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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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