At Roundhouse we love to encourage emerging talent, be it in the designs we display in our showroom from craftsmen and women or in the work the students on annual placement from university do for us. We recently had our youngest recruit, 15 year old Lily, who came on work placement from school. She proved to be an enthusiastic temporary member of our team, below is her blog of her time with us. My name is Lily, I am 15 years old and I participated in work experience at Roundhouse Design. Like many anxious young teens getting their first taste of what life might be like after finishing school I was nervous, excited and a little scared about what the week would bring. On my first day at the Roundhouse showroom in Wigmore Street I met with many of the designers and the marketing team, and I soon realised that each individual working for the company really has a equally important role and how well they work together to get the best results for each Roundhouse client. When I started work at Roundhouse I didn’t know what actually went into making a kitchen and the amount of time, effort and care that goes into it but I could soon see that everybody truly loves what they do and their attention to detail and passion for achieving what the customer wants gives Roundhouse a unique...

It’s hard to imagine the end product - our sleek, contemporary, bespoke kitchens are a long way from the stacks of timber loaded in our factory awaiting job allocation. It’s a labour intensive journey involving craftsmen who take time and a great deal of care cutting, fitting and polishing this precious raw material until the final product emerges, butterfly-like, ready to be loaded and delivered to our clients. All the wood for a Roundhouse bespoke kitchen is marked FSC (Forest Stewardship Council), which means it’s sourced from sustainably managed forests. Each load is marked with the name of the wood, making it instantly identifiable, a necessity when you realise the huge number of different woods Roundhouse offers to our clients. Among current favourites are Wenge and striped Zebrano, popular Black Walnut, Mango wood and our latest addition lime washed Oak. Sustainability is very important to us, and apart from carefully sourcing our wood we aim to keep waste to an absolute minimum. We’ve made a huge commitment to becoming even more ‘green’ by creating our own fuel. All our offcuts and the dust from the extraction system get fed into our new Biomass boiler, as fuel. The resulting hot water gets pumped all round the factory providing heat and hot water. Not only does this substantially reduce landfill but we also save on emissions from transport to the waste disposal – currently...

Metallics are not only big news on the catwalks, but in the home too and it’s a look that is set to become a classic.   Roundhouse is recognised for our innovative kitchen designs and original finishes. One of the newest is a spectacular addition to our range of unique metallic bespoke finishes, developed in-house by our R & D team in our British factory in Malvern. Each piece is polished by hand and the range includes high gloss, polished Patinated Bronze (shown on the doors in the photograph) and a Burnished Bronze (shown on the base units in the open doors photograph). The new Bronze finishes complete a range which also includes a Hammered finish that offers a more textured look.  ...

We’ve just completed the renovation of our flagship Wigmore Street showroom and it looks absolutely stunning!  Among the new bespoke kitchen displays we’ve revealed is a beautiful brand new finish on our Urbo range – ‘Driftwood.’  It’s a lovely sea-washed oak with a new polished concrete worksurface with an inset stainless steel sink, a flush hob and Quooker boiling water tap. The old industrial stools were sourced from an antique shop in Hastings and have just the right vibe to work with the kitchen. The beautiful bowl is by ceramicist Kerry Hastings and the jug is by ceramicist duo James  & Tilla Waters. Also revealed in their full glory for the first time are our stunning stained glass windows, which will also be in for a little refurb in the next few months. Next to get a new look is our Fulham showroom, which is currently undergoing an almost total renovation, a new floor has just gone in and exciting new displays are on their way. Watch this space…...

Maintaining our trademark advertising using client’s kitchens and featuring their lovely pets takes time and patience but the payoff is getting a great photograph. We took the idea to a whole new level recently and photographed not just one animal but three; big dog Holly, adorable puppy Hebe and obliging chicken Matilda. We were in a fabulous new extension to a former rectory in Hampshire, photographing a gorgeous matt lacquer Urbo kitchen, with stunning striped Mango wood. It was our lovely client’s second Roundhouse bespoke kitchen, and she very kindly allowed us back to do the photography. She managed to talk the dogs into posing for the camera and Matilda who is the friendliest of hens decided she didn’t want to miss out. It was Hebe’s first encounter with a chicken and all behaved admirably, giving the lie to the (Roundhouse adapted) adage ‘never work with chickens or animals’. We didn’t expect to have three animals in shot – and we almost had four - the other chicken was just too busy laying eggs! Look out for the fabulous threesome (and our lovely Urbo kitchen of course) in our up and coming advertising. A. To be in the photograph of course…...

Whenever new materials and installations are unveiled in our showrooms, it always causes excitement among the Roundhouse team. The latest addition to the flagship Wigmore Street showroom is no exception. We have had to be patient through the evolutionary process, which took place over a period of about three weeks, eventually revealing two new materials. After the framework was built and ready for the work surface, a template was created and the concrete was mixed on site and poured in. It then had to go off for a couple of weeks before it was polished - we think you’ll agree it was well worth the wait! The Urbo cabinetry is in the new ‘Driftwood’ finish in a limed oak with the textural appeal of sea-washed wood – a perfect juxtaposition with the smooth industrial-chic, polished concrete work surface, with its inset stainless steel sink, induction hob and recessed gas hob.  You can see the finished bespoke kitchen on display in the Wigmore Street showroom – it’s already proving popular with our clients.  ...