Rachael Workman

Rachael Workman

Co-founder, Senior Designer

rachael@kitchensbespoke.co.uk

It has been a very steep learning curve but one that I have relished, I have great plans for Kitchens Bespoke future.

I have always been interested in design, studying art at school and going on to take art and history of art at A level. I studied textile design at college in Eastbourne and having graduated I started work for a local fabric design company.

My first move in to kitchen design was working for a local company that designed handmade furniture for kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms. This was before any computer generated design systems so I worked at a drawing board using a scale ruler and set square! With this job I started to get involved with the project management of each kitchen, and learnt about the processes of installing a kitchen. This meant planning the fit with plumbers, electricians, tillers and decorators.

During this time I married Guy and we had two children Phoebe and Lauren.

I moved on from here to work for a very top end design company based in Surrey, each kitchen designed was a one off, I worked on some very interesting and large projects and my knowledge of materials such as the timber for the cabinets and the stone work surfaces increased. I managed one of the showrooms for a couple of years but with the children being at a certain age I decided to take a more local position.

Kitchens Bespoke offers a premium service for all our clients without the cost, assuring your investment through impeccable attention to detail and turnkey solutions

Offspec kitchens had a small showroom in East Grinstead which I took over the running of; I was in charge of the retail designs, and top end kitchens. I was introduced to computer design which is a great tool for our business but find it is still very useful to have the drawing and design skills as sometimes the computer is unable to depict my concepts. In the summer of 2008 I was offered the opportunity of taking the showroom over as my own. This has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember so with trepidation I took over the business re naming the company Kitchens Bespoke. This was the beginning of the recession and proved a very tough time but I have always worked with an ethic that you offer a great service and look after your customers you will get those recommendations which are so important in business. In 2011 Guy decided to leave his job in London and come and work for Kitchens Bespoke, which has been a great help to myself and the company. I can now concentrate on the designing while Guy looks after everything else.

It has been a very steep learning curve but one that I have relished, I have great plans for Kitchens Bespoke future.