2000SqFt of display area with 6 full size kitchens.

A couple of days ago I dropped into Beau-Port’s 2000 sq ft showroom at Bentworth, between Alton and Basingstoke, to deliver copies of the December issue of Good Homes magazine, which has a double page editorial feature on one of Beau-Port’s Shaker style kitchen projects.

I always love going into the light and spacious showroom and on that particular day it was full of sunshine. Even though I have been in and out of the showroom for the last four years, I am always impressed with the kitchen displays which are changed and updated on a regular basis. Plus the new bedroom furniture display and additional newly introduced third kitchen furniture option.

Mark was busy with clients discussing the finer details of their kitchen design, I could tell he was ‘in the creative flow’ – in his element and doing what he does best – designing great kitchens that really work for his clients. It was also good to see how relaxed the clients were, freely moving around the showroom, picking up samples and discussing all the finer aspects of their project with Mark, while enjoying a cup of coffee.

Experience breeds confidence and Mark Johnson has decades of designing high-quality kitchens behind him and has imparted that experience and knowledge onto his co-designer, Jacob Johnson. Clients know that they are in good hands and have confidence in the Beau-Port team. Mark and Jacob work through initial ideas with clients, listening to and taking on board all of their hopes, dreams and thoughts on the project. This leads to a full 3D CAD design of the kitchen or interiors project, giving the client the opportunity to see how the design will work.

Lesley from Surrey's Kitchen. Rotpunkt Zerox doors in matt finish Kashmir and SY Bardolia Real Oak.

Beau-Port has a huge amount of experience of complete project management, working with client’s architects and builders to create seamless and successful projects. Installation is another area where Beau-Port excels with a recent client from Farnham commenting:
“When the kitchen units and appliances were delivered Jacob was here to see that everything was OK. Rob the fitter arrived and it all just happened, never any problems, it all went so smoothly. We had a deadline for completion of the kitchen as I had a family party catering for seventy people. Beau-Port said they would do it and they did. They did everything within the deadline, resolving any minor issues quickly and efficiently. We would give them ten out of ten and would use them again for other interior projects and recommend them to friends and family.”

In Frame Shaker Kitchen in Teresa's Green

Our designers at Beau-Port understand that kitchens come in all shapes and sizes and some are more compact than others, with limited space and no opportunity to extended. But with their design expertise and experience they know how to make the very most of whatever space is available.

So how do you create more space in a kitchen without putting in for planning permission for an extension? The answer for one of our clients was to seek out the design skills of Beau-Port Kitchen’s head designer Mark Johnson, who helped to transform a kitchen in a characterful period property into a lighter, brighter more practical space with additional storage – without having to call the builders in!

A combination of skilful design, bespoke kitchen furniture and creative solutions to find more storage space, plus the introduction of clever lighting and reflective work surfaces have given our client a greater sense of space, light and a lot more storage.

The kitchen is located in the oldest part of a pretty village house in Hampshire and dates back to 1840. With fairly low timber beamed ceiling in the kitchen area it opened out onto a long dining area with patio windows – so getting more light into the kitchen area was one of the design challenges as well as all the odd angles of a property of this age.

“We were very impressed with how Mark worked with the low ceilings and beams, especially to get a tall fridge unit in by carefully cutting the top of the unit around the beams that slanted down in a very precise way so it fits perfectly,” commented our client.

Limited space in the original kitchen had always been an issue for our client and Beau-Port was restricted to keeping the same footprint, while at the same time meeting the challenge of creating additional storage space and work space. This was possible by reducing the depth of the plinths and gaining greater depth to the cupboards, squeezing out every little bit of space.

Concealed push open drawers for baking trays were also fitted just under the oven, and a small microwave was installed in a wall unit to give more work top space and utilising the small space above to create another cupboard. Mark also included a wide cutlery drawer into the design, instead of two separate drawers and this again has created more space as well as cupboards that are accessible from the dining area.

There were also a number of ‘bottlenecks’ in the kitchen and Mark’s design helped to avoid these by moving things around in a clever way to improve the flow of the kitchen.

Making the most of the limited light at the working end of the kitchen was also something that Mark addressed with good lighting including beaded lights on the floating shelves and also the white Ceasarstone engineered granite worktops with flecks of small mirrored stone and the Opticolour White Rainbow Sparkle splash-backs with subtle glitter both added a simple contemporary look, helping to give a more spacious feel to the kitchen.

Beau-Port designed, managed the manufacture and installed this attractive Shaker style bespoke kitchen as well as managing many other aspects of the project including the electrics, plumbing, lighting and fitting of a water softener. “It was so good to work with a company that could supply and manage all aspects of the refit including the appliances too. We are delighted with the finished job and the sense of spaciousness that we now have in the kitchen as well as all the extra storage,” concluded our client.

Remember the days when kitchen designers only had either floor units or wall units to design with? Thankfully those days are long past and our Beau-Port designers now have a vast range of furniture options to offer our clients.

Their recent trip to visit Rotpunkt, our primary contemporary kitchen furniture manufacturer in Germany, had them returning to the UK with fresh and innovative ideas for designing perfect modern kitchens for our clients.

Rotpunkt Zerox door in Nogero with full length bar handles.

Rotpunkt uses one of their 2310mm tall tall units clad in new door and panel colour SY Nogero. Tall bar handles run the length of this door and can be made to suit the height.

Once opened up, the interior is lit up by Rotpunkt’s new Venice interior lighting system. You can specify this vertical lighting on either side of the cabinet and it can be switched on when you open the door, via an IR sensor.

Both Mark and Jacob liked the new tall floor-to-almost-ceiling units that are so adaptable for many uses. The warm, wood effect tall unit they saw, with its slim stainless steel handles from floor to the top of the unit, opened up to reveal flexible storage inside with vertical LED lights. This beautifully crafted piece of furniture could be used as a pantry and could combine the shelving with internal deep pan drawers.

The same design of furniture was also on display in a totally different finish that imitates stainless steel, but is actually a Jewel PS pearl chrome door, again with the full length slim stainless steel handles. This particular display had fitted the unit into a framework that looked as though it was made of concrete, to create the popular industrial look. This unit had a pantry behind one door and an integrated fridge behind the other door – a total food centre, with all of the ingredients in one place.

Still, on the tall storage theme, Rotpunkt has also created some floor to ceiling units that can cover a whole wall incorporating ovens, microwave and recessed areas for coffee machines and other appliances that can be pulled out on their own stainless steel shelf for ease of access. The units can also conceal fridge, freezer, pantry units and can provide a huge amount of storage for all the client’s needs. Combining this with a central island can be all that is required in a kitchen design to fulfil all the necessary functions – storage, cooking, preparation and even dining if including seating around the island. This way of making maximum use of one wall of a kitchen can be adapted for all sizes of rooms from small to large.

Keep an eye on our website for information about our new Rotpunkt kitchen displays in our 2000 sq ft showroom.

Rotpunkt Iron KQ Goldrush doors with Informa LX Verde Island.

Our Beau-Port designers Mark Johnson and Jacob Johnson had a busy couple of days at the Rotpunkt HQ in Germany, at the furniture manufacturer’s showrooms discovering all of the latest and most innovative kitchen materials, styles and design detailing of the new ranges.

As Beau-Ports primary contemporary design furniture supplier, the Rotpunkt range continues to evolve and expand and offers a vast scope of new styles, finishes and materials. Many of the materials and finishes used in their latest offering are not being used by other kitchen manufacturers.

Rotpunkt handleless kitchen in Euca Caramel, Marrone Jewel and Pearl Copper.

One of the new Rotpunkt displays shows off their innovative fully handleless kitchens. These feature push-to-open doors with brand new push-to-open and soft-closing drawer runners. A first, for the Rotpunkt range.

The unique finishes used in the creation of Rotpunkt’s latest designs include materials that resemble copper, stainless steel and even concrete. Yet these skilfully manufactured finishes are ‘warmer’ in appearance and feel than the material they replicate. These new materials are perfect for the popular urban loft style of interiors that are a growing trend and they also contrast well with the wider use of wood effect finishes, which are also growing in popularity.

Ropunkt Power in Gold, Zerox SY VER in Sherwood Black and Tempo SY in Sherwood Black. All new colours for 2017.

This is just one example, in the Rotpunkt 2017 showroom of interesting colour combinations. The island and wall unit use the Power door in their new MX Gold finish. The island uses the high gloss version of this door. The gold is offset by Sherwood Black Zerox doors on the tall unit and Tempo shaker style doors on the low-level base units.

Somehow the Rotpunkt designers and skilled craftsmen effortlessly create and combine these new materials with various wood effect or plain lacquered doors and drawer fronts, bringing together a set of unexpected colours and textures that make their furniture so unique.

Our head designer Mark Johnson has been using some of the textured wood effect materials when designing contemporary kitchens for the companies clients in Hampshire, Surrey, Berkshire and Sussex, combining a stainless steel island with distressed oak breakfast bar. While Jacob Johnson has combined Bardolia Oak with a wood-grain-structure finish to contrast with Rotpunkt’s Zerox ‘Icy White’ doors on a previous project.

Contrasting materials are a theme of the new ranges that Mark and Jacob discovered and they both particularly liked the open shelf units in dark grey above streamlined wooden drawers, as a modern take on a dresser which could serve a number of purposes – ideal as a focal point in an open plan kitchen, living, dining area and could also work well as a media centre in other parts of the home.

Beau-Port is about to refresh the company’s 2000 sq ft showroom with some of the latest Rotpunkt kitchen displays.

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