just for the units and worktops, it does not include fitting, the appliances, or VAT! NO WAY!!
Friends of ours, Jon and Liz Clancy, had recently built their own home in Hullavington, a nearby village, and they had used a local chap to design and build their kitchen. This was made out of solid oak and cost a fraction of what we were being quoted, and it looks fantastic.
They give us his name- Andrew Smith from Calne in Wiltshire, a town just a few miles away from us. The kitchen is very much Bella's project, and she and Andy quickly get down to the detail of the design and the choiceof materials. She explains to him that she wants a 'semi fitted look'. On one wall she wants a large dresser. Between the family room and the kitchen she wants the hob to be fitted, and she wants a large sink under the window with views to the garden. In the main kitchen she wants a small larder fridge, an integrated dishwasher and a double 'eye level' oven. At the 'back window' we want a built-in bench and a 'breakfast table'. In the utility room we want to have a tall built-in fridge, a tall freezer (which we already have and which needs to be hidden in a cupboard), a washing machine, a tumble drier (again to be hidden in cupboards), oh, and we want another sink. "No problem", Andy says. A few days later he calls us up. He has done the designs, would we like to see them? He calls around with samples of wood for the doors and examples of the different sort of door finishes we could go for. The basic design is drawn out by hand on a couple of pieces of paper. None of the fancy presentation that we got from the 'exclusive' kitchen makers’ showrooms, but Andy has managed to interpret our brief exactly the way we wanted. 

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