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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”