Beau-Port’s design expertise and Rotpunkt’s simple linear look adds contrast to new eco-home
Design choice is a very personal thing and sometimes it is difficult to make decisions on kitchen designs, especially when a property is still under construction. Jo Reeves and her husband Dave were torn between having another Shaker style kitchen or to have a more contemporary looking one in their new eco-house on the Surrey/Hampshire borders. They decided they needed a contrast to the high wooden beamed ceiling in their open plan kitchen/living/dining area, that would take up the vast majority of the living space, so sought advice from Beau-Port Kitchens and Interiors.
They had an initial meeting with Beau-Port’s head designer Mark Johnson, who went on a site visit to the property while it was still under construction, but Jo felt they were not ready to make any firm decisions at that stage as they were still undecided on the style of design. “Mark kept in touch and we got to know him and really like the way he works,” commented Jo.
The inspiration for their new kitchen came from a visit to a new build homes show when they saw a stainless steel central island on the Rotpunkt Kitchen’s stand and the choice to go contemporary, rather than Shaker, was sealed.
They felt that the design of the central island would make the perfect focal point to build their new kitchen around and that Beau-Port, as a Rotpunkt design and installation company, would be the perfect choice for the project. An initial visit to the Beau-Port showroom at Bentworth impressed Jo who commented: “We liked the relaxed environment of the showroom. It was easy to see the different styles of kitchen we could have that would work with the stainless steel central island. There were lots of good sized samples and Mark was great at setting things up for us with everything so well organized it was easy to see how things would work.”
As a Rotpunkt kitchen designer Mark Johnson was very familiar with the central island product that the family wanted as a focal point of the design. “Mark came back to us with ideas to create further contrast, with an adjoining breakfast bar using a textured wood that has a slightly bleached driftwood distressed quality. This works well with the oak floor and really complements the industrial style of the stainless steel central island,” continued Jo.
“Mark then customised the central island, by replacing the high gloss drawer fronts with non-gloss doors to go with the rest of the kitchen units we selected. An additional sink to the one in the central island, that would be convenient to the dishwasher, was essential. I also loved Mark’s idea of the wall units designed to reflect the letterbox window on the adjoining wall, they are so easy to access as they open upwards, so much more practical. Having drawers all the way around base units instead of cupboards also makes it so much easier to find things.”
The couple also like the linear style of the Rotpunkt kitchen furniture. “We wanted a simple, uncomplicated look and we like the combination of materials that Mark has put into the design. The whole kitchen fits really well with the building and allows the architecture to speak for itself, as it complements the simplicity of the structure.”
One of the other areas of the design that Jo and her family are particularly impressed with is the installation of the Falmec E.ion Air Purification System with LED lighting, which is in place of a conventional extractor hood/vent. “We particularly like the fact that it looks like a big, stylish, contemporary lampshade and it actually echoes the style of our own lampshades in the living area. We had to have something that is non-venting to work with our mechanical heat recovery and ventilation system in the house and this is very efficient - it does a great job, as well as looking good. We are really pleased with it.”
Mark Johnson commented on the new air purifications system: “We wanted to find an alternative to the traditional extractor hoods, something more sophisticated and stylish and we were so impressed with what the Falmec extractor systems have to offer. This clever system eliminates odours while purify the air at the same time. It neutralises polluting agents in the air such as bacteria, viruses, dust mites, pollen, spores, various dusts, foul odours, cigarette smoke and fumes and all of this technology is wrapped up in beautiful Italian design using aluminium with a titanium finish, which looks good in both our contemporary design and more traditional style kitchens.”
Other electrical appliances incorporated into the project include two Siemens ovens, with one a multifunction steam oven with microwave combination.
The couple's love of the Shaker style of units still lives on and they decided to have this design of furniture in their utility room, with Beau-Port designing and manufacturing special units to house the family’s existing appliances. “The doors on the units are much more efficient at keeping the noise levels down, far better than integrated covers and I love the ergonomic pewter handles too.”
Commenting on the installation process Jo said: “We were really impressed with Rob who installed the kitchen, a nice chap who is so efficient and really clean in the way he works and clears up afterwards. He was the tidiest of any of the craftsmen that worked on our house!”
Budgets always have to be considered for every project and Jo said: “We know that the Rotpunkt range is an excellent quality product and were pleasantly surprised to find that Beau-Port’s quote was more competitive than other kitchen furniture companies; their overall cost came in less than we expected.”
“We found Mark extremely exacting and he came out to site visits a lot and was very hands on throughout the process and during the fitting. He was always quick to respond and listened to what we wanted. We will definitely be recommending Beau-Port,”