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Histon-based Kitchensmiths has been one of the major players in the independent kitchen specialist scene in our region for nigh on 27 years. Martin Smith, the director, tells Velvet what marks the company apart from other high street offerings
From the outside, Kitchensmiths looks like a reasonable-sized shop, but once you step in, the cavernous showroom seems to go on forever; just as well when they have four different brands of kitchen to show off.
We met Martin, the director, and Alex and Clare, the designers, who all enthuse about what they can offer which they believe is lacking with alternative suppliers.
From the outset the first thing to note is the huge range of styles available.
“There has been a major uprising of hand painted traditional kitchens over the last couple of years. We are proud to say that Stoneham Kitchens, our English brand, offers such an amazing selection from their standard range as well as a complete bespoke colour service too,” says Martin. “But in addition, our German brands are at the pinnacle of contemporary design, so we cover all bases,” adds Alex.
Another advantage of such a huge selection is that they can cater for such a wide range of budgets. As you step in the door, the first kitchen on show is a wacky four-colour design with what looks like random-sized wall units and open shelves. The effect is fascinating, but Clare tells Velvet it is the most competitively priced kitchen in the showroom - with full kitchens starting at £12,000. “These Mahlzeit by Rational kitchens are really fun to design,” says Clare. “It’s pretty tricky making something look random, but actually it is more designed than anything.”
As we wander around the showroom, Velvet is struck by the variety of worktop materials on offer. The central display has an unusual matt textured Dekton worktop with a built-in functional trough, perfect for the kitchen herb collection. The team explain it’s incredibly scratch and heat resistant, then proceed to paint on some nail varnish and set it alight; once wiped clean, it is as good as new.
Velvet asks Martin what sets Kitchensmiths apart from their competition.“My designers take time to listen to the customer and with 70 years of experience between us, I know we will create stunning designs perfect for our clients’ needs. We have always offered the most comprehensive service when it comes to installation and we project manage everything from electrics, plastering, flooring, decorating as well as the usual kitchen installation. We get such great feedback from our customers who love the results and then recommend us to their friends.”
Before Velvet leaves, the team are keen to show is what is up and coming in the kitchen world. Bax, their bespoke German brand, has just brought out a range of more than 500 real wood veneers. Blown away by the scale of choice, they show us how these veneers can be used as an individual statement piece or a whole kitchen. Book-matching, where the grain of wood continues from one unit to the next, is also an option which makes for a truly bespoke result.
And from all of their brands, including Störmer Kitchens (again German) they show off some finger-print resistant door styles called Fenix. These smooth velvety doors are so tactile you will just want to stroke them.
It certainly seems to be the place to go for variety and on trend specialisms with a team you can trust - so drop in or, better still, book an appointment with Alex or Clare to start the process of realising your kitchen dreams.
Kitchensmiths is at 4 Station Road, Histon, Cambridge CB24 9LQ. Call (01223) 236456 or visit kitchensmiths.co.uk for more information.
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