Walk-in larder is a dream come true
When Janice and Mark Newby moved into their 1930’s built home in 2012, they inherited a kitchen that still had some original elements with further alterations and additions in the 1980’s. Janice wanted a new kitchen with a dining space that would complement the house style and date, but to be modern, light and practical and to retain a few of the original features.
It was through the recommendation of the electrical company working with her builder on the design of the new conservatory style extension to the kitchen, that Janice heard about Beau-Port Kitchens and Interiors.“Our electrician had worked closely with Mark Johnson of Beau-Port on another project and spoke very highly of him and how impressed he was with Mark’s design expertise and the craftsmanship of his fitters. So I took a look on the Beau-Port website and saw a Shaker style kitchen they had designed and installed and thought it was absolutely beautiful and would be a perfect style for our home,” commented Janice. “Then my husband and I visited the Beau-Port showroom and we were very impressed and it was also great to connect with Mark so early on in the planning stage.”
As a keen cook Janice had always wanted a walk-in larder and during a planning meeting Mark noticed some Amish dining chairs in the family’s dining room that had a ‘tear drop’ design on the chair backs and this was incorporated into the design of the solid oak doors to the walk-in larder. “I love the whole kitchen, it is just fabulous and the walk-in larder is a dream come true — it is gorgeous to look at as well as very practical, with lots of deep drawers and shelving so everything is so easy to find. The built in bespoke spice rack on the back of one of the doors works so well and Mark’s tear-drop design in the doors was inspired and adds a nice personal touch.”
The creation of the walk-in larder has meant that there is so much more space in the kitchen for storing things in all the most convenient places. “The central island is another favourite part of the kitchen for me and I have so much room to store all the things I am going to need for cooking and the double sink is also in the perfect place for food preparation too.”
The natural oak furniture around the perimeter of the kitchen is finished with a light lacquer and is complemented by a central island hand painted in Farrow and Ball’s soft pale grey/blue tones of Parma Grey. “Mark helped us to select the tone of granite to go with the kitchen and it was great to have his designer’s eye and we love the Verdigris handles which we saw in the showroom, they really add to the design.”
As well as retaining the original 1930’s door into the kitchen, Janice also wanted to retain the original serving hatch between the kitchen and their formal dining room. “Mark has made such a great feature of the serving hatch and extended the granite into the formal dining area - an excellent idea that works so well. In fact every aspect of the kitchen has received Mark’s personal touch. I am a very tidy person and like to keep the work surfaces free of clutter and another ingenious idea of his was to have an accessible storage place to house the toaster and other appliances out of the way, but easy to get to and he created a counter top unit with an oak shutter system — another inspired design idea that really works.”
Further popular features included pull out shelves in two of the base units, giving Janice easy access to the contents even at the back of the shelves. “It was so good to have Mark’s expertise and experience and he is great at bringing things together so well like the stainless steel Bosch cooker hood which complements the stainless steel fridge freezer and gives a very up to date look to the kitchen.” The contemporary look has also been reflected in the adjoining utility room, which Beau-Port designed and fitted with modern German style Rotpunkt furniture in Grey Wild Oak which now houses the family’s towels, linen and vacuum cleaner.
The transformation from a dark, dated kitchen that had no coherent design, to a light, bright, spacious and contemporary kitchen with a traditional Shaker design, demonstrates how team work across the board has worked so well for the Newby family — from initial discussions with their builder and electrician, talking to their kitchen designer at a very early stage to the completion of a kitchen that fulfils all of the client’s needs. “The new kitchen with the conservatory dining space overlooking the garden, has dramatically changed the way we live and we spend more time in our new space, chatting and cooking. It is not only practical but really beautiful too and I am so proud of it!” concluded Janice Newby.
“We are really thrilled with the design, craftsmanship and presentation of our lovely new kitchen, as well as the personal experience of working with Mark, who directed everything so well and explains everything so easily. The fitters were very, very good, real craftsmen and lovely people who worked so hard to get the project completed with great attention to detail in finishing off and making it a perfect job, very professional. The whole process was excellent from start to finish and we will be highly recommending Beau-Port to all our friends and family.”