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Shaker Kitchens designed and installed in Hampshire

Shaker furniture is a distinctive style of furniture developed by the United society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, also known as Shakers. Shaker furniture is widely admired for its simplicity, innovative joinery, quality and functionality.

Here at Beau-Port Kitchens we produce our own Bespoke Kitchens and Bespoke Kitchen Furniture. The Range of Doors and Kitchen Furniture we produce is influenced by Shaker Style Furniture.

We have taken the simple furniture style and re-interpreted it in our simple flat doors, which are available in a wide choice of painted colours, and added our own modern touches to improve upon the classic simple design. These modern features include soft close deep drawers, which are more commonly seen in modern German furniture and soft close doors.

We have specially designed theses features not to intrude upon the traditional Shaker look. For example we use strong magnets set into our kitchen doors to create an unobtrusive style of soft close, this enables you to use traditional style hinges instead of the more modern hinges. We also use modern soft close runners built into our Deep Drawers to give a high quality modern finish but with the traditional shaker styling.

Returning Customers

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It is always good to hear from past customers and see familiar faces coming into our showroom at Bentworth, near Alton, Hampshire. We have had many customers come back to us time and time again for our designers to come up with practical and creative solutions for many areas of their homes.

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2017 Marks Beau-Port’s 17th Year

Rotpunkt Zerox Matt Door Handleless Kitchen with Bardolia Real Oak
Rotpunkt Zerox Matt Door Handleless Kitchen with Bardolia Real Oak

Has your kitchen recovered from the festive season? It is a time when friends and families gather in the hub of the home, with more people looking to combine their kitchen, dining and relaxing spaces into one open-plan living space for these special gatherings.

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Modern Appliances Making Life Easier

(“The kitchen of Jane Austen’s house in Chawton, Hampshire” by Anguskirk is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.)
(“The kitchen of Jane Austen’s house in Chawton, Hampshire” by Anguskirk is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.)

2017 is the Bicentenary of the death of Jane Austen, who spent the last years of her life living at Chawton, just a short drive from our Beau-Port showrooms. As a resident of Chawton, I get free access to Jane Austen’s House and Museum and one of my favourite parts of the house is the kitchen. I love the simplicity of this restored kitchen and I can imagine how people lived and worked in it two hundred years ago.

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Clients 'Pleasantly Surprised' At Affordability Of Beau-Port's Quality Kitchens

As Beau-Port’s regular writer, I also visit the company’s clients in their homes, to interview them for case studies to go on the Beau-Port Kitchens website. These case studies help visitors to the website to see how Mark, Jacob and the team work with our customers to deliver the best products and exceptional service.

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The Essential Kitchen Triangle

“Mark’s problem solving and attention to detail was enormously helpful and his very calm manner meant everything ran so smoothly..." Mrs Courtier - Bentworth, Hampshire.

The kitchen work triangle design concept has been around for a long time, apparently since the 1940’s, and has been used since then to create kitchens with efficient design. Based on time-motion studies, the kitchen triangle considers the proximity of the cooking area, food preparation/sink area and the food storage area/fridge freezer, to one another.

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Experience Counts

A couple of days ago I dropped into Beau-Port’s 2000 sq ft showroom at Bentworth, between Alton and Basingstoke, to deliver copies of the December issue of Good Homes magazine, which has a double page editorial feature on one of Beau-Port’s Shaker style kitchen projects.

I always love going into the light and spacious showroom and on that particular day it was full of sunshine. Even though I have been in and out of the showroom for the last four years, I am always impressed with the kitchen displays which are changed and updated on a regular basis. Plus the new bedroom furniture display and additional newly introduced third kitchen furniture option.

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When Small Can Also Be Beautiful

Our designers at Beau-Port understand that kitchens come in all shapes and sizes and some are more compact than others, with limited space and no opportunity to extended. But with their design expertise and experience they know how to make the very most of whatever space is available.

So how do you create more space in a kitchen without putting in for planning permission for an extension? The answer for one of our clients was to seek out the design skills of Beau-Port Kitchen’s head designer Mark Johnson, who helped to transform a kitchen in a characterful period property into a lighter, brighter more practical space with additional storage - without having to call the builders in!

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Tall & Slim - The Modern Storage Solution

Remember the days when kitchen designers only had either floor units or wall units to design with? Thankfully those days are long past and our Beau-Port designers now have a vast range of furniture options to offer our clients.

Their recent trip to visit Rotpunkt, our primary contemporary kitchen furniture manufacturer in Germany, had them returning to the UK with fresh and innovative ideas for designing perfect modern kitchens for our clients.

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Beau-Port Designers Discover Rotpunkt's Latest Innovations

Our Beau-Port designers Mark Johnson and Jacob Johnson had a busy couple of days at the Rotpunkt HQ in Germany, at the furniture manufacturer’s showrooms discovering all of the latest and most innovative kitchen materials, styles and design detailing of the new ranges.

As Beau-Ports primary contemporary design furniture supplier, the Rotpunkt range continues to evolve and expand and offers a vast scope of new styles, finishes and materials. Many of the materials and finishes used in their latest offering are not being used by other kitchen manufacturers.

One of the new Rotpunkt displays shows off their innovative fully handleless kitchens. These feature push-to-open doors with brand new push-to-open and soft-closing drawer runners. A first, for the Rotpunkt range.

The unique finishes used in the creation of Rotpunkt’s latest designs include materials that resemble copper, stainless steel and even concrete. Yet these skilfully manufactured finishes are ‘warmer’ in appearance and feel than the material they replicate. These new materials are perfect for the popular urban loft style of interiors that are a growing trend and they also contrast well with the wider use of wood effect finishes, which are also growing in popularity.

This is just one example, in the Rotpunkt 2017 showroom of interesting colour combinations. The island and wall unit use the Power door in their new MX Gold finish. The island uses the high gloss version of this door. The gold is offset by Sherwood Black Zerox doors on the tall unit and Tempo shaker style doors on the low-level base units.

Somehow the Rotpunkt designers and skilled craftsmen effortlessly create and combine these new materials with various wood effect or plain lacquered doors and drawer fronts, bringing together a set of unexpected colours and textures that make their furniture so unique.

Our head designer Mark Johnson has been using some of the textured wood effect materials when designing contemporary kitchens for the companies clients in Hampshire, Surrey, Berkshire and Sussex, combining a stainless steel island with distressed oak breakfast bar. While Jacob Johnson has combined Bardolia Oak with a wood-grain-structure finish to contrast with Rotpunkt’s Zerox ‘Icy White’ doors on a previous project.

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Clutter Free Kitchen

It is wonderful to have a newly fitted contemporary or traditional style kitchen with lots of beautiful, clean, clear worktops. But it is sometimes difficult to maintain completely clear worktops, in reality, we all need to have various appliances such as toasters, tea and coffee making items and sometimes small liquidisers for those all so healthy smoothies that are growing in popularity.

So how can you keep your work surfaces clear? Beau-Port has the ideal solution which our designers have incorporated into a number of projects - a handy storage solution for all of that clutter, carefully concealed behind a stylish roll top shutter unit.

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Inside/Outside Living - Planning Extensions

The trend for inside/outside living continues to grow, and after a reasonable summer this year even more people are looking to extend both their internal living space and to link it more with their outside space, creating external and extended ‘living rooms’ into their gardens.

Bi-fold doors are also very on trend and help to open up internal spaces and link them seamlessly to outside living spaces. Using complementary flooring in the kitchen living spaces that blends with the materials used to create the outside flooring is another way of making the spaces flow together and gives the illusion of a larger space.

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Best Seat in the House

There is nothing more relaxing than chilling out with friends and family around the kitchen breakfast bar or central island. So many of our clients are keen to have either or both combined, with many of them listing this feature as their primary desire for their new kitchen. We often hear that clients want to be able to carry on entertaining their guests while completing the cooking, with some of them choosing to have an induction or gas hob centrally located on their island.

Our designers Mark and Jacob listen very carefully to what our clients want to achieve and how they want to use their new kitchens. They think and plan carefully, taking into consideration all of the obvious aspects, and then they go further and consider that very important requirement - comfort.

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Meet Our Designers

Design expertise is one of the most important skills to look for when you are seeking the perfect partnership with a kitchen and interiors design company, when planning any home improvement, especially in the kitchen area. With so many factors to consider - selection of the right furniture, layout, flow, appliances, lighting, flooring, worktops etc.

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Ten Great Ideas for your New Kitchen and Home

Beau-Port’s approach to kitchen design also encompasses all the additional elements, features, appliances, bespoke individual pieces of furniture and latest products that will enhance your lifestyle.

“Our kitchen designs are not just about getting the right design and installing our high-quality furniture,” commented Beau-Port designer Jacob Johnson.  “The finishing touches and features that we can design into the project, can also help to make the new space totally unique.  We can include additional design features and new products that really do enhance our client’s quality of life.”

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Rotpunkt's cutting edge contemporary style

Contemporary doesn’t have to mean cold and austere - on the contrary contemporary design can be warm and inviting, even if everything is white. If this surprises you then take a look at some of the beautiful kitchens that Mark Johnson and his partner in design and son, Jacob, have been designing for their Beau-Port Kitchens clients.

I visited one of Beau-Port’s projects recently, stepping into Jo Bowler’s new all white kitchen and media area to see how imaginative design, stylish lighting and shape all conspire to create one of the most welcoming kitchens I have ever seen. I sat down at Jo’s new circular breakfast bar and wanted to stay there all day. Complete with delicate beaded lighting that encompasses the central island, Jo says it adds enormous atmosphere to the large open plan space that she and her family have loved since the moment it was installed.

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The Circle of Style

We only have to look at the fashion pages and on-line fashion sites to see how styles come full circle again, and the clothes that some of us wore in the 80’s and 90’s, have again become key fashion statements of today.

The same is true of interior design.  Some of us may remember the TV campaign from a certain Swedish company a few years ago that prompted us all to ‘chuck out the chintz’. The return of colour and pattern back on the interiors ‘cat-walk’ (namely the interiors media), is clear to see in recent years.  The interiors writers are now saying that natural textures and patterns in textiles and homeware are the next big thing. Maybe not a return of chintz perhaps, but a more sophisticated way to bring floral and other images of nature back into the home.

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Moodboard Wisdom

When planning any major project for your home, take a leaf out of the interior designer's book of wisdom and create your own mood board.  This invaluable creative tool will help you to use gathered images of all the things you love and aspire to own, and would like to incorporate into your new kitchen or interiors project.

Collect images of new products, colour charts, etc. - from magazines, Pinterest, Houzz and any other source.  Take these cuttings and images and either use them to create your own mood board on-line on Pinterest for example or get a pin board or large piece of card and get sticking!  You will be able to see at a glance all the things you would like to include in your project.  Also see some of the Youtube ‘How to Create an Interior Design Mood Board in Minutes.”

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Good Homes Magazine to feature Beau-Port Kitchen

In-Frame Shaker Painted Kitchen in Pavilion Grey & Old White.
In-Frame Shaker Painted Kitchen in Pavilion Grey & Old White.

Another Beau-Port designed and installed kitchen will be featured in a national magazine later this year. The popular ‘Good Homes’ magazine will be publishing a case study on one of our Shaker style bespoke kitchens, installed in a recently extended house. So look out for the December issue of the magazine, which will be on sale from early November.

The interiors publications are eager to feature as many open plan, living, cooking, dining kitchens that have well designed kitchens and our client Liz Burleton kindly agreed to being interviewed by one of the magazine’s leading feature writers.

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Great British Bakeoff Kitchen

It’s that time of the year again, end of summer and the beginning of the shorter days and time to snuggle down on a Wednesday evening to watch the new series of the Great British Bake Off, one of my guilty pleasures.

I can’t help but admire the twelve brave souls who have agreed to being filmed in close-up, while under great pressure to produce the perfect bakes. The Great British Bake Off kitchen reminds me of the Home Economics Department of my school, only on a larger scale. The place where I had so may cooking disasters ranging from a steamed pudding that set like concrete in the school’s own dish, unable to be released from the dish once I arrived home to proudly present it to my family. My father had to take a hammer and chisel to get the pudding out of the dish, breaking the dish in the attempt, which meant I had to own up to my total failure as a steamed pudding cook on my return to school - also having to part with my pocket money to buy a replacement dish.

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Beau-Port Kitchens Star Editorial in Essential Kitchens Magazine

One of the first things most people do when considering a new kitchen, is to buy a bunch of interiors magazines for ideas and inspiration. One of the UK’s leading interiors magazines, ‘Essential Kitchen Bathroom and Bedroom' magazine, recently selected a Beau-Port project for one of their main editorial features (July 2016 issue). The nine page feature focuses on the fascinating story of Jo and Dave Ibbotson’s new build eco-home on the borders of Surrey and Hampshire. It explains how they called upon the expertise of Beau-Port’s Mark Johnson, who helped them create a statement kitchen as part of their large open-plan living and dining space.

The contrasting working side of the Beau-Port designed kitchen featured in Essential Kitchens magazine.
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A third of over 55's want to downsize.

A new study from the International Longevity Centre suggests that up to a third of home-owners aged over 55 are considering or are expected to downsize.   The figure is considerably higher if those who have already sold their homes and bought somewhere smaller are included - as high as one in two or almost 50%.

The benefits of down sizing your home can mount up to a long list, including the lower costs of maintaining a smaller home, releasing equity to travel, or to buy a holiday home or just to have the funds to enjoy a whole range of hobbies and pastimes.

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Do home improvements add value to your home?

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Last year a survey by the National Association of Estate Agents revealed the top home improvements that could add the best value to your property.  Adding a bedroom, usually by converting loft space was quoted as being the best modification, with a third of respondents suggesting a new kitchen added the best value. Conservatories and converting garages into living space also came high on the list.

At Beau-Port we work closely with our clients to make the most of their home improvements, helping them to achieve the best projects for all areas of their homes, not just kitchens but utility, laundry and boot rooms, fitted bedroom furniture for bedrooms, dressing rooms and walk in wardrobes, home offices and media rooms. But the room that always comes top of the list in terms of adding other kinds of value such as improved lifestyle, comfort, appeal and saleability always seems to be the kitchen.  Especially the new trend towards having open plan kitchens which combine dining and living space.

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How far would you go?

It is extraordinary how far people will travel to get the right thing.  Even in this age of internet shopping, purchasers still value the importance of actually going to see and try out the things they want to buy, especially the higher value purchases connected to home improvements, such as new kitchens, bathrooms, bedroom furniture and other items of furniture.

They then also have a better idea of the quality of the products and also very importantly the service they will received.  When investing in any major projects on your home, it is essential that you find the right products, best quality, service, value and affordability, plus the right people to work with who you feel you can trust to do the very best job.

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Cooking from scratch is back in foodie fashion

Are you tired of the disappointment of ready meals?  Apparently cooking from scratch is back and that’s official, well it must be - Mary Berry says so!  In her recent TV series she is seen close to our patch at the farmers’ market at Guildford, selecting lots of seasonal food to turn into delicious meals.

At Beau-Port we are located close to both Alton, Petersfield and Winchester which also boast their own Hampshire Farmers’ Markets.  This not-for-profit community interest organisation reports that visitor numbers to their markets continue to increase, as more people want to know where their food comes.  Their shoppers also don’t want to pay the premium for all those unwanted and environmentally damaging food miles.

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Kitchen memories

The kitchen is the hub of the home and according to singer/songwriter MIKA it is a place where memories are made. Speaking on the BBC’s One Show recently, MIKA reminisced with top chef Michele Roux Jr about happy times in the kitchen with his family.

Most of us can recall pivotal moments in our lives that happened in our family kitchens - as young children home baking and making a huge mess, birthdays, anniversaries, celebrations, Sunday lunches and family gatherings.

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Famous cook’s kitchen up for sale

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National treasure and the queen of kitchens, the loveable Mary Berry is selling her kitchen - up for sale for £800,000, complete with a beautiful house wrapped around it. The holiday home in Salcombe is currently on the market and there is bound to be interest from MB fans, who would love to cook in the same kitchen where Mary Berry has cooked for friends and family since 2006.

Chris Evans talked about the house sale on his BBC Radio 2 breakfast show and felt that the kitchen alone would be worth £800,000 because of the Mary Berry effect.

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Property TV programmes demonstrate the importance of a good kitchen

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I love the property programmes on the TV - ‘Escape to the Country’, ‘Homes under the Hammer’, ‘Location Location Location’ - and I watch all of them whenever I can.

With so many properties featured and an equal number of characters looking to move home, it is interesting to see the one thing the house-hunters all have in common is their need for and appreciation of a good kitchen.  Often referred to as the most important part of the property and the heart of every home.

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Historic Kitchen at Petworth House shows the early development of kitchen design

Whenever I visit a National Trust property or any historic property, the place that fascinates me the most is always the kitchen. The heart of any property the kitchen will tell you so much about the wealth and status of the original owner, the number of servants they could afford to have and the kind of food that was prepared in some of the largest and most important historic kitchens in the world.

The kitchens in Petworth House, East Sussex. Image via Flickr user Anguskirk.
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Did you see TV series ‘Back in time for Dinner’?

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Some controversy surrounded this charming BBC 2 documentary series about how one British family were taken on a time travelling adventure to discover how the way we eat and live has changed since the 1950’s.  The controversy, mainly on Twitter, surrounded how hard it was for the lady of the house to use a manual tin opener, obviously a first time experience for her and her family - frankly I thought it was hilarious and I believe that anyone taken back 60 years and given the basic tools they had to use then would have found it a challenge.

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Two New Full Scale Kitchen Displays Launched At Beau-Port Showroom

A new DIY warehouse opened up locally a few weeks ago and I decided to take a look and see what was on offer and how their products and displays would measure up to  Beau-Port’s products and showroom.  It was difficult to get a real sense of how the kitchens I saw would look in a real setting, most were just very small kitchen displays or just portions of kitchen displays, all looking rather clinical in the harsh light of the warehouse setting.

The Beau-Port design team of Mark and Jacob Johnson have the benefit of a large showroom that has full-scale kitchen displays so that client’s can come along and get a real feel of how a particular kitchen - whether it is a contemporary kitchen, traditional kitchen or Shaker style kitchen - would work in their home.

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Why Design Experience Counts

Investing in a new kitchen or interiors project is not something we do every day.  When we do decide to go ahead with the project we need to know that the company we are investing our hard-earned cash with, has all the experience required to do the very best job.

Head designer at Beau-Port, Mark Johnson, has over two decades of experience in creating flawless kitchen and interiors projects for a wide range of clients.

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The WOW Generation!

A few decades ago we had the Yuppies - young, well-paid, middle-class professionals - now this generation has reached what is now known as the WOW stage - Wiser, Older and Wealthier - the WOW generation. This apparently refers to those who are now the 50+ age group, moving up the age scale away from their most debt enduring times from their 20’s to their mid 40’s.

It is a time when those who have had ongoing, well-paid careers finally find that they have more money to spend on the important things in life - more travel, better car and to be able to move up the property ladder and to have that beautiful bespoke kitchen or interiors project they have always wanted.

Alpha Boomer is another term for the same group, recently used to describe the 55 - 65+  age group in the US, currently the fastest growing group in that nation.

Recent figures in the UK show that there are now more people over the age of 40 than under that age and that 35% of the population is now over 55.  This is the age group that also seems to have the funds, time and interest to spend on home improvements.  Some have ‘empty nested’ and no longer need the large family home and look to down-size or even buy additional holiday homes.  Some just want to release capital to be able to experience all the items on their ‘bucket list’.   While others just want to use it to also make their new or existing homes - better.  They then have the funds to have exactly what they want and how they want it - expertly designed kitchens, media centres, beautifully fitted bedroom and bathroom furniture, boot rooms, laundry rooms or even cinema rooms.

At Beau-Port we welcome Yuppies, Alpha Boomers and as many of the WOW generation as we can fit into our huge 2000 sq ft showroom!  They will all get the chance to test drive our numerous full-scale kitchens, see our media display and other interiors displays and to linger a while and chat over a coffee with us, about how we can make their particular time of life and their homes even more beautiful and comfortable.

When White is the New Black

There are some colours that are totally timeless when it comes to fashion, and interiors fashion also has its own phases with white being a current key ‘colour’, although not technically a colour as such.  White is clean, timeless, fresh and uplifting and you can see many examples of how Mark and Jacob Johnson, our team of expert kitchen designers, have created a number of contemporary white kitchens for clients including Rotpunkt matt white lacquer doors with timber panels plus pictures - see under Fitted Kitchen Projects on our website.

You can also read about our other white kitchen projects and case studies on our website in more depth including the high gloss version of a Rotpunkt kitchen that Mark teamed up with Grey Wild Oak panels that add warmth and contrast to the project.

​​​​Our Rotpunkt High Gloss Kitchen in Stone and Urban Wild Oak and White Acrylic worktops.

If white is your favourite colour then come along and see our full size showroom white high gloss kitchen with Urban Wild Oak panels which will give you a real feel for how such a kitchen could look in your home, either in a small space or as part of an open plan project.

The Urban Wild Oak was also selected by another client who had it teamed up with the Rotpunkt high gloss, but in a slightly warmer tone of Sand and introduced other warm and bold colours to the decoration of the room.  This particular client also had the Urban Wild Oak extended to cover a whole wall, floor to ceiling of units, again adding warmth and intrigue to the design with huge amounts of ‘hidden’ storage, with the a large stainless steel fridge freezer in the middle of the wall, simply stunning!

So if white is your favoured colour then come along and take a look at our full range of contemporary kitchens, which also come in a vast choice of other colours - plus our traditional Shaker style kitchens which you can have painted any shade of white, or other colour you wish.

The Very Best of British Design

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Even though we design and sell both German and British kitchens and interiors, we are still a patriotic bunch here at Beau-Port.  We love working with British craftsmen and we have formed close links with some of the very best in the business, who are all based in our green and pleasant land.  We are also very choosy about who we will work with and trust with our bespoke designs as we always want to be better than the competition!  Our Shaker style and traditional kitchens are not only handcrafted by our talented team of expert cabinet makers but are also installed by the very same craftsmen who have turned our designs into reality.

Just one example of our hand crafted, made in britain furniture. This kitchen features all hand crafted furniture with a wonderful bespoke range cooker canopy.
One of our most recently photographed projects, an absolutely stunning kitchen in a beautiful Art Deco Bed & Breakfast. This furniture is Rotpunkt, featuring the deep grained Bardolia door painted with a high gloss door on the floating tall units.

We all have a passion for what we do and enjoy the process of seeing a kitchen or interiors project evolve from first ideas — ours and crucially the client’s own ideas — into the final finished and perfect project.  We also get a huge buzz from the client feedback we get and can boast that it is always positive — so much so that many of our clients call us back to do further projects in their homes, usually starting with a kitchen then moving onto projects in the bedrooms, living areas, laundry and boot rooms and more recently with our media centre designs which sit well in open plan living/dining/kitchen areas or some clients prefer to have their own separate media rooms — these can be either bespoke British made designs or contemporary German furniture, handcrafted by Rotpunkt, a leading name in fitted high-end cutting edge modern furniture.

Our best of British also extends to the independent standalone pantries we have recently designed.  A great idea for those who want a bit of extra storage space in or close to their kitchens. As a separate piece of fine furniture they have the additional benefit of being able to go with you should you decide to move home.  We see these pieces of furniture as the heirlooms of the future, to be handed down from generation to generation.

We can also alter these and customize them for use in other areas of the home — as a bed linen store — the French would call them an armoire and the old-fashioned name for them in Britain used to be ‘linen press’.  A great place to store all the bed linen, towels, table cloths etc.

Another area we enjoy working in is the creation of bespoke individual pieces of furniture to go with a kitchen project, a specially designed dining table, or console table — all British designed and hand crafted to the client’s specifications.

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Growing Trend for Multi-Functional Spaces

The kitchen is no longer just a kitchen - it can also be a study, media room, games and entertainment space, as well as somewhere to cook, eat and entertain.  The growing trend for more multi-functional spaces, now goes beyond the desire for just the open plan living of an extended kitchen, dining area and family room combined.

The way that we now live is very different to even the way we lived just a few years ago.  The fast pace of developing technology - Wi-Fi, the development of more mobile independent devices and the way we choose to access and view our entertainment, have all contributed to the changes in how we use the space in our homes.

One of our projects incorporated a media centre into the kitchen design (see header image above), which also had a sitting area as well as a dining area.  Our client Jo Bowler commented on how this single, larger space and the various design features that Mark, our Beau-Port Head Designer, incorporated into the kitchen, have actually enhanced the quality of life for herself and her family,  bringing them closer together.  She reported that they now communicate and connect more because they all gather and spend most of their time in this new space.

Mrs Bowlers Rotpunkt High Gloss kitchen. Here you can see how two defined areas can be combined to produce a more social environment.

“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,” said Jo Bowler.

Another one of our clients, Christine Boot, just loves to linger in her kitchen with her husband after a long day at work and commented:  “At night we switch the main LED ceiling lights off and just have the lights over the breakfast bar and the concealed lighting under the counter and the ‘Floating’ shelves.  It creates a really cosy atmosphere and we often end up spending the whole evening in the kitchen just chatting and playing on our iPads.”

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The Value of Having the Best Project Management

Many years ago I employed a local builder to manage a number of projects on my home - the design and installation of a new kitchen, new bathroom and work on other areas of the property. The builder had been recommended by a friend and I felt confident about handing over the keys to my house to let him get on with the work while I went away on holidays. The day came when the builder arrived and as I was about to get into the taxi to take me off on a relaxing, chill out holiday he revealed that he had not checked the measurements of the kitchen and that a number of the units would not fit in place. This not only destroyed my confidence in him, but my holiday as well. Having confidence in the person who is managing your project and knowing that they are meticulous about every detail of the project - including checking measurements, is vital.  My experience with this particular builder was a hard and expensive lesson to learn. So I feel proud to hear the comments coming from our Beau-Port kitchens and interiors clients when they sing the praises of Mark and his team when it comes to hassle free, professional project management - and yes, clients do have the confidence to go off on their holidays knowing that they will come home to a perfect new kitchen or interiors project created by Beau-Port.

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“We felt so comfortable with Mark and confident in his expertise that we took ourselves off on holidays..." Christine Boot - Oakley, Hampshire.
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When buying appliances can give you breathtaking experiences.

One of the joys of having a new kitchen designed and fitted is using your new appliances for the very first time.  It is all a bit like driving away that new car, with its new smell and feel - knowing that no one else has used it before - you are the first.

It is the same with a new cooker or intelligent hob for the first time and cooking that first meal.

Beau-Port can add another joy to that first time experience - with up to £1000 of Experience Vouchers when customers purchase 5 selected Siemens built-in appliances with a studioLine induction hob, with the appliances incorporated into a Beau-Port designed and installed kitchen.

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The Power Of Colour

Tell a woman that you have bought a new car and the first thing she will ask is “What colour is it?” Colour is one of the most fundamentally important things to human life - in the world of nature it can signal danger or a source of food.

Imagine our lives without colour, everything in black and white and how that would affect us in many ways, especially spiritually and emotionally.  In the long-term a world without colour would affect our whole well-being and somehow life would not seem worth living.

As an interiors designer Mark Johnson, our Head Designer at Beau-Port, has worked with colour all of his professional life and understands the value of colour, how it can create mood, atmosphere, warmth and even attract light into a dull or shadowy space.  He has a detailed understanding of how light moves through a room and the effect it has at different times of the day.

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At last - TV fame for The Kitchen!

‘The Kitchen’ - the new TV series on Monday nights on BBC 2 is nothing to do with kitchen interiors, the latest style of appliances, how to design your dream kitchen or how big your new open plan kitchen living area could be - but more about how families live and come together in the kitchen and the importance of this central room within family life and culture.

It has been described by the Radio Times as ‘Gogglebox’ with cutlery that shows the British class system in miniature. While the Independent calls it ‘a delightful slice of British life.’

It gives us a view of the different attitudes to food, how and when and where we eat it. Plus it gives us all a fly on the wall view of their kitchens - newly fitted, older traditional kitchens, Shaker style and purely practical spaces for the families to come together to cook, eat, discuss and sometimes argue.  The family with six children named after plants have a Shaker style kitchen complete with central island with basket storage underneath.  While the Harrar family from Staffordshire have a very traditional kitchen with a beamed ceiling and a family from Cardiff seem to favour the more contemporary look.  A Cheltenham couple have a light, bright painted kitchen where their young family meet with all their various pets.

The series clearly shows just how important the kitchen is in each home - the very heart of the home and sometimes the only place where all the family will gather at one time.  It makes for fascinating viewing and is well worth watching.

Real Kitchens For Real Lives

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Whenever you see a Beau-Port project promoted in the media, you will see a real kitchen or interior, not a manufacturer’s brochure shot - as some companies use. This allows us to show prospective clients real kitchens and interiors that have been designed for their real lives - not showroom shots.

Whenever you see a Beau-Port advert or an editorial in the interiors section of a lifestyle magazine, you will see a real project that has been completed with great care and attention to detail.  They are always photographed by leading property photographer Peter Wright, who captures every angle, appliance and feature of each project.  These give our prospective clients a good idea of the range and quality of the projects we work on.

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Form Follows Function

The days when extractor fans were a necessity to be hidden away are long gone.  Now they are functional appliances that have become the new striking feature of the kitchen, with their almost sculptural form either suspended from the centre of the ceiling above an independent island, or creating an eye-catching feature angled on a wall in black or white glass.
We have installed some stunning extractors onto recent projects including a Franke Active ‘swing’ hood into one of our Rotpunkt contemporary German kitchens that really enhances the look of the whole kitchen as it is neatly angled above one of our Mercury ranges.

The Franke Active Swing hood in stainless steel. An example of one of the many interesting 45 degree hood designs, used to great effect on Beau-Port's Rotpunkt project.
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Contemporary comfort from Rotpunkt!

Contemporary doesn’t have to mean cold and austere - on the contrary contemporary design can be warm and inviting, even if everything is white. If  this surprises you then take a look at some of the beautiful kitchens that Mark Johnson and his partner in design, son Jacob, have been designing for their Beau-Port Kitchens clients.

I visited one of Beau-Port’s projects recently, stepping into Jo Bowler’s new all white kitchen and media area to see how imaginative design, stylish lighting and shape all conspire to create one of the most welcoming kitchens I have ever seen. I sat down at Jo’s new circular breakfast bar and wanted to stay there all day. Complete with delicate beaded lighting that encompasses the central island, Jo says it adds enormous atmosphere to the large open plan space that she and her family have loved since the moment it was installed.

[caption id="attachment_649" align="alignleft" width="279"] The beautiful curved breakfast bar, created by Wharf Solid Surfaces for Mrs Bowler in Medstead, Hampshire.


[caption id="attachment_665" align="alignright" width="420"] The kitchen is within an open plan space that Beau-Port Kitchens created a media centre in the same furniture.


This beautiful Rotpunkt kitchen has given Jo and her family so much. She loves her central island more than anything else, cooking for her children from one side of it while they sit at the long circular end on cosy bar stools chatting to her about their day, doing a bit of homework, playing with their iPads or slipping over to the media centre area with its matching Rotpunkt units to watch a bit of TV. The new kitchen has made the world of difference to Jo and she comments about how the children all want to be together with her in the open plan area, rather than retreating to their bedrooms.

Other areas of the new Rotpunkt kitchen that Jo is really enjoying include the convenient tall larder units that Mark designed, as Jo definitely didn't want specific wall units over worktops. Clutter was something else Jo wanted to avoid, with a specially designed unit to hide all the daily clutter to keep work surfaces nice and clear. So Mark designed a neat counter top shutter unit that hides the kettle and hot drink making things in the Rotpunkt white and complimented by Grey Wild Oak panels to add a colour contrast to the contemporary theme of the kitchen.

[caption id="attachment_668" align="aligncenter" width="533"] This bespoke kitchen designed and installed for a home in Oakley, Hampshire features Urban Wild Oak panelling and "sand" doors, all created in our German Rotpunkt furniture.


Rotpunkt Urban Wild Oak was used in the design of another Beau-Port kitchen for Christine Boot and to great effect to form a completely flush floor to ceiling wall of units. Like Jo Bowler, Christine loves the fact that there are no handles needed on the sleek Rotpunkt kitchen furniture - just soft touch and open for each individual unit. Her wall of cupboards is also free of outside handles and surrounds her stylish stainless steel fridge freezer, adding considerable warmth in both colour and texture to her kitchen. The bead like threads of lights also help to create an intimate atmosphere around the Rotpunkt units and floating shelves, while the high gloss sand units give a neutral backdrop to Christine’s dramatic colour scheme. She commented that she and her husband spend most evenings in the kitchen now, chatting and playing on their iPads, rather than glued to the TV.

Rotpunkt has a history of designing and creating intricate wooden products for the home that dates back to 1930, moving into designing kitchen furniture in the late 1940’s. The company is now a highly regarded player in this field of design and manufacture, with an international reputation for producing the highest quality products using the latest manufacturing technology.

Mark Johnson wanted to partner with a company that would produce the best contemporary kitchens that would last for many decades, stand the test of time and never look dated. The Rotpunkt kitchens have delivered on all levels and Beau-Port now has many satisfied customers like Jo and Christine who just love so many things about their Beau-Port designed and installed Rotpunkt kitchens.

Spring is here and time to clear out the old and bring in the new!

The rain has stopped - well almost, and the daffodils outside Jane Austen’s house, located close to Beau-Port Kitchens and Interiors, are in full bloom.   It is at this time of year that some of us get the urge to change our environment, even if it is just to have a good clear out and make way for new and exciting things.

What used to be the traditional time for the DIY market to burst into life, many of us are looking at our homes and thinking about ways we can improve our environment.  It is the perfect time of the year for starting work on new projects.  The daylight lasts longer and energy returns as we enjoy the first rays of sunshine after the long and very wet winter.

The increased daylight also draws our attention to all the corners of the house that need maintenance or improvement and although we may not need a new kitchen yet, there may be other areas of the home where we can make a difference.

Simply changing a particular corner of the house such as creating a study area, or encapsulating your wide-screen TV within a new media centre, or thinking about additional storage in your existing kitchen, utility room, bedroom or bathroom can bring positive benefits for all the family.

How often have you stepped into a busy home to see a messy computer corner, used by every member of the family who have nowhere to put all their stuff?  The mess spreads out around the room and there is often no clear boundary around this space to keep it all under control.

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Creating Beautiful Spaces

When Mark and Clare Johnson were looking for a name for their new kitchens and interiors business 15 years ago, the name of a pretty cove in Jersey sprang to mind - Beauport, meaning beautiful place.  They felt it was the most appropriate name for the business as their desire was to create beautiful places for their clients.

Having visited many of their clients and seen a wide range of the kitchens and interiors projects that they have designed and installed, I have seen so many great examples of the beautiful places they have created and the positive changes these new and innovative spaces have made to their client’s lives.

One key thing that comes up again and again when I interview Beau-Port’s clients is that their new kitchens have changed the way they live - for the better.  Often bringing families closer together as they have a beautiful place to spend time in cooking, eating, entertaining or just simply hanging out together.

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Is your hob intelligent enough to recognise all your pans?

The ever rising cost of our utility bills means we are all looking for ways to reduce the amount of energy we use.  Selecting the very best, energy-efficient appliances for customers is high on the list of Beau-Port’s priorities.  Mark Johnson and his team are continually looking for the best latest technologies to incorporate into their kitchen designs.

After extensive research across the appliance market, Mark recognised that the intelligent technologies incorporated into the new Siemens studioLine range, would give Beau-Port clients the largest range of energy efficient benefits.  The studioLine hobs include the innovative full surface induction technology, which allows pans to be positioned anywhere on the hob.  This state of the art automatic pan recognition means that only the area of the hob in contact with the pan is heated - perfect for all those odd-shaped, long and rectangular shaped pots and pans to benefit from even heating and saving on energy costs.

The Siemens studioLine hobs displays the exact position, size and shape of each pan immediately upon contact with the hob on the colour TFT touch screen.  The temperature of each pan is controlled separately, giving total and precise control over the hob.

Siemens have thought of everything, including how easy the hob is to keep clean, right down to the magnetic disc controls that are easy to remove for cleaning.

Beau-Port now sells and installs a range of Siemens studioLine products including these intelligent hobs and also the very latest oven technologies featuring 3D hotAir, temperature probes and more - look out for our follow-up blog on these amazing ovens or come and visit the showroom to see the latest cooking innovations!

Sort, Crush and Store!

Across the world there is a growing need to reduce landfill by recycling plastics, metals, paper and glass.  If you are looking for the neatest way to sort out all your recycling and rubbish, then having it all discreetly tucked away in a drawer close to the kitchen preparation area is a good location.  But it is not only about where you site your waste units but also how good they are in terms of capacity, storage and ease of use.  No one wants to have to take the rubbish out to the wheelie bin too frequently.

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I Want One!

I have always wanted a walk in larder and have just seen one that Mark has created for one of our Beau-Port clients.  It is so beautifully crafted and well thought out with a design that can store just about any size of jar, bottle, or package and somewhere to put all those vegetables and fruits that don't need to be put in a fridge.  Often putting certain types of fresh produce into fridges can actually do them more harm than good - mushrooms and bananas are good examples.
 

Bespoke Walk In Larder from Beau-Port Kitchens
Bespoke Walk In Larder from Beau-Port Kitchens.

They created bespoke oak doors with a simple space rack hanging from the door.

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Christmas - The Constantly Changing Tradition

Christmas - The Constantly Changing Tradition

Above: Jane Austen's House and Museum at Christmas.

Everything is constantly evolving and nothing ever stays the same – from our use of language to the way we celebrate Christmas.  Today in most homes the kitchen is the hub of activity throughout the year and even more so at Christmas – where everyone wants to gather and if you are lucky, to join in and help with the preparations.

Our Beau-Port showroom is located close to Jane Austen’s House and Museum, and to what was her brother’s home, Chawton House.  Christmas for Jane Austen and her family and friends was a much lower key event than the season we celebrate today.  It had not yet developed into the elaborate festival known to the Victorians and was much more of a religious occasion.

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I'm Dreaming of a White Kitchen...

I am a self-confessed cookery programme addict.  Yes I’ve said it now and have to confess all of my addictions, with James Martin’s Saturday Kitchen on the top of my list.  It is my Saturday morning pleasure – to sit and watch so many of his top chef guests making a right mess during the Omelette Challenge, producing variations of scrambled eggs in the show’s gorgeous white new kitchen.

As someone who works for a kitchens an interiors business I have also become obsessed with the kitchens that have been installed on the sets of these TV programmes, down to actually being able to identify one of the kitchen locations, in a beautiful country house, used in the filming of the Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry Master Class series – see my previous blog posted on April 11th.

Saturday Kitchen - James Martin in their new modern White Kitchen.

The ultra-smooth Mr Martin has excellent taste and has had a beautiful contemporary, mainly white kitchen installed on the Saturday Kitchen set that is similar to one that we have in our Beau-Port showroom, that is proving to be very popular.  Mark commented that so many people are now looking to have white contemporary styled kitchens installed and I wonder if this has been partly influenced by the choice of kitchens used in the many cookery programmes.

Paul Hollywood’s latest show ‘Pies and Puds’, is also filmed in a white kitchen – a more contemporary style to the ‘Shaker’ style of the kitchens in the hugely popular ‘Great British Bake Off’.

Paul Hollywood in the "Pies and Puds", very minimal white kitchen.

So do any of you out there reading these blogs have a favoured cookery programme kitchen? We’d love to hear about the ones you like the most – so do leave a comment.

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Seamless Surrounds

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Remember the days of tiled worktops and all the frustration of keeping the tiles and grouting clean? Thank heavens that fashion is long gone and there are now a huge range of options for our work surfaces. At Beau-Port we are finding that the Wharf Select seamless worktops are proving to be very popular with our clients – wonderful, endless, uncluttered, uninterrupted open space of with absolutely no joins - total bliss after all the scrubbing of grout and joints!

When I first saw the Wharf worktops I had to stop myself from running my hands across the smooth surface as it is such a tactile material made from Acrylic and has a wide range of colour and pattern finishes that can link into any kitchen colour scheme ranging from soft, pale muted pastels through neutral shades and patterned, flecked, stone and marbled finishes to the deepest, darkest shades with names like Cloudy, Gravel, Hazelnut and Indigo Blue.

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Coffee & Music

Bosch VeroBar 300 Fully Automatic bean-to cup coffee machine. TES71129RW.
Bosch VeroBar 300 Fully Automatic bean-to cup coffee machine. TES71129RW.

 

Beau-Port Welcomes You with the Aroma Of Fresh Coffee!

You just have to take a walk along any High Street in any town to see the abundance of coffee shops that have sprung up over recent years, to realise the allure of the aroma of fresh ground and freshly made coffee.  While pubs are closing across the country, the new way to meet up with friends and family is to meet for a coffee.  However, like the trip to the pub it can be a costly social event but we have a really cost-effective solution – to give you the ability to produce the same high-end, delicious coffee that you would pay pounds for at a coffee shop, but in the comfort of your own home and to have the divine flavour and aroma of the fresh coffee whenever you want and at a fraction of the price of a shop bought coffee.

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13% Increase In People Working From Home

In the last five years there has been a 13% increase in the numbers of employees working from home and now there is even a National Work from Home Day! There is now around four million home based working employees and many millions more who occasionally work from home, plus a further 2 million home-based privately owned businesses and that clearly demonstrates a growing trend and culture change.

So where do a lot of these home workers actually work from?  The days of working from the garden shed on an old table are long gone and home workers are looking for a more professional environment and furniture, yet something that doesn't look out-of-place or too corporate in a home environment.

Beau-Port Kitchens and Interiors has just recently finished installing a beautiful home-office/study area in their showrooms which shows just how streamline an elegant a home office, study or even a corner of a kitchen or living area can look.

In just a few decades the attitude to working from home has changed enormously, with freelance consultants initially feeling as though they had to ‘hide’ their home working behind ‘virtual offices’.  Today the practice of working from home has flourished, thanks to changing attitudes by employers and the development of new technologies.

Home workers want to be comfortable, work efficiently and above all look and feel professional and organised in their work space, wherever it can be located in the house or even in a well-built exterior office in the garden and the right furniture helps to create the perfect working environment.  Come and take a look at our new home study/office at our 2000 sq ft showroom.  We also design and install beautiful furniture for media rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms.

Great British Bake Off Gets Us Back Into The Kitchen Again!

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There is nothing quite like the smell of fresh baking to make us feel all warm and nurtured.  It fills the house not only with its delightful aroma but it also fills our minds and hearts with great thoughts and feelings of nostalgia - times gone past of special things baked by our mothers with their never to be forgotten flavours, helping us to relive some of the best times of our lives.

So we must thank The Great British Bake Off for helping to encourage us back into our kitchens and start baking again.  The days of picking up a ready-made cake may be numbered.  Some people may consider cakes to be unhealthy – it all depends on how many you eat!  But some of the most wonderful health giving benefits of baking can include the meditative effect of mixing ingredients together, focusing on the creativity of decorating, the joys of sharing your baking and of course eating your freshly baked cakes, breads and biscuits and knowing exactly what has gone into them.

No doubt Mr Hollywood’s deliciously Paul Newman like eyes have had something to do with the success of the series, as has the extraordinary experience, wisdom and talent of the lovely Mary Berry – but the people who really shine in this popular series are the contestants - just a bunch of ordinary people who have a passion for baking and sharing their food with friends and family. It has encouraged us to get out our baking bowls and stand in our kitchens creating something special to perhaps take into work or school, invite friends around or take as a gift to cheer someone up.

Baking makes you realise just how important your kitchen is and how enjoyable it is to spend time there just creating something that everyone will appreciate and enjoy.  Our kitchens have become culinary centres of excellence with the produce comforting and nurturing all those we love.

We have a number of full-scale, fully operational  kitchens here at Beau-Port including our new AGA showroom kitchen with the latest Total Control AGA and I can’t wait to try out my blueberry muffin recipe in that and fill the whole place with that lovely aroma of fresh baking!

Making Every Space Count

With decades of experience designing kitchens, our Mark can squeeze the maximum amount of storage space out of every kitchen.  His eagle eye immediately hones in on every angle of every corner of every cupboard and all the spaces in between!

Bespoke pan drawer from our in frame shaker kitchen project.

Visiting one satisfied client recently was like discovering a new ‘art form’ as she cheerfully showed me all of the ‘hidden’ storage solutions that Mark had come up with – even making the most of a small space above a built-in microwave to accommodate her tea towels, space under the ovens turned into a touch open deep drawer for her baking trays and a wide cutlery drawer all added to the space expanding elements of this pretty bespoke kitchen.

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It's All In The Detail

So many of our Beau-Port clients mention Mark’s attention to detail including Janet Oldham, who had a beautiful Shaker style kitchen installed and was thrilled with the higher worktops that Mark designed into the kitchen, to suit Janet and her husband’s heights.  A detail like this can make all the difference to how we use our kitchens and even feel after spending time preparing for meals.  A curved unit was also included into the design to give a more spacious and softer look and to also free up some space for Janet’s chair by the French doors looking out onto their garden.  As Janet Oldham said: “Other kitchen companies we looked at presented very standard designs, but Beau-Port created a very individual design for us.”  You could say it was ‘tailor-made’ for the Oldhams.

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Janet Oldhams In-Frame Shaker Kitchen with curved end unit.
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Go with the Flow!

Space has energy of its own and that energy can be restricted by bad design, objects blocking natural walkways and not enough thought going into how the space needs to be used.  All of these problems were inherited by one of Beau-Port’s clients who had moved into a beautiful house in Hampshire, which had a kitchen with three doorways leading into and out of the kitchen, a large set of French doors and a door to a walk in larder.
 

 In Frame Shaker Kitchen in Green Blue & Wimborne White
In Frame Shaker Kitchen in Green Blue & Wimborne White
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LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

The traditional British High Street is no longer the location where people start to look for products and services.  Most people turn to the internet in the first instance to research and explore all the options.  This is certainly true in many cases when looking for a kitchen, although personal recommendation is such a strong factor in determining the final choice of kitchen designer and installer.  Creating a new kitchen is a very personal thing and although the research for the right company and strong recommendations from friends and family may draw you to a particular company you have researched on the internet – ultimately you will want to see the real thing, try the real thing, test the real thing and go out and visit kitchens and interiors showrooms.

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Kitchen Sink Dramas

Before TV dramas were sponsored by detergent companies and gaining the name of ‘Soaps’, they were referred to as ‘kitchen sink dramas’.  Most of the action in any home seems to happen in and around the kitchen, which is the hub of every household and probably the most used room in the house.  Most of our mother’s generation would probably agree that the majority of family dramas happened around the kitchen sink and they would lay claim to the fact that they spent most of their time at their sinks!

Even the advent of the labour-saving dishwasher still has not released us from the kitchen sink and it is still an integral and very important part of any kitchen.

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How A New Tap Can Enhance Your Life

When I moved into my house nine years ago I inherited the worst kitchen tap ever - with an old-fashioned turn handle for both hot and cold – it dripped, got stuck, was difficult to turn off and on and was generally a real pain!  Probably because it was such a pain I realised just how often I would need to use it – I believe the average number of times a kitchen tap is used in a day is over thirty times – so 30 daily sessions of frustration – until I had it changed and in a small way it changed the quality of my life.

Now a few years on I can see how the world of taps has grown and expanded and there are now so many options available through our Beau-Port Kitchens website which hosts a Kitchen Tap Store. It is time for an upgrade in my kitchen and I am tempted by so many of the choices that Beau-Port now has available.

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I Dream About Pantries!

One of the things I loved the most about visiting my grandmother in her Irish farmhouse was the joy of exploring her walk-in pantry and the smell of fresh churned butter, home-made soda bread and looking at her jars of home preserves lined up neatly on unreachable gingham cloth lined shelves.  Ever since then I have longed for a pantry and have to admit to feeling a sense of envy when I recently interviewed one of Beau-Port’s clients who has one.  But not everyone has the space for a walk-in pantry or larder but Mark at Beau-Port has been telling me about the company’s plans to create the ultimate free-standing pantries that can be tailored to fit any space in any kitchen or utility room – all handmade and installed for you into your kitchen.  Plus these beautifully crafted pieces of fine English furniture can be taken with you when you move.

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When Form Follows Function

The Shaker style of furniture design may have originally landed in America in the late 18th century from its roots in England, but over the passing two centuries has found its way back across the Atlantic to its homeland, where it has been embraced by kitchen designers in particular with its clean and uncluttered lines that look fresh and contemporary, while still offering ‘warmth’ and character to the most important room in the house.

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A recent shaker style kitchen, designed and installed, by Beau-Port
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Traditional Or Contemporary?

There are many compromises that couples have to make when setting up home together, blending their different styles and tastes into the most important room in the house - the kitchen, is often the most problematic.  My niece and her partner are busy renovating their new home and their kitchen is the next big project.  I had assumed that they would both want to have a very contemporary kitchen but my niece favours a more traditional kitchen style, while her partner wants all out minimalist modern!  It is going to be their first big style compromise on the house renovation project.

So I have suggested that they come into the Beau-Port showrooms and ‘test drive’ some of our contemporary and traditional style kitchens.  It is great to have so many real life size kitchens in the showroom and in a setting that actually makes them feel as though they are within a home. They can sit in the various kitchens, relax and have a cup of coffee while Mark guides them through the various options that will satisfy both their style requirements.

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Clocking The Hollywood And Berry Kitchen!

Maybe it is because we are all obsessed with kitchens here at Beau-Port Kitchens, that every time we see a kitchen featured on a TV programme we are looking at it with our professional eyes.  One of the most attractive kitchens I have seen on TV in recent times has been the one used by the delicious Paul Hollywood and the delightful Mary Berry on their ‘Easter Master Class’ programme recently.

I thought it looked familiar and suddenly realised that the kitchen had been featured on the front of one of my favourite magazines ‘The English Home’.

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Planning Your Dream Kitchen

This kitchen is mainly finished in Oak with a stunning granite worktop to top it all off.

Mark Johnson of Beau Port Kitchens has had decades of experience in helping clients to plan their new kitchens.

"If renovations and extension work is involved, it is best for clients to start to think about the project from the inside out, rather than the other way around. They need to firstly consider the design of the kitchen they want, the dimension, shape and overall square footage that will include all the storage, features and appliances they want and how they want to use the space before they even talk to an architect.”

This is what the kitchen looked like before. After careful planning and listening to what the customer wanted, we believe we have made a vast improvement over the old furniture.

 

“This approach can help to save time, money and disappointment,” continued Mark. “The kitchen is the hub of the household and the primary focus of activity in most homes. These day’s people want to have a kitchen that can serve many purposes including dining and seating and many want a more open plan style of living, so it is good to consider lifestyle options for this space and perhaps calling in a kitchen expert at an earlier stage can be very useful. Clients then have a clear plan of how the kitchen will work for them and this can be very helpful for the architect too.”

Beau Port Kitchens can also manage extension and renovation projects from concept to completion and will also work closely with client’s chosen architects and builders to create the kitchen of your dreams.

Not just Kitchens – Interiors too!

Beau Port are renowned for their kitchen design, manufacture and installation and they are now moving their expertise into other areas of the home including bedrooms, bathrooms, studies, laundry rooms and media rooms, designing and installing beautifully fitted high quality furniture.
 

Handmade utility room in Old White (Farrow & Ball).
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Horsemeat scandal drives consumers back into their kitchens

There is a silver lining to every cloud and in the aftermath of the horsemeat scandal it appears that consumers are dumping the supermarket ready meals and going back to basics by cooking their meals from scratch.  Who would have thought that a food fraud would encourage people back into their kitchens?  But this is proving to be the case in a large percentage of households and this has been backed up by the recent increase in foot fall to the numerous farmer’s markets across the county of Hampshire, as reported by the Hampshire Farmers’ Markets Chairman Toby Bowtell who said:

“In the past few weeks we have seen more shoppers coming to the markets specifically to buy fresh meat to cook their own meals from scratch. They are saying they have checked out the supermarket ready meals because they want to know where their food is coming from and that it is genuine local produce with a traceable food chain and that they are prepared to spend the time cooking meals to ensure that they know what they are serving their families.”

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Test Drive Your New Kitchen

When we invest in a new car, or even a second hand one, we take time researching all the options and most importantly we test drive each car before considering a purchase.  Most people choose to imagine what their new kitchen will look like, feel like and how it will work for them.  Yet the investment in a new kitchen can sometimes be as great, or even greater, than the investment in a new car.  The majority of High Street kitchen showrooms are limited on space and often only have two or three real size kitchen displays available for customers to get a true feel of how a particular kitchen would look in their homes.

We wanted to offer our clients the opportunity to fully experience the type and style of kitchen they would be investing in, so we found the biggest showroom we could at Bentworth, near Alton, with lots of convenient on- site free parking.  We then set about installing a whole range of real size kitchens in a variety of designs that our customers could come along and ‘test drive’, encouraging them to sit, linger, chat, have a cup of coffee and take their time in making the right decision that fits their taste, lifestyle and budget.   Without the costly overheads of a High Street showroom we can offer high quality kitchens that are really affordable.

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Keep the Customer Satisfied

It’s been almost 50 years since Simon and Garfunkel released their song ‘Keep the Customer Satisfied’ and this has become our modern mantra for our business today, especially when designing and installing our kitchens in a range of homes – it is such a personal thing – everyone has their own personal taste and desires for their dream kitchen and we take their wish list and ideas and combine them with our own expertise to create a very personal space where they want to spend a lot of time.

Providing the perfect service to our customers has meant that they then recommend us to friends and family and it is those recommendations that have been the lifeblood of our business, helping us to grow and be able to open our 2000 sq ft showroom at Bentworth, close to Alton in Hampshire.

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AGA Sagas - AGA's in the modern home.

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AGA Total Control in Heather

Following on with our literary theme for this month, another more contemporary writer Joanna Trollop has been famous for writing ‘ AGA Sagas’, as the literary media called her novels, usually set in old Vicarages and country cottages.  There was a time when AGA ranges were seen only in farmhouses and fine country homes, set in very traditionally styled kitchens.  But now they are often incorporated into the most contemporary kitchens and hold their own in terms of modern design and efficient green technology with state-of-the-art touch-screen control panels with independently controllable hotplates and ovens – ON when you need them and OFF when you don’t.  They now come in all sizes and colours and can run on gas, oil or electricity and still offer the uniqueness of AGA- cooked food produced from its radiant heat which treats food differently.  It doesn't blast food with drying direct heat.  Instead, radiant heat from the cast iron ovens gently cooks food, locking in flavour, moisture and goodness.

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Jane Austen's Kitchen Tales

Just a few miles away from our Beau Port showroom is the village of Chawton, where Jane Austen’s House and Museum is located and is currently busy with the visiting media of the world filming everything and anything to do with the publication of Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’ two hundred years ago.  For those of you who have visited this historic house, you will have been able to explore the fairly recently restored kitchen, the last part of the house to be opened to the public – thanks to some lottery funding.  The simplicity of these historic kitchens makes you wonder how the cooks of the day managed to turn out such fine food.  The kitchen is separate from the rest of the house, with access to it outside, a few paces away from the side entrance to the house.  The baking oven is in a separate building and where all the laundry was also completed – a kind of Georgian utility room!

I wonder what Jane Austen would have thought about today’s modern kitchens, maybe she would feel more at home in our more traditionally styled kitchens, complete with one of our AGA ranges.  Our more contemporary styled kitchens and the high speed cooking times would stretch her active imagination.

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New Authorised AGA Showroom

Excitement is building at Beau-Port Kitchens and Interiors huge showroom, with the forthcoming launch of their new AGA Kitchen, providing the perfect home-comfort base for you to enjoy our programme of Cookery Demonstrations – coming soon!

Now in its 13th year, this successful family run business has created a unique environment for customers to come to ‘test-drive’ a whole range of real size, skilfully designed contemporary and traditional kitchens in a wide range of high quality materials, made by skilled craftsmen and fitted with tender loving care to give you the kitchen of your dreams.

NEW INTERIORS

The 2000 sq ft showroom now also offers a range of interior solutions for other areas of your home, including fitted Bedrooms, Home Offices, Utility/Laundry Rooms and even Media Rooms.
Come and linger a while in our fabulous range of beautiful room settings and enjoy the very personal service provided by the Johnson family, who are passionate about your projects.

Modern Kitchens - A guide to modern living and design

Modern kitchen design is the epitome of modern home design and functionality. When buying a modern style kitchen you will be getting the height of kitchen technology coupled with stunning minimalist design. This can be achieved by using very contrasting colours and textures to frame or boarder the doors and units.

At Beau-Port Kitchens we display and use modern kitchen furniture from German kitchen manufacturer Rotpunkt. Rotpunkt produce the highest quality German, modern kitchen furniture. Two of which display’s we have on display at our showroom in Hampshire.

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Welcome to our new blog for bespoke kitchen design

We will be updating the design, adding really useful information to help with your kitchen project over the coming weeks.

In the mean time check out some of the last kitchen designs projects recently completed.

OUR SHOWROOMS:

Bentworth Showroom

2 & 3 Bellhanger Enterprises,
Bentworth,
Hampshire,
GU34 5QZ

Telephone: 01420 571322

Southsea Showroom

33b Marmion Road,
Southsea,
Hampshire,
PO5 2AT

Telephone: 023 9241 4370