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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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Bentworth,
Hampshire,
GU34 5QZ

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Hampshire,
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