Speciality Luxury Kitchens

About Us

Simple Kitchens, Thame, Oxfordshire

About Us

Simple Kitchens, Thame, Oxfordshire

About Us

Why classical training drives us to deliver beautiful kitchens

As a newly married couple, Christina and I trained as furniture designer/makers at Rycotewood College in Thame in the early 1990’s. We dreamed of a life designing and making beautiful and innovative furniture. The course focussed on traditional methods and hand tools, with an emphasis on the designs and ethos of the Art and Crafts movement of the late 19th century.

Our first workshop was in an old milking parlour. We spent a happy week spray blasting dried cow poo off the floor, making workbenches, and moving our tools in. We went on to experiment with making totem poles, one-off furniture commissions, and small batch products.

As we gained experience in designing and making furniture, we honed our design principles and our craft ethos. We were drawn to clean lines, symmetry, and furniture that combines beauty and functionality.

We were inspired by John Ruskin and William Morris in this respect:

We require from buildings two kinds of goodness: first, the doing their practical duty well: then that they be graceful and pleasing in doing it.

– John Ruskin

Creating Simple Kitchens

Inspired to design

With this in mind, we established Simple Kitchens in 1999 with the aim of bringing our love of design and eye for detail to the world of kitchens. Our aim was to offer excellent design, made to measure cabinets, and a complete service to our customers at an affordable price point.

Since then, Simple Kitchens has gone from strength to strength, providing customers with quality kitchens and furniture, and a friendly, professional service.

 

Twenty years on

In 2018, we opened our kitchen showroom in Thame. Christina is our design expert, interpreting clients’ needs and desires to create beautiful kitchens. Thomas manages our team of tradespeople to make sure each job is carried out as planned. Together with our friendly band of skilled workers, we bring excellent design, quality kitchens and a single point of contact service to a wider audience than ever before.

We have never lost our love of design – or of rising to meet the challenge of designing kitchens and furniture with the perfect balance of form and function that will be the heart of your home for years to come.

Thanks to Simple Kitchens, we have helped many hundreds of people turn an aspiration for a dream kitchen into a reality.

“Back in the day…”

Christina and I have never lost our love of design – or of rising to meet the challenge of designing kitchens and furniture with the perfect balance of form and function.

We look forward to the opportunity of working with you to realise your dream kitchen. Give us a call or stop by our showroom for a friendly chat about your project.

Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.

William Morris

Meet your team

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Christina and Thomas
Founders

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Jason
Project Manager

We were given a small portable cooker with hob to use whilst the kitchen was out of action which was wonderful for our busy family.

Mr. and Mrs. Goustas, Chalgrove

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2020-01-27T15:05:24+00:00

Mr. and Mrs. Goustas, Chalgrove

We were given a small portable cooker with hob to use whilst the kitchen was out of action which was wonderful for our busy family.
A bespoke kitchen delivered with personal attention does not come cheap but we feel that we have had very good value for our money and would not hesitate in providing the best possible recommendation for Simple Kitchens.

Mr. and Mrs. Bonnet, Oxfordshire

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2020-01-27T15:04:51+00:00

Mr. and Mrs. Bonnet, Oxfordshire

A bespoke kitchen delivered with personal attention does not come cheap but we feel that we have had very good value for our money and would not hesitate in providing the best possible recommendation for Simple Kitchens.
We are delighted with our new kitchen and working with you both to design, develop and create it. The work was efficiently carried out by friendly and helpful workmen and women. It is a great improvement to our home; not only have we a good looking kitchen now, but a better organised and a very user-friendly one! We have recommended your services to our friends.

Mr. and Mrs. Emerson, Thame

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2020-01-27T15:07:01+00:00

Mr. and Mrs. Emerson, Thame

We are delighted with our new kitchen and working with you both to design, develop and create it. The work was efficiently carried out by friendly and helpful workmen and women. It is a great improvement to our home; not only have we a good looking kitchen now, but a better organised and a very user-friendly one! We have recommended your services to our friends.
Simple Kitchens are outstanding. They provide excellent value for money and we strongly recommend them.

Mr. Tyack, Haddenham

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2020-01-27T15:07:48+00:00

Mr. Tyack, Haddenham

Simple Kitchens are outstanding. They provide excellent value for money and we strongly recommend them.
All of the tradesmen were very experienced and had worked with Simple Kitchens for a number of years which gave us great confidence in their abilities. We would definitely recommend Thomas and his team to anyone thinking of having a new kitchen.

Mr. and Mrs. Cook, Aylesbury

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2020-01-27T15:06:14+00:00

Mr. and Mrs. Cook, Aylesbury

All of the tradesmen were very experienced and had worked with Simple Kitchens for a number of years which gave us great confidence in their abilities. We would definitely recommend Thomas and his team to anyone thinking of having a new kitchen.
We would like to thank Simple Kitchens for a superb job in designing and constructing our new kitchen.

Mr. and Mrs. Goustas Charlgrove

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2020-01-27T15:07:18+00:00

Mr. and Mrs. Goustas Charlgrove

We would like to thank Simple Kitchens for a superb job in designing and constructing our new kitchen.
I would also like to add how efficient your fitter, electrician and plumber were, and they were a joy to have carrying out the work in my property.

Mr. Jayakar, Watlington

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2020-01-27T15:05:40+00:00

Mr. Jayakar, Watlington

I would also like to add how efficient your fitter, electrician and plumber were, and they were a joy to have carrying out the work in my property.
The service we received during the installation stage was great. We used all the workmen(fitter, electrician, plumber and plasterer) that Simple Kitchens recommended and we were happy with all their work.

Mr. and Mrs. Lyford, Aylesbury

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2020-01-27T15:06:06+00:00

Mr. and Mrs. Lyford, Aylesbury

The service we received during the installation stage was great. We used all the workmen(fitter, electrician, plumber and plasterer) that Simple Kitchens recommended and we were happy with all their work.
The service provided by Simple Kitchens has been outstanding from start to finish.

Mr. and Mrs. Bonnet, Oxfordshire

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2020-01-27T15:07:12+00:00

Mr. and Mrs. Bonnet, Oxfordshire

The service provided by Simple Kitchens has been outstanding from start to finish.
The work was completed to a very high standard, everything functions as it should and because of the expertise of the design, the kitchen itself feels like a much bigger space than it was before.

Mr. and Mrs. Bonnet, Oxfordshire

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2020-01-27T15:06:31+00:00

Mr. and Mrs. Bonnet, Oxfordshire

The work was completed to a very high standard, everything functions as it should and because of the expertise of the design, the kitchen itself feels like a much bigger space than it was before.
We would like to thank Christina and Thomas for the fabulous kitchen we have ended up with and without hesitation we would recommend them.

Mr. and Mrs. Lyford, Aylesbury

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2020-01-27T15:07:28+00:00

Mr. and Mrs. Lyford, Aylesbury

We would like to thank Christina and Thomas for the fabulous kitchen we have ended up with and without hesitation we would recommend them.
Design ideas were clear, quotation was comprehensive and communications were excellent throughout.

Mrs. Slemeck, Watlington

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2020-01-27T15:07:36+00:00

Mrs. Slemeck, Watlington

Design ideas were clear, quotation was comprehensive and communications were excellent throughout.
Thomas and Christina were helpful (and patient!) as we developed and subsequently changed ideas before settling on a final plan, by which time they’d already gained our confidence with their professionalism. They were always available to discuss the project and there was always an immediate and positive response to our enquiries.

Mr. and Mrs. Bonnet, Oxfordshire

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2020-01-27T15:07:06+00:00

Mr. and Mrs. Bonnet, Oxfordshire

Thomas and Christina were helpful (and patient!) as we developed and subsequently changed ideas before settling on a final plan, by which time they’d already gained our confidence with their professionalism. They were always available to discuss the project and there was always an immediate and positive response to our enquiries.
From Thomas’s first visit to discuss our needs, we felt totally confident that he was the person we could trust to provide the new kitchen we really wanted and he didn’t disappoint throughout the whole process. He listened to us and made meticulous notes, always responding to our questions and ideas and sometimes suggesting changes that would make the kitchen even better. This was an ongoing process in which we felt completely included right up until completion.

Mr. and Mrs. Price, Long Crendon

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2020-01-27T15:06:19+00:00

Mr. and Mrs. Price, Long Crendon

From Thomas’s first visit to discuss our needs, we felt totally confident that he was the person we could trust to provide the new kitchen we really wanted and he didn’t disappoint throughout the whole process. He listened to us and made meticulous notes, always responding to our questions and ideas and sometimes suggesting changes that would make the kitchen even better. This was an ongoing process in which we felt completely included right up until completion.
They were happy to work with our builder, taking over when he’d finished but having the builder’s electrician back for the second fix.

Mr. and Mrs. Shipway, Gubblecote

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2020-01-27T15:05:50+00:00

Mr. and Mrs. Shipway, Gubblecote

They were happy to work with our builder, taking over when he’d finished but having the builder’s electrician back for the second fix.
At the onset we were given a day by day schedule over about 4 weeks. This was largely kept to and the work was completed on time as promised.

Mr. and Mrs. Midgley, Haddenham

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2020-01-27T15:05:47+00:00

Mr. and Mrs. Midgley, Haddenham

At the onset we were given a day by day schedule over about 4 weeks. This was largely kept to and the work was completed on time as promised.
We cannot praise too highly the planning and work that went into providing us with a high quality and practical kitchen.

Mr. and Mrs. Midgley, Haddenham

 

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2020-01-27T15:06:43+00:00

Mr. and Mrs. Midgley, Haddenham

 

We cannot praise too highly the planning and work that went into providing us with a high quality and practical kitchen.
Their fitters and painter worked carefully to a high standard and, together with Thomas and Christina were happy to accommodate late changes to our requirements.

Mr. and Mrs. Shipway

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2020-01-27T15:05:53+00:00

Mr. and Mrs. Shipway

Their fitters and painter worked carefully to a high standard and, together with Thomas and Christina were happy to accommodate late changes to our requirements.
Simple Kitchens’ fitter was highly competent and installed the kitchen components in a professional and timely manner, despite needing to work around other tradesmen working on other areas. He was very pleasant to have in the house and always left the place neat and tidy.

Mr. and Mrs. Wheatley, Goring-on-Thames

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2020-01-27T15:05:36+00:00

Mr. and Mrs. Wheatley, Goring-on-Thames

Simple Kitchens’ fitter was highly competent and installed the kitchen components in a professional and timely manner, despite needing to work around other tradesmen working on other areas. He was very pleasant to have in the house and always left the place neat and tidy.
We must say that Thomas is a perfectionist when it comes to the installation which shows in the final finish.

Mr. and Mrs. Lyford, Aylesbury

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2020-01-27T15:06:02+00:00

Mr. and Mrs. Lyford, Aylesbury

We must say that Thomas is a perfectionist when it comes to the installation which shows in the final finish.
We found Simple Kitchens were very approachable during the design process, being prepared to listen and understand our requirements, make helpful and innovative suggestions, and to go through multiple iterations until an ideal design was achieved - particularly thanks to Christina.

Mr. and Mrs. Wheatley, Goring-on-Thames

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2020-01-27T15:06:37+00:00

Mr. and Mrs. Wheatley, Goring-on-Thames

We found Simple Kitchens were very approachable during the design process, being prepared to listen and understand our requirements, make helpful and innovative suggestions, and to go through multiple iterations until an ideal design was achieved - particularly thanks to Christina.
Throughout the process we always had full confidence that whatever concerns we might have, or issues that might arise, we would always be listened to, action would be taken and a satisfactory solution found.

Mr. and Mrs. Wheatley, Goring-on -Thames

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2020-01-27T15:04:58+00:00

Mr. and Mrs. Wheatley, Goring-on -Thames

Throughout the process we always had full confidence that whatever concerns we might have, or issues that might arise, we would always be listened to, action would be taken and a satisfactory solution found.
Easy to communicate as Thomas managed and communicated well with his team. Good work and good services including a care information pack and insurance.

Mrs. Myers, Oxford

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2020-01-27T15:05:17+00:00

Mrs. Myers, Oxford

Easy to communicate as Thomas managed and communicated well with his team. Good work and good services including a care information pack and insurance.
We were thrilled with the designs that Christina provided and updated as adjustments were made. The final kitchen is beautiful, practical and a joy to work in. We couldn’t be more delighted and would recommend Simple Kitchens to anyone – in fact we have already done so.

Mr. and Mrs. Price, Long Crendon

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2020-01-27T15:06:50+00:00

Mr. and Mrs. Price, Long Crendon

We were thrilled with the designs that Christina provided and updated as adjustments were made. The final kitchen is beautiful, practical and a joy to work in. We couldn’t be more delighted and would recommend Simple Kitchens to anyone – in fact we have already done so.
They helped us overcome the temporary disruptions by providing cooking facilities and re-organising the plumbing. This was a five week process during which they engaged a plasterer, electrician, plumber, cabinet installer and cabinet painter; all were equally professional, providing an expert and cheerful service.

Mr. and Mrs. Bonnet, Oxfordshire

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2020-01-27T15:05:21+00:00

Mr. and Mrs. Bonnet, Oxfordshire

They helped us overcome the temporary disruptions by providing cooking facilities and re-organising the plumbing. This was a five week process during which they engaged a plasterer, electrician, plumber, cabinet installer and cabinet painter; all were equally professional, providing an expert and cheerful service.
The team were professional and personable and were easy to have around. Excellent customer service and attention to detail. I am delighted with the result and would recommend without hesitation.

Mrs. Slemeck, Watlington

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2020-01-27T15:05:10+00:00

Mrs. Slemeck, Watlington

The team were professional and personable and were easy to have around. Excellent customer service and attention to detail. I am delighted with the result and would recommend without hesitation.
During the construction process I unfortunately became unwell. Thomas’s team were very considerate and worked around me in a caring, respectful manner.

Mr. and Mrs. Goustas, Chalgrove

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2020-01-27T15:05:32+00:00

Mr. and Mrs. Goustas, Chalgrove

During the construction process I unfortunately became unwell. Thomas’s team were very considerate and worked around me in a caring, respectful manner.
All of the tradesmen were very experienced and had worked with Simple Kitchens for a number of years which gave us great confidence in their abilities.

Mr. and Mrs. Cook, Aylesbury

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2020-01-27T15:07:45+00:00

Mr. and Mrs. Cook, Aylesbury

All of the tradesmen were very experienced and had worked with Simple Kitchens for a number of years which gave us great confidence in their abilities.
Thomas has very high standards and works with a team of excellent kitchen fitters, plumbers, electricians, plasterers and tilers; all of whom did a great job and were friendly, punctual and tidy throughout their time in our home. Thomas oversaw all the work and visited virtually every day. We were away during one week of the build and felt completely secure in leaving Thomas with the key.

Mr. and Mrs. Price, Long Crendon

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2020-01-27T15:05:13+00:00

Mr. and Mrs. Price, Long Crendon

Thomas has very high standards and works with a team of excellent kitchen fitters, plumbers, electricians, plasterers and tilers; all of whom did a great job and were friendly, punctual and tidy throughout their time in our home. Thomas oversaw all the work and visited virtually every day. We were away during one week of the build and felt completely secure in leaving Thomas with the key.
Simple Kitchens had optional solutions for all our requirements and worked with us closely in order to get the best solution.

Mr. Tyack, Haddenham

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2020-01-27T15:06:56+00:00

Mr. Tyack, Haddenham

Simple Kitchens had optional solutions for all our requirements and worked with us closely in order to get the best solution.
Easy to communicate as Thomas managed and communicated well with his team. Good work and good services including a care information pack and insurance.

Mrs. Myers, Oxford

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2020-01-27T15:06:10+00:00

Mrs. Myers, Oxford

Easy to communicate as Thomas managed and communicated well with his team. Good work and good services including a care information pack and insurance.
The most important aspect of our experience with Simple Kitchens, was that we only had to communicate with one person – which was Thomas. He was honest and there were no hidden costs.

Mr. and Mrs. Goustas, Chalgrove

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2020-01-27T15:05:28+00:00

Mr. and Mrs. Goustas, Chalgrove

The most important aspect of our experience with Simple Kitchens, was that we only had to communicate with one person – which was Thomas. He was honest and there were no hidden costs.
We are very pleased with our kitchen, it meets all our requirements and we are happy to recommend Simple Kitchens.

Mr. and Mrs. Shipway, Gubblecote

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2020-01-27T15:07:25+00:00

Mr. and Mrs. Shipway, Gubblecote

We are very pleased with our kitchen, it meets all our requirements and we are happy to recommend Simple Kitchens.
We were not looking forward to the upheaval but, everything was planned to avoid too much disruption and every day finished with a clean-up.

Mr. and Mrs. Midgley, Haddenham

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2020-01-27T15:05:43+00:00

Mr. and Mrs. Midgley, Haddenham

We were not looking forward to the upheaval but, everything was planned to avoid too much disruption and every day finished with a clean-up.
Thomas and Christina could not have been more professional or friendly when they installed my new kitchen.

Mrs. Slemeck, Watlington

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2020-01-27T15:07:32+00:00

Mrs. Slemeck, Watlington

Thomas and Christina could not have been more professional or friendly when they installed my new kitchen.
We cannot fault your customer service, attention to detail and would recommend you without hesitation.

Mr. and Mrs. Hedley, Leighton Buzzard

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2020-01-27T15:07:22+00:00

Mr. and Mrs. Hedley, Leighton Buzzard

We cannot fault your customer service, attention to detail and would recommend you without hesitation.
They gave outstanding service and we were really impressed by the workmanship - and my husband was in the kitchen fitting business for over 10 years so he had high expectations and they surpassed them.

Mr. and Mrs. Cook, Aylesbury

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2020-01-27T15:07:41+00:00

Mr. and Mrs. Cook, Aylesbury

They gave outstanding service and we were really impressed by the workmanship - and my husband was in the kitchen fitting business for over 10 years so he had high expectations and they surpassed them.
As project manager Thomas oversaw everything for us, which is just what we wanted. They seem to think of everything, which for us included providing a temporary sink for use during the refurbishment.

Mr. and Mrs. Lyford, Aylesbury

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2020-01-27T15:05:57+00:00

Mr. and Mrs. Lyford, Aylesbury

As project manager Thomas oversaw everything for us, which is just what we wanted. They seem to think of everything, which for us included providing a temporary sink for use during the refurbishment.
We wanted a bespoke kitchen to make the most of a small awkwardly shaped space and Simple Kitchens proved to be an excellent choice. We were able to visit their newly opened showroom which allowed us to see examples of their work and helped with choosing the detail of the finish.

Mr. and Mrs. Shipway, Gubblecote

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2020-01-27T15:06:46+00:00

Mr. and Mrs. Shipway, Gubblecote

We wanted a bespoke kitchen to make the most of a small awkwardly shaped space and Simple Kitchens proved to be an excellent choice. We were able to visit their newly opened showroom which allowed us to see examples of their work and helped with choosing the detail of the finish.
You listened to all our likes and requirements and came back within 2 weeks with a beautifully designed kitchen that hardly required any changes, as it perfectly represented what we had envisaged.

Mr. and Mrs. Hedley, Leighton Buzzard

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2020-01-27T15:06:40+00:00

Mr. and Mrs. Hedley, Leighton Buzzard

You listened to all our likes and requirements and came back within 2 weeks with a beautifully designed kitchen that hardly required any changes, as it perfectly represented what we had envisaged.
We know we used the best kitchen company and the end result was that we had a FABULOUS kitchen to use. We would unreservedly recommend Simple Kitchens.

Mr. and Mrs. Goustas, Chalgrove

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2020-01-27T15:07:15+00:00

Mr. and Mrs. Goustas, Chalgrove

We know we used the best kitchen company and the end result was that we had a FABULOUS kitchen to use. We would unreservedly recommend Simple Kitchens.
From start to finish the process ran smoothly and professionally. All involved were true craftsmen and very personable. They kept the disruption to a minimum and everything happened to schedule.

Mr. and Mrs. Hedley, Leighton Buzzard

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2020-01-27T15:05:06+00:00

Mr. and Mrs. Hedley, Leighton Buzzard

From start to finish the process ran smoothly and professionally. All involved were true craftsmen and very personable. They kept the disruption to a minimum and everything happened to schedule.
A bespoke kitchen delivered with personal attention does not come cheap but we feel that we have had very good value for our money and would not hesitate in providing the best possible recommendation for Simple Kitchens.

Mr. and Mrs. Bonnet, Oxfordshire

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2020-01-27T15:07:09+00:00

Mr. and Mrs. Bonnet, Oxfordshire

A bespoke kitchen delivered with personal attention does not come cheap but we feel that we have had very good value for our money and would not hesitate in providing the best possible recommendation for Simple Kitchens.
Once work began, Thomas did all he could to keep disruption to a minimum.

 

Mr. and Mrs. Price, Long Crendon

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2020-01-27T15:06:28+00:00

Mr. and Mrs. Price, Long Crendon

Once work began, Thomas did all he could to keep disruption to a minimum.  
He (Thomas) listened attentively to our requests and ideas which Christina then brought alive in her design and planning. We were able to review and change any of the design features – no request was too much to fulfil.

Mr. and Mrs. Goustas, Chalgrove

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2020-01-27T15:06:34+00:00

Mr. and Mrs. Goustas, Chalgrove

He (Thomas) listened attentively to our requests and ideas which Christina then brought alive in her design and planning. We were able to review and change any of the design features – no request was too much to fulfil.
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