Cornwall LivingIssue #75
At the hearth of the home
We catch up with Simon, Managing Director of Kernow Fires, and get his take on what sets this impressive Cornish company apart.
Those who keep up with Cornwall Living will have read about Kernow Fires before, a fantastic Cornish business that specialises in high-end wood burning stoves, with an expert team that always goes the extra mile.
“You may have seen pictures on our social media of the lads celebrating after a job with big grins and thumbs up, proof that they really do take pride in their work!”
According to Simon, Kernow Fires’ Managing Director, there are a number of qualities that set this company apart from the crowd, and skill is one of the most important. “Our installers are all brought onto the team because they offer something extra. This might mean they come from the building trade, are a painter decorator, have outstanding people skills or, in some cases, an untapped ability. We try to make the teams up with two personalities that complement each other, which means they enjoy their work while offering the right set of skills to ensure every job is completed to the highest standard, leaving the property exactly how they found it.”
He introduces us to installation expert, Ross. Like Simon, Ross has a keen eye for detail, which can often be the difference between a simple installation and one that’s that extra-bit special. “The installers all recognise the importance of paying attention to the small details, which has gained them a reputation for going that extra mile to ensure the finished result always looks great. You may have seen pictures on our social media of the lads celebrating after a job with big grins and thumbs up, proof that they really do take pride in their work!”
Of course, nowadays the ‘green’ agenda is very much at the front of our minds, especially when it comes to our homes and how we heat them. Simon and the team’s ethos aligns itself with this: “Our range consists of the best that the UK and Europe has to offer when it comes to quality and efficiency. This is a key part of the business and one that takes up a great deal of my time! However, having a quality product for both the fires and flue systems that we install ensures our stoves will last for years.” It’s no wonder that where other installers are short of work, Kernow Fires are already booking jobs into September!
The team’s sterling reputation can also, in part, be accredited to the design service they offer, and it’s here that Simon and the team have really stepped things up a gear. Working to each client’s individual needs, from simple open fire replacements to installing feature walls, Kernow Fires have been known to transform rooms with the installation of fireplaces, log stores, storage units, shelving, even furniture! This is thanks to sister company, Kernow Metals, and the master craftsmanship of Designer Jamie. Jamie is able to fabricate metal work, fully upholster and add any paint effects to individually designed pieces, creating stunning, bespoke furniture to match and complement its environment, and a number of interior designers from London have already placed their ideas in Jamie’s capable hands. Impressive!
You’d be forgiven for thinking this is all too good to be true, but don’t just take our word for it; we did a little digging and found this review from one very happy customer, who says: “We had a double-sided fire installed in the wall between the kitchen and living room. Our house is old and the wall is very thick as it used to be an exterior wall. Other companies were quite negative about the prospect of what we wanted, but Ross visited us and provided an exciting option for a design that evolved during the installation. The team from Kernow Fires were amazing, especially Ross, Tommy and Lee, who all dealt with a difficult job with enthusiasm and incredible skill. They’ve left us with an amazingly beautiful fire that has completely changed our house.”
If you’re looking for bespoke furniture to complement your interior design scheme, Kernow Metals Designer, Jamie, has been commissioned for a number of individual pieces for designers in some of London’s most fashionable areas, so you know you’re in good hands!
"You may have seen pictures on our social media of the lads celebrating after a job with big grins and thumbs up, proof that they really do take pride in their work!"