Portrait of Andrew Parsley outside his workshop

An Interview with Andrew Parsley: Founder and Managing Director of Back to Basics

7th July 2020

In 1996, a keen young cabinet maker set up his own company hand-building bespoke kitchens and one-off furniture from his Dad’s garage. ‘Back to Basics’ was born! Read on to find out more from the man himself. Hi Andrew! Tell us a bit more about why you set up Back to Basics… It all started […]

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White larder cupboards neatly tucked away

Storage Hacks for Beautiful Kitchens

20th May 2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re all cooking and eating at home much more – and for a lot of people, that’s meant finding new places to store all those extra ingredients we are buying! Making sure our clients maximise the space available to them is a key part of kitchen design at Back to Basics. […]

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Half-built wooden pine box with dovetail joints

Four things you never knew about Dovetail Joints (plus one you probably did!)

17th March 2020

At Back to Basics, all the drawers in our bespoke, hand-built kitchens and furniture are made using dovetail joints. Here’s why: 1. Not only do they look beautiful, but they also hold timbers together without the need for screws or nails. These days cabinet makers add glue for extra strength, but that’s a ‘just in […]

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How do we make curved doors and units?

6th February 2020

Nothing says ‘luxury’ like beautiful curved corner cabinets or a semi-circular end to an island. It’s the ultimate in modern but classic kitchen design. But how do we get the wood to bend? And how can we ensure that all the curves are the same, so that doors shut, everything lines up beautifully, but it’s […]

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