Mark Aston, KBB South West

Devon Home talks to Mark Aston about his successful Kingsbridge-based kitchen, bathroom and bedroom enterprise, KBB South West

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How long have you been running KBB South West?
KBB first opened its doors in the spring of 2008. Over these past six years we have grown and grown and it has been absolutely brilliant.Â

What services do you offer?
We supply kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms, and pride ourselves on bringing interior solutions to each customer, whether it be providing an entire kitchen or just some small accessories and alterations to a bathroom. The process begins with the customer making an enquiry, which is normally followed by a site visit. I will visit the customer's house, talk about ideas and find out what they really want. We will then create a design and again discuss this further with our customer.

What Devon-based projects are you currently involved with?
In March 2013 we started a cleaning company that offers spring cleans right through to large-scale builders' cleans. The Clean Home Company has been heavily involved in the cleaning of some new luxury villas that are being built in Salcombe.

What can we find in your showroom?
Our showroom is spread over two floors. We have bathroom and tile showrooms on the ground floor and kitchen and bedroom displays on the first. Many of our displays are functioning, which gives the customer a real idea of what they could have and provides Inspiration. The fact that we have so much on show sometimes gives a customer a whole new idea about what they want. We might have someone come in with a plan for a modern bathroom, but when they see our classic displays in the showroom, their mind is instantly changed. It's quite amazing really.

Any special offers taking place in July/August?
On Thursday 7 August we are holding an open day. We try to get as many people to visit our showroom as we can. Throughout August we are also offering a free shower caddy for every bathroom ordered and deposit paid.

Could you share one top design tip with our readers?
I would say it's all in the planning. You can't just throw a kitchen or a bathroom together and be done with it. When I design a kitchen or a bathroom I go through numerous different ideas in my head. The first plan I finish will most likely be altered countless times until the customer and I are both happy. My other top tip would be to come to KBB and talk to me!

Any trends in kitchens/bathroom/bedrooms this year?
Style and fashion change so quickly. Neutral colours are very popular at the moment and we are using a lot of grey. It may seem a little ordinary to use grey, but when you see the bathrooms it looks really eye-catching. Not too long ago, I designed and supplied a large amount of modern-style kitchens and bathrooms; but recently everyone has been wanting classic-looking bathrooms with roll-top baths and mock Victorian basins. It's nice that trends change. I look forward to seeing what the next one will be.

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