The Atlantis Story

by Sean Cafferty, Founder

Atlantis is 30 years old

Atlantis Kitchens is a unique family company specialising in bespoke individual kitchen design and comprehensive project management. We can take care of everything for you.

Please enjoy the story below with examples of how our talented and enthusiastic team evolved‎. We are also very proud of our long standing relationships with our craftsmen who work so hard with great precision and expertise to make your kitchen dream come true. We extend this ethos of loyalty and longevity to our brands...we have designed with Sheraton Kitchens and Bosch appliances for over 20 years and added other exciting brands over the years to ensure we exceed client expectations. Now with design and specification tips from George Clarke, Architect and TV presenter, we are better placed than ever to transform your place into an amazing space!

To celebrate our 25th year we extended and fitted out new showrooms in Kendal with the very latest furniture, surfaces, appliances and technology.

Atlantis was also selected for a poster campaign at the Government Department for Innovation, Business and Skills in London to highlight the potential for independent business to create and develop quality employment.

In the beginning

I founded Atlantis in 1990 aged 25. Mandy and I had married in June and I launched the business in September. Ahead of this I was National Sales Manager for a company that supplied kitchens and bathrooms to builders merchants and specialists.

The UK was in recession at the time. Homeowners and businesses were crippled with record high interest rates. It was a terrible time to start a business, and the early years were a rocky road. However, even in that climate, Atlantis sold kitchens every week from a standing start. Clients responded really well to the Atlantis ethos…

  • listen to the customer
  • find out how they use their kitchen
  • offer advice and use your knowledge but only once you've listened
  • offer a complete service
  • negotiate mercilessly with manufacturers so you can give value for money
  • make a promise to leave the customer happy at the end of the project, mean it and keep it.

We did it then and we do it now, every day, every time!

Business grew quickly and by the end of the first year I needed help. What happened next was the start of something really special…

The evolution of a team

Close friend and next door neighbour, Ian Radford, joined as designer. Ian was gifted in design and business acumen, and as the business grew he took on the role of Sales Director. On a side note, I had also worked alongside Ian's dad, David, at Kendal builder's merchant - AP Kendal - my very first job in kitchens.

My wife (Mandy), sister (Lynda), mum (Pearl), brother (Ted) and Ian's brother (Noel) all stepped in to help when needed and the business went from strength to strength. Customers from the early days still say that "Mum sold kitchens with charm and a tea pot".

My wife's close friend, Sharon, joined early on and was quickly promoted to General Manager and Buyer a position she held until retiring in December 2023.

Gary Birkett started out as an installer and became our Technical Manager - providing full project management and technical solutions, right up to his retirement in February 2024.

Rebecca Barker joined as showroom assistant and is now our Operations Manager. Des Donovan has been our ever cheerful delivery driver for over 15 years and is now our Warehouse and Transport Manager. One of my sons, Daniel, started an apprenticeship with us and is now one of our kitchen designers, joined by brother Micheal who is part of our installations team.

A different kind of service

In short, Atlantis Kitchens is all about people. Fantastic people - people who approach your project with 100% commitment and enthusiasm. Honest folk who can always be trusted to look after you. Your kitchen will be designed by Ian (33 years designing exclusively for Atlantis), or by Andrey (25 years designing exclusively for Atlantis) so they are experts in individual bespoke kitchen design.

Visit our team page or meet us in person at our showroom in Kendal. There's no commitment to buy and we're certain you will be delighted with what you see and the enthusiasm you experience here.

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01539 724053

Atlantis Kitchens, Station Yard, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 6BT

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