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Drawer storage ideas

Drawers with tidy ideas, a place for napkins, special whisks, place mats and cutlery can all be stored with easy access.

At David Haugh we use all of space giving you extra depth and size for no extra charge.

A small walnut spice drawer looks stunning with dovetails showing on the front.

A stack of drawers is a must for easy access to your pots, pans, and crockery.

It’s all in the detail

Some features are so special that when it is in place and finished, it is so satisfying to see that the extra effort to make it work has been all worthwhile. This is the case with the ribbed walnut detail we inserted above a tall curved glass cabinet. It really added the necessary ‘wow’ factor that we were all looking for.

Such luxury touches are carefully thought about on every kitchen.

It is ‘all in the detail’ allowing flourishes crafted by skilled craftsmen, to be displayed as beautiful features above cabinetry. Other features are available, just ask what can be done to set your kitchen apart.

Kitchen Trends in 2024

With more of us spending more time in the kitchen than any other room in the house, it’s importance cannot be denied.  It is the ‘heart of the home’ where we prepare meals, tackle homework with the kids entertain friends and family, or just flop into a cosy corner.

If you are contemplating a major overhaul or just updating what you have, here are some pointers.

Colour trends
Green is a strong favourite whether in soft tones like sage in a green/grey colour or a bolder dark green such as on this island.  This is Little Green Paint Company’s ‘Obsidian Green 216’.  Try Little Green Paint Company’s ‘Pompeian Ash’293 a warmer earthy green on a statement wall

Dark blue remains a trend for cabinets or an island for contrast.

Brass trimmings


‘aged’ or patina finishes are particularly popular

Brass accents added to chimney breast features or handle/knob choices, mixer taps remain popular this year.

Drinks corners
Dedicated drink areas is a growing trend where coffee bars, teas, breakfast food, cups, bowls are all stored.  A lovely way to start the day!

Glass splash backs
Behind cookers and drinks bars with interesting picture images or mirror glass add a talking point.

Fun art works on the wall
Chose a famous print or an installation made with china plates for a bit of fun.

The making of a large fire surround as part of lounge furniture

The size and scale of an electric log fire for which David Haugh agreed to build a surround as part of the lounge furniture was quite something! Gigantuous

proportions it had to sit neatly and squarely in the middle of a modern interior. Our designer Ayesha came up with the concept and it was up to David to take on the challenge.

Now under construction at our workshops the fire surround is taking shape. Watch this space. More news and pictures to follow

David Haugh Sustainability Policy

We put sustainability at the core of our business values as furniture manufacturers we strive to be responsible where we can by recycling our waste and lowering our Co2 emissions where possible.

We build furniture to last with a lifetime guarantee on our bespoke work.   We aim to produce sustainably by manufacturing locally at our own workshops in Bells Yew Green, near Tunbridge Wells, and are dealers of STONEHAM kitchens who manufacture in Sidcup, Kent.  By keeping local we have full control over our operations and with 30 years of experience in the business, we have carefully selected our suppliers to ensure a minimal carbon footprint.

We use temperate hard and soft woods and avoid the use of endangered tropical timbers where logging practices are less regulated. Our timbers are sourced from well-managed, responsible forests where the cycle of clearing, and replanting has been continuing for generations.

Our main timber and board supplier are based in Essex where products are independently certified, coming from well-managed forests and organisations such as the Forest Stewardship Council®

(FSC® FSC-C007658) or from the program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification™ (PEFC™). We use materials with low VOCs (Volatile organic compounds) and water-based paints wherever possible.

We minimise our use of energy with LED lighting controlled by sensors and our heating is controlled thermostatically using less energy.

Our floral arrangements are from a company supplying life-like flowers made from recycled plastic. Although plastic isn’t always seen as eco-friendly, with repeated use the carbon footprint is less than using fresh flowers.

We try to operate a paperless office as much as possible producing digital designs and correspondence.

We recycle all our sawdust waste by giving it away to a local organic chicken farmer who uses it for outdoor bedding.

PLANTLIFE membership

And to help offset the other waste products we are proud supporters of Plant life.

This charity works to improve our wildlife by planting wildflowers and plants across the UK from road verges, chalk meadows, mountains, and Atlantic woodland.  Plantlife is working throughout the UK to save wild spaces for plants and pollinators.

The Ranscombe Farm Reserve Kent is a wonderful place to visit to see this work being done. We looked for a charity to support that has a real impact on all of nature and Plantlife does just that. We are proud to be members of this wonderful organisation and extremely lucky to be in the same county as this reserve.

PlantLife Member Logo

A Cut above the Rest- Westin Extractor Hoods

British Cooker Hoods Hand-built with precision In Yorkshire

The Westin Hood is synonymous with quality high-end luxury Kitchens they are manufactured in Huddersfield, Yorkshire with cutting-edge technology for folding and cutting steel.

The finishings to hoods are to this day done by hand including polishing, welding, wiring, packing, and storing. For painted finishes, the hood is baked in an oven with the paint to ensure the durability of the paint but prior to that, the hoods are spray painted by hand to achieve a high-quality finish.

The specialist skills at this company mean they can modify any standard-size product to Weston plus which can be adapted to any size and fit any internal dimension, lights removed, and duct position changed, etc.

The Hoods are so special because they are literally a cut above the rest, Westin Bespoke provides a special service for completely unique designs and performance requirements literally meaning they can build any cooker hood you can imagine.

Here is an example of just some of their standard products:

In the built-in collection designed to fit into kitchen furniture or a chimney you have the Prime extractor which comes in various sizes 520mm, 700mm,800mm, 900mm, 1000mm, and 1100 with a depth of 292mm or with Prime slim a depth of 255mm the Prime hood has one motor which is enough for the typical home cook.

However, there is also the Prime Pro for the more adventurous cook which has two motors for double the extraction. This comes in one size Width of 1100mm and a Depth 292mm.

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Prime

The Bloque is another hidden extractor but with a more industrial look with stainless steel baffle filters again there is an option for one or two motors with the Bloque pro. They come in different sizes with the standard Bloque width being either 860mm or 1400mm or the pro being 1200mm and 1500mm in width.

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Bloque

There is also Vector from the ceiling series for island extraction. It is a contemporary hood with sleek tuneable LED strip lighting along the front and with industrial-style baffle filters.

The ducting is only from the top.

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Vector

Then you have the Vault which is similar in design but is mountable against the wall with a rear duct position. You also have completely concealed ceiling extractors like Stratus built for British ceilings in mind. The Stratus offers discreet but effective extraction.

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Stratus

We then have a more traditional design to be paired with range cookers and is available in any colour match to suit the range or stand out from the rest of the kitchen. Featuring a polished front hanging rail, the traditional is a timeless classic hood design.

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Traditional

And finally, we have the Masterchef hood. It is a hood designed to be paired with range cookers and is available in any colour match. Featuring a hand-polished strap and rivet detail. The Masterchef is a classic hood with a contemporary twist.

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Masterchef

The Forever Fridge

Meet the iconic Sub-Zero fridge – come and view it in our showroom it is known for its distinctive design with strong lines, prominent grille, sleek hinges, and clean stainless steel.

But it gets far more impressive on the inside, designed in the 1940s by Westye F. Bakke. He was an engineer and pioneer in preserving food at ultralow temperatures below -18 c hence the name Sub-Zero. He was deeply motivated to design superior refrigeration to protect his diabetic son’s insulin supply and today It’s still a family-run business headed by Westye’s grandson James B. Bakke.

What makes the fridge so special is the separate cooling systems for the refrigerator and freezer. This is important because it makes a big difference in the freshness and flavour of your food. The fridge has cool and moist air whilst the freezer has frigid dry air. This is unlike other fridge freezers as they share the air which leads to a drying effect in the fridge and freezer burn in the freezer.

Sub Zero Fridge

This ability to keep food fresh for up to two more weeks than the average fridge can save the customer thousands over a year. The system also has antimicrobial air purification based on NASA Technology. This technology filters the air of mould, viruses, bacteria, and ethylene gas which contributes to spoilage. This also extends to superior filtration for the inbuilt filtered water system which also removes microbes and pollutants leading to safer fresher tasting water and ice cubes.

The whole design has been engineered for optimal performance and even the drawers are built especially secure with incredible seals so if there are power outages food remains frozen for a couple of days. They are also smart with the connected app to control the temperature remotely.

The average fridge freezer lasts 10 years but Sub-Zero’s are expected to last 20+ years and come with a five-year warranty. They are also so efficient that running them is equivalent to a 75-watt bulb.

So, between the money saved on less food spoilage, the running costs, and the extended lifetime of the Sub-Zero it is a great investment.

Sub Zero Fridge High Res

A dreamy boot room / utility room

As keen gardeners and cooks, Avril and Stephen wanted a tidy boot/ utility room to store their vegetables and flowers straight from their beautiful garden.  Coming straight in from their garden, this room had to do a lot of tasks. 

Their wish list had to have an area for wellington boots and shoes, an area to wash hands and vegetables, a space for their laundry appliances plus a tall integrated freezer for freezing meals and garden produce, a new larder/ pantry cupboard with drawer storage and a tall cupboard to hide their new boiler. With space saving ideas in all areas, we came up with exactly their dream boot/ utility room. 

By adding a solid oak window cill, plus an oak seat with a coat hanging above (all made at our workshops), they were delighted with the end result.

The kitchen needed a small revamp to bring it up to date.  By fitting new coloured glass splashbacks and glass upstands in ‘Green smoke’ and by removing a wall cupboard and a ‘fly-over lighting shelf’ above the window, the light came flooding in. Fitting a new modern cornice improved things even more and has made their kitchen more contemporary in feel.


What the customer had to say

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“We are delighted with our kitchen refurb and new utility room, designed and installed by David Haugh. Our old kitchen was 17 years old but the units and granite worktops were still in good order. It has been refreshed with new appliances, cupboard internals, and tiles replaced by glass splashbacks giving it a new lease of life. Our utility has been transformed to become one of the best rooms in the house. All the team at David Haugh have been really helpful and patient. David made us some beautiful oak window sills, seating, and boot storage to complement the oak units, Sue was efficient and resourceful, and Jim the fitter did a truly excellent job of installing everything. We would wholeheartedly recommend David Haugh and would have no hesitation in asking them to help us with future projects.”

Vimal & Priyanka’s kitchen in Epsom is very striking

From the moment Vimal and Priyanka walked into our showroom to discuss their dream kitchen in Epsom, Surrey who would have thought that they would add gold flourishes. To compliment the gold Quooker tap and the Crofts and Assinder brass handles and knobs, their interior designer Laura Garcia came up with the novel idea of featuring brass type strips on the mock chimney breast.  A very bespoke feature but we were able to make it work. The brass coloured strips enhances the subtle colour scheming of the cabinets and it brings out a touch of luxury. 

We also received this great testimonial from Vimal and his family;

When our architect Laura Garcia came up with a kitchen plan to accommodate our wish to have an island, it had to be round in shape to fit it into the available space.  Laura casually said that we will have to get our kitchen done by a ‘bespoke’ kitchen maker since no high street kitchen retailers would be able to offer a round shaped island.  Fortunately, we found David Haugh who are genuine bespoke manufacturers of kitchens with fantastic manufacturing facilities just next to their studio.  Priyanka and I are delighted they managed to incorporate all the bespoke elements such as the corner cupboard and the brass/gold accents to the hood and doors.

We are also equally impressed by their fitter with his professionalism and can do attitude. We were left with incomplete electrical works which could have easily delayed the installation however he brought all his experience to resolve the issue and we managed to complete the installation in time.

We are now having raving feedback from our friends and family and it has been variously described as ‘classy’, ‘classic’ and ‘looks like a show kitchen’.

I would like to thank the whole team at David Haugh to bring this project to reality which was initially conceptualized by Laura our architect, designed and installed by David Haugh and team with lots of help and support from my wife Priyanka and daughter Manushree.

A Happy Couple With A Kitchen Packed With Detail

Dear Sue

Thank you for the fabulous kitchen which you have installed for us.  It is now up and running and we are delighted with it. 

I particularly like my white stone worktop and the ease with which I can access everything.  The overall design and quality of the workmanship is second to none.

The team were very professional from start to finish.  They were very friendly and reliable and a joy to have in the house.

We would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone else.

Best wishes

Making a bespoke curved banquette seat at David Haugh

This curved banquette seating forms part of a modern kitchen scheme which also includes a wall of bespoke oak joinery shelves and cupboards.  The curved seating fits perfectly into one corner of the kitchen sweeping around and joining a wall of shelves and cupboards.  It is an unusual and eye-catching feature, one which will make you stop and stare.

The curved banquette seat will be a lovely snug corner for breakfast and supper.  Our customers have chosen a stain-guarded fabric upholstery.  We can not wait to see it all fitted and finished by Jerome, our upholstery expert.  Working out all the angles and curves for this very special seat was a challenge, but a challenge which David enjoyed. Watch this space for more pictures of its completion!

Buckhurst Lane, Wadhurst – built-in bespoke hand painted wardrobes

Our customer had lived with pine-built fitted wardrobes for a long time. Since buying their house 25 years ago, they promised themselves when the kids left home they would treat themselves to hand-built, tailor-made wardrobes exactly how they wanted them. They had a long time to think about what they wanted, the internal storage had to be right. Currently, there were lots of snags about their pine wardrobes which needed to go. One of the main drawbacks was not enough shelves or drawers plus, the door nearest the window always hits the ceiling when opened. Their new built-in wardrobes had to have easily accessible shoe drawers – a ‘his’ and ‘her’ side and a tie & belt rack for him. Lots and lots of internal drawers are all a must. They asked us to fill all of the available space and they wanted a hand-painted finish. Their new David Haugh bespoke wardrobes truly are an example of beautifully fitted furniture meeting all of the customer’s needs.