Location: Oakley near Basingstoke in Hampshire
The vast scope of choice in kitchen designs available today can range from home-comfort traditional to the ultimate in contemporary styling. The kitchen is no longer a place where we just prepare food - it has become the new 'living room' in every sense. Homeowners now want a space that combines all the elements of a kitchen with dining, plus areas where they will want to linger and relax in comfort and style.
Kitchens and interiors designer Mark Johnson has decades of experience and has seen how this hub of the household has evolved into the most important room of the home and commented: "Realising the potential of our properties by investing in home improvements isn't just about increasing its value, but also about improving our quality of life. The kitchen is the primary focus of most homes and how it is designed has a major impact on how we live and feel."
This has been clearly demonstrated in the many beautiful, lifestyle focused kitchens that Mark and his team at Beau-Port Kitchens and Interiors have designed and installed, including a recently renovated kitchen in North East Hampshire that has transformed a dated kitchen and separate breakfast room into one light, airy, contemporary space that has delighted the owners and exceeded their expectations in unexpected ways.
Owner Christine Boot recalls Mark's first visit and said: "Mark listened to my vision and worked closely with my husband and I to create our dream kitchen. He was so patient and meticulous in every detail and finish and came up with creative ideas and solutions."
One of the most elegant aspects of the new kitchen is the floor to ceiling Urban Wild Oak fronted units by Rotpunkt that form a flush wall either side of the Fisher Paykel double opening stainless steel fridge freezer, with the oak adding additional 'warmth' to the striking colour scheme. The oak theme is also picked up on the side of the breakfast bar and also discreetly frames the wonderful simplicity of the high gloss sand units, which feature built in lights just under the bone coloured Wharf work tops.
"At night we switch the main LED ceiling lights off and just have the lights over the breakfast bar and the concealed lighting under the counter and the 'floating' shelves. It creates a really cosy atmosphere and we often end up spending the whole evening in the kitchen just chatting and playing on our iPads," commented Christine Boot.
Cooking in the new kitchen has also turned out to be a dream experience for Christine on her new Mercury range cooker with its contemporary styling and striking design of its extractor hood. "I'm just getting the hang of the shorter cooking times as the induction hob is so powerful - I'm in heaven with that," continued Christine.
Christine's colour scheme for the kitchen walls combines and complements the cooler light reflecting neutral tones of the sand units, bone work tops and the warmth of the oak units and trims is further enhanced by the Karndean Channel Island flooring range with its natural warm colours and flagstone design.
"We felt so comfortable with Mark and confident of his expertise that we took ourselves off on holidays and left Mark and his excellent team to get on with the project. We are really thrilled with the design, finish and quality of the kitchen. It has really changed the way we live for the better and the reaction from friends and family has been WOW! They just can't believe the transformation,"