I completed my degree in furniture design and set up my own tiny business in the Adelphi Mill in Bollington in 1984 with an old circular saw and lathe alongside a few pieces of oak and ash. I set about designing and making coffee tables, chairs, clocks and mirrors.
Fortunately, the canal path ran directly outside my workshop windows and people passing could look in and watch me work. This earned me my first commissions. The business grew over the years and in 1999 I purchased the old Old Chapel on Beech Lane Macclesfield with the express intention of allowing my clients to see their furniture being made. The Chapel was built in 1830 and its beautiful stained glass windows illuminate our showroom and workshops.
I feel my skill is to listen to my client’s ideas and with a fresh eye suggest a design that reaches out to their aspirations and enhances the visions they have. The kitchen is just one part of a home and its design starts at the front door and often continues into the garden. Everything must be taken into account in producing a really beautiful and functional kitchen.
I always start by actively listening to my client’s ideas and as a result between us, we design a kitchen that uses spaces which may not have been envisaged previously. The result is a fantastic family living space.