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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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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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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