Each Handcraft Furnishings bespoke kitchen is uniquely designed and made to order, with no predetermined styles or ranges.
This bespoke approach allows the client to specify exactly what size and type of kitchen they require.
Cabinets can be made to any height or width, with custom height counter tops and appliances set in practical positions for ease of use.
Types of kitchen designs range from:-
When designing a kitchen, Handcraft Furnishings will consider the client, their lifestyle, family status and particular tastes:-
Family kitchens are carefully planned to be more child friendly, with plate racks, wine racks and book shelves placed out of reach.
For the layout the main consideration is what sort of cooker is required, allowing for canopy extractors and chimney flues.
Factors that also influence the kitchen layout include:-
Commonly, the placement of the sink is under the main view window.
A design consultation with Handcraft Furnishings allows you to bring along your ideas, photos, samples, drawings and plans which can be developed into a working design.
It is useful to have a ‘wish list’ of any required appliances and features at the design stage so they can be cohesively incorporated into the layout.
The meeting usually lasts about an hour and can be scheduled after hours for your convenience.
When planning to build a Handcraft Furnishings bespoke kitchen there are mainly two methods of construction employed:-
The most traditional method is In-Frame construction with flush mounted doors, which makes a fitted kitchen feel more like individual pieces of quality handmade furniture.
The presses are made as a solid wood frame carcass and the doors are mounted within the frame on butt hinges.
In-frame construction is a tried and tested method, structurally stronger, and is built to last a lifetime.
This technique requires a great deal of skill, and can be labour intensive to craft and fit.
A more contemporary style is a Frameless construction with lay-on doors which lends itself to simpler, cleaner lines like modern handleless designs.
Solid wood or veneered board doors are mounted on the front face of a blockboard or plywood carcass with hidden soft-close hinges.
It is a more economical method of production than in-frame construction, but can still offer a high quality and luxury feel by using exotic hardwoods and veneers, quality engineered boards and finishes.
Handcraft Furnishings carefully select hardwoods for the construction of their bespoke kitchens, which provide a wide range of interesting colours, quality and grain patterns.
The choice of wood is often influenced by the client and part of the kitchen design colour palette.
Handcraft select hardwoods such as:-
Hand-painted kitchens with finished wood accents are growing in popularity, and can be coloured to complement your cherished Aga range cooker but still have real wood features like a chopping block style countertop or a contrasting Walnut island unit.
Where the grain and colour of the wood is not as important in the painted parts of a kitchen, Poplar (Tulipwood) and Hard Maple are utilised for stability, durability and the grain doesn’t bleed through the painted surface as with other woods.
With Handcraft Furnishings you will find the difference is in the details.
By selecting and providing the highest quality fixtures and fittings, the craftsmanship of a Handcraft kitchen is unmistakable. These might include:-
Look closer and you will also see:-
Secret magnet catches inlaid into the wood to hold the closed door in place without disrupting the line of the design.
Curved doors laminated from layers of solid wood and shaped to fit into tightly jointed frames.
Thick, solid wood dovetailed drawer boxes fitted with:-
Bespoke larders with:-
Handcraft Furnishings can also specify and supply a wide range of appliances and fittings including:-
Appliance brands available include:-
For sink and tap fixtures we use quality names like:-
After the design and order stages of a Handcraft Furnishings bespoke kitchen are agreed, production commences at their four thousand square foot workshop in Tubbercurry, County Sligo, Ireland.
The hand-made units and presses are then crafted to plan, finished and transported to your property to be fitted as smoothly as possible with the minimum of disruption.
Handcraft Furnishings will liaise with other tradesmen like:-
Depending on the client's location in the country, Handcraft can recommend various preferred suppliers, and will organise the production of:-