David & Barbara Cornfields
Having had many visits to main and smaller kitchen suppliers we found that no one were able to supply our exact requirements or it was at a stratospheric price. Inspired kitchens offered a kitchen to our exact requirements on time and in budget.
The craftsmanship would be hard to beat. We now have an amazing kitchen to be very proud of thanks to Inspired kitchens
Jennie Bradley Kitchen
Julian and Dennis are amazing!! I couldn’t recommend Inspired designer kitchens enough, they are professional, they 100% know what they are doing and amazing at what they do, and they are the most down to earth people and they couldn’t do enough to help you, which makes designing your kitchen an enjoyable experience! They have made the most gorgeous perfect and exactly what we wanted dream kitchen, utility and full wall tv storage unit, I will never use anyone else again! Thank you
Superb quality Kitchen, great team to work with. A+++
Before selecting Inspired Designer Kitchens, we looked at several bespoke and off the shelf companies which could design and fit a suitable kitchen in our 17th Century listed property. It was clear from the early stages that we would need to go down the bespoke route due to the awkward dimensions and wanting to use every bit of space available, plus we were not satisfied with the finish on factory made units preferring the chalky look of hand painted cupboards and drawers with solid oak drawer boxes and tulipwood frames.
After seeing IDK on Facebook and eBay I decided to pay them a visit to check out the workshop and ask some questions before committing any further. Luckily the day I arrived ( out of the blue) Julian had some units that were part manufactured so I could see clearly the quality of the materials and attention to detail on the manufacture as well as some final finishes on some units that were in the paint area. Everything was well organised in the workshop and the finishes were very high quality using strong joints (mortice and tenon/dovetail) and using very high quality materials with oak drawer boxes, high quality German rails and catches and the very best tulipwood for the frames.
Based on what I had saw I was pleased to pursue this further and I arranged another visit with my partner to go through the design and get a full quotation. Julian took my architects plans for the space and was able to very quickly put together some great designs for us using AutoCad that made the best use of our space and had all the features we needed. When we were happy, Julian provided a quote which we accepted, and we paid our deposit with our kitchen being the next one in the production cycle. What was nice was at this point nothing was set in stone and we continued a dialogue with Julian to make amendments as we went, and he did a site visit to check the measurements and get a feel for the space as we decided to let IDK build, deliver and fit the kitchen.
On Julian’s visit he came up with some great ideas on how to use the space, and we also decided to have far deeper units and drawers than standard to make everything seem grander. We also added some turned posts to finish off the ends and provide a very solid feel to the kitchen along with a bespoke over range chimney custom made to our specification along with other units for housing a standard washing machine (non-integrated) 2 sinks and other appliances. At this stage we had a lot more confidence and were excited to get the project started as soon as possible.
Communication from Julian was superb, and I never felt like I didn’t know exactly what was going on. We spoke on What’s App almost every day to check and verify things and each time new materials came in or items were manufactured we received photos of each stage. I am sure Julian takes this approach with all clients due to the many satisfied customers and great reviews he has received and I am sure he is able to update clients via e-mail/Facebook/text as required. It was great to feel confident at every stage that things were getting taken care of and were aligned with the expected timeframe. After our final photos of the painted units completed by Dennis Julian’s Father , we pinned down an installation date and waited for the next stage.
On the first day of the installation a delivery driver arrived and carefully unloaded every item which was beautifully protected with special blankets and tape etc so that no damage could occur. The delivery guy organised everything meticulously in order so that it was ready for the installation. When Dennis and Julian arrived, they cross checked everything the delivery driver left and they started with the fitting of the base units. What was clear was that Julian and Dennis take pride in their work Dennis being a time served craftsmen with an eye for accuracy and detail. Julian was totally on top of the plan of where everything went, and they had the best tools like laser levels etc to ensure everything was spot on. Within 3 days, all the base units were in place and we had to then get the worktop fitted before we could finalise the chimney and boiler enclosure etc.
Worktop was installed and Dennis and Julian returned to finalise a bespoke Boiler enclosure and fit the Range Chimney and Corbelled shelves in the final 2 days. At this stage we had a few items on a snag list which we reviewed, and Dennis and Julian did not leave until everything was satisfactory. To be fair in some cases we changed our mind as we went, and they were so accommodating to ensure we were happy with the finished product. These guys are lovely warm people with a great sense of humour and I really loved the way they worked and interacted with us. We are so pleased with the gorgeous Kitchen they have hand made for us and I can’t imagine any other company being able to provide anything better. It looks beautiful and really fits with the style of the house. I would not hesitate to recommend these guys to any prospective customers and would be happy to share my experiences, photos or show people the kitchen directly. People like Julian and Dennis deserve to be successful in their business and I hope that I can give other people the confidence to take these guys on to provide a beautiful bespoke kitchen for far less than you might think.
Sorry if this was like war and peace, but I wanted to go through chronologically how things work and wanted to take the time to show how very pleased we were with the outcome. People may not realise but many kitchen companies professing to be hand crafted etc are not a patch on the quality IDK are building. I honestly can’t recommend these guys enough and thank you again for all the hard work to make our dream kitchen a reality.
Excellently crafted kitchen by excellent carpenters.
Very happy with Inspired Designer Kitchens and would highly recommend them
If you are looking for a very personal service and a high quality kitchen these are the guys to work with.
The handmade bespoke kitchen provided by Inspired Furniture Design was of the highest quality, not only are we delighted with the finish of the work, but also the service provided, before, during and after its completion.
Julian was very accommodating with our design ideas and the range of paint finished available meant we were able to get a truly bespoke kitchen, not one with limited choice that masquerades as such.
The kitchen was completed and delivered within a matter of weeks – from design board to fitting, and we were very impressed that images of the progress being made were sent, without requesting them during the construction phase.
Delivery was very efficient and on time, and furthermore Julian was able to organise for us appropriate fitters, who were excellent, and also very reasonably priced.
All in all, an excellent product and excellent service
ID Kitchens have just installed our brand new kitchen at our cottage in St Albans. I have to say that from start to finish the service has been exceptional. Julian is responsive and extremely knowledgeable. I was a little apprehensive at first as I needed to pay an upfront deposit, but I took the leap of faith and it was absolutely worth it!
Julian and his father, Dennis, are two of the most hard working craftsmen you will ever meet. They worked around the clock from 7am - 8pm everyday during the installation. They were meticulous about their work and the finish.
We looked at all the usual suspects before choosing IDK but they all paled in comparison. All our units were built by hand and painted in the workshop by Julians’ team. The build quality is another level, with solid wooden cabinets and dovetail joins on the drawers. The kitchen is almost too good to actually use, its like a work of art!!
If you are thinking about getting a new kitchen built these are your men! Thanks again to Julian and Dennis for all the hard graft that went into building our beautiful kitchen.
Dean and Daria Gambles