About Us

Rencraft was established in 1980 in the rural location of Chart Farm, just outside Sevenoaks, Kent. Today the company is led by Managing Director, John Stephens whose passion, dedication and unwavering commitment to every customer combines to create the truly bespoke Rencraft Experience; an ethos which percolates through every pore of the company.

Our vision is clear: to manufacture high-quality, bespoke pieces of furniture using traditional woodworking methods alongside modern machinery, using a small team of talented and dedicated craftsmen and women.

We pride ourselves on using only the highest quality of materials and we are so confident in the standard of our furniture that every Rencraft product is guaranteed against defects in materials and workmanship for your ownership of the kitchen. Our kitchen carcasses are made from plywood: engineered timber which offers strength and longevity so providing a superior product that stands the test of time. 

Furthermore, we understand that embarking on the kitchen design journey can be a daunting one and that’s exactly why we pride ourselves on the time and patience we invest into every project. A kitchen design and build means just as much to us as it does to our clients and we promise that our kitchen designers will listen to the design brief and add their experience to develop your ideas into the best use of space from a visual and practical point of view. 

With Rencraft, your kitchen designer will remain with you throughout your project and oversee every aspect of your journey. We are there to guide our clients throughout the process: from that initial visit to our showrooms, the first drawings and a visit to our workshop, through to personalising the finishing touches with worktops, hinges and handles, and the meticulous hand painting with an endless choice of colours after the kitchen’s final installation.

How would you describe your style?

"Rencraft offers an eclectic style twinned with the ability to deliver a truly bespoke service for our clients, meaning we are equally happy creating classic and contemporary looks or even a combination of the two. Our wealth of knowledge, as well as our expertise in the workshop, opens the door to a wide range of unique designs ranging from a traditional country kitchen to a super-sleek and ultra-modern feel, not forgetting everything in between. Whether Grade 1 Listed or new-builds, our kitchens and living spaces feature in some of the most prestigious properties in Kent, the Home Counties and beyond."

Please describe a recently completed project or tell us about the bespoke service that you offer

"We recently completed a truly unique project for esteemed designer Ashton Taylor-Smith in his new home. The Grade 1 Listed property is part of the Robert Adam-designed Brasted Place. Built in 1780, it was once home to George III’s physician, John Turton, as well as the exiled Emperor Napoleon III.

Our brief was to repurpose the 18th Century period grand salon for the 21st Century and design a kitchen to fit an entirely new location at the rear of the property, with southerly views out through the Tunbridge Wells sandstone Palladian portico to the rolling parkland beyond.

Not only is the space blessed with beautiful proportions and natural light but 4.5 metre high ceilings, allowing us to design a striking run of Georgian-inspired cabinetry along one wall of the room with a majestic broken pediment crowning the top of the central cupboard.

At the opposite end of the room nestles an architectural gem: a Neo-Classical Robert Adam marble fireplace, which sits as the focal point of the reception area in the open plan space. To remain in tune with the flow of the room, we designed a kitchen island which combines functionality and style with a Bora hob and extractor, as well as ovens by Fisher & Paykel on the working side of the kitchen space. Out of respect to the property’s historical and architectural importance, we incorporated a raised plinth into our island design which allowed us to add additional lighting for the cooking area, as well as conceal the presence of appliances from the rest of the room, so preserving the feel of an elegant living space designed primarily for leisure as opposed to functionality.

The kitchen island incorporates a run of glazed cabinets, the interiors of which we hand painted in the eye-catching Bisque by Farrow & Ball to contrast with the dark Farrow & Ball Studio Green exterior. We added understated lighting to the interior of these cupboards to complement the horizontal fluted glass fronts accentuated by the elegant, fluted detail of the Hendel & Hendel polished nickel handles and back plates.

For a final flourish we added a striking high marble splashback and sink by Lusso Stone, so contrasting beautifully with the stunning Zardi & Zardi wallpaper with an 18th Century Chinoserie panorama, drawing all of the elements of the room together to create a truly bespoke and breath-taking design.

Banner image and image 2,4, and 6: Mark Hardy Creative; Gallery images 1,3,5,7 and 8: Ryan Wicks