Another 100% Year! That's four in a row, and counting...

We're very proud of the fact that all of the projects on which we worked in 2016, were the result of recommendations and referrals from previous clients, trades with whom we've worked, and architects and specifiers.  We think this is an acknowledgement of the care we take over every stage of our process, from first meetings and design ideas, through manufacturing and installation, to tightening the final fixing.

It was great to work with some previous clients, on new projects in 2016 too.

Perhaps we need to be a little better with our sales and marketing approach?

The 'Art' of Project Management

For someone 'in the business', the management of a multiple room project comes with many unique challenges, attempting this as a homeowner can be utterly daunting - we understand.

The images here show a recently completed, multiple room, project in the North East of England which included the design, manufacture and installation of furniture and fittings for several rooms, fully project managed from initial briefing to successful hand-over.

Management is not simply a case of 'timetabling' activities; the project team will always include multiple, often overlapping trades, with varying priorities and preferences, not to mention the 'human' aspect of the characters and personalities involved. Discussing the right issues (in the right way) at the right time among the project team is vital. Forging links in the right way will pay dividends longterm; time and monetary savings can actually be made with successful communication.

I believe that project management is less about 'management' and more about teamwork.

Following the completion of this project, two further projects have been commissioned, both involve a significant project management commitment and are nearing successful completion, hopefully images will be available soon.

 

An article in the latest Beautiful Kitchens Magazine

It's great to have an article in the April/May edition of Beautiful Kitchens, showing a really exciting project in a very contemporary space.

The project involved furniture in several rooms of the house, though the centrepiece was certainly the kitchen.  With such a large open plan space there were certain challenges, but it was a great project that was enormously rewarding, especially as our clients were so good to work with.  It was a perfect combination of ideas, ambition, enthusiasm and enough 'listening' to ensure a practical yet visually exciting solution was achieved.

Selecting granite at F.Jones

I'm aware it's starting to look like I have a fetish for all things stone, but a great worksurface can make a huge difference to any kitchen.  I know from experience that materials vary enormously, both in performance and appearance, so it's vital to get your selection of worksurface material just right.

Here are some images from a recent visit I made with a client, to F.Jones in Middlesbrough.  I have been working with them for many years and the quality of materials and service offered is always exceptional.  Carolyn arranged an exquisite sample for review - thanks Carolyn!  If it wasn't quite so heavy, I'd have left with it under my arm.

A visit to Burlington Stone in Cumbria

I wanted to share some images of a great visit to Burlington Stone in Cumbria.  The markings found in natural materials can vary enormously, so I was approving a stack of gorgeous green slate for a client's installation.  It was important that there was a good match with other materials and colourways.

What a great spot this is - and Andrew Townsley, the Architectural Foreman (pictured below), couldn't have been more helpful - Thanks Andrew!

I love a factory visit - especially when the end product is of such high quality, as it is here.  There was cutting, polishing, and more texturing options than I had seen before.  And all on the side of a picturesque Cumbrian valley.