Services

The Company’s principal activity is the supply and installation of purpose-made English traditional kitchens, German kitchens from the Nolte range, and fitted bedrooms. Installed kitchens cost from £15,000 plus VAT and fitted bedrooms from around £4,500 plus VAT. Along with the kitchen installations the Company also undertakes various general building works including the removal of walls (with or without structural beams), new/altered windows/doors, etc. Due to the amount of work in hand enquiries for bathrooms are usually restricted to past kitchen/bedroom customers; please ask a member of staff for the current position if you are interested in a bathroom.


A Brief Company History

THOMAS HENRY GORRINGE started the family building business in the summer of 1939 but, interrupted by the war, it was 1952 before he was able to finally commence general house building. In 1959 his daughter, Anne, joined the business and in 1960 the company purchased the Charlwood village building business, T. Wickens, thus acquiring large storage and workshop facilities.

Following her father’s death in 1979 Anne decided to concentrate the business on interiors rather than general construction and in 1981 a new kitchen centre was opened in a very small area of the Charlwood premises – under the name of Charlwood Kitchens, later to become Charlwood Designs. In 1987, a showroom was opened at 136 South Road, Haywards Heath. In 2012 the opportunity arose to purchase 138 South Road next door and in 2013 the two outlets were combined into one large showroom.

In this truly family business, the team now includes 2nd generation members Anne and Don, their son Max (3rd generation) and 4th generation occasional helpers Piers and Henry.

Other staff, without whom the business would not run smoothly, are Lindsay (head office general admin./sales), Zoe (gift buyer/sales) and Denise (artist/colour consultant/photographer/sales).

The Company’s principal activity is the supply and installation of purpose-made English traditional kitchens, German kitchens from the Nolte range, and fitted bedrooms. Installed kitchens cost from £15,000 plus VAT and fitted bedrooms from around £4,500 plus VAT. Along with kitchen installations the Company also undertakes various general building works including the removal of walls (with or without structural beams), new/altered windows/doors, etc.

Due to the amount of work in hand enquiries for bathrooms are usually restricted to past kitchen/bedroom customers; please ask a member of staff for the current position if you are interested in a bathroom.


Staff

In this truly family business, the team now includes 2nd generation members Anne and Don, their son Max (3rd generation) and a 4th generation helper on Saturdays, Piers.

Other staff, without whom the business would not run smoothly, are Lindsay (Haywards Heath and Head Office - general admin and sales), Zoe (Haywards Heath showroom - gift buyer) & Denise (Haywards Heath showroom artist/colour consultant/photographer).