March 29, 2013
This kitchen is mainly finished in Oak with a stunning granite worktop to top it all off.
Mark Johnson of Beau Port Kitchens has had decades of experience in helping clients to plan their new kitchens. “If renovations and extension work is involved, it is best for clients to start to think about the project from the inside out, rather than the other way around. They need to firstly consider the design of the kitchen they want, the dimension, shape and overall square footage that will include all the storage, features and appliances they want and how they want to use the space before they even talk to an architect.”
This is what the kitchen looked like before. After careful planning and listening to what the customer wanted, we believe we have made a vast improvement over the old furniture.
“This approach can help to save time, money and disappointment,” continued Mark. “The kitchen is the hub of the household and the primary focus of activity in most homes. These day’s people want to have a kitchen that can serve many purposes including dining and seating and many want a more open plan style of living, so it is good to consider lifestyle options for this space and perhaps calling in a kitchen expert at an earlier stage can be very useful. Clients then have a clear plan of how the kitchen will work for them and this can be very helpful for the architect too.”
Beau Port Kitchens can also manage extension and renovation projects from concept to completion and will also work closely with client’s chosen architects and builders to create the kitchen of your dreams.
March 22, 2013
Beau Port are renowned for their kitchen design, manufacture and installation and they are now moving their expertise into other areas of the home including bedrooms, bathrooms, studies, laundry rooms and media rooms, designing and installing beautifully fitted high quality furniture.
This utility was part of a kitchen project that used a similar style furniture and the same colour paint finish. The main kitchen used an in-frame cabinet whereas the utility used a lay-on door, this cut down costs but still achieved a high quality look.
“We have had a number of clients initially commission us to design and install their kitchens, who have later gone on to have almost their whole house transformed with our various ranges of fitted furniture. One client had the kitchen, numerous bedrooms, a study, laundry room and cellar fitted, as well as a media room,” commented Mark Johnson.
Media rooms are a growing trend as homes are enjoying wide screen TV and surround sound systems and fitted furniture can store all the DVD’s, computer games, consoles, remote controls and family clutter. Bathrooms also need to have ample storage space for all the family toiletries and cleaning products.
Working from home has also become more acceptable in recent years and Beau Port has a range of beautifully crafted fitted furniture that can make the most of every work space.
March 18, 2013
There is a silver lining to every cloud and in the aftermath of the horsemeat scandal it appears that consumers are dumping the supermarket ready meals and going back to basics by cooking their meals from scratch. Who would have thought that a food fraud would encourage people back into their kitchens? But this is proving to be the case in a large percentage of households and this has been backed up by the recent increase in foot fall to the numerous farmer’s markets across the county of Hampshire, as reported by the Hampshire Farmers’ Markets Chairman Toby Bowtell who said: “In the past few weeks we have seen more shoppers coming to the markets specifically to buy fresh meat to cook their own meals from scratch. They are saying they have checked out the supermarket ready meals because they want to know where their food is coming from and that it is genuine local produce with a traceable food chain and that they are prepared to spend the time cooking meals to ensure that they know what they are serving their families.”
Local butchers are also experiencing an increase in trade and a recent survey by Which? Found that 60% of the 2000 adults questioned had changed how they shop, with many now buying less processed meat.
The change in shopping habits has also encouraged a change in cooking habits and there seems to be more real cooking happening in kitchens across the country and Mark Johnson of Beau Port Kitchens commented: “It is great to know that people are getting back into their kitchens and creating good, wholesome, home cooked food for their families, rather than relying on ready meals. We have also found that fitting a new kitchen can have a similar effect – suddenly everyone wants to be in the kitchen! Let’s hope this is a trend that will continue and people will rediscover the value of having simple home cooking prepared in their own kitchens instead of something out of a box.”