About Barnes of Ashburton

who-we-are-pageAt Barnes of Ashburton Ltd we design and hand-build beautiful, bespoke kitchens and freestanding furniture.

We have over 35 years of experience in designing, building and installing kitchens in a vast range of properties from ancient farmhouses to modern seaside developments. We pride ourselves on making kitchens that enhance your home and we are as happy working within the irregularities of an old period building as the dramatic designs of modern architecture.

Barnes kitchens are beautiful, functional and unique.

The company was established by furniture designer, Patrick Gunning in 1980. His commitment to traditional joinery techniques and cabinet-making remain at the heart of all Barnes kitchens which are all made in our Devon workshop by highly skilled designers and cabinet makers.

Patrick is still involved with the business, but always a keen musician he retired in 2010 in order to focus on his music. The team he left in charge have all been with the company for many years, which we believe bears testament to the warmth and friendliness for which Barnes of Ashburton is known.

The Process

Site Visit

Firstly we will visit you at home to ensure that our designer and project manager know exactly what you are looking for in your new kitchen. It’s vital we understand how your kitchen will be used, what storage space you require, what your budget and timescale is and what overall look or style you want to achieve. We can offer advice on materials and finishes and how to work around the quirks of old buildings. We take exact measurements and discuss every aspect of your kitchen with you.

Wonky walls, period beams and uneven floors are not a problem as we relish the challenge of scribing each piece into place so that it fits exactly with the architecture of the room. We firmly believe that your kitchen should be made to fit your home, and not the other way around!


Next our kitchen designers create detailed drawings taking into account all the key information we have gathered. These plans provide you with an initial design concept as well as detailed planning of storage and use of space. Once this overall design is agreed we can get down to specifics and will discuss materials, appliances and finishes with you. We keep an eye on the latest kitchen innovations and maintain excellent working relationships with leading suppliers of worktops, range cookers and lighting in order to provide you with the very best advice on all areas of kitchen design.

Building & Installation

Only once the design is agreed will we ask you for a deposit in order to secure your commission. A new kitchen is a major investment and ensuring we keep to your budget is key. Because our kitchens are all made by hand in our Devon workshop, we have absolute control of costs and are able to tweak your kitchen design to ensure your dream kitchen remains within your budget.

Timing is another key element of any building project but as we build all our kitchens from scratch we are able to give an entirely realistic completion date. We will project manage the whole process and provide a full installation service.

Your New Kitchen

We want to ensure you are 100% happy with your beautiful Barnes kitchen; indeed much of our new business comes via recommendations from satisfied clients, so we always make a final site visit once everything is installed to ensure you are entirely satisfied.

A Barnes kitchen is built to last, which is why we happily offer a Lifetime Guarantee to each of our clients.