Mr. & Mrs. Budd's kitchen with oak roller shutter. This hindes all of the tea and coffee making equipment. Just one example of Beau-Ports neat, storage solutions.

It is wonderful to have a newly fitted contemporary or traditional style kitchen with lots of beautiful, clean, clear worktops. But it is sometimes difficult to maintain completely clear worktops, in reality, we all need to have various appliances such as toasters, tea and coffee making items and sometimes small liquidisers for those all so healthy smoothies that are growing in popularity.

So how can you keep your work surfaces clear? Beau-Port has the ideal solution which our designers have incorporated into a number of projects – a handy storage solution for all of that clutter, carefully concealed behind a stylish roll top shutter unit.

Mr & Mrs Budd's hidden drinks area. In between their ovens, Pauline and Rod Budd have a drink preparation centre that incorporates a Quooker hot tap and their coffee machine. The whole thing is illuminated by vertical LED lighting and hidden by a bespoke Oak roller shutter.

Mr & Mrs Budd’s hidden drinks area. In between their ovens, Pauline and Rod Budd have a drink preparation centre that incorporates a Quooker hot tap and their coffee machine. The whole thing is illuminated by vertical LED lighting and hidden by a bespoke Oak roller shutter.

One of our clients, Pauline Budd considers this particular feature one of her favourite sections of her Beau-Port Shaker style kitchen – the discreet drinks area, complete with mini-sink housing a Quooker boiling tap, illuminated by stylish beaded lighting and with a wooden roll top shutter to hide it all away when not in use. “I really love the drinks area it is magic, so easy to make drinks with hot water on tap all the time, no need for a kettle cluttering up the surfaces and it has been very useful, particularly when making hot drinks for large numbers.”

This clutter clear solution has also been incorporated into a number of contemporary style kitchens that our designers have created.

Seamless worktops blend into a sink and up onto window sills, with shutter storage for hot drinks.

The white units of one of our ultra-modern kitchen designs are complemented by the grey wild oak panels that form the counter top shutter unit that hides the kettle and hot drink making things neatly away out of sight when not required. There are additional floating shelves next to this unit for recipe books and further homely touches, with more grey wild oak used to frame the larder unit and American style fridge freezer next to a tall wine rack. This subtle wood effect panelling also frames the white high gloss media centre next to the kitchen area – another ingenious storage solution from our designers, helping to create the perfect clutter-free kitchen, living dining space.

Mr & Mrs Macaulay's art deco B&B.

Seamless worktops blend into a sink and up onto window sills, with shutter storage for hot drinks.

Another contemporary kitchen for a boutique B & B client also incorporates this clever roll down counter top shutter unit, that hides the toasters neatly away out of sight when not required.

The Quooker boiling tap is also useful for our B & B client and he commented:
“I love the instant boiling water tap, which is a so helpful when I suddenly have 12 people coming down to breakfast at the same time and all wanting hot drinks and it saves a lot of time.” Boiling taps are another great clutter clearing solution.

The Ibbotson's kitchen was in a huge open plan room with bi-folding doors out onto a balcony.

The trend for inside/outside living continues to grow, and after a reasonable summer this year even more people are looking to extend both their internal living space and to link it more with their outside space, creating external and extended ‘living rooms’ into their gardens.

Bi-fold doors are also very on trend and help to open up internal spaces and link them seamlessly to outside living spaces. Using complementary flooring in the kitchen living spaces that blends with the materials used to create the outside flooring is another way of making the spaces flow together and gives the illusion of a larger space.

Our head designer Mark Johnson really wants to get the message across to anyone looking to apply for planning permission to extend their home, especially if incorporating a kitchen into that extension, to get in touch for some kitchen design help and advise at the very earliest stage, so that Beau-Port can help to design the perfect kitchen for you from the inside out.

Mark advises that your first step is to make sure you bring your kitchen designer in at the earliest stage, preferably before you apply for permission to extend. “The worst thing to happen would be that you get planning consent for one layout, then realise the extension isn’t going to accommodate the kitchen or kitchen/dining living space you wanted. Plan ahead; think how you want to live, incorporate this into the building design, this should eliminate any future problems. It is worth getting your architect and kitchen designer involved at the same time at that very early stage so you can iron out any potential pitfalls in the future.”

If you have already obtained planning permission Mark and his designer son Jacob have helped clients to make the most of the space in their recently constructed extensions, from huge open plan kitchen/dining/living spaces to smaller extensions that require their skills, insight and experience to create maximum storage space.

Our kitchen designer Jacob Johnson also incorporated both an office area and a hidden utility area into one of his kitchen designs for a boutique B & B client. Other projects that Beau-Port has completed have also included projects that have combined existing kitchen and dining rooms into one larger open plan space.

Our designers are currently working on a number of projects where they are managing the whole project including building works, flooring, plumbing, plastering, new radiators, fitting a new utility and cloakroom.

Beau-Port has a great deal of experience in total project management and working with architects, builders and property developers.

Mrs Patel's Kitchen with island unit and breakfast bar. Allows social cooking.

There is nothing more relaxing than chilling out with friends and family around the kitchen breakfast bar or central island. So many of our clients are keen to have either or both combined, with many of them listing this feature as their primary desire for their new kitchen. We often hear that clients want to be able to carry on entertaining their guests while completing the cooking, with some of them choosing to have an induction or gas hob centrally located on their island.

Our designers Mark and Jacob listen very carefully to what our clients want to achieve and how they want to use their new kitchens. They think and plan carefully, taking into consideration all of the obvious aspects, and then they go further and consider that very important requirement – comfort.

I’ve seen so many competitor kitchen companies totally overlook the need for comfort when designing seating around islands, with many of them overlooking the fact that people need somewhere to put their legs under some form of extended worktop!

Our thoughtfully designed islands ensure comfortable dining for family and guests.

One of our most beautifully designed central islands was for a client who wanted to be able to use it as a primary place for dining with her children, as well as for when she wanted to entertain friends.

The new kitchen was one of the main projects within our client’s renovation plans on her 1970’s bungalow, set in the Hampshire countryside.

Mrs Bowlers Rotpunkt High Gloss kitchen. Here you can see how two defined areas can be combined to produce a more social environment.

Mrs Bowlers Rotpunkt High Gloss kitchen. Here you can see how two defined areas can be combined to produce a more social environment.

“My wish list started with a central island, but something that was much more than the usual islands I had seen in other kitchens,” commented Beau-Port client Jo Bowler.
“I wanted a cross between a cocktail bar, sushi bar, food preparation area and also for somewhere for family and guests to sit and eat as well. I wanted to be able to face family and guests while cooking, not with my back to them, so Mark designed the island to include a Mercury range cooker and extended curved breakfast bar with beads of light that run around the whole bar, which makes me smile, looks stunning at night and creates a lovely atmosphere.”

Mrs Bowler and her Rotpunkt High Gloss kitchen. This project featured a very open plan space combining kitchen, living and dining all into one long, expansive space.

Mrs Bowler and her Rotpunkt High Gloss kitchen. This project featured a very open plan space combining kitchen, living and dining all into one long, expansive space.

Jo’s central island works so well, as Mark ensured that there would be ample additional extended worktop around the curved end of the island, to ensure family and guests could sit and eat comfortably.

A recent project completed by Beau-Port showing contrasting materials and under-seat storage.

Some more examples of Beau-Port’s thoughtful, creative and practical design approach to island dining showing one of our recent contemporary kitchen designs that incorporate an oak painted breakfast bar attached to a contrasting stainless steel central island.

The Shaker style kitchen features a large island with an extended oak surface, curving at the end to form a comfortable, relaxing, casual dining area.

Father & Son Team, Mark & Jacob Johnson.

Design expertise is one of the most important skills to look for when you are seeking the perfect partnership with a kitchen and interiors design company, when planning any home improvement, especially in the kitchen area. With so many factors to consider – selection of the right furniture, layout, flow, appliances, lighting, flooring, worktops etc.,

Our designers at Beau-Port have a wealth of design expertise, with head designer Mark Johnson’s two decades plus of experience in creating beautifully designed kitchens and interiors.

As a family run company, Mark has imparted his knowledge, expertise, problem-solving skills and enthusiasm to his son Jacob, who has been designing some interesting projects including a contemporary kitchen for a boutique Bed & Breakfast on the South coast. This particular project had to be approached in a different way to designing a kitchen for domestic family use alone. The kitchen had to be planned to work well as a working kitchen providing high-quality breakfasts for a large number of guests, who often required their food within a limited time frame.

The B & B is located within an extended Art Deco building and Jacob has designed a kitchen that is fresh and contemporary, yet at the same time complementary to the historic design of the building. The owners also wanted a kitchen that didn’t look like a commercial kitchen, favouring the warm soft tones of wood effect panels to contrast with the white doors.

The owners wanted a separate office area within the kitchen to do all his B & B paperwork, and that was tucked away behind a mid-height unit that not only cleverly separated the office area from the kitchen, but also provided a practical storage solution close to the kitchen sink, dishwasher and drinks preparation area and is ideally located to store all the B & B china and glassware. Jacob also incorporated some further clever storage with a roll down counter top shutter unit that hides the toasters neatly away out of sight when not required.

Beau-Port also custom-built units for the concealed utility area, just behind the office area, to house freestanding washing machines, plus a tall unit to hide the boiler.

Some tall storage units were also part of the plan and Jacob Johnson commented: “We felt that rather than the units being set on the floor like normal tall units, we came up with the idea that it would look far better to have them all in a line, built into a frame jutting out of the wall to give them a ‘floating’ effect.”

The client commented: “We had not seen the ‘floating’ unit idea before and also not seen the kind of products that Beau-Port have anywhere else. We also hadn’t seen a contemporary style kitchen with the wood effect that also had the texture of the wood grain and we liked the warmth and texture of this material when Beau-Port showed it to us. The product was so different to what we had seen elsewhere and no more expensive and very good value for money, not just for a kitchen, but also office and utility area and a bespoke sideboard unit for the living dining area.”

“Jacob has a natural flair for design, with a really creative and imaginative approach and he is producing some very exciting designs for our clients,” commented Mark.

Beau-Port’s family design team –
Mark Johnson and his son Jacob.

Beau-Port produced this custom drink centre behind a bespoke, oak roller shutter. It incorporated a shallow shelf as well as power sockets and vertically mounted LED strip lights.

Beau-Port’s approach to kitchen design also encompasses all the additional elements, features, appliances, bespoke individual pieces of furniture and latest products that will enhance your lifestyle.

“Our kitchen designs are not just about getting the right design and installing our high-quality furniture,” commented Beau-Port designer Jacob Johnson.  “The finishing touches and features that we can design into the project, can also help to make the new space totally unique.  We can include additional design features and new products that really do enhance our client’s quality of life.”

  1. Boiling Tap by Quooker – one of the most useful new products on the market today!  Beau-Port has installed a number of boiling taps’ for clients who can throw out the kettle, free up more worktop space and save time on constantly filling kettles. You will also ever use exactly the amount of water you need instead of overfilling a kettle. They are also more energy efficient than more kettles and over a year will cost less in electricity.
  2. Shutters that hide away a drinks preparation area – This is such a neat idea and even if you have a boiling tap, it is still a great way for storing your pots of tea, coffee machine, sugar, mugs etc., out of sight.  Beau-Port has installed shutter fronted storage with both wooden and also in a metal finish to complement both contemporary and traditional styles of kitchen. (see photo at top of article that shows the wooden version of the shutter – also showing the Falmec Twister extractor – see text below)
3. Falmec Twister E.Ion Extractor hood – Beau-Port has installed a number of these multi-purpose extractor appliances in both contemporary and traditional style kitchens.  This cutting edge Italian designed extractor is also an air purifier and looks like a very elegant modern light.

Cruickshank Media centre, created by Beau-Port Kitchens as a custom commission.

Cruickshank Media centre, created by Beau-Port Kitchens as a custom commission.

  4. Music while you work, rest, play – our Beau-Port designers have been busy designing and creating various sizes of music centres for clients, from free standing smaller media centres, some with a backlighting feature and larger media centres with extensive storage and display shelving. Beau-Port is also a stockist for the award-winning Ruark brand of hi-fi and digital radios.

Seamless worktops blend into a sink and up onto window sills, with shutter storage for hot drinks.

5. Seamless worktops – Here is a comment from one of our very satisfied customers on the benefits of seamless worktops:  ”I really love the Wharf worktops, they are totally seamless and also blend into the moulded sink, create splash backs on the wall units and even over the window sills and are so easy to keep clean. I particularly like the warm feel of the worktops and they go so well with the contemporary kitchen units,” said Jo Bowler of Hampshire.

6.  Contrasting materials – our skilled designers at Beau-Port can assess and suggest to clients a vast range of interesting materials, creating the right look and feel to their new kitchen.  Their product knowledge and expertise also help them to create unique kitchen designs using contrasting materials such as a stainless steel central island with a contrasting painted oak breakfast bar.

A recent project completed by Beau-Port showing contrasting materials and under-seat storage.

7. Bespoke individual pieces of furniture to complement your new kitchen, living, dining space. Beau-Port can design and manufacture a very wide range of individual bespoke pieces of furniture to complement clients’ new kitchens, dining, living space and for other parts of the home.

8.  Hidden storage – under seat store/shelving. Our designers know how to make the most of every available piece of space and understand the value of useful additional storage.  Under seating, storage is one great example of this.  A recent Beau-Port designed kitchen in a new eco-house featured a seat, strategically positioned to make the most of the magnificent views, that offered both comfort and useful storage.

 

9.  Laundry Box on wheels – Beau-Port will often be commissioned to also design and install new utility, laundry, boot rooms in addition to new kitchens.  Design Director Mark Johnson came up with an ingenious idea for one client, to create a wooden laundry box on wheels, that would fit perfectly into the utility room units and could be conveniently and easily rolled out and positioned close to the washing machine when required. 10.

10. LED lighting – clever lighting creates mood and warmth to all areas of the home and these delicate strips of lighting can enhance any area of the home.  Beau-Port has incorporated them into kitchen designs, running just under the edge of worktops, around a curved breakfast bar and in other areas of the home including inside the wardrobes of their new bedroom furniture range.

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