The showroom was also refitted, he tells me, with porcelain floors by Domus. “You can’t beat porcelain” says Edmondson. We do stone floors too, and have just finished an oak floor.
Before setting up Edmondson interiors in 1994, Edmondson had come to Kent looking for a job making furniture and started with a company in nearby Cranbrook. he then went self-employed and, seeing a growing demand for kitchens, set up Bespoke Kitchens and Interiors, now Edmondson Interiors.
“It has just kept growing” he tells me. I have always enjoyed seeing peoples homes and how they change. We started in smaller premises on a farm in Northiam – just 3 of us and then moved here.
Now I am happy with the size, and it is more a question of honing it in the furniture. We have always had a workshop here, but we started without a showroom – but that was a later addition, and we also added bigger machines.
What started with 3 has grown to 25 members of staff, with 12 of those in the company’s workshop. There are three designers, tow fitters and two decorators.
Edmondson says the cabinetmaking is very much the heart of the business. The plan always was to make everything in house. If anything we have become more bespoke and we are geared to tailor-make for the client, whether contemporary or traditional. That’s been the driving force for us.
We make the whole thing. Carcasses too. We will also make pieces of furniture to the clients specifications, one off tables etc.