Awards & Clients
House Beautiful Magazine
COMPETITION WINNER 2015
RENOVATION OF THE YEAR
WINNER: Ann Stevens of Woodbrook Designs
At the time of entering the 2015 Renovation of the Year competition run by House Beautiful magazine Tara Fry and her family lived in a 30-year-old four-bed detached house near Chepstow, Monmouthshire. Tara and her husband Arron bought the property in 2009. As part of the house renovation project the new kitchen was designed by Ann Stevens of Woodbrook Designs (Monmouth).
The house is a good size but the kitchen was very small, there was nowhere to eat together as a family. The units were dark and outdated. When the couple decided to extend the property the kitchen was definitely the first room to tackle.
Through a personal recommendation Tara was introduced to Monmouth based kitchen designer Ann Stevens of Woodbrook Designs.
“ I'd imagined that, given our budget, we'd end up going to a high street retailer and putting the kitchen together ourselves, But Ann's proposals were very affordable and she came up with all sorts of clever ideas in a series of 3D drawings.
Tara chose a design that incorporated handle less units with a combination of plain buff-coloured doors for the kitchen base units and a stylish wood-grain effect for the breakfast bar and the oven and fridge freezer casing.
The main feature is an L-shaped breakfast bar where the family can gather to eat and chat. 'People can spend a fortune on a new kitchen,' says Tara, 'but Ann took care of our budget and organised the ordering and delivery of the kitchen furniture and made sure everything was in place on time. The kitchen cost approximately £6,000 (excluding appliances).
“ Dear Ann, Thank you so much for doing such a fabulous job on our kitchen. You took our rather clumsy ideas and helped us to turn them into something much more stylish and suited to us and our house. Your team was a real joy to work with, too.
Patricia and Matthew Hall | WELSH NEWTON, MONMOUTH
“ We had a new kitchen completed by Woodbrook Designs. We were so pleased with the quality and look of our kitchen that we asked Ann to design a new playroom for our children. The room is transformed with great looking units and clever use of space. The children love their new room with games, books and toys displayed and organised well (and easy to tidy away). Once again, the project was managed professionally, in good time and within budget. Many thanks to Ann and the team from Woodbrook Designs.
Mrs C McGurk | MONMOUTH
“ We used Ann 7 years ago to redesign our kitchen when it was extended. Her style and practicality made it a kitchen with a wow factor. When we moved to a house with a much smaller kitchen we returned to her for her style and ability to make the best practical of available space. Since then we have also used her skills to design bedroom storage units and to redesign completely a small study and sewing room into a brilliant working space. We are so glad to have gone back to her and are using her and her skilled craftsmen colleagues for our next project.
Jill | HEREFORD
“ Ann is a very friendly and professional kitchen designer, full of very practical ideas and suggestions. She also has got that extra ’fairy godmother’ like touch - when things got a bit difficult she got her magic wand out and everything just fell into place. It was fun working with her and I am certainly an extremely satisfied customer with a dream kitchen. Thank you Ann!
Mrs Aliz Davies | MONMOUTH
“ Thank you very much for creating our new kitchen. We are delighted with the finished product, both with appearance and its functionality. The high quality of the materials create a very classy feel and it is a very relaxing and pleasurable environment in which to cook and entertain. The quality of the fitting is definitely worth mentioning, and the attention to detail and meticulous workmanship greatly appreciated. Worth every penny.
Chris and Debbie | CRICKHOWELL