Why shouldn't a kitchen be 'fine furniture'?! Many of the techniques of cabinetmaking are directly applicable to making beautiful kitchen units. I can design and build hardwood kitchen units to the same quality as my furniture, for you to have installed by your builder. My kitchens are made entirely from English hardwood (no MDF or chipboard).
Here are some pictures of the English ash and sycamore kitchen which I recently designed, made and installed in a home in Scotland.