Case Study


A walnut kitchen with the ‘wow’ factor

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Case Study

There’s ‘made-to-order’, there’s ‘bespoke’… and then there’s this.

Basically Trade has worked with a Ribble Valley homeowner to supply the kitchen she’s been dreaming of for almost 20 years.

The Barnoldswick-based company designed and produced the bespoke walnut kitchen which was then installed by a well-respected, local joiner.

Steve Ward, Head of Technical at Basically Trade explains: “The customer was renovating a very old, traditional farmhouse kitchen and had been planning for years exactly how she wanted the new kitchen to look when they extended. We were delighted to be able to help by working with her installer, to provide a bespoke solution that met every requirement.

“Here at Basically Trade we pride ourselves on offering an exceptional level of quality and service, which is tailored around the needs of the client.

“There were several elements of this project which were slightly unusual: a solid walnut clear lacquered design was chosen, and it was requested that the centre grain on all doors be horizontal rather than vertical which obviously had to be taken into consideration from the initial design stage.

“The clients also chose a mixture of solid walnut dovetailed drawer boxes which is quite rare in the industry at the moment, and Blum Tandembox soft close drawers.  Most people will tend to compromise here and go for a cheaper metal or plastic version.

“After planning their project for so long, the clients for this particular kitchen opted to go for more ‘high-end’ units, doors and worktops which would give them the look and feel of luxury they were striving for.

“The trickiest aspect of the project was probably the doors. Curved doors were specified on the end units and we made very special 570 Shaker full-depth curved doors. Usually people might only install 300×300 curve doors, but that’s one of the benefits of working with a talented joiner and a company, like ours, that specialises in solving problems to create bespoke solutions.

“All doors were 21.5mm thick, giving them a reassuringly ‘heavy’ feel, while actually opening and closing effortlessly. With a focus on attention-to-detail and achieving the finest finish, we made sure to colour-code the cabinets so that there was a colour match throughout, even within the cupboards when opened.

“We used Blum components throughout and Italian wire work on all pullouts – these come with a lifetime guarantee, which fits nicely with Basically Trade’ ethos of quality and service.

“Silestone® was chosen for all work surfaces and up-stands thanks to its longevity, anti-bacterial properties and high quality look and feel. Genuine Silestone worktops are composed of 94% natural quartz which is just what the homeowner was looking for in this case. There are a wide range of colours and textures to choose from, and this project was topped off with a smooth, light stone colour to prevent the kitchen looking too dark.

“The client is very pleased with the result, and we’re delighted to have played our part in such a dramatic renovation.”

“I waited 17 years for my ideal kitchen! When we got married I inherited a kitchen that was pre 1950s. It had a work surface of 2 foot by 2 foot which proved more than problematic in a farmhouse with a large family. We decided to knock the kitchen and dining room (which was originally a pantry) into one to create more space and light.

We dug the floor out and put in damp course, insulation, etc. We also pulled the latted ceilings down and rewired and replastered completely. We found all sorts of ‘delights’ under the original plaster but eventually created a working but also pleasant room for all the family to enjoy.”

Customer | Ribble Valley

Made For The Trade


  • Range: Opulence range
  • Product: 21.5mm Solid Walnut/MR veneered centre panel

The Details

  • Style of doors: Shaker
  • Finish: 10% clear lacquer
  • Carcasses: 18mm Egger MFC
  • Accessories: Solid timber
  • Speciality: Horizontal grain & 570mm depth curved doors