Another Beau-Port designed and installed kitchen will be featured in a national magazine later this year. The popular ‘Good Homes’ magazine will be publishing a case study on one of our Shaker style bespoke kitchens, installed in a recently extended house.

So look out for the December issue of the magazine, which will be on sale from early November.

The interiors publications are eager to feature as many open plan, living, cooking, dining kitchens that have well designed kitchens and our client Liz Burleton kindly agreed to being interviewed by one of the magazine’s leading feature writers.

Our head designer Mark Johnson had to taken into account all the aspects of the Burleton family’s lifestyle and how they wanted to use the new kitchen and how it would sit in the extended space.


Liz Burleton's handmade hafl in-frame kitchen in Pavillion Grey and Old White.

Here you can see how Mark designed the kitchen to have the food storage close to the island where Mrs Burleton prepares her meals.

There were a number of things on Liz’s wish list which Mark planned into the new space. “We are so pleased that we decided to extend and to have Beau-Port to do the kitchen design and fit. One of the many things that I love about my new kitchen is the way that Mark has designed it with everything so easy to hand when preparing meals and cooking. The way that he located the large fridge, a separate large freezer and a large larder unit close to the central island, which also has a handy sink, with lots of storage in the island so that I have everything I need is all in one area,” commented Liz.

A visit to the Beau-Port showrooms gave Liz and her husband Simon some further ideas, including the chopping board storage unit which Mark planned into the central island space.

“We liked Mark’s clear ideas and his 3D design gave us a much better view of how the finished kitchen would look. He is a great problem solver and came up with really good ideas, visiting us a number of times to make sure that his design was just right for our family and how we wanted to use the space,” said Liz.

The kitchen, dining, living area was a big space to fill with a vaulted ceiling and lots of light coming from above and from the large doors overlooking the garden, so the cherry red Falcon 1092 Continental induction range cooker and the Farrow and Ball colours on the kitchen furniture, painted in Pavilion Grey on the island and Old White on the wall furniture created the additional warmth that Liz was looking for.

Mrs Burleton's handmade sideboard, designed by Mark Johnson at Beau-port Kitchens.

This bespoke sideboard features a lacquered oak slatted base with a small drawer at the top. Painted in Pavilion Grey to match the kitchen, topped off with 30mm oak worktop.

Beau-Port also designed further bespoke furniture, made by their skilled craftsmen, for the area which complement the fitted kitchen unit style, including a bespoke dresser unit and console table.

It’s that time of the year again, end of summer and the beginning of the shorter days and time to snuggle down on a Wednesday evening to watch the new series of the Great British Bake Off, one of my guilty pleasures.

I can’t help but admire the twelve brave souls who have agreed to being filmed in close-up, while under great pressure to produce the perfect bakes. The Great British Bake Off kitchen reminds me of the Home Economics Department of my school, only on a larger scale. The place where I had so may cooking disasters ranging from a steamed pudding that set like concrete in the school’s own dish, unable to be released from the dish once I arrived home to proudly present it to my family. My father had to take a hammer and chisel to get the pudding out of the dish, breaking the dish in the attempt, which meant I had to own up to my total failure as a steamed pudding cook on my return to school – also having to part with my pocket money to buy a replacement dish.

My embarrassment didn’t end there, the pudding had been thrown out into the garden for the birds to eat. The rain came, the snow came and even when that melted, the pudding still remained intact, standing proud in the middle of the lawn for weeks. Jokes were made about the neighbourhood birds all having bent beaks from trying to peck at it!

Thankfully these days I can actually make a decent cake, with my Nigella Lawson Chocolate and Olive Oil Cake a big favourite with friends and family – I do urge you to try this simple recipe – if I can get it right anyone can. My skills are still limited compared to all of the Great British Bake Off contestants and I admire their knowledge and creativity. I also admire and lust after one of those SMEG vintage style fridges with the smaller freezer compartment on the top.

I also lust after a bigger and better kitchen, one designed by Beau-Port’s skillful and creative designers Mark and Jacob, preferably in a different house where I’d have that much longed for open plan kitchen, dining and living space – similar to some of our Beau-Port client’s kitchens, and a wood burning stove in the corner would be nice too. I know that I could just discuss my ideas of my dream Bake Off kitchen with Mark and Jacob and they would come up with the perfect kitchen for me, full of ingenious and imaginative ideas that would include all the best practical solutions.

Handmade Painted Shaker Kitchen with Cock Beading in Farrow & Ball Slaked Lime.

Handmade Painted Shaker Kitchen with Cock Beading in Farrow & Ball Slaked Lime.

My perfect kitchen would be a Shaker style bespoke British made kitchen, that would last a lifetime, painted in my favourite Farrow and Ball colours, with beautiful handles and all of the other appliances from Bosch and an AGA range in signature colour ‘Heather’, like the one that we have in our AGA Kitchen display in Beau-Port’s 2000 sq ft showroom.

Or maybe I’d go all contemporary and get Mark and Jacob to design a fabulous, state of the art cutting edge kitchen using the Rotpunkt range of German made kitchen furniture, using contrasting colours and different textured materials to enhance the clean lines of this high quality range, similar to one that Beau-Port designed and installed in a new eco-house recently.

The Beau-Port kitchen recently featured in Grand Designs magazine

The Beau-Port kitchen recently featured in Grand Designs magazine

Then perhaps I would have the perfect kitchen to practice my baking skills and to maybe enter the Great British Bake Off, or perhaps not. Could I cope with Paul Hollywood’s steely piercing blue eyes? Would he end up having to resort to a hammer and chisel to get my cake out of the baking tin? Perhaps Val the Cake Whisperer could give me a few tips!

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