At Burlanes, we believe it's our people that are our biggest asset, and it's down to their knowledge, passion and integrity that make us so proud of our service. Our team of experienced Design Consultants are always on hand to offer advise and guidance when designing your beautiful home interiors.
Jarrett Banks has recently joined the Burlanes design team, and is based at Burlanes Chelmsford alongside Jon Sillitoe. Jarrett and Jon are usually the first people you will meet when planning your new kitchen, bathroom or living space in your new home.
Let's meet Jarrett...
Tell us a little bit about yourself...
An inquisitive mind, I find myself always learning something new or occupying myself with something hands on. I enjoy travelling to new cities, cooking and being outdoors. I am a keen skier, and I also like to make an attempt at surfing!
Describe your dream kitchen...
I am a keen cook, so my dream kitchen has to be geared towards this, with lots of space to prep and everything easily accessible! I would love a freestanding island purely for prep - a stainless steel worktop with everything at hand underneath. Aesthetically, I would like an industrial style kitchen combined with some traditional elements. A place to sit is also a must have in my dream kitchen; whether it be to eat breakfast in the morning or to simply socialise whilst cooking.
Tell us a little bit about your career. How has it unfolded?
I started out at university studying History, where postgraduate life saw me travel France and Italy working in the Alps as a Chalet Host, and a number of odd renovation jobs in the likes of Lake Garda and Bordeaux. Coming back to the UK, I realised my interests lie within the realm of design and having a hands on approach to working, and so I decided to pursue this part-time education in Architecture. Accompanying this, I have been designing kitchens for the past 18 months, putting my design ideas into practise.
What do you think makes a 'happy home'?
An open door policy, where anyone is freely invited, is what really makes a happy home. I also think lots of places to sit and gather are important, whether it be at a table, a breakfast bar or quite simply in a nice armchair. Different places for different times of day and circumstances to sit and simply chat.
Name a kitchen gadget that you couldn't live without!
A coffee machine! Whatever shape or size I cannot start my day without my caffeine fix in the morning, or a top up in the afternoon as well!
What would people be most surprised to know about you?
I once drove the Monaco Grand Prix track; even if it was in my Nissan Micra at the time! I also own two siamese cats named Monkey and Leon.