Discerning customers appreciate the first class workmanship that goes into creating a David J Martin kitchen. That the business has recently celebrated 40 years is testament to its success.
One of Sheffield’s most successful and long-standing businesses celebrated its 40th anniversary this December. David J Martin has been creating stunning bespoke furniture, primarily for kitchens but also for bedrooms, studies and lounges, from the same business base on Springvale Road, Walkley since 1980.
Forty years is a significant landmark for any business, and a steady stream of satisfied customers have been won over by David’s obsession with doing every job to the highest possible standards.
“I’m doing what I’ve always wanted to do since I was at school,” says David, a carpenter by trade who studied for many years, starting with a City and Guilds in joinery and finishing up with a degree in his chosen subject. “I loved joinery and technical drawing,” he says, “and still get a lot of satisfaction from seeing a job through from start to finish.”
Kitchens account for most of the work being done by David and his eight-strong team, who are all highly trained and at the top of their game.
Everything - and that does mean every single thing - is made from scratch, with kitchens painstakingly designed to the last millimetre, to suit the size and style of the home and meet the requirements of the customer. Every piece of wood is sanded in house, every colour is mixed and sprayed by the company’s own full time professional paint sprayer, and every sharp corner is rounded off by hand.
“There’s no such thing as a typical David J Martin kitchen,” says David. “The fact that we make everything means the customer can have whatever they want. Everyone has a different view as to how a kitchen works, so a large part of my job is talking it through with them and finding out exactly what they would like.
“We often find ourselves working in some very nice houses where the original kitchen was quite small, it was simply a place to prepare food in. So we are not just planning on where to put the new kitchen, we are also knocking down walls.” When this happens, David J Martin can provide a one-stop shop for structural, plumbing and electricity work as well as building furniture.
It generally takes three to four months from consultation to completion to finish a kitchen, including six weeks to make and three to five weeks to fit, depending on the amount of building work involved. David says: “Because we work as a team - plasterers, electricians, plumbers and fitters - everyone is lined up to come in and work as and when we need them. There is no delay and disruption for the customer is always kept to a minimum.”
Looking into the future, David’s son Richard has worked for the company for 12 years and is now an integral part of the team. And with grandson Oliver the latest addition to the family, who’s to say this family business won’t still be going strong in another 40 years.
David J. Martin
210 Springvale Road, Walkley, Sheffield S6 3NU
Tel: 0114 268 6718