Aga display in showroom
Founded by Martin and Mel Holliday in 1989, Chiselwood has achieved many accolades, most recently the sole European kitchen company to reach the World Finals of the Sub Zero/Wolf Kitchen Design Contest in the USA in 2017. Design Director Martin Holliday also reached the final 4 of the UK Kitchen Designer category in the prestigious KBB Review Design & Retail Awards in 2018. Chiselwood won East Midlands Family Business Directors of the Year 2012, East Midlands Winner for Interior Design for a Private Residence in the 2012 International Property Awards and Lincolnshire Business of the Year. The Company is also a former Daily Express Small Business of the Year winner.
Chiselwood undertakes private commissions throughout the UK , has worked in Europe and the Caribbean and also has extensive experience of working with leading interior designers and architects. For the past 16 years, all the leading national home interest magazines including Homes & Gardens and Essential Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom have featured Chiselwood bespoke kitchen projects regularly.
No standard ranges are produced and each project is designed individually to suit the architecture of the room and the lifestyle of the client. The reputation for superlative quality and attention to detail has brought some high profile clients, including Blenheim Palace.
The Company has an extensive workshop in Lincoln where dedicated Chiselwood craftsmen produce all the furniture. The adjoining showroom has examples of a wide range of painted and wooden kitchens including an Aga display, as Chiselwood is an official Aga retail partner. A selection of the latest ovens, refrigeration, flooring, lighting and the Chiselwood Paint Collection are also displayed.
Martin Holliday, Founder and Design Director of Chiselwood, was the only European Kitchen Designer to reach the final of the Sub Zero/Wolf Kitchen Design Contest in 2017 and also reached the final 4 Kitchen Designers in the UK in 2018 in the prestigious KBB Review Retail & Design Awards in the category for Kitchen Designs over £50,000. Martin was awarded the title, Kitchen Designer of the Year in 2005 and received the National Design Innovation Award in 2006 from the industry body KBSA.
All designs for each commission are hand drawn by Martin. He advises on the whole project from cabinetry through to lighting schemes.
Martin also visits projects on site to survey the space and take a full design brief.
Please click on the link below to see a short video featuring Martin and a very happy client chatting over a coffee in her beautiful kitchen which made it through to the final of the World Sub Zero/Wolf Kitchen Design Contest
We offer a design, build and installation service, as well as a design only service.You will deal face to face with our Founder and Design Director, Martin Holliday, throughout the design process.
Concept design and costing is presented with 3D visuals and samples. The initial nominal design fee is £300 (incl VAT) per room. Designs held by Chiselwood are copyright and protected by ACID (Anti Copying In Design).The fee is for an average size room and will cover small changes from the first scheme. Should there be further major changes to the design that require a new design then our standard design rates will apply.To commission a project we will require a 40% deposit of the total cost. At this stage we would produce and agree an installation date, electrical and plumbing specifications, under floor heating specifications, building specification, time line schedules and full workshop drawings.
A project usually takes 8-12 weeks to manufacture and we often show clients around our extensive workshops at this stage to see their furniture being constructed. A detailed schedule is created to give approximate timings for each phase of the project. The balance of the project (less the agreed retainer) is then required seven days before the installation date.
Our own team of experienced fitters will then deliver and install the furniture in our vehicles and fitting takes an average of 4-5 days. Most projects also involve electrical works, decoration and templates for worktops. The average project takes approx 2-3 weeks to complete including painting. A retainer is then due 28 days after the site team has completed their work, allowing time for snagging works to be raised and dealt with.
Martin is Design Director and Co-Founder of Chiselwood. He was the only European kitchen designer to reach the World finals of the Sub Zero/Wolf Kitchen Design Contest in the USA in 2017 and reached the final four in the 2018 UK Kitchen Designer category of the prestigious KBB Review Design & Retail Awards. He was also awarded the title, Kitchen Designer of the Year in 2005 and received the National Design Innovation Award in 2006 from the industry body KBSA. His work has appeared in idFX, House & Garden, Homes & Gardens, BBC Homes & Antiques and many other leading interiors magazines. He personally meets each client, visits their property and designs, presents and oversees each project from beginning to end.
Mel is Managing Director and co-founder of Chiselwood. She is a well respected and successful businesswoman and is responsible for the general management and strategy of the business as well as acting as project manager, liaising with suppliers and being responsible for the marketing of the business.
The team of 10 highly skilled Chiselwood craftsmen hand-build furniture of exemplary quality in Chiselwood's superbly equipped workshop and also personally deliver and expertly fit the furniture on site. The staff are vital to the success throughout all aspects of the business and they are trained and knowledgeable and have pride and loyalty in their work.
Our own 8000 square foot workshop, adjacent to our new Design Studio, is a hive of activity where our team of talented cabinet makers meticulously create each individual, bespoke piece of furniture. Here the word “bespoke” really means what it says and every item is made and designed by us on-site to each client’s specific requirements.
As all Chiselwood furniture is truly bespoke and made right here on the extensive site we own, next to our family home, we have the ability to design furniture without compromise. The quality of material and cabinet making is of the very highest quality.
We encourage our clients to ask the question, ”Where is it made?” and then check for themselves. It is important to know what you are buying, where and how it is made and who you are supporting.
It is a real treat for clients to walk into our workshop, meet the craftsmen working on their furniture, smell the wood and see real furniture being made by hand.