“It looks great. Every little detail has been thought through and every inch of space used to its full effect. The drawers, for example, are so strong you can fill them with heavy dishes. A lower quality kitchen could never hold that weight.
When Ann and Adrian first got in contact with Ridgeway, through their builder’s recommendation, they only had architects’ drawings to work from. They were in the process of extending and renovating their Grade II listed building in Thame and the existing kitchen extension was due for demolition.
“It was a major upheaval for everyone involved,” explains Adrian. “All we had was a space - no walls, no floors - so we had to work with people with vision. It was a big ask and it needed a huge amount of teamwork to get the builders and the kitchen fitters to think through and solve problems together. I have to say, there were never any clashes. It would have been so easy for one or other side to get precious, but they never were.
“Darren from Ridgeway was incredible throughout. We were umming and erring about whether to go ‘country kitchen’ or ‘ultra- modern’ so he showed us round their showroom near Thame
where both options were available. Having decided to go modern, he then took us to London, to our chosen suppliers’ vast showroom, so we could see their complete range. “We immediately fell in love with the red but were concerned that it would be overpowering. But Darren gave us so many ideas and suggestions of how we could find a perfect balance. We probably went through 10-12 different designs, with loads of valuable input from Ridgeway, and we ended up with exactly what we wanted.
“It doesn’t just look great, it works really well as a kitchen. Every little detail has been thought about and every inch of space used to its full effect. The drawers, for example, are so strong you can fill them with heavy dishes. A lower quality kitchen could never hold that weight. “Darren was always very attentive. He’d pop over all the time to see how the fitters were getting on - and if there were any niggles, he’d fix them.
“I feel we got excellent value for money. They’re not necessarily the cheapest option but you certainly get what you pay for. And they did us proud on special deals on appliances so we definitely won out there. “I’d have no hesitation in recommending them.”