Bespoke Kitchen for 16th Century Home and an Award Winning Boot Room

Designing kitchens for historic homes always presents a challenge, with designers often having to work with uneven walls and surfaces and to custom build every aspect of the furniture to fit.
Mark Johnson and his team at Beau-Port love a challenge and when presented with a beautiful cottage dating back to the 16th century, they set about designing a kitchen that would fit the property perfectly, not only in terms of the furniture but also in its style, helping to retain the integrity of this historic building, one of the oldest homes in a pretty Hampshire village.

“Every piece of furniture was specifically made for a particular position in the kitchen, taking into account the beams, varying angles and uneven wall and floor surfaces,” commented Mark Johnson. “We designed and fitted a fully bespoke, all handmade customer built kitchen to suit the room, utilising every single centimetre of space to create extra storage units. We worked to design everything to fit around the beams by extending end panels, making deeper corner posts and trimming them back on site to fit perfectly.”

A central Island which works well as the perfect food preparation place leaves enough room in the kitchen for the family’s kitchen table and chairs and an informal casual seating area by the fireplace, which all help to deliver the family’s request for a kitchen where they can sit, dine and cook all in one space.

The island, with oak legs also houses chopping boards and oak trays, with further work surfaces around the kitchen featuring Ivory Fantasy granite, which also extends up the wall behind the range, to form a very practical and attractive splash-back. A Mercury range made by AGA also adds a further country kitchen look, as does the double Belfast sink.

Beau-Port also fitted out an existing pantry with shelves and baskets and also created a new door.
A dishwasher and internal bin were also incorporated into the design.

British-made pewter handles complement the Shaker style kitchen, which is handmade by skilled craftsmen in Britain.

A Boot Room conjures up images that are grander and larger than the traditional utility room, with space for pets and their bedding, room for footwear and wet coats. This is exactly what Beau-Port created for this client, giving them a further very practical room where all of the laundry, pet care and muddy boots can live, leaving the kitchen to be the perfect living, dining, eating space.

Mark designed in a large amount of open storage for all kinds of footwear, including deeper shelving to accommodate wellies. Plus further storage that doubles up as a seat.

Wood panels around the sink area add a further country living look, all painted in timeless Farrow and Ball chalk pastels. There is also a broom cupboard and the fuse box is neatly hidden as well, with oak veneer used on all of the shelves.

Images of this boot room and kitchen have been so popular on Houzz, the leading platform for home renovation and design, that this Beau-Port project won a Houzz Award in the Design Category, as some of the most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users.