MAKE Specialist Manufacture and Installation

Based on the edge of the English Lake District, MAKE provide bespoke design, manufacture and installation of high quality joinery and mixed-material commissions for private, residential, commercial and construction clients across the UK.

Bespoke Windows and Doors

The design, manufacture and installation of bespoke doors and windows are a specialism of MAKE.

We adopt the best practices in traditional joinery with modern techniques and technology to produce consistently beautiful results. In our South Lakeland workshops we work with a range of quality timber and complimentary materials and finishes that enhance any project.

The timber we work with is all responsibly sourced and comes from FSC certified suppliers, an incentive which ensures forest owners and managers follow best social and environmental practices.

Furniture and Cabinetry

Beautiful, individual furniture and fitted cabinetry that is exclusive to you and your home, handmade by skilled craftsmen to your exact requirements.

These pieces are more than just functional furniture – these are an investment which are a joy to use and a delight to see. Working with a broad spectrum of wood (oak, ash, walnut and sustainable hardwoods), MAKE create the standout pieces in your home.

For our commercial clients, our skills extend to shop-fitting commissions and fitted furniture for the leisure and hospitality sector as well as for railways stations and visitor centres across the country.

Architectural Joinery

From period properties to new-build homes, from traditional to contemporary style, MAKE are well-versed in the manufacture and installation of structural and architectural joinery.

On new-build properties and extension projects, the early stages of planning and construction is the perfect time to talk to us; our years of experience means we can add real value and work as a key contractor in the process.

Recent projects include interior joinery – skirting, architraves, panelling – on a number of historical and contemporary homes, as well as green oak trusses and structural timber for barn conversions.

Specialist Commissions

More than ever, wood is becoming the material of choice for designers and architects, and with it the traditional skills of joinery and carpentry are increasingly being challenged to deliver increasingly involved solutions.

For MAKE, this has included complex projects for the UK rail network including ticket offices and waiting areas in many London stations. Closer to home in the Lake District, our work has encompassed orangeries, restaurants, self-catering properties and hotels as well as exclusive leisure destinations.

Always bespoke. Always beautiful.

All made by MAKE.

MAKE Specialist Manufacture and Installation specialise in the production of joinery and mixed material commissions to both contractors and private clients.

Highly experienced, we work with customers across the UK and have particular experience working on high-profile projects, renovation and heritage projects in historic properties, and unique new build private residences.

From handcrafted bespoke doors and windows, conservatories and staircases, to beautiful free-standing and fitted furniture, we pride ourselves on the creating high quality solutions for all our clients.

If you’d like to get in touch to discuss your next project, we’d be delighted to hear from you.

Our Areas of Specialist Joinery Manufacture

Bespoke Windows.

Above everything else that MAKE manufacture, quality wooden windows are by far our most regular commission and an area of work which we never tire.

For those living in period homes, box sliding sash windows are something of a must have and ours are guaranteed to provide years of faithful service whilst looking superb. We also manufacture mock sliding sash windows which look equally stunning but utilising a more modern approach.

Casement, bay windows, retail and shop front, round and square – over the years, there isn’t a style or shape of window that we haven’t created!

Internal / External Doors.

Solid, substantial, secure – there really is something quite reassuring about a solid wood door. Whatever style your home, whatever wood your preference, MAKE can create the prefect doors to suit.

We never assume, and never take for granted – so we’ll come and measure to make sure that nothing is left to chance.

We’ll also advise on the best choice of glazing and ironmongery to complement your property and, when we’ve manufactured, we install ourselves to make sure that everything is just how you imagined.

Wooden Staircases.

It’s our belief that a quality staircase should be the centrepiece of any home. By taking time and focusing on attention to detail, we ensure it looks spectacular and feels just as good.

Single and multi-flight stairs, narrow and wide tread, even circular and storage stairs, when you’re ready to take a step-up to a bespoke staircase just give us a call.

No matter if your intention is to show the beauty of the natural wood or cover with carpet, a staircase can get a lot of traffic over its lifetime, and we’re with you every step of the way!


From individual independent stores to national high street chains, MAKE undertake shop-fitting commissions across the full scope of retail premises.

As well as point of sale counters and cashier desks to changing rooms, display shelving and customer waiting areas.

Using both natural and composite wood in conjunction with traditional or contemporary engineered fixtures and fittings, we guarantee to help you make the right impression.

Ours is a full-service offering, one which can include the design of the scheme through manufacture and installation, along with project management, coordinating activities and sub-contractors.

Garage Doors.

Up and over, bi-fold, tri-fold, concertina and more – just because a garage is one of the less glamorous parts of your home doesn’t mean it can’t look great.

We don’t believe in compromising on quality when it comes to wooden garage doors; as well as looking good, they also need to perform well and provide assured security.

Tell us how you use your garage and we’ll help create the right door for the task!

Renovation Joinery.

Over the years, MAKE have been involved in many commissions for historical and architecturally sensitive properties. These include ecclesiastical structures and monasteries, stately homes, Grade 1 and Grade 2 Listed buildings as well as private residences in conservation areas.

Replacing like-for-like is a common request and one which we will happily undertake. There are also instances when planning and building regulations allow for a little flexibility, affording our clients a few modern touches to what is, for all the world, a traditional reproduction.

Talk to us in the first instance and we’ll happily share our knowledge and experience to help you get the most from your investment in renovation joinery.

We are MAKE.

Based on the edge of the English Lake District, MAKE is a family business established by Matthew Bowness, himself a time-served joiner with over thirty years experience. 

The business has grown from working on one-off commissions for private residential clients and businesses in the South Lakeland area to being a valued contractor involved in high-profile projects across the country.

Working to exacting standards and without compromise, the ‘can do’ approach of MAKE always ensures projects are delivered on time, on budget to the requirements of many happy clients.

If you have a project in mind and would like to discuss the possibilities with us, without obligation, then we’d love to hear from you.

Our Approach to Projects and Commissions.



We never assume, we never second guess. By getting to know you and fully understand your requirements and vision for the project means nothing is left to chance.

No matter if you’ve never engaged with a joinery manufacturer before, we’ll ensure you’re at ease and happy



Whether you already have a design in mind, are working with an interior designer or architect, or a wider project team, MAKE provide advice based on years of experience to ensure your vision is successfully achieved.



Our experience is long, our skills have been refined. By affording every piece which passes through our workshop the same care and attention ensures we can build on our reputation of a very high quality joinery and specialist materials manufacturer.



The final step is where we really deliver on our promise. So many times we see the work of joinery manufacturer’s coming undone by poor installation and paying scant attention to detail. This is why we undertake the installation ourselves, so there’s no scope for poor workmanship spoiling a beautiful project.

We are MAKE.

If you have a project you would like to discuss, then we would love to hear from you. Either complete the contact form opposite, or get in touch with us at:

Matthew Bowness
07872 676 947 /

Scott Heavyside
07884 346 900 /


Our Commercial Clients.