Whilst most worktop retailers simply focus on the kitchen worktops they are selling, Mountain Hardwoods looks at the issue from the other direction – what do clients actually want? Years of experience designing kitchens, living and eating spaces, with all the problems of choosing the right suppliers and craftsmen, led us to set up our own small but highly focused joinery workshop. Our focus is simply to provide what clients’ want; a beautiful finish to their kitchen with the most amazing kitchen worktops. And it works! Our cabinet makers often end up making the extraordinary shapes for clients, be it banana shaped table, wrap around worktops, or just a simple but elegant kitchen worktop with a lovely smooth finish, perhaps showing an under mounted sink to its best.
Just as Granite was the ‘in’ kitchen worktop of the 90’s, the richness and warmth of timber is the new choice for kitchen worktops in the 21st century. Mountain Hardwoods make a number of different types of kitchen worktop, all, as you might expect from the most beautiful and luxurious American Hardwoods. Mountain Hardwoods was formed by the partnership of one of Britain’s leading interior designers and a small but brilliant architectural timber workshop, with the support and help of the manufacturer of the finest hardwood kitchen worktops in the world.
Clients choose Mountain Hardwoods for their kitchen worktops not just because they want the best craftsmen working on the finest hardwoods, but because of the service we provide right from the start. Is it the right timber for the kitchen? Which way should the grain run to establish the best aspect of the timber? Can the kitchen worktop work in that configuration with an under mounted sink – if not, what can we do about it to make it work? Not the sort of questions you usually ask of a straight forward kitchen worktop supplier, but questions we get every day.
Why? Because choosing the right kitchen worktop is essential to getting the finishing detail right for your kitchen, and right for what you really wanted when you started planning it. You may wonder, by the way, why we only focus on kitchen worktops and not the whole kitchen. Well actually, we do, although not in the context of standard fitted kitchen. We design and produce free standing kitchen furniture, made from solid redwood (a much denser, stronger and more stable type of pine; the sort of material used to make old fashioned dressers and the like of which may have been made hundreds of years ago and yet are still looking fabulous today) with one or two fitted pieces where essential. Often working with specifying architects, we believe in making kitchen furniture to last. It may end with ten different paint colours over fifty years, but it will be as sound then as it is now. If the credit crunch is to teach us anything, it must be that the days of the throwaway society are over. With a fully fitted kitchen it is difficult, if not impossible to change the look and feel of the kitchen with ripping out the old one. With free standing kitchen furniture, the opposite is true. Start with a quality product designed and manufactured in the right way, and you can have almost limitless flexibility to change your kitchen, knowing your original investment is paying dividends every time you create a new image. It doesn’t mean it’s the right way – it’s just our way. There are plenty of excellent fitted kitchen companies making fitted kitchens that will last a lifetime. But the same general point remains, be it about kitchen worktops, free standing kitchen furniture or fully fitted; buying a quality product which looks great, will perform for years, preferably generations, is the only real way to get real value for money.