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Great British Bake Off Gets Us Back Into The Kitchen Again!

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There is nothing quite like the smell of fresh baking to make us feel all warm and nurtured.  It fills the house not only with its delightful aroma but it also fills our minds and hearts with great thoughts and feelings of nostalgia - times gone past of special things baked by our mothers with their never to be forgotten flavours, helping us to relive some of the best times of our lives.

So we must thank The Great British Bake Off for helping to encourage us back into our kitchens and start baking again.  The days of picking up a ready-made cake may be numbered.  Some people may consider cakes to be unhealthy – it all depends on how many you eat!  But some of the most wonderful health giving benefits of baking can include the meditative effect of mixing ingredients together, focusing on the creativity of decorating, the joys of sharing your baking and of course eating your freshly baked cakes, breads and biscuits and knowing exactly what has gone into them.

No doubt Mr Hollywood’s deliciously Paul Newman like eyes have had something to do with the success of the series, as has the extraordinary experience, wisdom and talent of the lovely Mary Berry – but the people who really shine in this popular series are the contestants - just a bunch of ordinary people who have a passion for baking and sharing their food with friends and family. It has encouraged us to get out our baking bowls and stand in our kitchens creating something special to perhaps take into work or school, invite friends around or take as a gift to cheer someone up.

Baking makes you realise just how important your kitchen is and how enjoyable it is to spend time there just creating something that everyone will appreciate and enjoy.  Our kitchens have become culinary centres of excellence with the produce comforting and nurturing all those we love.

We have a number of full-scale, fully operational  kitchens here at Beau-Port including our new AGA showroom kitchen with the latest Total Control AGA and I can’t wait to try out my blueberry muffin recipe in that and fill the whole place with that lovely aroma of fresh baking!

Making Every Space Count

With decades of experience designing kitchens, our Mark can squeeze the maximum amount of storage space out of every kitchen.  His eagle eye immediately hones in on every angle of every corner of every cupboard and all the spaces in between!

Bespoke pan drawer from our in frame shaker kitchen project.

Visiting one satisfied client recently was like discovering a new ‘art form’ as she cheerfully showed me all of the ‘hidden’ storage solutions that Mark had come up with – even making the most of a small space above a built-in microwave to accommodate her tea towels, space under the ovens turned into a touch open deep drawer for her baking trays and a wide cutlery drawer all added to the space expanding elements of this pretty bespoke kitchen.

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It's All In The Detail

So many of our Beau-Port clients mention Mark’s attention to detail including Janet Oldham, who had a beautiful Shaker style kitchen installed and was thrilled with the higher worktops that Mark designed into the kitchen, to suit Janet and her husband’s heights.  A detail like this can make all the difference to how we use our kitchens and even feel after spending time preparing for meals.  A curved unit was also included into the design to give a more spacious and softer look and to also free up some space for Janet’s chair by the French doors looking out onto their garden.  As Janet Oldham said: “Other kitchen companies we looked at presented very standard designs, but Beau-Port created a very individual design for us.”  You could say it was ‘tailor-made’ for the Oldhams.

Handmade In-Frame Shaker Kitchen in Farrow & Ball Blackened
Janet Oldhams In-Frame Shaker Kitchen with curved end unit.
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Go with the Flow!

Space has energy of its own and that energy can be restricted by bad design, objects blocking natural walkways and not enough thought going into how the space needs to be used.  All of these problems were inherited by one of Beau-Port’s clients who had moved into a beautiful house in Hampshire, which had a kitchen with three doorways leading into and out of the kitchen, a large set of French doors and a door to a walk in larder.
 

 In Frame Shaker Kitchen in Green Blue & Wimborne White
In Frame Shaker Kitchen in Green Blue & Wimborne White
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LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

The traditional British High Street is no longer the location where people start to look for products and services.  Most people turn to the internet in the first instance to research and explore all the options.  This is certainly true in many cases when looking for a kitchen, although personal recommendation is such a strong factor in determining the final choice of kitchen designer and installer.  Creating a new kitchen is a very personal thing and although the research for the right company and strong recommendations from friends and family may draw you to a particular company you have researched on the internet – ultimately you will want to see the real thing, try the real thing, test the real thing and go out and visit kitchens and interiors showrooms.

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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