Here’s just a little bit about us…..

Chris’s background is in furniture design and manufacture.  After graduating from Rycotewood College in Oxfordshire, he worked in his family’s furniture and soft furnishings business, The Dormy House.  He then set off on his own and carved a successful career designing, making and installing bespoke fitted furniture.  This progressed into designing and making painted kitchens for clients and carrying out the all fitting and associated works.

In 2011, Chris set up Haydown and continued to make kitchens, as well as the occasional piece of fitted furniture.  He and Lis then wanted to offer an alternative to their bespoke kitchens and carried out a lot of research to find the right supplier.  They chose Nolte, a premium German brand, known for its high quality kitchen furniture, innovative designs and wide range of door fronts, worktops, and accessories.

Lis’s background couldn’t be more different to Chris’s!  She worked for a major tour operator and spent many years overseas. Lis started as a holiday representative and worked her way up to management.  It was a very interesting and varied career with a strong focus on customer service.  On returning to England in 2003, she met Chris, they got married and the rest, as they say, is history!  Lis speaks several European languages, including Greek and German and joined Chris in Haydown Kitchens in 2016.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Chris and Lis Valenzia
Haydown Kitchens