Mrs Patel's Bedroom Furniture.

It is always good to hear from past customers and see familiar faces coming into our showroom at Bentworth, near Alton, Hampshire. We have had many customers come back to us time and time again for our designers to come up with practical and creative solutions for many areas of their homes.

Many of our returning clients come back to us after we have designed and fitted a new kitchen and they then want us to help them with their bedroom storage solutions, media centres, home offices or to create specific bespoke furniture to complement their kitchen, dining, living areas, bathroom storage solutions, utility and boot rooms.

We created a new kitchen for one particular client, who then commissioned us to design and fit various pieces of bespoke furniture including a dining table and huge dresser. Our designers then set about helping them to sort out all of their bedroom storage with a full wall length range of fitted bedroom units, complete with internally mounted lighting and also features an elegant internal dressing section with illuminated mirror and drawers for make-up, jewellery, ties, cuff links, etc…

Mr Patel's Bedroom and Office Furniture.

The same client came back to us again for our designers to create a whole range of multi-functional storage that combined a dressing room with a home office.

Those with a need to find new storage solutions for their bedrooms can now come and see our latest bedroom display in our showroom, which is made from Tulip Wood, a solid hard wood timber, fashioned into the perfect storage solution. This particular timeless Shaker style bedroom furniture is finished in the soft and subtle palette of paints from Little Greene with French Grey dark with Light Grey over the top.

Recently we were delighted to see a previous kitchen customer who has just moved home, returning to us to design and fit a kitchen into their new home.

Has your kitchen recovered from the festive season? It is a time when friends and families gather in the hub of the home, with more people looking to combine their kitchen, dining and relaxing spaces into one open-plan living space for these special gatherings.

In our 17th year, we have exciting plans for new displays in our 2000 sq ft showroom at Bentworth, that will incorporate all the very latest and best new kitchen design ideas in both the furniture and the appliances. Our designers Mark and Jacob visited Rotpunkt Kitchens in Germany at the end of last year and they are incorporating many new and dynamic materials and designs into our contemporary style kitchens.

May 2017 will mark Beau-Port’s seventeenth year in business, with a long track record of satisfied customers who are enjoying our bespoke Shaker style, modern traditional and contemporary fitted kitchens or interiors projects such as media centres, bathroom furniture and our latest bedroom furniture designed and installed. We now have a bedroom furniture display in our showrooms for you to come and see.

Our designers constantly monitor kitchen design and interiors trends and develop new ways of delivering exactly what our customers want. One of the many designs that Jacob worked in 2016 was on a standard size kitchen which had been extended out to include a dining area and further open plan into a conservatory, which had recently had a solid roof with skylights fitted for extra insulation.

Rotpunkt Zerox Weiss with SY Bardolia doors and panels.

Mr & Mrs Gallagher’s Rotpunkt handleless kitchen with Zerox doors in Weiss and SY VER Bardolia. Seen here is the rear of the peninsula. The kitchen was designed with opposites in mind, Bardolia and a light colour on the peninsula. Then the theme switched for the rest of the furniture, light colour on the base and Bardolia on the worktops.

The kitchen area was not quite big enough to accommodate a kitchen island of sufficient size, so Jacob suggested a peninsular with a practical and ultra modern and shallow depth rectangular hob, which gave more depth to the breakfast bar area on the other side of the peninsular. Our clients love the space and are spending much more time sitting at the breakfast bar to dine, chat to the cook or just to chill out together.

The client also loves the Falmec Twister extractor with E.Ion air purifier, with its elegant Italian design it has been mistaken for a beautiful contemporary light fitting, complementing the style and colours of the kitchen furniture that Jacob has used in the kitchen design. The opening up of this kitchen into a more open plan space was also project managed by Jacob at Beau-Port including building works, plumbing, plastering etc.

Both Mark and Jacob love a design challenge and come up with really creative solutions that work for our clients. They are both looking forward to creating more imaginative and practical kitchens and interiors in the coming year.

(“The kitchen of Jane Austen’s house in Chawton, Hampshire” by Anguskirk is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.)

2017 is the Bicentenary of the death of Jane Austen, who spent the last years of her life living at Chawton, just a short drive from our Beau-Port showrooms. As a resident of Chawton, I get free access to Jane Austen’s House and Museum and one of my favourite parts of the house is the kitchen. I love the simplicity of this restored kitchen and I can imagine how people lived and worked in it two hundred years ago.

You enter the kitchen from an outside door, the only entrance and exit to this room, keeping it separate from the rest of the house. A simple stone floor and furnishings of a large kitchen table, with a restored range where the cooking took place and some wooden seating.

Every time I see the kitchen it makes me realise just how far we have progressed with kitchen furniture, appliances and design and how much easier our lives are now. Back then it was all manual hard graft, slow cooking and washing up by hand. So I give thanks to the invention of the dishwasher and to Mark for supplying a great Bosch dishwasher when my old one broke down, the best dishwasher I’ve ever had!

We can still see the influences of these historic kitchens in our simple Beau-Port Shaker style kitchen designs, they are so timeless and give a kitchen that instant ‘at home’ comfort feeling, with our bespoke range made by our skilled craftsmen to last for decades.

The outbuildings at Jane Austen’s house are also fascinating, showing the original bread baking oven as well as the laundry facility, which is little more than a stone built tub heated by a fire underneath, and I wonder at the hours of hard work it took to get through the weekly wash – setting and lighting the fire and manually filling it with water.

These days Mark and Jacob design in all the best quality appliances to make our client’s lives easier, including boiling water taps, waste disposal units, coffee machines, extractor fans that also purify the air and look like elegant contemporary lights and Total Control AGA’s, which look so perfect in both our traditional Shaker style kitchens and our contemporary Rotpunkt German kitchens.

Scandi-style from Rotpunkt.

As Beau-Port’s regular writer, I also visit the company’s clients in their homes, to interview them for case studies to go on the Beau-Port Kitchens website. These case studies help visitors to the website to see how Mark, Jacob and the team work with our customers to deliver the best products and exceptional service.

As part of the interview I always ask our clients opinion of Beau-Port’s price structure and often get a similar response – that they are ‘pleasantly surprised’ to find that our Rotpunkt range of high-quality German kitchen furniture is often more affordable than they anticipated and more competitively priced than a number of the large DIY stores.

One client from Farnham recently commented:
“We were so pleasantly surprised to find that Beau-Ports pricing structure allowed us to have a really top quality kitchen for less than we were quoted by B & Q for an inferior product. Beau-Port also supplied and fitted all the Bosch appliances including dishwasher and price matched to give us the very best prices.”

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.

Another client located close to Medstead also chose a Rotpunkt kitchen and one of the key areas that she was especially pleased with was the use of her budget. “Mark was able to give me all of my wish-list, including all the extras, within my budget and to give me such a well designed high-quality kitchen that was perfectly fitted. He was very cautious and careful and got the best results and I felt I could trust him with the budget. The investment in the kitchen has been worth every penny.”

Budgets always have to be considered for every project and another client located on the Hampshire Surrey borders close to Farnham said: “We know that the Rotpunkt range is an excellent quality product and we 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.”

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

NEW BUILD BESPOKE

It’s not only our German Rotpunkt range of kitchens that delivers exceptional value. Our bespoke range can also give our clients the kitchen they desire within their budget. This was the case with a client building a new eco-house close to Alresford: “With all new build projects a budget has to be agreed and this included an amount for the kitchen. I thought I may have to compromise on my choices but was delighted to get my lovely kitchen, which will last a lifetime and love it more and more each day. It was such a pleasure to work with the local company to achieve my bespoke kitchen and have happily recommended Beau-Port to others.”

It’s not only our German Rotpunkt range of kitchens that delivers exceptional value. Our bespoke range can also give our clients the kitchen they desire within their budget. This was the case with a client building a new eco-house close to Alresford: “With all new build projects a budget has to be agreed and this included an amount for the kitchen. I thought I may have to compromise on my choices but was delighted to get my lovely kitchen, which will last a lifetime and love it more and more each day. It was such a pleasure to work with the local company to achieve my bespoke kitchen and have happily recommended Beau-Port to others.”

NEW RANGE

Beau-Port has just launched another kitchen range that has a price point that sits between the cost of the German Rotpunkt kitchen furniture and our hand-made British bespoke kitchen furniture, Mark Johnson commented on the new range: “We wanted to offer this third option to clients who have modest budgets but are still looking for a high-quality product, that also has a similar look to the bespoke handmade range.” Available in classic Shaker style with lay-on or in-frame construction, the choice is there for a budget but beautifully painted kitchen.

A sample of this new kitchen furniture is on display at Beau-Port’s 2000 sq ft showroom at Bentworth.

The kitchen work triangle design concept has been around for a long time, apparently since the 1940’s, and has been used since then to create kitchens with efficient design. Based on time-motion studies, the kitchen triangle considers the proximity of the cooking area, food preparation/sink area and the food storage area/fridge freezer, to one another.

Have you ever been in a friend’s kitchen and watched them walk miles whilst preparing a meal? Sometimes the fridge/freezer is located a long way from the food preparation area, or the sink is inconveniently remote from the cooking area. My grandmother’s vast farmhouse kitchen may have had plenty of space, my theory is she kept fit by all the walking she had to do around that room in order to create three meals a day for a huge family. She could have benefited from highly experienced kitchen designers like Beau-Port’s team of Mark Johnson and Jacob Johnson.

The aim of the kitchen triangle is to keep all the major workstations near the cook, but without having them so close that they cramp the cook’s movement and efficiency.

Mrs. Courtier's In Frame Shaker Kitchen in Farrow & Ball Green Blue & Wimborne White

“Mark’s problem solving and attention to detail was enormously helpful and his very calm manner meant everything ran so smoothly…” Mrs Courtier – Bentworth, Hampshire.

This is where using an experienced designer is essential as it is not only about getting the kitchen triangle right for the size and shape of the kitchen, but also to be able to take into account all of the other important aspects of kitchen design, including how everything else flows around the essential elements of the kitchen.

For example, Beau-Port designed a kitchen that was the central part of a Georgian style village house, that had numerous doors leading off of it. The client had the benefit of a spacious kitchen with combined dining area leading to a family room and they wanted a designer who could face the challenge of creating a kitchen in a space that has five doorways – including a large set of patio doors.

 

Kathryn Courtier from Hampshire, is delighted with the design that Mark came up with for her Beau-Port Shaker style kitchen and commented: “We needed drastic help, I could have researched kitchens for the rest of my life, but what I needed was an expert like Mark who helped to guide us and find the best way of laying out a room with so many doors in and out of it and so many walkways through it. The previous kitchen had real ‘bottle necks’ and Mark cleverly designed the layout to give us more fluid space all the way around the kitchen, with nothing obstructing the walkways through the area into the family room and outside.”
Smaller galley shaped kitchens can also be an issue when trying to create the perfectly efficient work triangle, often due to difficulties fitting everything into a small space. But this is not an issue for good kitchen designers. Working on a historic village home in North East Hampshire, Beau-Port designer Mark Johnson created the perfect kitchen triangle in a relatively small, narrow space, skilfully fitting the hand-made bespoke Shaker style units around the historic beams of the building, while at the same time creating more storage space for the client.
Limited space in their previous kitchen had always been an issue for this Beau-Port client and even though Mark was restricted to keeping the same footprint of the kitchen, he was able to create additional storage space and work space. “Mark managed to create a lot more storage space by reducing the depth of the plinths and gaining greater depth to the cupboards, squeezing out every little bit of space and that is the great thing about having the kitchen bespoke and tailored.”

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