Many years ago I employed a local builder to manage a number of projects on my home - the design and installation of a new kitchen, new bathroom and work on other areas of the property. The builder had been recommended by a friend and I felt confident about handing over the keys to my house to let him get on with the work while I went away on holidays. The day came when the builder arrived and as I was about to get into the taxi to take me off on a relaxing, chill out holiday he revealed that he had not checked the measurements of the kitchen and that a number of the units would not fit in place. This not only destroyed my confidence in him, but my holiday as well. Having confidence in the person who is managing your project and knowing that they are meticulous about every detail of the project - including checking measurements, is vital. My experience with this particular builder was a hard and expensive lesson to learn. So I feel proud to hear the comments coming from our Beau-Port kitchens and interiors clients when they sing the praises of Mark and his team when it comes to hassle free, professional project management - and yes, clients do have the confidence to go off on their holidays knowing that they will come home to a perfect new kitchen or interiors project created by Beau-Port.
One of the joys of having a new kitchen designed and fitted is using your new appliances for the very first time. It is all a bit like driving away that new car, with its new smell and feel - knowing that no one else has used it before - you are the first.
It is the same with a new cooker or intelligent hob for the first time and cooking that first meal.
Beau-Port can add another joy to that first time experience - with up to £1000 of Experience Vouchers when customers purchase 5 selected Siemens built-in appliances with a studioLine induction hob, with the appliances incorporated into a Beau-Port designed and installed kitchen.
Tell a woman that you have bought a new car and the first thing she will ask is “What colour is it?” Colour is one of the most fundamentally important things to human life - in the world of nature it can signal danger or a source of food.
Imagine our lives without colour, everything in black and white and how that would affect us in many ways, especially spiritually and emotionally. In the long-term a world without colour would affect our whole well-being and somehow life would not seem worth living.
As an interiors designer Mark Johnson, our Head Designer at Beau-Port, has worked with colour all of his professional life and understands the value of colour, how it can create mood, atmosphere, warmth and even attract light into a dull or shadowy space. He has a detailed understanding of how light moves through a room and the effect it has at different times of the day.
‘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.
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.