Northmark - Craftsmanship in Wood


Find out what our clients have to say!

We asked Ian to design and build Wardrobes for our dressing room and also Study furniture for of our Lounge in Oak to match our existing furniture. Both items are beyond our expectations in design and the care and skill Ian showed in the fitting is quite exceptional.

A true craftsman and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend Northmark to anyone.

Mrs G & Mrs C Thompson

Sorry for the delay, in letting you have feedback on the fridge cabinet. Superb, we love it.. Everybody that comes to see us asks who made it. It's brilliant.

Thank you so much.

May 2016 - Janice Glew

Ian has completed and delivered my Oak refectory Table (seats 8-10) High quality as always!! very happy with the level of craftsmanship and end result "first class" Its simply stunning! check out his web site gallery to view the table.

April 2016 - S. Mountain

Having just completed the removal of nine internal pine doors (including side panels and architraves) from our bungalow and replacing them with solid european oak doors, all of which he personally made in his workshop in Sleaford, we would like to congratulate Ian Starks for his excellent work. A skilled craftsman of the highest calibre and one we would unreservedly recommend to anybody looking for any similar work for their own premises.

We would also note that throughout the whole period from our initial meeting to the final conclusion of the work Ian remained very polite and friendly and always ready to answer questions related to the work in hand and to make suggestions when asked to do so. He was also very meticulous in cleaning up after he finished work in any particular area to avoid any possible inconvenience to anyone in the bungalow.

Bill & Sheila Church, South Rauceby - January 2016

Ian took on the project of replacing 6 windows and a door in our Grade 2 listed home, he was consistently professional and thorough, and most helpful in the process of gaining planning permission. Ian went to great lengths to replace the windows in keeping with the historic nature of the property, and we are very pleased with their look, mechanics, and effectiveness in insulating the house. I would certainly recommend Northmark for anyone looking for high quality craftsmanship in wood.

November 2015, Mr & Mrs Scott, Ewerby

We had heard of the quality of Ian's work through friends and needed some replacement windows for our listed property. Ian was supportive through the planning process and designed four fabulous oak sash windows with pulleys, cords and oiled brass fittings with very thin double glazed glass. The work was bespoke and we were consulted at all stages. We are delighted with the finished product and the service throughout was friendly and individualised. We would certainly use Northmark again if we required a high quality and bespoke service in the future.

2015, Bob and Sandy Hallawell

Enquiries with trade contacts indicated that Ian was a first-class craftsman. This description was entirely accurate. His work for us was painstaking, of the highest quality, and commendably attentive to detail. It has been a pleasure to support a local business and to receive excellent service.

B.R. & M.West

You will recall that you recently completed an addition to our bookshelves which needed to match the suite already in place. We were impressed with the trouble you took to match, not only the design, but the staining. The result is first rate.. We were also very happy with the way you administered your business as it related to us, as customers; it was clear and timely, with no 'hidden' conditions. Further, we were impressed with the way you kept us up to date with progress of the work. Would we use your service again, or recommend it to a friend? Most certainly we would..

November 2013, WMN and DC Cross

From the original idea through the design process to the end result Ian was totally professional. I would be more than happy to recommend his work. Ian took on board what I required from the built in furniture and produced suggestions and designs to suit. I was able to see the furniture in production and the installation was completed efficiently and with minimum disruption The end result is a splendid piece of furniture and a very satisfied customer.

July 2013, Mrs J French, Sleaford Star Star Star Star Star

Outstanding craftmanship coupled with a unique ability to interpret minimal ideas into furniture and fittings ideally suited to my old listed cottage.

March 2013, Richard Smith, Old Wagoners Cottage

I would like to take this opportunity to let you know how pleased we are with the oak doors and beams you made and installed in the living room of the barn. They just transform the whole room and you have produced the exact look I was looking for. Stuart laughs at me as I am always opening the double doors - it just looks so good.

All I can say is that you are true craftsman and perfectionist.

March 2013, Sandra A

We cannot thank you enough for the time you have spent on our European Oak windows and your attention to detail has ensured that the end result is something I am very proud of. A number of our neighbours have used 'stunning', 'beautiful' and 'gorgeous', and I would not argue with that! Without question they have totally transformed our property.

When getting up close to oil them I have been able to fully appreciate the craftsmanship that has gone into the design and making of the windows. They are an absolute work of art. Everything about them is so perfect, I would not change a thing. We also appreciate all your efforts to keep the cost as reasonable as you could and again we cannot thank you enough for that.

November 2012, Ian H Star Star Star Star Star

Ian has carried out three jobs for us over the past two years;

The first was some very long window boards, a door threshold and architraves to a French window; all of solid beech. The second comprised curtain rail brackets, also from beech. The last was a very fine double bed of painted ash.

Following discussions using our basic sketches and Ian suggesting improvements and refinement all projects were completed on time and to budget.

Why do we continue to use Ian? He is a reliable, punctual, polite and competent craftsman who knows his job; all that anybody wanting a good product would require. And he is here in Sleaford.

November 2012, Russell M Star Star Star Star Star

First met Ian when we needed a repair to an old piece of furniture. Quality of workmanship was fantastic and speed of response excellent so we went on to ask him to build us a set of fully fitted wardrobes for our bedroom. Delighted with the work Ian's done and have no hesitation in recommending him to others.Great value for money and the quality is so much better than you'd get from a mass-market chain of stores. You really feel like you have an individually designed and built piece of furniture. Thanks Ian, great work

December 2011, Nigel D Star Star Star Star Star

An antique table and chairs given to us by my late mother was badly damaged when a water pipe burst. The team from Northmark restored the furniture to a superb standard, gave us excellent service at a competitive price. A great job!

July 2011, Bruce M Star Star Star Star Star

Many thanks for the superb work on our table and chairs. Following the water leak the furniture was in a poor state but we are delighted with the excellent work you did, your professional service and the competitive price. Please feel free to use the above statement in any advertising you may choose to do.

June 2011, Bruce Marvin Star Star Star Star Star

We are Elijah Slocum a handmade traditional furniture company based in Los Angeles, California specialising in sevicing the most particular clients in the USA. We recently had a really complex job at the Sohnen residence on the Cecil B. DeMille estate where only the very best would be deemed good enough. We searched for the finest craftsman in the world and truly believe we found him. Each person at Elijah Slocum, Inc. stands in awe at Ian's accomplishment at the Sohen residence. From a concept and a few measurements, we watched the fruition of Ian's work over a 2 week period. We are very impressed indeed! Far more importantly, the clients, Mr and Mrs Sohnen could not be more pleased with Ian's work. His excellence makes all of us at Elijah Slocum, Inc. look very good and for that we are in his debt.

May 2011, Robert Rasner Star Star Star Star Star

We recently had some shelving designed and fitted by Northmark and I would not hesitate to use them in future or to recommend them. Service was professional and friendly at all times and we really appreciated the flexibility they showed in being able to accomodate evening appointments to discuss our requirements and measure up. After the initial measurements were taken, designs were drawn up. Our wall was long but also had a joist and coving to work round as well as coving and we also wanted the shelves to be built around the door into the room so the job was not just a straightforward shelving unit to be built. The shelves were built and stained in his workshop so that when the fitting date arrived the amount of time required at our property was reduced to a minimum. The completed job was fantastic! Ian not only fitted the shelves really well but cleaned up after himself so you would not have known he had been there. Since they have been fitted a number of friends have commented on the quality of the work and are amazed at how well they fit to the ceiling, coving and around the door. For a job completed as well as this you would expect me to be telling you that the price was the most expensive we received. In fact that was not the case. I do believe you get what you pay for and will rarely go with the cheapest quote particularly if it comes in well below the other prices. However, Northmark were competitive across a range of quotes so in addition to a job well done we also feel we got terrific value for our money. I am now looking at having a coffee table made to match the shelves so as a repeat customer I feel justified in recommending Ian and Northmark to others.

May 2011, Mrs SJ Galpin Star Star Star Star Star

Ian laid a wooden oak floor for us in our home in Ruskington and we are delighted in the outcome. He was very honest with us in his discussions prior to providing his quote and allowed us plenty of time to make up our minds. He also showed enormous patience in helping us to identify exactly what we wanted. We particularly liked Ian's punctuality, attention to detail and the careful manner in which he went about his work. He was a thorough professional and provided us with outstanding service and a wonderful floor and matching skirting. The room is transformed! He is now working on a fireplace for us and we have already decided to engage him to build some wardrobes for us next. All in all we can highly recommend Ian and we are delighted to have found him, he is a craftsman through and through.

May 2011, Bryn Davies Star Star Star Star Star

The directors of North Norfolk Railway plc thank Ian for his dedicated efforts and craftsmanship which made it possible to re-open the level crossing at Sheringham.

May 2011, Steven Ashling Star Star Star Star Star

Thank you very much indeed for a magnificent door of great quality, craftsmanship and presence; it looks excellent and will be a great piece of Pickworth Church for many centuries to come.

May 2011, Simon C Star Star Star Star Star

Thank you for the time and effort you put into supplying and installing our new bespoke wardrobe in the upstairs bedroom. We are very pleased with how it looks and the high class of craftsmanship.

May 2011, Graham Brown Star Star Star Star Star

Superb quality craftsmanship that is so hard to find. We have used Ian several times now and would thoroughly recommend him. No matter what job you have in mind, small or large contact Northmark!

May 2011, Joyce Ball Star Star Star Star Star

When you have found the best - forget the rest! Ian offers true craftsmanship at it best.

May 2011, Joyce B Star Star Star Star Star

Northmark have done 4 jobs for me now and we have been really pleased with each one. High quality workmanship, personal service and good value. Ian has made us a pine fitted bookshelf, a vanity unit, a desk and a freestanding unit. He painted 3 of them to exactly match existing furniture and we couldn't be more happy with the result. We would highly recommend his work.

May 2011, Helen M Star Star Star Star Star