Chic and cheerful
PUBLISHED: 12:03 17 December 2010 | UPDATED: 15:17 20 February 2013
Roni Malsbury set up Chic Fireplaces Marble and Granite with her husband Mike about 25 years ago. Now the couple run the business, based on the Central City Industrial Estate, Coventry, with their sons Ade, Drew and Rich, along with Adu, who joine...
Roni Malsbury set up Chic Fireplaces Marble and Granite with her husband Mike about 25 years ago. Now the couple run the business, based on the Central City Industrial Estate, Coventry, with their sons Ade, Drew and Rich, along with Adu, who joined the company on work experience 15 years ago.
Here Roni chats to Warwickshire life about the business.
"We set the business up when Mike the RAF Mountain Rescue where he taught winter survival and made small items from stone when he was out on the hills. When he left the RAF he trained as a stone mason.
"One of the most unusual requests we have had was for a marble arch, but we do anything from chopping boards to huge projects like Sabai Sabai in Regent Street, Leamington Spa, where we did the fireplace, walls, water feature, cloakrooms. We even do granite work for narrowboats!
"The best part of any project is seeing the design develop from a sketch into a stunning fireplace and the customer is happy. The worst bit - I don't think there is a worst bit - we are a family business and we love what we do. I know that may sound corny but it's true.
"Our major plan for this year is to open a High Street showroom and also to promote carbon neutral and renewable fuels for our solid fuel fires and stoves.
"We offer a unique service from our workshop where we can manufacture a fireplaces from a sketch, drawing, magazine article or from the customer's own ideas. We also design fireplaces for customers as a free service. Mike loves to see what people are trying to achieve in their home and works with them to reach their desired design.
"It is amazing the amount of things we make and the sizes we can make things in. We can make granite/marble dining/occasional tables. There are endless possibilities for the fires surrounds you have can them taller, shorter, wider or narrower, the choice is yours. Because we manufacture the surrounds and kitchens from large slabs of material we are not restricted in what we can make
"In the kitchen we replace worktops with granite and work closely with the customer to make sure that they have a stunning kitchen - it's not just worktops, we can do all sorts of things to improve a kitchen.
"We are a friendly family run business with a wealth of experience. We take a pride in our work and every effort is made to make sure that we deliver what the customer wants.The customer brings the ideas and we can turn them into reality."