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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.
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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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Creating Beautiful Spaces

When Mark and Clare Johnson were looking for a name for their new kitchens and interiors business 15 years ago, the name of a pretty cove in Jersey sprang to mind - Beauport, meaning beautiful place.  They felt it was the most appropriate name for the business as their desire was to create beautiful places for their clients.

Having visited many of their clients and seen a wide range of the kitchens and interiors projects that they have designed and installed, I have seen so many great examples of the beautiful places they have created and the positive changes these new and innovative spaces have made to their client’s lives.

One key thing that comes up again and again when I interview Beau-Port’s clients is that their new kitchens have changed the way they live - for the better.  Often bringing families closer together as they have a beautiful place to spend time in cooking, eating, entertaining or just simply hanging out together.

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Is your hob intelligent enough to recognise all your pans?

The ever rising cost of our utility bills means we are all looking for ways to reduce the amount of energy we use.  Selecting the very best, energy-efficient appliances for customers is high on the list of Beau-Port’s priorities.  Mark Johnson and his team are continually looking for the best latest technologies to incorporate into their kitchen designs.

After extensive research across the appliance market, Mark recognised that the intelligent technologies incorporated into the new Siemens studioLine range, would give Beau-Port clients the largest range of energy efficient benefits.  The studioLine hobs include the innovative full surface induction technology, which allows pans to be positioned anywhere on the hob.  This state of the art automatic pan recognition means that only the area of the hob in contact with the pan is heated - perfect for all those odd-shaped, long and rectangular shaped pots and pans to benefit from even heating and saving on energy costs.

The Siemens studioLine hobs displays the exact position, size and shape of each pan immediately upon contact with the hob on the colour TFT touch screen.  The temperature of each pan is controlled separately, giving total and precise control over the hob.

Siemens have thought of everything, including how easy the hob is to keep clean, right down to the magnetic disc controls that are easy to remove for cleaning.

Beau-Port now sells and installs a range of Siemens studioLine products including these intelligent hobs and also the very latest oven technologies featuring 3D hotAir, temperature probes and more - look out for our follow-up blog on these amazing ovens or come and visit the showroom to see the latest cooking innovations!

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Sort, Crush and Store!

Across the world there is a growing need to reduce landfill by recycling plastics, metals, paper and glass.  If you are looking for the neatest way to sort out all your recycling and rubbish, then having it all discreetly tucked away in a drawer close to the kitchen preparation area is a good location.  But it is not only about where you site your waste units but also how good they are in terms of capacity, storage and ease of use.  No one wants to have to take the rubbish out to the wheelie bin too frequently.

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