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Bespoke Kitchens are our speciality and there are always lots of options…

We understand your kitchen is the heart of your home, a financial as well as emotional investment. It is vital you know what is going on and that your project runs smoothly. This is why we manage the whole process with meticulous detail. Each kitchen is unique; from the initial consultation and planning through to the cabinetry, preparation, delivery and tting. All the work is carried out by our own team with full control at every stage.

Using traditional woodworking methods such as dovetail and mortice and tenon joints as well as in frame doors ensures your cabinets last a lifetime. In fact the wood and joints of the cabinets are guaranteed for 25 years!

Whether you choose the simple clean lines of our Quaker kitchens or, the more detailed Traditional style with beading your kitchen will have a timeless quality. With every paint colour under the sun and a wide variety of wood nishes available you can truly make it your own.

Hand built in our workshop, your kitchen cabinets are predominantly crafted from solid wood and feature the highest quality ttings including Blum runners and a wide variety of pull-outs and internal wirework available for the insides of your cabinets.

Handles transform a piece of furniture. It will create a rustic, contemporary or traditional look to your kitchen. Below are our standard handles; we have access to thousands of others if one of these is not what you are looking for.

Four Corners supply all brands of integrated and freestanding electrical appliances including Miele, Bosch and Neff as well as the lesser known brands that specialise in providing appliances to kitchen designers like us.

In addition essential to your kitchen are sinks and taps, lighting, bins and wirework for inside your cupboards. Many of our customers have boiler taps tted in their kitchens (no need for a kettle) and we have a variety of these available too.

Delivery is available nationwide, please call us on 01789 297 818.

Kitchen worktops need to be both practical and complementary to the design of your kitchen and your budget. Four Corners offer
a huge range of worktops from top of the range Corian to all stones and wood, as well as everything else you may need.

Dekton – This is the only stone worktop in the market with a heatproof and stain-proof guarantee. It is a highly compressed manmade stone available in a range of thicknesses.

Corian – Like Dekton, Corian is manmade; bonding stone with
a high level of resin, this means it can be moulded to create sinks and upstands with no seams. It comes in a range of colours.

Quartz Composite – Market leading brands such as Silestone, Unistone and Caesarstone offer a wide range of colours for this very popular manmade stone. It comes in slabs like granite and is stain resistant.

Granite & Marble – Natural stones from around the world with all the changes and variety you would expect from a natural product and a large number of colours. Granite is a harder stone than marble.

Solid Surface – A hybrid of laminate and manmade stone, Solid Surface worktops have a acrylic surface usually 8mm thick with a particle board core. Cheaper than the stone worktops but offering a similar looking nish.

Wood – Available in a wide variety of colours and nishes, wooden worktops add character and, offer the acoustic ability
to soak up noise in a room where you may have lots of solid surfaces. A cost effective solution and often used in combination with stone.

Laminate – The most famous name of this type is Formica.
A particle board base is topped with a thin layer of limited heat and stain resistant plastic; Available in a wide variety of colours; Cost effective way of tting a worktop when budgets are tight.

Bespoke Worktops – Cement, stainless steel and slate worktops can all be sourced. Just let us know what you’d like during your design consultation.

Following our expert Kitchen Designers rst meeting with you at your home we will start with a blank piece of paper at the drawing board and map out your kitchen the traditional way. This plan will then be used to generate a virtual kitchen design based on your discussions with us.

Using our Computer Aided Design (CAD) package we are able to put together a design sheet featuring detailed oor plans, 3D views, birds eye views and photo realistic pictures to help you visualise the nal look of your kitchen… allowing you to see your kitchen before it is even built.

This information is presented to you at our second meeting (normally in our Stratford on Avon showroom about 2 weeks after our first visit.) We explain the design and go through the plan, the CADs and the costs with you. Our initial meeting has often prompted further thoughts on your part so together we have a thorough discussion and amend the design to ensure your new kitchen is all you hope for.

We craft all of our furniture ourselves and have done so for nearly 40 years using traditional techniques and, with design at its heart showcasing the beauty of wood.

Many of our customers who use our Bespoke Furniture service have a clear idea of what they’d like and yet have been unable to find a Cabinet Maker who can turn their ideas into a reality. Others want to pick our brains and use our expertise. Please do talk to us, we are happy to quote for custom built items that may be completely different to our standard pieces or, a tweak to the size of our usual designs.

Here is what one of our very lovely customers has to say about our bespoke furniture service:

What can I say about Four Corners? If it is quality craftsmanship, beautiful furniture and the most amazing customer service, then don’t even bother to shop elsewhere. You won’t beat the team at Four Corners. My husband & I spent years looking for that perfect dining room table and we were fortunate to stumble across Four Corners at the Grand Design exhibition. James, Lisa and the rest of the team are very professional and offer the best customer service I have ever experienced. They work tirelessly to ensure that their customers are 100% satisfied.

Thank you Four Corners – we’re so glad we found you! We look forward to future purchases. – Mr & Mrs M, Staffordshire

Four Corners ability to tailor-make furniture for our customers is something we take great pride in. Please do ask us for advice and we can point you in the direction of pubs, restaurants and National Trust properties where you can see what we can do. After all, there are worse places to do a spot of homework!

Acorns to Oak Trees

We’d have to go back nearly 40 years to discover the acorn from which Four Corners has grown.

James’s father David set up Ashworth’s Country Workshop, a cabinet makers crafting traditional pine furniture using time honoured techniques. Quickly it became a family concern with Mum Sue as chief cook, bottle washer and delivery woman as well as designer of kitchens. Growing up around the family business perhaps it was always inevitable one of their sons would get the furniture bug. It was James who realised, one month into his job as a stockbroker in the Square Mile his future was in dovetail joints.

David began to make furniture outside the UK as costs of wood and labour spiralled. In Romania he found amazing, sensitively managed forests and people happy to learn how to craft furniture using our traditional techniques including dovetail and mortice & tenon joints.

When James and David set up Four Corners in 1999 it was obvious to both of them the furniture should be made in Romania and that Sue should design the kitchens. She was relieved to nd James was happy to do the deliveries!

In the Carpathian Alps Romania they bought a dairy farm, converted it to a workshop with state of the art tools; bought their own kiln to dry the wood and employed Doina and Cristi Stania whom David met in his rst forays into Romania. Doina and Cristi now have 40 skilled craftsmen & women working for us. James visits every month. Having our own workshop means we can control the quality and have the exibility to offer bespoke kitchens and furniture.

The trees we use have been individually chosen and there is a no clear felling policy. These logs are often pulled out by horse to minimise ecological damage. We want our kitchens and furniture to be as eco-friendly as it can be. In crafting the furniture we end up with lots of off cuts and saw dust. None of it is wasted. The off cuts heat our workshop and are now available in our stores for your home too; the sawdust keeps the local tomato plants warm. Keeping it green we have recently designed and built solar powered kilns to dry our wood.

Once the kitchens and furniture have been crafted it is hand nished to our customer’s requirements or primed ready for hand painting and then carefully bubble wrapped awaiting shipment to us in the Cotswolds. We are proud of our British Heritage and our Romanian craft.

David and Sue, in the meantime, have decided to retire and spend their well earned rest sailing, playing tennis and enjoying the next generation already obsessed with wood, glue and tools. Sue hasn’t entirely escaped just yet as she’s still on hand for advice on kitchen design. James is supported by a great team front of house as well as behind the scenes at both our showrooms including his wife

Lisa who, as the next generation of bottle washer, runs our Broadway showroom.

Four Corners is a family business based in the Cotswolds. With over 50 years experience in cabinet making & kitchen design, we are passionate about making warm and hearty furniture.

“We want the furniture we craft to become a well loved feature in your home, lasting a lifetime. We use wood with lots of character to ensure each piece has lots of interesting grain and is as unique the trees it has been crafted from.”

Four Corners have two showrooms. The largest is in Stratford on Avon, our second is in the beautiful village of Broadway. At both you can see and feel our wonderful furniture and kitchens.

We can also come to you. We will visit you to design your kitchen, bedroom, study or bookcase with your needs in mind. We also have a wonderfully talented fitting team. Perfectionists who love the challenge of a wonky wall, they craft your dream design into a reality.

We make our gorgeous characterful oak & pine furniture in Our Workshop in Romania. Why there? We are surrounded by beautiful forests. Felling is strictly licensed. The trees are chosen individually and drawn out by horses to minimise ecological impact.

Four Corners are Cabinet Makers. Our Craftsmen hand build the furniture, using wood with interesting grain, knots and medullary rays and, time honoured methods such as dovetail & mortice and tenon joints.

As we make the furniture we are able to offer a Bespoke service. We can adjust the size on our stock items or design something exclusively for you to fit those awkward spaces in your home. Our friends make our Sofas and Dining Chairs. We’ve worked with them for a number of years and know their chairs meet the high standards and craftmanship we expect from our own furniture.

Appliances & Essentials

We supply all brands of integrated and freestanding electrical appliances including Fisher & Paykel, Miele, Bosch and Neff as well as the lesser known brands that specialise in providing appliances to kitchen designers like us.

In addition essential to your kitchen are sinks and taps, lighting, bins and wirework for inside your cupboards. Many of our customers have boiler taps  tted in their kitchens (no need for a kettle) and we have a variety of these available too.

ACORNS TO OAK TREES

We’d have to go back nearly 40 years to discover the acorn from which Four Corners has grown. When James and David set up Four Corners in 1999 it was obvious to both of them the furniture should be made in Romania.

In the Carpathian Alps Romania they bought a dairy farm, converted it to a workshop with state of the art tools; bought their own kiln to dry the wood and employed Doina and Cristi Stania whom David met in his first forays into Romania. Doina and Cristi now have 40 skilled craftsmen & women working for us. James visits every month. Having our own workshop means we can control the quality and have the  exibility to offer bespoke kitchens and furniture.

The trees we use have been individually chosen and there is a no clear felling policy. These logs are often pulled out by horse to minimise ecological damage. We want our kitchens and furniture to be as eco-friendly as it can be. In crafting the furniture we end up with lots of off cuts and saw dust. None of it is wasted.

The off cuts heat our workshop and are now available in our stores for your home too; the sawdust keeps the local tomato plants warm. Keeping it green we designed and built solar powered kilns to dry our wood. Once the kitchens and furniture have been crafted it is hand  nished to our customer’s requirements or primed ready for hand painting and then carefully bubble wrapped awaiting shipment to us in the Cotswolds. We are proud of our British Heritage and our Romanian craft.

Four Corners offers a professional service with the added personal touch, exibility and friendliness you would expect from a family run company.
Please get in touch with us if you have a question that is not covered here. Call us on tel: 01789 297 818 or email us sales@four-corners.co.uk