Custom Kitchens – hand made in our workshops
There has been a trend towards free-standing kitchen units in recent years, and this flexibility can lead to a completely personal feel at the heart of the home.
There are many options available to include a tailor-made piece, the desire to bring cohesion to the home is driving customers to invest in bespoke craftsmanship. “I feel that the home owner wants to build a place that has continuity throughout their home, so having a free-standing kitchen enables a space to link to the other rooms, which creates a feeling of non-separation.”
If the cabinetry is well made initially, it can last for years, without the main bulk of the furniture needing to be replaced. “You can repaint in 10 years and change the door furniture, and maybe the worktop, and you have a new kitchen again,” says David
Designers agree and can also see the benefits. “Free-standing items fit in with the increased use of large appliances such as range cookers and American-style fridge-freezers, which are not always easy to integrate into a fitted kitchen layout.”
Individual items can define various zones, such as prep work, storage and serving, and potentially they can be moved around the room. Popular choices are central islands, butcher’s blocks, dressers and pantry-style cupboards.
Making the items movable offers flexibility and they can be repositioned depending on how and where they are needed. We useRobert heavy-duty castors on smaller central island units so they can be moved around the room with ease.
Our cabinet-makers use tulipwood and birch ply for the carcasses and shelving, ensuring the finished product is of sturdy, good-quality construction.
As for the finish, the wood can be limed, natural or painted.
Framed cabinetwork should always use hardwood for the framework, doors and drawers – this is the style we always favour for our free-standing pieces. Colour-wise, this is a very personal choice, with some wanting the unit to blend in with the rest of the room, whilst others favour a bright pop of colour to draw attention to the stand-alone piece.
We have 20 years experience in manufacturing and fitting kitchens in Sussex and pride ourselves on our service and product.