Artisan Kitchens & Joinery

Artisan Kitchens & Joinery can bring your joinery requirements to life. From kitchens, freestanding / fitted furniture to doors and windows, we can produce beautiful hand-crafted items made to your requirements. Offering bespoke design, we make what you want from a wide range of timbers.

Trades

  • 1.Carpenter & Joiner
  • 2.Window Fitter

About Artisan Kitchens & Joinery

Working with wood has always been a passion of mine and when in 2004 I was made redundant after 26 years as a graduate manager in the printing industry, I took the opportunity to retrain and pursue the more creative, practical path I always wished I had taken. In two years I undertook and passed both Intermediate and Advanced City & Guilds in Bench Joinery, whilst setting up the business.

Much of my work includes the renovation and construction of joinery for period and listed properties, both internal and external and I have, for example, made bespoke front doors in all sizes and styles for houses dating from 1400. I have researched and taken a particular interest in leaded lights for glazed door panels and windows and have the expertise to manufacture these myself to the customer's requirements. I believe that to produce a good piece of joinery for a specific period, it is invaluable to have a knowledge and understanding of the architecture. One of my more recent projects has been the renovation of a Late Victoria staircase. This involved the removal of the 1980's block board strings, angle iron spindles and handrail and replacing them with period turned newel posts, spindles and handrail. In particular, the hand rail was required to turn through 180 degrees whilst dropping through approximately 40 degrees at the point where it intersected the landing. This element had to be made solely by hand and I relished the challenge.

In my opinion it is vital to be flexible in approach at all times and to address the unique requirements of each customer. Hence I can fit a kitchen supplied by you, supply and fit a Howdens or Benchmark kitchen at very competitive rates, or create a bespoke kitchen from scratch entirely in wood or in wood veneer and other materials. I enjoy creating freestanding furniture and this can complement your fitted kitchen cabinets, or indeed you can choose entirely freestanding kitchen units. Wardrobes, both fitted and freestanding, tables, dressers, bathroom cabinetry, bespoke freestanding or fitted shelving, gates, garage doors and any other requirements can be catered for. Likewise, I have manufactured and fitted windows and french doors for houses both old and modern, always within the statutory requirements for Building Regulations.

Windows, doors, units and freestanding furniture can be provided primed, varnished or hand-waxed according to the customer's wishes. A spray-painting service for kitchen units can also be arranged.

I have my own fully equipped workshop in Ashford, Kent which allows me to work all around the M25 corridor, London and especially Kent and Sussex.

Enquiries about all jobs, big and small are welcomed.

Qualifications

Advanced City & Guilds, Bench Joinery
Intermediate City & Guilds, Bench Joinery
Carpentry and Joinery Tutor at Canterbury College
British Standards Quality Assessment Lead Auditor
B.A. (Hons) Communication Studies.