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Bowler Case Study - Medstead, Hampshire

Seamless Simplicity Creates A Calming Family Space.

It only took one trip into the Beau-Port Kitchens showroom at Bentworth to convince Jo Bowler that she had found the right kitchen designer in Mark Johnson, who she felt really understood her vision to create the perfect contemporary kitchen of her dreams.

Rotpunkt Zerox HL High Gloss & Grey Wild Oak Kitchen in White

The new kitchen is one of the primary projects within Jo's renovation plans on her 1970's bungalow, set in the Hampshire countryside. "My wish list started with a central island, but something that was much more than the usual islands I had seen in other kitchens. I wanted a cross between a cocktail bar, sushi bar, food preparation area and also for somewhere for family and guests to sit and eat as well," commented Jo. "I wanted to be able to face family and guests while cooking, not with my back to them, so Mark designed the island to include a Mercury range cooker and extended curved breakfast bar with beads of light that run around the whole bar, which make me smile, look stunning at night and create a lovely atmosphere."

Rotpunkt Zerox HL High Gloss & Grey Wild Oak Kitchen in White

"I really love the Wharf worktops, they are totally seamless and also blend into the mould-ed sink, create splash backs on the wall units and even over the window sills and are so easy to keep clean. I particularly like the warm feel of the worktops and they go so well with the contemporary kitchen units," continued Jo.

This Rotpunkt white high gloss kitchen doesn't have a need for handles, as all the units just simply push open, adding to the seamless look of the kitchen. "I also didn't want wall units and Mark created a really practical solution with a tall larder unit, sited in just the right place close to the food preparation area. He really knows what will work best and where," said Jo.

Rotpunkt Zerox HL High Gloss & Grey Wild Oak Kitchen in White

The white units are complemented by the grey wild oak panels and also by an additional counter top shutter unit that hides the kettle and hot drink making things neatly away out of sight when not required. There are additional floating shelves next to this unit for reci-pe books and further homely touches, with more grey wild oak used to frame the larder unit and American style fridge freezer next to a tall wine rack.

Next to the kitchen area the subtle wood effect paneling also frames the white high gloss media centre, also designed and installed by Beau-Port, which houses a wide screen TV, sitting inside an inset nook that has a floating shelf, with two wall units either side and huge storage drawers below.

Rotpunkt Zerox HL High Gloss & Grey Wild Oak Kitchen in White

"Mark's initial designs were amazing, he understood exactly what I wanted and it was great to see the 3D designs and his great attention to every detail. He has created a kitchen that is the heart of the home and where everyone could relax and enjoy the space together. It has really changed the way we live. The family gathers around the central island and my children are spending more time with me and together, rather than in their respective bedrooms," continued Jo.

With three growing children and two dogs, Jo says she can't be too precious about the kitchen. It has to stand up to the daily living of a family. "The kids just love it and it is so easy to keep clean and tidy, with lots of imaginative storage solutions too."

Jo was also impressed by the way that Mark's designer eye found the right extractor hood that would look good over a central island and also creates a sleek feature that comple-mented the stainless steel American fridge freezer. "It looks so sleek and is so effective."

One of the key areas that Jo was especially pleased with was the use of her budget. "I was pleasantly surprised that Mark was able to give me all of my wish list, including all the extras, within my budget and to give me such a well-designed high quality kitchen that was perfectly fitted. He was very cautious and careful and got the best results and I felt I could trust him with the budget. The investment in the kitchen has been worth every penny."

"Mark advised and guided me through the whole process. I am really thrilled with every-thing that Beau-Port has done and it has been a pleasure working with him and his wife Clare and to do business with a family concern, so much more intimate. The reassuring after sales service was excellent too, checking everything is perfect."

Jo has been busy recommending Beau-Port to friends and family and is already planning her next project on the house with Mark lined up to design and install fitted furniture in her new office/study.

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