Kitchen zones designed for living -cooking, socialising and working
A kitchen island can provide a fabulous area to socialise and a less formal entertaining zone which ensures the the cook can remain central to the workings of the kitchen and engaged with those using the seating and eating areas. This sushi bar inspired curved kitchen Island designed and installed by Beau-Port Kitchens was at the top of our clients wish list. When it comes to designing the perfect Island the options are limitless. Handmade traditional wooden or painted kitchen furniture allows the designers at Beau-Port kitchens to create an island in any shape or size, with a wealth of experience, innovative design ideas and experience to draw upon your dream kitchen island is only a sketch away from reality. State of the art German contemporary provides clean sleek lines and curves and can reflects light and space. Available in a large variety of colours, finishes and sizes and built to order, will make your island design unique.
The cooking zone should be easily accessible to the food prep area and can be positioned at a right angle in a square kitchen or opposite in a galley kitchen or when a cooking zone is incorporated in an island. Placed at slight angle rather than directly opposite allows for a clear site line when moving from one zone to the next, less steps when turning and a safe execution of tasks when working between the two zones. Hob units with shallow and deep draws are perfect for storing utensils and pans and work better than cupboards in terms of accessibility. Eye level and mid-level ovens can be housed in tall units along with coffee machines, steaming ovens and microwaves. If you don't have the luxury of space or are utilising an Island for your cooking zone. Slide and hide ovens such as those developed by Neff provide a great solution with the door safely tucked under the oven. When open they take up none of the space needed for moving around the cooking area, provide easy access to the oven and offer built in safety to a low-level oven with no oven door to trip over. An island cooking zone can create a natural barrier for a safe workspace but still ensure the cook is involved with the interaction in the room and unbroken sight lines. An island hob can incorporate an extractor such as those built into the timeless and elegant Siemens range which combines the latest induction hobs with quiet integrated extraction from the centre of the hob. Alternatively a Falmec extractor from the E.ion collection above the island will provide extraction, air purification, elegant Italian design and soft light.
Innovative designs are a key to the solution orientated approach of the designers at Beau-Port Kitchens. A client required a work space within their new extension which housed the new kitchen. The designers incorporated a cleverly concealed work area, hidden behind a mid-height unit. The home office area offered plenty of storage, was in close proximity to everything in the kitchen yet unobtrusive and out of sight to guests and other kitchen users. The built in cupboards on the far wall accommodated the washing machine and ensured the area maintained its clean lines and a seamless look.