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EXTENSIONS | RENOVATIONS | SELF-BUILDS | SMALL PROJECTS | INTERIORS
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Contents
February 2019
Regulars
11 EDITOR?S LETTER
21 KEVIN McCLOUD
Our editor-at-large expounds
on the healing properties of
a perfectly proportioned view;
go heavy on the greenery
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178 MY GRAND IDEA Architect Kim
Loddo on designing a staircase
to link a remodelled interior
13
119
141
News
13 ARCHITECTURE UPDATE
New and inspiring projects
17 DESIGN MATTERS Beautiful
pieces to enhance your home
24 NEWS REPORT All you need
to know about buying land or
property at auction
119 KITCHEN NEWS The latest
designs, surfaces and appliances
141 BATHROOM NEWS
Stylish new additions for
the smallest room
17
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CONTENTS
Homes
30 TV HOUSE EXCLUSIVE
How one couple built their home
on hypoallergenic principles to help
relieve their children?s allergies
42 REMODELLED LONDON HOME
Eclectic colours and bold patterns
add character to this Victorian
semi that has been thoughtfully
extended and updated
54 LOW-LEVEL AMERICAN BUILD
Clean lines and geometric shapes
inluenced this Hamptons house
66
RENOVATED VICTORIAN HOUSE
A dark and damp period property
is completely refurbished with
a modern classic interior
76
HEBRIDEAN ISLAND HOME
A new-build project inspired
by traditional local cottages
76
30
Projects
89 GRAND BUILD What to look
out for when inding your dream
site for a self-build project
97 GRAND GUIDE Ten builds that
unite modern and period styles
109 SIDE-RETURN EXTENSIONS
How to make the most of a
redundant side passageway
123 KITCHEN CABINETS Find the
perfect design for your space
135 BUYER?S GUIDE TO FRONT
DOORS Choose a design that
creates a grand entrance with
secure access
141 BATHROOM TAPS AND
SHOWERS he latest innovations
in design and technology
155 BUYER?S GUIDE TO STRUCTURAL
LIGHTING How to build lighting
into the fabric of your home
42
54
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Welcome
Did you know that halogen light bulbs
can no longer be sold in the UK, once
stocks have run out? According to
a survey by lighting manufacturer
Ledvance (ledvance.com), 42 per cent
of those surveyed were unaware of
the situation, and a further 33 per cent
wished it wasn?t happening ? perhaps because 38 per
cent feel they will lose money as a result of the change.
LEDs, the modern replacement for halogen, are more
expensive to buy, but they also last much longer and
use less energy. Change can be a good thing, and
sometimes it?s absolutely essential to embrace the new
and innovative. Eco-friendly products can help us make
the move to a more planet-friendly, energy-efficient
approach, and they can also save money over the long
term. On page 155, you?ll find an article that explores the
versatility of LEDs and the clever ways to use a lighting
scheme to enhance your home?s architectural features.
Safeguarding the planet?s future goes hand-in-hand
with protecting the health of those dearest to us.
Grand Designers Born and Elinor Barikor had to learn
everything they could about hypoallergenic and natural
building products so that they could construct a home
with minimal adverse impact on the health of their two
sons, who both have severe allergies. Living in their new
house has seen a marked improvement in the frequency
and severity of both boys? allergic reactions. Take a look
at their inspiring story on page 30.
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NEWS
Architecture update
Original projects to inspire your own self-build or renovation
The American dream
Perched on a hillside with views of Snowmass
Mountain in Colarado, Owl Creek, designed
by Skylab (skylabarchitecture.com), is an
all-weather retreat for two families. It?s built
on the idea that a physical place can deepen
the connections between friends, families
and the natural world. As well as the main
build, a collection of lodge-like communal
areas are clustered together, creating
a space that is intimate and open.
Self-build specialist Potton has submitted plans to redevelop the site of its
headquarters in Great Gransden in Cambridgeshire, to create a new
custom-build development. The proposed project will provide 38 fully
serviced plots of varying sizes and layouts costing from �0,000. Its design
team has produced a selection of house styles that will have outline planning
permission in place upon plot reservation (01767 676 400; potton.co.uk)
Blockbuster read
Brick by William Hall (�.95, Phaidon) showcases
the world?s oldest man-made building material,
illustrated with photographs of brick buildings
from around the globe. As well as celebrating early
architecture, it
covers contemporary
projects such as
Islington Square in
Manchester, shown
here. The book also
features some of
the most celebrated
architects, including
Mies van der Rohe,
as well as present-day
innovators.
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NEWS
Architecture update
Multi-generational build
This distinctive house in Herfordshire?s Elstree
was built for a family of four generations. The
design of the three-storey property was inspired
by the brickwork of Frank Lloyd Wright?s Robie
House in Chicago. Daniel Leon from Square Feet
Architects (020 7431 4500; squarefeetarchitects.
co.uk) took on board the family?s Indian roots and
played with the idea of how Wright might have
built a home like this in India.
Rural renovation
Architect Selencky Parsons (020 8694 0713; selenckyparsons.com)
was tasked with a brief to transform a 1970s bungalow into a
striking contemporary home, with an open-plan living space, art
studio and enough bedrooms to accommodate grandchildren.
It also had to be sensitive to its Peak District location. ?Gaining
planning permission could have been a challenge in a National
Park,? says director Sam Selencky. ?There appears to be a change of
culture within planning authorities, and by drawing on contextual
materials, handled in a contemporary way, we were able to bring
planners along with us.? The project cost �100 per square metre.
On a tight, north-facing site,
this contemporary build replaces
a dilapidated bungalow in the
back garden of a 19th-century
Noting Hill villa. Designed by
architect Gianni Botsford (020
7434 2277; giannibotsford.com),
the new, partly subterranean
property features a funnel-like
roof, manufactured using
glue-laminated timber and clad
with copper strips. Internally it
has been let exposed to create
a decorative ceiling.
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WORDS JO MESSENGER PHOTOGRAPHY RICK McCULLOGH, FELIX MOONEERAM, ROBERT RECK, EDMUND SUMNER
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NEWS
Design matters
A selection of new products and ideas to complete your project
Sleep soundly
Rise & Fall (020 8964 4403; riseandfall.co) is a new ethical and sustainable
bed linen company that offers its ranges in two weaves, one softer and the
other crisper. Priced from � for a fitted double sheet and from � for a full
duvet-sheet and pillowcases set, the bedding is produced without harsh
chemicals in an Indian factory that runs on wind energy, recycles 99 per cent
of its water and offers free education and upskilling to its predominantly
female workforce. The products are sold without plastic packaging and the
company donates �from each sale to the homeless charity Centrepoint.
In the round
Dipping Lights by Barcelonabased designer Jordi Canudas
for Marset are an experiment
with light and paint. Available
at Aram (020 7557 7557; aram.
co.uk), the blown-glass globe
diffusers are dipped in layers
of paint, creating concentric
circles and moderating the
intensity of the light. They are
available in six colours and two
sizes, both with a brushed brass
cylindrical base, from �2.
Tangerine dream
Described by the manufacturer as ?a gentleman
with the heart of a lovable rogue?, this new Raffian
three-seater sofa crosses the boundaries of classic
and modern form. With set back swoop arms,
slender tapered legs and a higher than usual
buttoned back, it is available in a choice of fabrics
and leathers. Prices start from �300, excluding
fabric, from Rume (01273 777 810; rume.co.uk)
Hidden depths
Bisca (01439 771 702;
bisca.co.uk) designed
and built this contemporary
self-supporting staircase,
with flush-fitting understairs storage, for a
new-build home. It features
a zigzag edge overhanging
built-in storage with
multiple doors. A clear
glass balustrade, slotted
into the treads without
visible fixings, gives a clean,
unfussy look and LED strip
lighting is fitted into a
concealed gap between
the staircase and the wall.
A bespoke staircase starts
from �,000.
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NEWS
Design matters
Coastal
collection
Hot seat
Habitat (0344 499
4686; habitat.co.uk)
has collaborated
with three
Brighton-based
artists to translate
how the city
inspires them and
the artwork they
create. For this
project, Becky
Blair, Sophie Abbott and Lauri
Hopkins have each designed
a seaside-themed, limited-edition
rug (clockwise from left:
Undercliff, �0; Blue Rocks,
�0; Night Swim; �0).
Congratulations to Edward Barber
& Jay Osgerby (020 7033 3884;
barberosgerby.com) on winning
the award for production at the
48th annual Wood Awards for
their Ballot dining chair, designed
for furniture maker Isokon Plus.
The Wood Awards aim to
recognise, encourage and
promote outstanding design,
craftsmanship and installation
using wood. The Ballot chair is
available in raw oak, below, as
well as black oak, pale oak and
clear lacquered finishes and costs
�0 from Isokon Plus (0208 533
3933; isokonplus.com)
This year, the design world is celebrating the 100th
anniversary of the Bauhaus, the most inluential
art and design school in history. Some of the 20th
century?s most iconic furniture was created by its
teachers and students, including Marcel Breuer?s
Wassily tubular steel and leather chair and
Wilhelm Wagenfeld?s WA 24 table lamp.
Bold addition
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Go Modern (020 7731 9540; gomodern.co.uk) predicts a move towards
bold jewel colours this year and its latest ranges include this Soko
sideboard by Italian brand Miniforms. Available in nine vibrant lacquer
shades, including this intense blue, it features a laser-cut design and
bright copper handles. It comes with three or four doors, with options
for glass and lacquered wood shelves and prices start from �100.
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Kevin
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This month, our editor-at-large reveals the ideal recipe for
a happiness garden? and it all goes back to our ancestors
I
don?t know if you spend your winter
reading gardening books, hoping
for inspiration for the coming
spring. I?ve just read a new book
by the environmental psychologist
Lily Bernheimer, The Shaping of Us
(Robinson, �.99), in which she
outlines how everything around us
determines our behaviour, not just the
natural world but the built world too.
It?s not really a gardening book, more
an analysis of how we could design the
whole of our environment to be better.
In her view, psychologists have spent
far too long dismissing the context of
human behaviour as just that: it?s often
simply referred to as ?the context?. She
sets out to entertainingly chart the
20th-century history of research into
how where we are shapes who we are.
It?s a timely volume given the current
level of interest in the relationship
between buildings and health. I?ve
written previously about the NHS?s
new Healthy New Towns initiative,
which possibly counts as being the
first proactive health strategy ever
conducted by Britain?s health service.
My own business, HAB, signed up to
it since we?ve long believed that housing
schemes with rich public realm and
plenty of greenery get people healthier.
Eight years ago we did some research
with the now-defunct Commission for
Architecture and the Built Environment
to measure the impact of fruit trees,
edible hedgerows and other delights
of public-realm design on one of our
schemes. They had developed a Green
Infrastructure Valuation Toolkit with
DEFRA and the Horticultural Trades
Association. The initiatives that we put
in place included rainwater storage and
swales for flood prevention, fruit and
nut trees, play-spaces, an allotment and
polytunnels for food growing. The extra
cost for all these measures came to about
�,000 and yet the toolkit showed
that we added about ten times that to
the value of the scheme in the way we
?It?s not really a
gardening book,
more an analysis
of how we could
design the whole
of our environment
to be better?
alleviated financial and load pressure on
the local physical infrastructure (drains,
for example) and social infrastructure
(health benefits, dependency on social
services and so on).
Of course, the value of good quality
public realm shouldn?t be only measured
in terms of financial returns. It should
be measured in our well-being, too.
Our minds and our bodies (they are
linked after all) are powerfully affected
by what we perceive as our surroundings.
It?s well established that environments
with limited sensory stimulation, like
prison, for example, are places where
the human body begins to mimic the
symptoms of many conditions such as
stroke or macular degeneration.
By turn, the better our surroundings,
the better we are. Between 1971 and
1982, the eminent researcher into the
relationship between environment and
healthcare, Dr Roger Ulrich, discovered
in an historic piece of research that, of 46
patients recovering in hospital from the
same operation, the half who enjoyed a
view of natural scenery also recovered
more quickly, enjoyed better evaluations
and took fewer severe painkillers than
the half who had a view of just a brick
wall. In a 2006 paper for The Lancet, he
wrote, ?There is growing evidence
MAGAZINE.COM / FEBRUARY 2019 21
EXCLUSIVE COLUMN
Feeling peaky? Research
shows that views of
open countryside have
benefits to human health
?Create complexity
at the detailed
level with a mix
of planting that is
tactile and fragrant?
They felt most comfortable in relatively
open landscape with a view of the
horizon, an opportunity to quickly
run to flee danger and the prospect
of shelter under a tree or few, where
there might be fresh water.
The commonly used term for this
type of landscape is savannah and in its
most perfectly developed form it takes
shape as the rolling English parkland
made so popular by Capability Brown in
the 18th century. Lily Bernheimer refers
us to the researchers Rachel and Steven
Kaplan, who, from the 1970s onwards,
identified this kind of landscape as the
right blend of four important qualities:
coherence, legibility, complexity and
mystery. Together they make the recipe
for the perfect natural environment for
human beings. Cooper Marcus goes
further, prescribing the exact ratio
between greenery and hard surfaces:
?We found that a ratio of at least 7:3
seems to work best.? If the paved areas
increase above 30 per cent they suggest
a plaza or shopping mall courtyard.
So there you have it. The perfect
recipe for your 2019 garden layout. Or
your hospital grounds. Or any piece of
public-realm design. Take a minimum
of 70 per cent shrubs and trees and no
more than 30 per cent paving. Throw in
a legible water feature in the distance.
Avoid abstract sculptures (they don?t
soothe people who are sick and worried)
and go for coherence. Create complexity
at the detailed level with a mix of
planting that is tactile and fragrant. And
allow your open space to be populated
by birds, insects and human beings to
provide the most magical and reviving
quality of all: mystery. Do all this and
the serotonin will begin to flow and you
will have made a happiness garden.
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The positioning of this Herefordshire
home means that every window
provides a view like a work of art
PHOTOGRAPHY STEPHEN ARNOLD (UNSPLASH), MARK BOLTON, FRASER MARR
that higher daylight exposure in
patients? rooms reduces depression
and pain, presumably via effects on
serotonin... Research convincingly
suggests that patients experience less
stress and pain if they can view nature.?
That?s good. Stress reduces the
ability of the body to repair and heal
itself, not least because our bodies
find it difficult to produce serotonin
when under duress. And serotonin is
the happiness drug that we make
ourselves, a key facilitator of many
essential physical processes such as
appetite and sleep pattern (aiding repair)
and a key player in mood.
Clare Cooper Marcus, emeritus
professor of landscape architecture at
Berkeley in California, is a keen hunter
of serotonin and was an early enthusiast
for Ulrich?s research. She has designed
hospital gardens as well as conducting
further in-depth research as to what
exactly makes the best kind of ?healing?
landscape. She outlined her results in
Scientific American in 2012, and they
are fascinating. It turns out that we do
not indiscriminately prefer any kind
of greenery to none at all but are drawn
to one particular kind of landscape.
So, a flat expanse of lawn that provides
very little interest will in turn provoke
a weak positive response from us.
At the other end of the scale, dense
lush planting that mimics a jungle or
forest can sometimes have a negative
effect because (it?s thought) it reproduces
conditions in which our ancestors
felt under threat from hidden attack.
It seems our forebears who, until just
a few thousand years ago, were huntergatherers for up to a quarter of a million
years, preferred the middle ground.
Make a bid
for glory
Buying land or property through the latest online auctions
may be tempting but it pays to do your research
WORDS JAYNE DOWLE
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here?s a new way to buy a building
plot and it could help your project take
off from the comfort of your keyboard.
It?s the modern method of auction,
also known as a conditional or online auction.
?In the past 12 months we have been instructed
on 170 plots of land with or without planning
permission across the UK,? says Jamie Cooke,
managing director of online auction specialist
IAM Sold (0845 519 3126; iamsold.co.uk).
?There?s a steady flow of all manner of building
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plots and redevelopment opportunities with
a range of planning statuses.?
Disposing of land at auction is a longestablished method of sale, especially in
rural areas. But now PropTech, technology
connecting the auction houses with buyers, is
propelling it forward. This modern alternative
to the traditional auction house is gaining
ground with sellers. ?Over the last six to nine
months in particular, we have seen an increase
in the number of individual plots of land, and
ABOVE Online auctions
are giving buyers more
flexibility but finding the
perfect plot still needs a
great deal of groundwork
NEWS REPORT
�0,000
A pair of courtyard houses in London
were designed by FORMstudio (0207
407 3336; formstudio.co.uk) and built
on a site bought at auction for �0,000
a fantastic opportunity to create something
of your own design,? says Cooke. ?But moving
quickly to place a pre-planning application to
give you a steer is critical. At the very least,
have a conversation with the planning office.?
Online and traditional auction companies
must adhere to the 1979 Estate Agents Act
and regulations around Consumer Protection
from Unfair Trading Regulations. There is a
self-regulatory body for valuers and auctioneers:
NAVA Propertymark (nava.org.uk). Visit the
website to search for a qualified professional.
Have your money ready
land with outbuildings, being sold this way,? says
Robin Rathore, founder and director at Bamboo
Auctions (0330 088 9659; bambooauctions.
com). ?Many are being sold by corporate or
government organisations. They are starting
to use online auctions as a fast, simple and
transparent way to sell land, which otherwise
would have sat unsold and unused.?
AT-A-GLANCE GUIDE TO
BUYING AT AUCTION
Make sure you know the basics
before you place a bid
ONLINE
? The process is transparent so you
can watch how bidding progresses.
? Plots are priced realistically to sell,
so you could bag a bargain.
? Plots are displayed online with an
auction timer, usually set for 30 days.
? You can register and place your
bid 24 hours a day, seven days a week,
so it?s convenient.
? At the end of the auction period,
the highest bid wins. You must pay
a reservation fee immediately by debit
or credit card, or bank transfer.
? In most online auctions this
reservation fee is a separate transaction
from the price you pay for the property
itself, so to get your total outlay, add
the two together.
? The sale has 56 days to exchange
and complete. This takes almost twice
as long at a traditional auction.
? Some terms and processes can
be confusing.
If you are not a cash buyer, you must arrange
finance in advance to move quickly. ?It is
unlikely that a self-build lender will have
completed their due diligence in time to get
the funding in place,? says Calum Kerr,
self-build specialist at mortgage broker
Anderson Harris (andersonharris.co.uk). ?You?ll
need to use a specialist bridging lender [which
will hold your existing home
?Organisations are as security], as this finance
Avoid potential pitfalls
can be arranged quickly.?
The last thing you want is to be
starting to use
CONVENTIONAL
Meanwhile, your self-build
landed with a plot that you can?t
online auctions as
? Make sure you know the basics before
you bid. It?s a well-established procedure.
lender
will
be
expecting
you
actually build on, or one affected
a fast, simple way
? The closing bid seals the deal.
to obtain planning permission,
by serious issues such as flooding
to sell land?
? You sign the contract and you have
if required, and arrange
or subsidence. Everything must
ROBIN RATHORE,
to pay up to a 10 per cent deposit.
contractors to carry out the
be in order if you need a mortgage
Other administration fees may apply.
BAMBOO AUCTIONS
build. These will be basic
or you may not secure the offer
Completion is usually within 30 days.
requirements of their agreement to lend.
your project depends on. Gary Murphy, head
? The saleroom can be intimidating.
?There?s no secret formula to winning,?
?If you?re buying at an auction using a
of the residential auction department at Allsop
says auction expert Gary Murphy at
bridging loan, it is important to scrutinise the
auctioneers (020 7437 6977; allsop.co.uk),
auctioneer Allsop. ?Fundamentally, you
self-build lender that you will switch the loan
recommends appointing a conveyancer before
have to be the last person in the room
with your hand up. You need to bid very
to, in order to ensure you meet their basic
you even begin to look for plots.
clearly and promptly. Otherwise the
criteria, including income multiples, affordability
?Get this sorted early on and make sure you
auctioneer may miss you or assume
and loan-to-value,? adds Kerr.
send them the auction catalogue or online link
that you?re out of the running.?
in good time so they are familiar with the lot
you?re interested in,? he says. ?They will need
time to contact the vendor?s conveyancer to
obtain, and report on, the legal pack which
�0,000
should contain the conditions of sale, title
deeds, searches, details of the lease if relevant
and any planning permissions.? These should
be carefully checked and any issues addressed
before the auction.
With an eye on your maximum budget,
you will need time to obtain quotes from
architects and builders, and if you?re thinking
of renovating existing buildings, arranging
a full structural survey. ?If the land is sold
without the benefit of planning, this represents
Beech Garth in Cumbria was designed
by Ben Cunliffe Architects (01539 488
122; bencunliffe.co.uk) and built on a
�0,000 plot bought at auction
BUYER
BEWARE
Architect Tom
Gresford of
Gresford Architects (0207
249 1855; gresfordarchitects.
co.uk) on buying a plot
? The best plots are those unusual
ones with no planning permission
and no building or a quirky structure
in them. They should also be in
an area where planning will be
reasonably straightforward such
as within a settlement boundary.�
Try to avoid green belt, conservation
areas, open countryside and Areas
of Outstanding Natural Beauty. If
the plot is in one of those, do your
planning research properly.
? Planning permission in place
always pushes prices up. The
bargains to be had are for those
willing to take a punt and buy
without it, but it?s not for the
faint-hearted. The best thing to
do, and I swear by this, is to get
a planning consultant to do a
planning report on the site prior to
the auction. It may cost �000 or
so, but that money is well worth it
if it means you snap up a bargain
or avoid an expensive mistake.
? In the saleroom, don?t start
bidding too soon, so you can try
and get a sense of the room and
who else is bidding. Whether you?re
at a traditional auction or online,
it?s critical to always set yourself
a limit and stick to it. It?s easy to get
carried away.
? If you really love a plot, it is worth
asking if you can make an offer
before the auction, but it will be very
much down to the seller?s discretion.
? If you?re looking for an auction
plot, you need to put in the legwork.
Trawl the auction websites and
brochures, then go out and visit
every site you are interested in
before making up your mind about
any you want to pursue.
? There isn?t a particular type of
plot that should be avoided, but
don?t kid yourself: plots are
generally being auctioned for a
reason. Sometimes that is because
the seller has tried and failed to get
planning. Do your due diligence.
Finding auction plots
Research online auction management providers
such as IAM Sold, Bamboo and Under the
Hammer (underthehammer.com), which
list plots and properties and conduct online
auctions on behalf of estate agents. Some estate
agents also advertise online auction properties
themselves in conjunction with a specialist
auction management provider. You can also
find online auction properties for sale on
property portals, including Zoopla (zoopla.
?There?s a steady flow of plots
and redevelopment
opportunities with a range
of planning statuses?
JAMIE COOKE, MD, IAM SOLD
co.uk) and Trovit (homes.trovit.co.uk) using
the same search terms.
If you prefer the traditional option, there?s a
directory of upcoming auctions compiled by UK
Auction List (ukauctionlist.com). The Essential
Information Group (eigpropertyauctions.co.uk)
also offers a database of property auctions.�
It?s helpful to know auctioneers in your chosen
locations and keep in touch to receive advance
warning of plots and brochures. It?s also useful
to subscribe to local and regional newspapers
and scour the property sections.
This nine-acre plot on Essex?s
River Blackwater was offered for sale
on online auction at a guide price of
�5,000 by Zoe Napier Modern Property
Auction (01621 840 333; zoenapier.co.uk)
�5,000
This detached house in
Huddersfield, designed by
the Northern Design
Partnership (01484 854
848; northerndesign
partnership.co.uk), was
built on a 900sqm plot
that cost �5,000
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Guy Stansfeld?s holiday
home in Cornwall was built
on a �0,000 auction
plot, which included a
dilapidated cottage that
has been incorporated
into the new-build
Architect Guy
Stansfeld bought
a long-abandoned
plot at auction and
built a dream holiday
home for his family
?There is always the hope that
nobody else will be bidding and
you?ll get an amazing deal?
An eagle-eyed property finder spotted
a challenging plot up for auction and alerted
his client, architect Guy Stansfeld (020 8962
8666; 318.studio), who was looking for a place
to build a holiday home. Guy, 55, who?s
married to Monika, 38, a HR administrator,
and has two daughters, four-year-old Rosie
and Evie, two, found that using an agent was
invaluable. ?We were based in London and
didn?t have the time or knowledge to find what
was available in Cornwall.?
At some point, the 10-acre plot at Redmoor,
near Bodmin in Cornwall, had been used for
grazing animals but had been untouched for
many years by the time Guy and Monika
bought it for �0,000. Although it was
cluttered with old cars, caravans, coils of
wire, rusty sheets of metal and old bottles, it
was exactly what they were looking for: wild,
relatively remote and bordering onto a wildlife
reserve. ?The site included an extraordinarily
ugly, semi-derelict cottage,? says Guy. ?But the
fact that it already existed meant that we would
be able to build a house on the plot.?
Guy drew up a design that allowed for
renovation of the existing cottage and a long,
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NEWS REPORT
glazed corridor connecting it to an
extension housing the bedrooms.
?The relationship between the cottage,
which is now our living room, and the
bedroom extension works well,? Guy says.
?But my favourite feature is the wildlife
pond outside our bedroom window.
I was exploring the site when I first visited
it before the auction and came across
a beautiful little circular pond with a tiny
island in the middle of it that had been
completely overgrown with vegetation.
That clinched it for me.?
The main bedroom at
Guy?s retreat has
glazed doors that
open on to the wildlife
pond and woodland
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?The site included a semiderelict cottage. The fact
that it existed meant that
we would be able to build
a house on the plot?
The 200 square metre house,
constructed of timber, concrete, granite
and galvanised steel corrugated sheeting,
has one spacious living, kitchen and dining
room, four bedrooms and two bathrooms.
Its heating and hot water are primarily
provided by a ground-source heat pump
but when the sun shines. Water is heated
by solar thermal panels. There is also
an array of photovoltaic panels that feed
back into the national grid and generate
enough income to pay for all of the family?s
electricity. The property took three years
to build and was finished in 2013. This
leisurely pace, using Philip Watkins, a
builder recommended by the local estate
agent, was a deliberate policy on Guy?s
part, who didn?t want the financial or
practical stress of rushing construction
from more than 200 miles away.
The auction was in Truro and there
was at least one other bidder, which pushed
up the price to the couple?s limit. ?When
you buy at auction, there is always the hope
that nobody else will bid and you?ll get an
amazing deal. I suspect more often, you
end up paying the market value,? adds Guy.
Just a few short weeks went by from
the couple hearing about the plot to
actually buying it. ?With a live auction, all
the tension happens in one evening,? he
says. ?As far as the process is concerned,
you really must decide, beforehand, what
the property is worth to you. It?s very easy
to get caught up in the excitement and
over-bid. Once the hammer goes down
you can?t just change your mind.?
PHOTOGRAPHY GOOGLE MAPS, GUY STANSFELD ARCHITECTS, BRUCE HEMMING, SIMON BLYTH ESTATE AGENT, TONY WEST, ZOE NAPIER PROPERTY AUCTION
High ceilings throughout
the house, along with big
windows and white walls,
maximise the natural light.
Raw materials such as stone
and concrete add texture
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Baufritz used its own
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Christine and Duncan Penny from
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extended numerous times and as a result
was piecemeal in its layout. The couple
wanted a home that suited their young
family. They considered the lifetime cost
of a property, rather than just build costs,
when making their decision.
The new house was to be welldesigned, well-insulated, cost-effective to
maintain and had to fit its surroundings.
Planning was not going to be easy as the
site adjoined a conservation area, but in
discussion with planners, a solution was
found where the home was divided up into
three separate elements. Planners felt this
would break up the mass of the house, and
it ultimately dictated the building?s design.
Baufritz fulfilled its initial brief by
creating a contemporary house, but it was
the speed of construction that sold the
project. Baufritz was able to plan the house
with its designers, project-manage the
build and undertake the construction.
The exterior was erected in three days
and the weather-tight shell provided a dry,
clean internal working environment.
Sustainability is of great importance.
Prefabricated manufacture in the Baufritz
factory ensures that material waste is
reduced. Demolition and groundwork firm
DG Site Preparations recycled 85-90 per
cent of the demolished house. Basement
builder Glatthaar Fertigkeller followed
a similar philosophy of zero waste,
minimising the build?s energy footprint.
The house is primarily south-facing,
providing passive solar gain and natural
light, and the kitchen benefits from direct
sunlight. A sunken patio to the south
leads out from the family room, using
the sloping site to its maximum potential,
creating a wonderful outdoor living area,
which fulfilled the client?s brief of an
inside-outside feel to the house.
?The property is modern and has strong
links between floors in the main living
areas, with open galleries and large areas
ABOVE The family living space and kitchen make full
use of south-facing windows, maximising natural light
of glazing,? says Baufritz?s designer and
architect Peter Cox. ?There are terraces on
three sides of the house as well as balconies
to the bedrooms. This means that the
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?We built a home that
trust to protect our
A good deal of research and careful sourcing went into the
construction of this house designed on hypoallergenic principles
WORDS JAYNE DOWLE PHOTOGR APHY DAVID GILES
HOMES TV HOUSE
we can
family?s health?
IN BRIEF
?
NAMES Born and Elinor Barikor
AGES 36 and 37
LOCATION Richmond,
south-west London
PROPERTY Two-storey
detached house
BEDROOMS 4
BATHROOMS 3
PROJECT STARTED March 2017
PROJECT FINISHED
February 2018
SIZE 250sqm
BUILD COST �0,000
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B
orn and Elinor Barikor have built a unique house
that has been designed to minimise the risk of
their children being exposed to allergens while
at home. Seven year-old Avery and his fiveyear-old brother Pascal have an array of allergies
including severe asthma, which required regular medication and
frequent trips to the hospital. Born, who is a sports entrepreneur,
is also asthmatic. ?Since Avery and Pascal?s diagnosis, and finding
out more about their allergies, Elinor and I had many discussions
about how we might live somewhere safe for them,? he says.
The home that the couple dreamed of for their sons and twoyear-old daughter Blakely-Rae has taken shape as a four-bedroom
house in London?s leafy suburb of Richmond. It?s built on a
quarter-acre site that the couple bought after losing out on another
one nearby, which was part of a large back garden. The plot
cost �5,000 and was sold with existing planning permission.
Born and Elinor were able to adapt this to incorporate as many
elements of a healthy home as possible. ?The pre-approved plans
had taken the site into consideration to ensure the space and
planning constraints did not compromise on the light and living
quality of the house,? says Elinor, who is a digital art entrepreneur.
?But we made alterations to suit our ambitions for the project and
re-submitted the planning application.?
The airtight building is close to Passivhaus standard and
includes a mechanical ventilation system to purify the air,
non-toxic paints, flooring and joinery, and natural materials
used wherever possible. In the garden, plants that are pollinated
by insects rather than the wind, such as hydrangea, hosta and
lavender, keep airborne pollen to a minimum.
Welcoming planters and a shingle path frame the front entrance, which is partly clad
in larch. The wall luminaire is a Sammode Elgar Silver Light from Dyke & Dean
F L O O R PL A N S
CUPBOARD
WC
PATIO
OFFICE
LIVING
ROOM
BATHROOM
LIVING ROOM
BEDROOM
BEDROOM
DINING
ROOM
BEDROOM
UTILITY
ROOM
KITCHEN
COURTYARD
COURTYARD
MAIN BEDROOM
EN SUITE
PATIO
GROUND FLOOR
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BASEMENT
HOMES TV HOUSE
The family spends most
of its time in the
comfortable open-plan
living area, which leads
out to the garden
This is a cosy space
where the family can
relax, safe in the
knowledge that the
polished concrete floor,
rugs and natural
materials create a
healthy environment
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There is a fantastic sense of
light in the house and plenty
of space for the family to
enjoy hobbies and interests,
such as the piano
An important stipulation of the planning permission was
that the building must be just one-storey above ground level to
minimise its impact on the surrounding houses, which meant
digging out a basement to create a home large enough for the
family. This required some careful consideration by the couple
and their main contractor Enhabit, a company that designs and
builds efficient and healthy living spaces. As a result, the living
areas are on the first floor, so they benefit from natural light
during the day and the bedrooms are in the basement.
?We made the top floor open-plan and changed some of the
window configurations to let in more light,? says Born. ?There?s
a glass floor in the entrance to let light into the basement and
we made the door bigger. It?s been a dream of ours to have an
entrance hall big enough for five people. In the basement, the
boys asked for a connecting door between their bedrooms and
we made the plant room double up as a utility area.?
The revised plans were approved, and Born and Elinor
engaged a project manager to oversee the build and liaise with
the contractors. Early on, they had signed an agreement that
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granted limited access to their neighbours? land for several
weeks while the build took place. But the basement had not
been part of the couple?s original plans and it was a race
against time to get it completed as quickly as possible,
involving the removal of 100 lorry loads of soil and adding
an extra �,000 to the cost of the project. The new
basement, though, allowed for the creation of a beautiful
sunken courtyard garden leading off the bedrooms.
A sufficient amount of natural light is an essential
part of a healthy home so Born and Elinor specified
full-height, wide glass doors for all the external openings.
They also brought in lighting consultant Darran Prior
from Belisama Lighting to advise them on an artificial
illumination system.
The couple had to look far and wide to find materials
and furniture to meet their exacting hypoallergenic
requirements. ?We were surprised at how difficult it was
to find healthy, affordable products and to understand
the composition of typical items that we all have in our
homes,? says Elinor. ?Before we began building this house,
we?d never questioned the materials that make up our
furniture and hadn?t heard of volatile organic compounds
[or VOCs, which can be used in building materials, wood
The basement allowed for
the creation of a beautiful
sunken courtyard garden
leading off the bedrooms
preservatives and glues. They are released into the air as
gases and may be harmful to health]. Now, we are shocked
that retailers and producers are not obliged or regulated to
inform us of the potential health implications.?
A good start was made in the kitchen with the help
of Lisa Needham, a designer at Waterside Bathrooms
& Kitchens, who sourced solvent-free lacquer-finished
cabinets from Rational. The worksurfaces and tiles are
made from natural materials, and outside, the decking is
made from maize husks. ?We didn?t have the budget to buy
new every time, and found that it wasn?t always necessary
as second-hand and upcycled pieces became our best
friends,? Elinor explains. Some of their best buys include a
reclaimed scaffold-plank dining table and benches, Ercol
chairs, Persian rugs and a salvaged church pew.
Although the house was not quite finished, the family
moved in on Christmas Eve, 2017. ?We lived in the house
for a few days before the mechanical ventilation with heat
recovery was switched on and within hours it felt as if the
house had breathed a sigh of relief,? says Born. ?We all felt
the good effect. Then the rain and snow came and we were
cosy and warm without having to switch on the heating.?
In spring, the family took part in a study led by the
Universities of Leicester and York to monitor the levels
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The streamlined kitchen
was made in Germany by
Rational, which produces
units finished with
solvent-free lacquer,
while potted plants help
to promote healthy air
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S U PPL I E R S
The bathroom
includes a generous
freestanding tub
and leafy greenery
?
PROJECT TEAM
Design and build Enhabit (020 8380
8908; enhabit.uk.com)
Finishing contractor Oasis
Construction (0745 533 7029;
oasisconstruction.co.uk)
Basement contractor O?Sullivan Civil
Engineering (020 8404 0006;
osullivancivils.co.uk)
Landscape design Landart UK
(020 8979 9633; landartuk.co.uk)
Contractors (0203 369 5156;
theconcreteflooring.com)
Kitchen Rational (0114 399 6884;
rationalgb.com)
Bathroom and kitchen design
Waterside Bathrooms & Kitchens
(01302 325 450;
watersidebathrooms.co.uk)
Lighting design Belisama Lighting
(07510 887 035;
belisamalighting.co.uk)
Roof lights Lamilux UK
(01284 749 051; lamilux.co.uk)
Exterior light Dyke & Dean
(01424 429 202; dykeanddean.com
Balustrades SHS Products
(01922 743 842; shsproducts.co.uk)
STRUCTURE
Zinc roof The Specialist Roofing
Company (01753 867 288;
thespecialistroofingcompany.co.uk)
Heatsource pump BHive (01245
860 589; bhiveunderfloor.co.uk)
FURNITURE & ACCESSORIES
and Zehnder (01276 605 800;
Ecodesign woodburner Charnwood
zehnder.co.uk)
(01983 537 777; charnwood.com)
Electrics SG Electrical
Artwork Degreeart.com
(07957 390 850)
(0203 701 7411; degreeart.com)
Plumbing Jennings Heating
Paint Crown Paints Breatheasy (0330
(07775 731 339; jheating.co.uk)
024 0281; crownpaints.co.uk)
Paving and decking London Stone
(01753 212 950; londonstone.co.uk) Wallpaper Abigail Borg (07793 033
922; abigailborg.com)
Carpets Lano
FIXTURES & FITTINGS
(+32 5665 4000; lano.com)
Concrete floor The Concrete Flooring
of VOCs and pollen typically found in a new-build property.
?We were told not to expect great things as a new house needs
a good year to settle and release any VOCs,? says Born. ?And the
pollen levels were high. Even so, the care Born and Elinor had
taken in the construction and furnishing of their home had a
measurable effect. ?The house smashed all the VOC levels and
there was negligible pollen inside,? Born says. ?We take this as
scientific proof that our healthy house objectives have been met.?
After several months of living in the house, the allergic
reactions experienced by Avery and Pascal have virtually stopped
and they?ve had fewer medical interventions. For the first time
ever, the whole family is sleeping through the night. ?We built a
home that we can trust to protect our family?s health,? Elinor says.
?It is almost impossible to describe the feeling when we realise we
have done it,? adds Born. ?It is still utterly overwhelming, and
we have moments of immense pride and satisfaction.?
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Pascal, Avery and Blakely-Rae
each have their own bedroom,
decorated with VOC-free paint
from the Crown Breatheasy range
The master bedroom is a
peaceful retreat for Born
and Elinor, with doors that
open to the sunken garden
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?After several months
of living in the house,
the allergic reactions have
virtually stopped?
The tiered garden?s
planting scheme includes
hosta and lavender,
beneficial to allergy
sufferers because they
are pollinated by insects,
not by wind power. Interest
is added with textures of
stone, and logs for the
Ecodesign woodburner
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A triumph
of teamwork
A mix of colours and patterns has given this
renovated house the character its owners wanted
PHOTOGR APHY BR ADLEY VAN DER STR AETEN
HOMES EAST LONDON
IN BRIEF
?
NAMES Ben and Anna Cave
AGES 41 and 37
LOCATION East London
TYPE OF PROPERTY Late Victorian
semi-detached house
BEDROOMS 4
BATHROOMS 2, plus cloakroom
PROJECT STARTED November 2017
PROJECT FINISHED August 2018
EXTENSION SIZE 6sqm
EXTENSION COST �,000
ABOVE AND LEFT To create a richly textured exterior, Ben and Anna invested in soft red-grey brick slips for the
extension as a contrast with the yellow-black brick of the house and the terrace of herringbone-laid paving bricks
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The architect designed
exposed, instead of
recessed, spotlights
positioned in pairs,
together with 1950sinspired pendant lights
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Designed, made and
installed by Uncommon
Projects, the wax-oiled
and lacquered shelving
rests on top of a grille
that was an on-site
solution for disguising
radiators and a means of
adding another layer
of pattern to the scheme
T
he smooth-running success of the
extension and renovation of this family
home can be attributed to one thing:
?Finding the right people to work with is absolutely
essential,? says Ben Cave, who lives in the updated property
with his wife Anna and their three sons. ?The team we
worked with were honest and very good at curbing our
worst excesses,? he says of architects George Bradley and
Claire Holton from Bradley van der Straeten (BVDS).
he family?s home is a late-Victorian semi-detached
property near Epping Forest in East London. ?We
invited several architects to consider the project, telling
them our budget, materials we preferred and the lexible
way that we wanted to use the irst loor. Other projects
that BVDS had done and the conversations we had gave
us the conidence to trust them,? explains Ben.
It was the arrival of the couple?s irst child that
prompted them to ind a home bigger than the
one-and-a-half-bedroom lat in London?s Dalston they
lived in. A tight budget and the rise in property prices
encouraged the couple to widen their search further east,
which led to them buying the house. ?It was in need of
some work as it hadn?t been updated for 40 years by the
lovely lady who lived there,? explains Ben.
Although their brief was quite open, Ben and Anna
wanted a home that would look and feel playful, with
eclectic colours and patterns. ?Also, the ground loor
needed a better connection to the garden and the dining
table was to be the hub of the house,? says Bradley.
As the narrow kitchen had two small windows and
lacked a good view or access to the garden, a redesign
of the room was the irst and most important step.
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Two concepts were drawn up by BVDS that opened
out the space with diferent interior layouts. A third
plan went a step further and enlarged the ground
loor by extending outwards to one side ? and this is
the option that Ben and Anna chose. It required a
straightforward planning application and ofered the
couple an additional six square metres of living space.
?We made the decision not to knock down walls and
liked the idea of having rooms, particularly ones that
can be used in diferent ways, with no set spaces for
children and grown-ups,? says Ben.
Instead of building an extension across the full
width of the back of the house, Bradley?s brick structure
is L-shaped, with the vertical stem of the L attached
to the house while the horizontal arm faces onto the
garden. he design provided an opportunity to rework
the layout on the irst loor, creating a study-music
room, and a second bathroom in the process. A new,
timber-framed glass window at the back of the house
matches the extension glazing below.
ABOVE The original, classic-design French door was
retained and forms a focal point visible from the
garden and through the oak fixed-frame window seat
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?Texture was important, both inside and out,? says
Bradley, referring to the pale red brick and brick slips
that have been used to create a wale efect on the
extension?s exterior. hey contrast with a wraparound
terrace of paving bricks laid in a herringbone pattern.
Inside, a vibrant yellow gives the sun-illed living
room at the front of the house a wonderful sense of
character. In the new kitchen, a combination of hard
wax-oiled and colour-lacquered units, with bespokedesigned shelving and storage to match on the opposite
wall, were designed and installed by Uncommon
Projects. Altogether, the efect is a re-imagining of
the 1950s, with cork, ply and colour.
?We?re particularly keen on ply kitchens and were
looking at options when we came across Uncommon
Projects? design,? says Ben. ?here was a eureka moment
when we walked into the kitchen belonging to one of
the company?s owners. We had to have one of our own.?
On the irst loor, the new layout includes a corridor
that runs from the stairwell to the study-music room
ABOVE Contemporary, dark, slim-framed corner windows
contrast with the traditional brickwork and pavers. Above,
rainwater run-off is captured by a sedum roof
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?We liked the idea of rooms
that can be used in different
ways, with no set spaces for
children and grown-ups?
that now stands above the dining area in the
extension below. One side of the corridor is lined
with bespoke, built-in storage, incorporating a
utility space, with a walk-in shower opposite, while
the position of the bedroom at the front of the
house was left unaltered.
he study-music room, with its wooden, wallmounted desk spanning the full width of the room,
is simply decorated so it can be used by any of the
family to play keyboards, drums and guitars, or to
study. In contrast, Ben and Anna?s new en-suite
bathroom is boldly colourful. ?We particularly liked
a banana-leaf print that we?d seen in America, as well
as the more playful aspect of Scandinavian furniture,
and we?ve brought the two styles together,? Ben states.
he couple are still surprised by the amount of
work that was involved in the project but enjoyed
the creative process.
?Our approach was, ?How can we make the house
better for us?? says Ben. ?It was a co-operative experience
from beginning to end and now that it?s inished, we
realise that the quality of the work has given us a zero
tolerance for other less well-designed places. he house
is warm and comfortable and we love that we?ve chosen
everything ourselves. his is a great part of London, with
a lovely sense of community and the countryside is on
our doorstep. We want our boys to grow up here.?
The lacquered
hardwood-veneered
plywood units were
made bespoke, the
rich tone adds
colour to the pale
wood scheme
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F L O O R PL A N S
BEDROOM
BEDROOM
LOFT
GRASS
SIDE ROOF
STUDY-MUSIC
ROOM
BATHROOM
BATHROOM
BEDROOM
FIRST FLOOR
GARDEN
DINING ROOM
KITCHEN
SIDE
PASSAGE
LIVING ROOM
GROUND FLOOR
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A bespoke curved oak
staircase with copper
spindles rises up through
the glass atrium to an
elegant balustrade that
encircles a landing area.
This provides space for a
piano and leads directly to
the living space
The living room is painted an
eye-catching yellow called
Mister David from Little Greene
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A vintage Danish bureau
was adapted to work as
a vanity unit with the
addition of a white slimline
worksurface and two
countertop basins
Ben and Anna wanted
a home that would look
and feel playful, with eclectic
colours and patterns
The traditional bath
was painted in a bold
shade of yellow
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A ply bunkbed by
Made.com continues
the Fifties-inspired
theme in the
older boys? bedroom
S U PPL I E R S
STRUCTURE
Brickwork clay pavers Global Stone
(0845 6060 240; globalstonepaving.co.uk)
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Brick slip cladding The Bespoke
Brick Company (01634 707 707;
bespokebrick.com)
Sliding doors Maxlight
(020 8896 0700; maxlight.co.uk)
Bespoke engineered timber flooring
Bert & May (020 3744 0776;
bertandmay.com)
FIXTURES & FITTINGS
Kitchen shelving and bench seat
Uncommon Projects (020 8617 1554;
uncommonprojects.co.uk)
Shower room basin Lusso Stone
(020 3370 4057; lussostone.com
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Shower room wall tiles In Opera (020 3137
1086; in-opera.co.uk); Fired Earth
(01295 812 088; firedearth.com)
Shower room floor tiles Diespeker & Co
(020 7358 0160; diespeker.co.uk)
FURNITURE & ACCESSORIES
Bath Aston Matthews (020 7226 7220;
astonmatthews.co.uk)
Main bathroom wallpaper
Pierre Frey (pierrefrey.com)
Main bathroom pendant light
Miguel Mil� (miguelmila.com)
Main bathroom brass taps Aston Matthews
(020 7226 7220; astonmatthews.co.uk)
Shower mixer Bert & May
(020 3744 0776; bertandmay.com)
Bunk beds Made.com (made.com)
Pouffe SCP (020 7739 1869; scp.co.uk)
Living-room paint Little Greene
(littlegreene.com)
Architrave and skirting Benjamin Moore
(01753 575 756; benjaminmoorepaint.co.uk);
Farrow & Ball (01202 876 141;
farrow-ball.com)
Main bathroom wall paint Benjamin Moore
(01753 575 756; benjaminmoorepaint.co.uk)
Bath paint Little Greene (littlegreene.com)
Children?s room wall paint
Little Greene (littlegreene.com)
ADDITIONAL EXTERIOR PHOTOGRAPHY JOCELYN LOW
?
PROJECT TEAM
Architect and interior design
consultant Bradley van der Straeten
(07789 478 519; b-vds.co.uk)
Builder/contractor TBS Tutka
(020 8200 2303; tbslimited.com)
Kitchen design Uncommon Projects
(020 8617 1554; uncommonprojects.co.uk)
Garden design (excluding sedum roof)
Martha Krempel Garden Design (07768 170
590; marthakrempelgardendesign.com)
Ballo.
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Of form and
function
This low-level house is a design masterclass
in clean lines and geometric shapes
WORDS JULIET BENNING
PHOTOGR APHY COSTAS PICADAS
IN BRIEF
?
NAMES Bryan Young and
Marina Vidal-Young
AGES Mid-forties
LOCATION Westhampton, New York
TYPE OF PROPERTY
Single-storey family home
BEDROOMS 4
BATHROOMS 3, plus cloakroom
PROJECT STARTED Autumn 2014
PROJECT FINISHED Summer 2015
SIZE 195sqm
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HOMES AMERICA
With a long, horizontal
profile, the house
is built on a concrete
plinth raising it out
of the flood zone
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HOMES AMERICA
W
hen recounting the story of how his
Westhampton, New York home came
into being, architect Bryan Young
appears remarkably cool considering
the circumstances. ?We were
renovating our 1960s ranch house when it was destroyed
in a fire. Thankfully, there were no personal belongings
lost and no one was hurt. All things considered, we were
very grateful that it wasn?t more serious.?
Turning a tragedy into a triumph, Bryan and his
wife Marina built a new home from scratch that was
perfectly tailored to their needs. ?We used the foundations
of the original house as a starting point,? says Bryan.
?They amounted to about 75 per cent of the new
property?s footprint. It was an interesting parameter to
be working within.? The concrete base, built to raise the
property out of the flood zone, became an important
design element, prompting the long horizontal envelope
of the architecture. Grass was laid on the slope up to
this plinth to give a curving shape to the landscape.
As if paying respect to the burnt remains of the ranch
house, Bryan opted for a charred cypress wood cladding
for the exterior. The process, known as shou sugi ban, is a
Japanese technique for preserving wood by charring it with
fire. ?The finish is low-maintenance so you don?t have to
re-stain it every few years. And although it?s dark, it brings
a tactile quality to the grain of the wood,? explains Bryan.
Towards the rear of the property, to define the outdoor
dining area, and to offer relief from the dark cladding,
natural cedar wood brings warmth to the scheme.
Entrusting his vision to the project contractor, Vital
Habitats, Bryan was a regular visitor to the site, creating
a collaborative relationship. ?Many of the details were
resolved after we started construction, which allowed
?We used the
foundations of
the original house
as a starting point?
The ceiling height at the
front of the house is lower,
prompting more intimate
spaces such as the family
room. The mass of the
dividing wall, painted in
Benjamin Moore?s stormy
sky, emphasises the
incline of the ceiling
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The centre of the house
acts as a free-flowing space
that is perfect for family
gatherings. From here two
wings, north and south,
separate the bedrooms
F L O O R PL A N
EN SUITE
LIVING ROOM
MAIN BEDROOM
BEDROOM
BEDROOM
KITCHEN
LIVING/DINING ROOM
BATHROOM
BEDROOM
EN SUITE
POOL
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HOMES AMERICA
Bryan used cast
aluminium panels to
create an artwork
for the living room
The contemporary
space is filled with
mid-century furniture
against a backdrop
of white walls and
a pale wood floor
us to work really quickly,? Bryan recalls. Although the
project was started in autumn 2014, faced with a bitter
winter, the majority of the work was completed in a swift
four months between April and July the following year.
?It was a smaller project than my architectural studio
usually handles, so we were well-equipped to deal with it
from a technical perspective,? Bryan says. The planning
process also ran smoothly with the local design review
board approving the drawings with no amendments. ?It?s a
unique house in comparison to neighbouring properties but
I think it also fits into its context and is widely appreciated.?
Working with a tight budget, the priority was for an
efficient use of space. In spite of being single-storey, a series
of ceiling level changes gaining height towards the rear
of the house have created large internal spaces, which
direct the view towards the pool and the deck. The wall
height at the front door is 2.4 metres climbing to 3.6 metres
at the back of the central atrium, allowing the spaces to
shift in mood from intimate to more lofty and formal as
you pass northwards through the property.
The floor plan is arranged with the centre of the house
as its heart; a wing of three guest bedrooms is found to the
north and the main bedroom and bathroom are to the
south. ?It creates a sense of privacy between our rooms and
the guest bedrooms,? Bryan explains. ?Everybody comes to
the middle of the house to meet, dine and live together, and
that space spills out into the garden.?
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HOMES AMERICA
?It?s a unique house
in comparison to
neighbouring
properties but it also
fits into its context?
The property, including the swimming pool, is
environmentally friendly. The pool is heated via solar
panels, which take advantage of the roof?s sloping pitch.
Spray foam insulation within the roof and walls make
the house efficient at retaining heat, while carefully
positioned windows maximise thermal gain. The sliding
glass panels look south and the length of the roof?s
overhang shades the summer sun when it?s higher in the
sky, and captures all of the winter sun when it?s lower.
The uncluttered, contemporary interior is filled with
a collection of stylish vintage furniture and old film
posters, alongside the occasional statement light fitting
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by Bocci and Muuto. ?The house has a mid-century
modern feel, although the ceiling and roof geometry is
more modern,? says Bryan. ?It?s a good line to straddle in
terms of being both welcoming and contemporary.?
The four bedrooms make it possible for Bryan and his
partner Marina to host another two families, which they
do frequently throughout the summer weekends, and being
situated in the west of The Hamptons, the house is easily
accessible from the centre of New York. ?It has offered us
a way to escape the intensity of the city, where we live in a
small apartment,? says Bryan. ?It?s a major part of our lives
and we feel so fortunate to have it.?
The dining area has
views of the pool
and outdoor spaces
through two fullheight windows
HOMES AMERICA
The kitchen, with its
teak cabinets, brings
warmth to the white
scheme and offers
contrast to the oak
flooring, which has
a light whitewash
HOMES AMERICA
Guest bedrooms have
been kept relatively small
so there is more space
for communal areas
A clean, white decor
for all the bathrooms
ensures they are
low-maintenance
S U PPL I E R S
?
PROJECT TEAM
Architect Young Projects
(+1 718 330 9101; young-projects.com)
Structural engineer Silman
(+1 212 620 7970; silman.com)
Contractor Vital Habitats
(+1 631 537 8287; vitalhabitats.com)
MEP Engineer Engineering Solutions
(+1 212 840 1030; engsolu.com)
STRUCTURE
Windows Arcadia (arcadiacustom.com)
Doors Arcadia (arcadiacustom.com) and Tre-Piu
(+1 786 570 6867; trep-trepiu.com)
Cladding (+1 512 385 1812; deltamillworks.com)
FIXTURES & FITTINGS
Kitchen appliances Miele
(0330 160 6600; miele.co.uk)
Kitchen sink Elkay (+1 630 574 8484; elkay.com)
Kitchen woodwork Henrybuilt (henrybuilt.com)
Kitchen tap Kohler (kohler.co.uk)
Bathrooms are fitted
with inward-opening
hopper windows
for ventilation
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Bathroom plumbing fixtures Dornbracht
(+49 2371 4330; dornbracht.com),
Hansgrohe (01372 472 056; hansgrohe.co.uk)
and Kohler (kohler.co.uk)
Dining table chandelier pendant light
Bocci (07794 587 325; bocci.ca)
Kitchen island drop light DWR
(+1 203 614 0600; dwr.com)
Bedroom pendant light Muuto
(+45 3296 9899; muuto.com)
FURNITURE & ACCESSORIES
Dining chairs Vintage Eames (eames.com)
Exterior zinc dining table Arxe
(+34 629 544 677; arxe.info)
Exterior dining chairs
Vintage Eames (eames.com)
Sculptura living-room wire chairs Woodard
(+1 800 877 2290; woodard-furniture.com)
Sofa CB2 (+1 630 388 4555; cb2.com)
Large scale wall art in living room
Cast aluminium panels by Bryan Young
?Many of the details
were resolved after we
started construction,
which allowed us to
work really quickly?
The main bedroom is
separated from the rest
of the house in its own
south-facing wing.
It is bounded on three
sides by large windows,
one of which leads to
an exterior shower
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HOMES AMERICA
The roof?s overhang shades the
summer sun when it?s higher
in the sky, and captures all of
the winter sun when it?s lower
Lighting, built into the
rendered underside
of the overhang,
illuminates the decking
and pool at night
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Bespoke fitted furniture in
the living room was made
by a local joiner. Timber
boards on the floor were
sanded back and refinished
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The height
of chic
A long to-do list of improvements
prompted the renovation of this
much-loved London townhouse
WORDS JULIET BENNING
PHOTOGR APHY CHRIS SNOOK
IN BRIEF
?
NAMES Julie Gardener and Kittie Cook
AGES Early fifties
LOCATION Wandsworth, London
TYPE OF PROPERTY Victorian townhouse
BEDROOMS 4 BATHROOMS 2
PROJECT STARTED July 2016
PROJECT FINISHED August 2017
SIZE 305sqm COST �0,000
CURRENT VALUE �million
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HOMES LONDON
I
t was not an exciting new property or
plot that steered Julie Gardener and her
partner Kittie Cook on their design journey.
It was the revival of the home that they
had lived in and loved for ten years. ?It?s a
gorgeous house,? says Julie, who was originally drawn to the
building?s grand proportions and elevated position, with a
flight of steps up from the street. ?Although it?s technically
Victorian, it was built around the time of The Great
Exhibition in 1851 and has some Georgian influences.?
Living in a period property is never without its
complications and after a decade the list of improvements
and repair jobs was long. ?It got to a point where we?d
accumulated a few years? worth of problems and we
thought we should tackle them all at once,? says Julie.
ABOVE Although built in 1850, around the time of The Great Exhibition, this imposing Victorian
property includes elements of Georgian style, such as its tall windows and grand proportions
Although built in 1850, around the time of the
Great Exhibition, the imposing Victorian house
includes elements of Georgian style in its fa鏰de,
such as the tall windows and grand proportions.
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Julie and Kittie?s eclectic style works
with the original period features
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?After two rounds of
replacing rotten wood, the
idea of low-maintenance
steel was very appealing?
The couple planned a complete makeover. The house
was to be gutted, electrically rewired and re-plumbed,
the walls would be strengthened and steels put in, the
interiors redecorated and new rendering applied to the
rear facade to complete the project.
Julie and Kittie drafted in the expertise of Neil Gaskin
from Sketch Architects, who had been recommended by a
structural-engineer friend. Despite being in a conservation
area, none of the alterations required planning permission,
but the disruption was extensive enough to warrant the
couple moving out for the entire duration of the work.
Both Julie and Kittie are writers in the entertainment
industry and spend much of their time working from
home, so they moved into a smaller property temporarily
and continued with business as usual, while keeping
a close eye on the project?s progress.
Gaskin found a solution to the basement kitchen,
which had been extended in the past and was awkwardly
broken up by steel downstand beams and had a doorway
at the foot of a dark staircase. It was opened up and fitted
with steel-framed Crittall windows.
?The staircase had been impossible to see and I used the
glazing to draw light into the corridor and act as a barrier
to the other basement rooms,? he explains. The opening
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Metal-framed glazing
has transformed the
previously dark stairwell
and opened up views
to the garden at the
back of the house.
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The kitchen was updated,
re-using many of the old
units along with a new
island and taller cupboards
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F L O O R PL A N S
MUSIC ROOM
OFFICE
EN SUITE
BEDROOM
BEDROOM
SECOND FLOOR
LIBRARY
EN SUITE
DRESSING ROOM
BALCONY
MAIN BEDROOM
FIRST FLOOR
WC
LIVING AREA
PATIO
GROUND FLOOR
UTILITY
ROOM
WC
LIVING SPACE
KITCHEN
PATIO
To tackle a problem with damp, the room was
completely gutted and dug out to half a metre. A new,
polished-concrete floor has underfloor heating
LOWER GROUND FLOOR
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HOMES LONDON
?It got to a point where we?d accumulated
a few years? worth of problems and we
thought we should tackle them all at once?
for the window was designed so that it cuts into the timber
joists that run side to side across the ceiling, and fit under
the new steel beam that is left exposed. At one end of the
room, timber doors were replaced with another set of Crittall
ones to provide a view of the garden. ?After two rounds of
replacing rotten wood, the idea of low-maintenance steel
was very appealing,? Julie says.
The kitchen was stripped right back to deal with the
property?s damp problem. ?We took everything down to
the soil, digging down by half a metre,? Gaskin explains.
A new, fully insulated concrete slab was fitted alongside
Sika waterproofing and tanking. The floor was then
finished with underfloor heating and polished concrete.
With help from designer Sarah Newman at Harvey
Jones in Battersea, the kitchen was updated, re-using many
of the old units along with a new island and taller cupboards
including a larder and American-style fridge.
Architect Neil Gaskin
reworked
the room
Architect Neil
Gaskin
layout
for the
Juliespace
and for
reworked
Kittie?s
bedroom,
Julie
and
Kittie?s
dressing room
and room
bedroom,
dressing
bathroom.
and bathroom
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Upstairs, the couple?s bedroom suite now has the look of
a lofty Parisian apartment. Once two smaller rooms, Gaskin
reclaimed space to create a dressing room leading off from
the bedroom, which then leads to an adjoining bathroom.
?I wanted to make the three spaces feel connected,?
Gaskin says. With the addition of tall double doors and
a freestanding bathtub in the dressing area, the already
impressive proportions have been given a greater sense
of drama. Julie?s eye for decorative detail prompted both
the deep-blue hue of the bathtub and the carpet of tiles
beneath it. Fitted wardrobes, made by a local joiner, line
the walls for a clutter-free look
With the renovation complete, the improvements
have given Julie and Kittie a renewed appreciation of
their London home. ?After moving in, we went for a
shabby-chic look,? says Julie. ?Now we?ve chic-ed up
the shabby. Our home is going to age happily with us.?
Double doors from Mann Made
London (mannmadelondon.
com) heighten the drama of
the bedroom?s proportions
S U PPL I E R S
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PROJECT TEAM
Architect Sketch Architects
(0203 773 4880; sketch-architects.co.uk)
Structural engineer Deborah Setterfield,
Benton Setterfield Partnership
(020 8870 3666)
Contractor M&M Crew
(07783 902 421; mmcrew.co.uk)
Decorating consultant Louise Hannah
Design (07786 902 220;
louisehannahdesign.com)
Wall-to-wall bespoke joinery
fills the library, which is on
a landing between the ground
floor and first floor.
STRUCTURE
Windows Crittall from Lightfoot Windows
(020 8662 9090; lightfootwindows.co.uk)
Polished concrete floor Lazenby
(01935 700 306; lazenby.co.uk)
Timber floor Woodrow Parquet (020 7228
8700; woodrow-hardwood-flooring.com)
Waterproofing and
damp-resistance products
Sika (0800 292 2572;
sikawaterproofing.co.uk)
FIXTURES & FITTINGS
Kitchen design Harvey Jones,
Battersea, London
(0800 389 6938; harveyjones.com)
Fitted furniture: dressing room
MannMade London (020 3735 6470;
mannmadelondon.com)
Fitted furniture: living
room and music room
Patrick Melanaphy, Richmond Park
Cabinets (020 8892 2871;
richmondparkcabinets.com)
Walls Farrow & Ball (charleston grey
in the bathroom; wardrobes in
skimming stone; bedroom
in elephant?s breath (01202 876 141;
farrow-ball.com)
Lighting Clippings (020 3808 9449;
clippings.com) and Skipper pendant
by Tom Raffield at Heal?s
(0333 212 1915; heals.com)
Bathroom tiles Carpet Vestige by Aparici,
from Potter Perrin (020 7223 1007;
potterperrintiles.com)
AV system Casey Barrett,
Inspired Dwellings (020 7736 6007;
inspireddwellings.com)
FURNITURE & ACCESSORIES
Bathroom fittings Potter Perrin
(020 7223 1007; potterperrintiles.com)
Carpets Roger Oates flatweave
(020 7351 2288; rogeroates.com)
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LOCATION Kilmoluaig, Isle of Tiree
TYPE OF PROPERTY New-build
attached to a traditional stone cottage
BEDROOMS 2
BATHROOMS 2
PROJECT STARTED March 2016
PROJECT FINISHED October 2018
SIZE 100sqm
BUILD COST �0,000
The curved fibre-glass
roof, with inset
rooflights, was made
entirely bespoke
to fit Micheal?s
design specifications
HOMES SCOTLAND
From
a new
angle
The design of this Hebridean island home has been inspired
by the traditional blacktop cottage beside which it stands
WORDS CAROLINE EDNIE AND AR ABELL A ST JOHN PARKER
PHOTOGR APHY DAVID BARBOUR
ABOVE Dark fibreglass replicates a traditional roof style, like the tarred felt variety seen locally. As such, the roof was the
most complicated part of the build: it had to be laid, then taken down to add glazing units before being pieced back together
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HOMES SCOTLAND
Micheal and Lynne incorporated
colours that would reflect those
found in the nearby natural
environment, such as yellow
for gorse and buttercups
T
he mostly low-lying Isle of Tiree in the Inner
Hebrides is just 12 miles long and six miles
wide. It is a place of open skies, sea views and
a generally mild climate with gusty winds that
blow in from the Atlantic Ocean during the
winter months. Architect Micheal Holliday grew up on
this windswept isle, and three years ago he inherited
a cottage there that had belonged to his grandmother.
The property, with cattle byre beside it, had been built
with its ?back to the wind, face to the sun?, as were many
of the traditional houses on the island, which were
orientated to keep them sheltered from the prevailing
winds. But it also meant that the surrounding countryside
and ocean beyond were hidden from view.
The cottage was too small for Micheal and thenpartner Lynne Cox?s needs, so they decided to renovate
it as a self-contained, one-bedroom home and design
another building that would be big enough for them
to live in and which would enable them to enjoy the
landscape. ?Planning encouraged us to present the
proposal either as an extension to the cottage or as
a separate new-build,? he says. ?The same approval
would have been required for either option.?
Micheal and Lynne decided to build an extension,
designing it to stand at a 90� angle adjoining the cottage.
?Our concept was to re-imagine the traditional Tiree house
when designed for the 21st century. The island buildings
have really thick, textured walls and lightweight roofs
F L O O R PL A N S
BEDROOM
BEDROOM
DINING AREA
LIVING ROOM
KITCHEN
BATHROOM
UTILITY
KITCHEN
BEDROOM
BATHROOM
BEDROOM
BEDROOM
ABOVE The entrance, positioned between
the new-build and existing cottage, was
designed with a cobbled floor as a practical
surface to take off wellies or walking shoes
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GROUND FLOOR
FIRST FLOOR
The contrast between old and
new is felt in the link entrance,
with the rough textured stone
of the original house to one side
and smooth wood on the other
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For a clean-lined look
in the small kitchen,
the couple chose
smooth-fronted units.
Walnut worksurfaces
and reclaimed brass
door kick plates for
the splashback add
warmer tones to the
scheme, while
painted V-lined pine
cladding is used to
draw in the staircase
White painted timber slats
predate plasterboard and are
a common feature of Tiree?s
traditional house interiors
with curved ridges, no overhanging eaves, and the
windows are set deep into the walls. I wanted to
incorporate these details,? Micheal explains. The new
addition features an aerodynamic, curved roof ridge that
will withstand Atlantic gales, as well as heavily slate-clad
walls, recessed eaves and deep-set windows.
Splashes of colour inspired by those found in the
landscape ? yellow for gorse and buttercups, and red for
tractors and sheds ? break up the monochrome palette
of materials. ?The juncture between the cottage and the
?Our concept was to
re-imagine the traditional
Tiree house designed for
the 21st century?
new-build forms a shared entrance; it?s like an air lock,
standing between the textured stone of the old house and
the wood finishes of the new addition,? says Micheal.
The extension was bigger than originally anticipated
and the roofline higher but the local planning office was
sympathetic. ?Because it?s set at a 90� angle, the ridgelines
of both buildings aren?t visible side by side, so the planners
were happy with the overall design,? Micheal adds. For the
roof, he and Lynne decided to use a darkened fibreglass,
a material that looks like the black-tarred felt roofs, or
HOMES SCOTLAND
A laser level was used to
make sure the pine timber
cladding was perfectly
aligned in the living area
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With impressive views from the
upper floor, Micheal and Lynne
flipped the design of the house,
so bedrooms are downstairs
blacktops, of the traditional Tiree houses. It is also durable
and suited to the apex curve and sunken rooflights included
in the design. ?Almost everything was all figured out
for the first time on the job? It was the most complicated
part of the build,? says Micheal.
Taking advantage of an initiative set up by his and
Lynne?s practice, Roots Architecture, and run by Tog
Studio, Micheal decided to use the construction of the
extension as an opportunity to run a couple of live-build
courses for architecture students, so they could learn
about construction techniques. As they were using a
breathing wall timber kit of sheep?s wool and wood-fibre
insulation along with slate and larch cladding, themes for
courses came naturally: ?The first was about timber kit
construction and the second was cladding,? Micheal recalls.
Inside, a timber core comprises the staircase, a plant
room and storage space, and the south-facing, open-plan
kitchen benefits from views to a nearby loch. The views
also encouraged Micheal and Lynne to turn the layout on
its head, with the two bedrooms and two bathrooms on
the ground floor and the living area with a dining table
on the floor above. With its curved ceiling, an echo of the
ridge on the cottage next door, and roof lights looking out
towards the Atlantic, this upstairs room is both spacious
and cosy. ?We used V-lining boards to clad the ceiling,? says
Micheal. ?It?s a traditional method on the island but ours
are waxed to give them a modern, weightless look.?
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For the tadelakt wall
finish, Lynne applied
three different layers of
plaster, with varying
amounts of dye in each
layer to achieve different
depths of colour. The
surface is then scraped
back and polished
HOMES SCOTLAND
?Lynne learned how to apply
tadelakt Moroccan plaster
so she could line the
bathroom and bedroom walls?
Door kick plates bought
on eBay have been
painstakingly restored by
Micheal and Lynne, and
make a unique finishing
touch for a bath panel
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HOMES SCOTLAND
The finishes used throughout are meticulous and
no detail or attention to quality was too small. ?To help
with the finishing work we employed David Vale, a
local cabinetmaker who used to build super-yachts,? says
Micheal. Flourishes include a reclaimed cobble floor on
the lower level, walnut worktops in the kitchen, built-in
features made with reclaimed brass and windowsills made
from the beds of salvaged slate snooker tables.
Lynne also learned how to apply tadelakt Moroccan
plaster especially so she could line the bathroom and
bedroom walls. ?We were keen to make the walls feel as
monumental on the inside as they are outside, and we
remembered the tadelakt plaster walls we?d seen while on
holiday in Morocco,? says Micheal. ?Lynne went down to
[construction training centre] Goldtrowel in Essex for
a week and learned how to do it. She?s only the second
person from Scotland to go on this training course.?
An air source heat pump, with underfloor heating
downstairs and radiators on the upper level, keeps the
house cosy. ?We didn?t want to be reliant on hi-tech systems
that we couldn?t fix ourselves, or to have to bring specialists
over from the mainland to fix any problems,? says Micheal.
The project took over two years to complete. During
this time, Micheal and Lynne lived partly in the cottage,
partly in the new-build. ?Living on a building site was
challenging,? admits Micheal. ?I am a trained architect, not
a house builder, so it was a roller-coaster journey, but Lynne
brought a fresh pair of eyes to the project. It was extremely
gratifying to see the architectural ideas and years of labour
come together into such a beautifully crafted house.?
The original blacktop cottage, on the right, was sheltered from Atlantic gusts,
but this meant its views were limited. The new-build has a higher roof height,
which provides a better perspective of the sea and the island?s interior
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Foundations and fibreglass roof
CKR Island Construction (07747 043 686)
Internal fit out David Vale (07555 893 215)
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Find your dream site
Sourcing a plot
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has its challenges.
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What to look for
Bringing an architect on board
early can be helpful when
considering a site because
they are trained to look for
opportunities, assess building
land for suitability and uncover
potential pitfalls. It?s also
worth remembering that a site
that appears to be a bargain
may be inexpensive for good
reason, so be cautious because
it could leave you out of pocket.
If you find the perfect plot and
are haggling over price, bear in
mind that the cost is dependent
A site that
appears to be a
bargain may be
inexpensive for
good reason
on the classification of the
land (what it can be used for),
location, size and potential.
Unfortunately for self-builders,
residential or housing sites are
always going to be the most
expensive. Agricultural or
grazing land sells for a fraction
of the price but sometimes
it is misleadingly advertised
as available with planning
permission, and in these
situations, you?re advised to
steer well clear.
Search options
Use multiple plot-finding
options to further improve
your chances of success.
Search the internet
Established websites such as
Plotfinder and PlotSearch
advertise thousands of land
listings. It?s also worth
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PROJECTS GRAND BUILD
This plot on the Wirral,
Merseyside came
with a 1960s dormer
bungalow, which was
transformed into a
stunning family home
checking out property portals,
including Zoopla and
Rightmove, to look for sites
or potential knock-down-andrebuild properties.
Scan regional newspapers
and their websites Local
publications may provide
details of plots for sale.
Sign up with estate and
land agents Target several
with offices in the area you
want to build in.
Sound out local experts
They can give you the
inside track on upcoming
opportunities. Speak to
architects and surveyors,
even builders, as they?re likely
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Opportunities, such as a portion of
a neighbour?s garden, could be used
as the plot to build your future home
the plot to build your future
home, subject to approval
for change of use.
Can you build on it?
to find out about newly
available plots early on.
Visit property auctions
They may have sites suitable
or houses ? either as
renovation projects or
demolition and rebuilds.
Post enquiry letters
Leaflet the letterboxes of
properties in or close to your
target area. Somebody may
be keen to sell their property
or know someone else in the
same position.
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Walk, cycle or drive around
your chosen area Look for
potential sites. Note the
details and contact the local
planning department to see
if an application has been
submitted, or contact the
owners through the HM
Land Registry at gov.uk.
Look closer to home
Opportunities such as
an unused garage or even
a portion of a neighbour?s
garden could be used as
If you find a plot and are
unsure of its potential,
contact the local planning
department. Take a look at the
council?s land-use development
plans online, which will
indicate the classification
of the site. Planning Portal
(planningportal.co.uk) and
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will indicate unitary
development plans, which
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SEARCH TIPS
Julia Riddle,
director at
Castle Planning
(castleplanning.
uk), offers her expert advice for
finding your ideal site
? Contact local authorities in the
areas where you are interested in
finding a plot. All local authorities
are required to identify sites for
self-build and to keep a register
of interested individuals. This
is so they can understand the
level of demand in their area and
assist in identifying suitable plots.
By getting on the list, you have
an added opportunity to find a
site and, importantly, one that?s
suitable and deliverable for a
self-build project. The information
about this register should be
available from the local planning
authority. But it?s worth noting
that some local authorities are
a lot more advanced in this
process than others.
? Narrow down what you are
looking for. It is useful to keep a
fairly open mind when searching
for a plot but sometimes this can
make it feel like you are looking
for a needle in a haystack. Try
to identify your main priorities.
The following questions may
help you be more precise about
your requirements:
? Is there a particular location
you want to build a home in?
? Would you prefer a rural or
urban location?
? Do you want a build that can
be delivered quickly and with
little risk?
? Are you looking for a site with
few planning constraints and
possibly an existing permission?
? Do you need a site that can
deliver a particular house type?
The more specific you can be,
the more effective your search.
Matt and Sophie
White?s barn-style
extension in West
Sussex is linked to
their 19th century
gamekeeper?s lodge
PHOTOGRAPHY MATT CHISNALL, DARREN CHUNG, ANDREW WALL
? View as many plots as possible
regeneration and improvement
activity. Check whether there?s
already planning in place.
Planning permission may come
with the site, or can be applied
for either before or after buying
the land. Unless you?re well
versed in all aspects of planning
matters, it is worthwhile
obtaining professional advice.
Check the consent
There are two types of
planning consent: outline
Architects,
surveyors and
builders are likely
to find out about
plots early on
planning permission (OPP)
and detailed planning
permission (DPP). OPP
signifies that the local planning
authority has agreed the basic
principle of a proposed
development and is subject
to the condition that full
planning details will be
submitted. OPP is valid for
three years, within which
time you?ll need to submit
matters for a scheme. Then
the approval will be valid
for a further two years. Don?t
dismiss a plot because you
don?t like the permitted
design. It is possible to
submit an application if DPP
exists, without invalidating
the existing permission.
that meet your outline criteria and
make a note of their advantages
and disadvantages. This should
help you make a fully informed
decision before you commit to
buying the site ? or not.
? Turn to p94 to read Julia?s
Q&As on plot-finding
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PROJECTS GRAND BUILD
A
&
Planning expert and
adviser Julia Riddle
has the answers on how
to locate the perfect plot
1
Mark Edwards and Penny Talelli?s plot in a north
London conservation area came with a dilapidated
coach house, which they rebuilt and extended
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Jon and Noreen Jaafar took
a risk when they bought a
derelict plot with no planning
permission in Dursley,
Gloucestershire for �,000
Councils have to give
?suitable development
permission? and may
identify sites that
can then be developed
for self-build
2
If I sign up to the Right to Build
register and the local authority
offers me a plot, am I guaranteed
first refusal on the site?
Once the council has given permission
for sites, they should inform those on
the register of their availability and
provide the details of the land owner
or agent. It is then up to you to contact
the owner or agent and arrange the
next steps in the buying process.
It?s worth bearing in mind that
although local planning authorities
should use the requirements of interested
parties on the register to guide the
location and allocation of sites, they
are not obliged to give permission on
land that specifically meets these
requirements. The risk is that permitted
sites may or may not meet the
preferences of those on the list.
3
If I buy a plot on a custom-build
site, will it automatically come
with full planning permission?�
As part of their obligation under the
Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding
Act, councils are required to grant
planning permission for suitable sites.
They have to give ?suitable development
permission? and may identify sites that
can then be developed for self-build,
give outline or full planning permission
for sites either on a stand-alone basis or
as part of a wider development.
The guidance does not require that
full planning permission is given, but that
a serviced plot is provided. This is one
that has access to a highway and is
connected to utilities. You would need
to check what planning status it has as
this will affect the type of development
and the process for achieving this.
ESSENTIAL CONTACTS
PlotBrowser (plotbrowser.com)
Plotfinder (plotfinder.net)
PlotSearch (plotsearch.co.uk)
PrimeLocation (primelocation.com)
Rightmove (rightmove.co.uk)
The Land Bank Partnership
(thelandbankpartnership.co.uk)
Zoopla (zoopla.co.uk)
PHOTOGRAPHY MATT CHISNALL, FRASER MARR
There?s a plot I?m interested in.
How do I find out who the owner is?
The first place to check the
ownership of any piece of land is the
Land Registry (gov.uk/government/
organisations/land-registry). From
there you will be able to find the title
register and title plan of the plot, which
will set out the ownership and should
also show details of anyone else who
has a right to the land.�
You could also contact the local
planning authority, as they will have
a record of all planning applications
made regarding the land. Any past
applications will also show the ownership
of the plot, as the application forms
ask who the owner is and that they are
notified, even when an application is
made by someone else.
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10
Find inspiration with
schemes that unite
period architecture
and modern design
WORDS REBECCA FOSTER
stunning
home renovations
A carefully planned refurbishment project provides a golden
opportunity to maximise an older property?s potential, but to ensure
the best result it?s vital to develop a design strategy that respects
the historic charm and structure of the house. With professional
help and a sensitive approach, you can improve thermal efficiency,
add floor space, reconfigure the layout and modernise the design.
1
A WHOLE NEW ANGLE
Dissatisfied with the cellular layout of rooms in this grand Edwardian villa, the owners required a design solution
that would help them establish spacious, light-filled living areas and a stronger connection to the garden.
Shepherd?s Bush-based Waind Gohil + Potter Architects (020 8735 5367; wgpa.co.uk) was commissioned to design
an extension to replace an uninspiring conservatory at the rear of the house. Early discussions focused on whether
to create a bold, modern structure or something more in keeping with the traditional architecture. Ultimately, the
design drew inspiration from both sides. The brickwork echoes the palette of the original house, while the structure
adds a contemporary twist. Angular glazing has been fitted in abstract shapes to mirror the wedge-shaped walls.
A similar scheme would cost approximately �000 per square metre.
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INSIDE OUT
Polly Jones lives in this
terraced Victorian
property in north
London with her two teenage
children. Keen to create a
better sense of connection
between the inside and the
small courtyard garden to the
rear of the house, Polly chose
Edwards Rensen Architects
(020 3227 0122; edwardsrensen-archictects.co.uk) to
bring her idea of a light-filled
ground floor to life.
She was initially surprised
at the architect?s suggestion
of installing a window seat
next to the garden door, as
she?d expected a plan to
open up the width of the rear
facade with glazed doors.
Now the project is complete,
Polly loves having somewhere
warm and comfortable to sit
while she gazes at the
outdoor space. The project,
which also included
landscaping and additional
alterations to the ground
floor, cost �0,000.
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BRIGHT IDEA
The owner of this
ground-floor mansion
flat wanted to bring
additional natural light into the
interior. The lightwell at the
centre of the seven-storey 19th
century block was originally
designed to bring brightness to
the rooms on its perimeter, but
in the ground-floor apartment,
the bathrooms and storage
spaces had been positioned
in these areas.
Studio 1 Architects (020 7101
0356; studio1architects.co.uk)
reconfigured the layout, and
moved the bathrooms to
open out the living area to the
lightwell. The windows were also
aligned so that there?s a view
to the rear garden from the
entrance to the property.
The project was completed for
approximately �0,000,
including interior renovation.
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HISTORY IN THE MAKING
As well as gaining more space for their family, Joe Suett and Bex Couper wanted a link connecting
their living room and kitchen. A striking new side extension created an L-shaped, sociable,
open-plan kitchen/dining area. Joe and Bex were keen for the exterior of the extension to contrast
with the original architecture, so that a clear differentiation would tell the story of how the building
has evolved over the years. Corten steel cladding was chosen to achieve this distinct difference. The
crisp edges are juxtaposed against the uneven surface of the original brickwork, so the old and new
parts of the building can clearly be identified. The scheme was completed for approximately �0,000.
Crisp edges are juxtaposed
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MODERN INTERVENTION
When Chris Blaik and Melissa Porte
bought their Victorian semi-detached
property in south London, the lower
ground floor featured a cramped,
compartmentalised layout with low
ceilings. There was also a rundown
lean-to extension and much of the property?s charm
had been lost over the decades. The lean-to was
removed and the couple renovated the house
from top-to-bottom with modern finishes, including
polished concrete flooring on the ground floor.
A frameless slot window runs up and over the new
rear extension to bring light into the lower storey
and draws the eye out to the garden. A similar
project by Gruff (020 8692 9130; grufflimited.com)
would cost �500 to �000 per square metre.
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ON A DIFFERENT LEVEL
Kate Ledlie and Alastair
Dick renovated their
four-storey, mid-19th
century home with the aim of
creating a modern living space for
their family that retained a sense
of Victorian grandeur. Campbell
Cadey Architects (020 7965 7347;
campbellcadey.com) reconfigured
the floor plan so that individual
storeys could be designated as
a family space, a children?s zone,
or for adults. The top floor is a
light-filled area for the children,
the first floor includes Kate and
Alastair?s spacious en-suite
bedroom, while an open-plan
kitchen is in the basement.
To complete the refurbishment,
original floorboards were sanded
down and refinished, and a neutral
colour palette introduced to
provide a backdrop for the period
features. A similar project would
cost approximately �0,000.
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THE FULL WORKS
This Victorian end-of-terrace house in north-west
London was in need of an overhaul when Peter
and Marie Grainger moved in with their young
children. Keen to establish a spacious family home,
the couple brought in UV Architects (020 7407
9343; uvarchitects.co.uk). The scheme encompassed
a loft conversion, side and rear extension, plus a new basement
that spans the entire footprint of the house. However, the design
had to be sensitive as the property is in a conservation area.
Peter and Marie wanted to avoid a stark, modern look,
specifying metal-framed windows rather than frameless glazing
and a timber kitchen. Walk-on rooflights at ground level allow the
couple to see down into the children?s playroom in the basement.
The project was completed for approximately �million.
8
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This Victorian house in north-west London had not been
updated since the 1960s and was cold and draughty. Luigi
Montefusco, director at LBMV Architects (020 7483 3880;
lbmvarchitects.com) devised a scheme to improve insulation levels
while respecting the heritage of the house. The building was extended
to the side and rear, the loft converted and new insulating plasterboard
was installed. Reclaimed timber herringbone floors on the ground floor
provide an element of texture that maintains the character of the house.
A similar project would cost approximately �000 per square metre.
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VERTICAL SPACE The front facade of this listed, early Victorian
house has been left unaltered, while the rear of the building was
completely transformed using a combination of new bricks and
reclaimed London stock to help the new elements blend with
the original. Giles & Pike Architects (020 7924 6257; gilespike.com) was
tasked with renovating the property and creating extra living space.
The practice remodelled the house, adding an extension and basement
conversion, and providing a double-height space that features a stunning
artwork column (right) by interior designer Ben Kelly. The new basement
cost approximately �500 per square metre, and the alterations to the
ground and first floors cost in the region of �500 per square metre.
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When the owners
of this Victorian
semi-detached
house moved into the property,
the ceiling on the lower-ground
floor was so low that they
couldn?t stand without bumping
their heads. They drew upon
the expertise of MW Architects
(020 7407 6767; mwarchitects.
co.uk) for a refurbishment and
a new extension.
At the back of the house,
a double-height void sits within
the eye-catching glass box
structure. A sweeping, bespoke,
white-painted steel staircase with
timber treads forms a unique
architectural detail, replacing
the awkward spiral stairs that
originally linked the lower-ground
level to the storey above. The
floor on the lower-ground level
was also lowered to provide extra
head space. As a significant
amount of structural work was
carried out, the project came in
at �500 per square metre.
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PROJECTS SIDE-RETURN EXTENSIONS
The side alley of this
Victorian maisonette was
the ideal space for an
extension by Resi (0208
068 4811; resi.co.uk). The
bedrooms have been
moved to the front of the
property with kitchen,
dining and living spaces in
the expanded rear. The
project cost �,000 for
the build and glazing
Great returns
Extending into a redundant side passageway
can transform your ground-floor living space
WORDS SAR AH WARWICK
Building out into your back garden is one of the best ways to gain extra room.
Extending at ground-floor level is a big hit with UK homeowners ? applications
for planning permission have fallen only slightly, with the number of decisions on
household developments at 56,500 in the quarter ending June 2018, down from
the 59,000 decisions in the quarter ending June 2017, according to Ministry of
Housing, Communities & Local Government figures.
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PROJECTS SIDE-RETURN EXTENSIONS
Current trends
Recent years have seen a rise in glass box
extensions and, more recently, wraparound designs.
For 2019, architect Hugo Tugman (020 8332 2885;
tugman.co.uk) anticipates a greater acceptance
of contemporary design. ?I see evidence that
people will favour simple forms and surfaces, flat
roofs with deep overhanging eaves and planes
of glazing with a solid wall beneath. There?s now
a move away from the ubiquitous glass box towards
slightly more subtle compositions.?
Extensions don?t have to be sizeable to make
a big difference to a property. ?The popularity of
side-return extensions has grown,? says Ian Rock,
chartered surveyor at Rightsurvey.co.uk. ?This is
partly down to word of mouth. Seeing neighbours?
homes transformed has propelled many to
commission similar improvements. There?s a
snowball effect, as more people see the profound
difference such improvements can make.?
This style of extension will give a period property
a more contemporary layout. ?Victorian homes
have numerous attractions, but commonly suffer
from cramped narrow galley kitchens, sometimes
with the original outdoor WC stuck on the back,?
says Rock. ?Although there may only be space to
add a metre or two in width, this is still sufficient
to transform the layout of the rooms. One of the
most sought-after features in any property is
a spacious kitchen-diner with plenty of natural
light. A good-quality side-return extension with
a refitted kitchen is also likely to boost the value
of a Victorian house by 10 to 20 per cent.?
THIS PICTURE AND ABOVE RIGHT Interurban
Studios (020 3095 9748; interurbanstudios.
com) designed angled fins for the glazed
roof of this side return. The fins are
structural, supporting the new extension,
while also maintaining privacy from
neighbours with no sacrifice of natural light
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LIGHT FROM
ABOVE
Architect Richard
Skinner of Archea
(020 7249 1206; archea.co)
examines roof glazing options
? Fully glazed roofs can bring
obvious benefits of increased
light and also create a very
contemporary and striking addition
to a period terraced property.
? Where time and budget allow, a
fully glazed roof with a self-cleaning
finish is highly recommended as
access to the roof will be limited.
There are minimum falls required
to glazed roofs, typically between
3� to 5�, but it can pay to increase
the fall as the greater the pitch,
the more effective a self-cleaning
treatment will be.
? The orientation of a side
return can also be a factor when
considering the roof. Some may
be overexposed to direct sunlight
and overheating can be a problem.
Smaller opening rooflights can
create ventilation if this is the case.
This extension by Yard Architects (020 7407 8303;
yardarchitects.co.uk) provided a bigger kitchen and
dining space across the full width of the house. The
grey limestone floor extends out into the garden
Design concerns
The popularity of improvements that make use of
the side return has also been fuelled by contractors
offering standardised designs that take advantage
of the similarity of the floor plans of Victorian
terraces and semis, and which can provide a
package including gaining necessary approvals.
For a more individual design, calling an architect
could prove worthwhile. Look out for a professional
who can show you similar projects and who has
a good track record with local planners.
Extensions don?t have to be
sizeable to make a big
difference to a property
Jones Associates Architects (07980 288 502;
jones-associates.co.uk) has used the extra
space of a side return to create a light-filled living
room. Total cost for the extension and ground-floor
alterations, including fit out, was �0,000
Although many extensions can be completed
under Permitted Development, this may not be
for long. ?At the moment, you can build up to six
metres deep on most terraced or semi-detached
houses if you go through a neighbour consultation
process,? says Tugman. ?But that rule, brought in
from 2013, looks like it will expire in 2019 and we?ll
be back to full planning applications for all but
the smallest side returns.?
? We often find that the side
return of regular Victorian
terraces is in poor condition and
far from perpendicular. There is
also, occasionally, a low-quality
extension within the adjoining
neighbour?s side return and/or
limited views, limited direct light
and overlooking from neighbours.
All these require solutions.
Cutting timber on site and installing
a single-ply membrane or glass
reinforced plastic (GRP) roof finish
is straightforward, responsive to
the site condition and doesn?t
need to be booked months in
advance. By using the timber
roof structure and finishes as the
bespoke, flexible elements that
fill the irregular gap, more standard
large-format rooflights can be
installed, both in flat and pitched
roof designs, at lower cost than
a fully glazed roof.
? Standard rooflights are typically
on a one-week lead time and
offer large, uninterrupted glazed
areas. Blinds can easily be fitted
to these to retain privacy. The
traditional roof offers high thermal
performance and also creates a
zone for installing internal lighting,
kitchen extract ducting and
electrical runs.
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PROJECTS SIDE-RETURN EXTENSIONS
EMR Architecture (0207 384 6455; emrarchitecture.
com) designed a side and rear extension to make
space for an open-plan kitchen and dining area.
Crittall sliding doors are complemented by a glass
roof. A similar project would cost around �0,000
PHOTOGRAPHY ROSANGELA PHOTOGRAPHY, NICK INGRAM OF INARCH, RICHARD CHIVERS, GARETH GARDNER, CHRIS SNOOK
Practical considerations
In this project by Vorbild (020 7193
9379; vorbild.co.uk), aluminium French
doors offer views to the garden and
Velux windows were fitted in the
extension roof for additional light
The cost of a side-return extension will depend on the
materials and whether bespoke elements are included,
but the area in which you live and access to the site will
also influence cost. As a broad rule, while 50 per cent
of a budget is needed for structure and construction,
the rest is required for the fit out. ?As a guide, for a
side-return extension of, say, 14sqm, I would expect
a construction cost of around �,000,? says Tugman.
Although the area of a side-return extension
may be modest, the disruption caused by removing
load-bearing walls should not be underestimated.
A Building Regulations application with drawings
and engineer?s calculations will be required. ?A Building
Regs application can take five weeks,? says Rock.
Applying for planning permission can take eight
weeks to obtain, while the construction work is likely
to take three or four months.
An understanding of the circulation and movement
of people, space and light in the house should be the
starting point for your design. ?The second stage is
to see how feasible this will be in terms of planning,?
says Tugman. Planning applications bring factors
such as boundary height and overlooking into roof
glazing into the equation.
It may be necessary to reposition electrics and
pipework, or a ground-floor bathroom or WC may need
relocating. Neither should neighbours be forgotten,
with a party wall agreement likely to be required.
? Turn to p114 to read the case study of a side extension
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A sideways
move
Careful use of space and a large rear opening
have created a modern kitchen/diner that
works beautifully in this extended period home
P R O J EC T
PROFILE
?
LOCATION East Sheen, London
TYPE OF PROPERTY Victorian terrace
DURATION OF BUILD 5 months
THE BRIEF To remodel the kitchen
SIZE 25sqm
COST �0,000 for
a similar build
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To keep the space as open as
possible, a ceiling recessed
extractor was fitted above the hob
A combination of oak
veneer and plain cabinet
doors adds interest to
the scheme. Sch黮ler
Kitchens, from �,000,
Kitchens by Holloways
(020 8487 9422;
kitchensbyholloways.com)
Sue Fletcher and her husband Thomas had previously updated
the kitchen of their three-bedroom home by adding double doors,
a breakfast bar and painting the units. Despite this, the couple was
still dissatisfied with the room and called in Kitchens By Holloways
(020 8487 9422; kitchensbyholloways.com) to completely remodel
the space. ?The design of the kitchen was an integral part of the
project from the early stages,? says architectural designer Martin Smith
from the company. The first step for Sue and Thomas was to apply to
the local authority for planning permission because the potential extra
space provided by the side return was deeper than allowed under
Permitted Development Rights.
Once permission had been granted, a small, single-storey outrigger
at the rear of the property was removed. ?This allowed the garden
to become a better size and shape,? says Smith. The couple wanted
the expanded ground floor to include the kitchen with dining area,
living space, a utility zone and WC. The final scheme arranged the
kitchen and dining space at the rear of the property. ?We moved the
hall doorway a short distance into the kitchen, using a pocket fire door,
to create room in the hall for a utility cupboard, and squeezed a WC
under the stairs,? explains Smith. ?It?s small but perfectly usable.?
A priority for the couple was to create a better relationship
between the house and the outside space. ?An important requirement
was to add a large rear opening to connect the kitchen/diner to the
secluded walled garden,? says Smith. ?The internal layout needed to
complement this arrangement.?
The ceiling of the side-return extension is raised above the level
of the opening to the garden before the addition was constructed.
?Often in these kinds of projects, we push the supporting steel up
into the ceiling to gain the best possible height, but this does cost
more,? says Smith. ?With this extension, we worked out that the tallest
arrangement of the kitchen cabinets would line up nicely with the
bottom of the steels and the top of the new rear doors. So we came
to the conclusion that the extra expense of pushing the steels further
up was not necessary as a similar effect could be achieved by building
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PROJECTS CASE STUDY
A series of rooflights
brings daylight into the
heart of the kitchen
a plastered downstand above the main kitchen. It gives a really pleasing
line of cabinets height, rear door and downstands.?
Although a fully glazed roof had initially been considered for the
project, the final decision was to incorporate rooflights into the new
side-extension flat roof and maximise their dimensions. Together with
the full-width bifolding doors leading out to the garden, they draw
plenty of natural light into the room. The garden doors are framed in
dark grey aluminium that matches the frames of the skylights and the
loft windows. Walls painted in a shade of off-white provide a crisp,
clean backdrop to the frame colour. ?The choice of gunmetal grey
makes for a striking contrast to the interior decoration,? says Smith.
Inside, the side wall of the kitchen has a symmetrical layout with
tall cabinets on either side of a central workspace, which perfectly
matches the width of the island. The front of the property has original
Victorian features so the kitchen, although modern and functional,
needed to complement the rest of the house.
?The best option was to choose sleek, in-frame cabinets to maximise
the kitchen?s storage capacity,? explains Smith. ?We also made sure that
we used a combination of characterful materials, including oak veneer
wall cabinets, brick wall tiles for the splashback and a timber floor?.
? Look out for next month?s feature on workspaces
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A new stud wall enlarged the
hallway to create space for
a utility cupboard, which
keeps laundry appliances
out of the main space
PHOTOGRAPHY NICHOLAS YARSLEY
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Colour contrast
Designed by Harp & Harp (020 8401 2613; harpandharp.co.uk) and manufactured by Hexagon Furniture (020 8699 5999;
hexagonfurniture.co.uk), the kitchen in this new extension combines oak with MDF panels, sprayed in Farrow & Ball?s
Hague blue. The project replaces an old conservatory and the decorative window reveals reference the patterns in the
hallway of the Edwardian house. The project cost �2,000, and a similar kitchen would be around �,000.
In the pink
Interior design duo 2LG?s
(020 3590 5386; 2lgstudio.com)
renovated kitchen/studio is
the result of two collaborations.
They worked with John Lewis
of Hungerford (0700 278 4726;
john-lewis.co.uk) to design the Rise
kitchen collection (from �750),
and Cameron Design House (020
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lighting collection, inspired by the
classic strip light. From �600.
Modern finishes
Franke (0161 436 6280; franke.co.uk)
has expanded its range of coloured
taps with the launch of Active Plus,
a collection of pull-out spray designs
available in metallic finishes of
graphite, smokey mirror, brass and
matt black, shown here. The singlelever tap features a contemporary
L-spout design, which can rotate a
full 3600 and costs �9. A chrome
version, �9, is also available.
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Colourful designs by Otto Tiles
& Design (020 3488 3205; ottotiles.
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using ancient techniques combined
with modern technology. They are
produced with Turkish cement sand
with natural stone granules and
colour pigment, and have an eight
millimetre colour layer, compared
with an industry norm of just two.
Designs include, clockwise from
top: Cross Stripe Burgundy, �36
each; Green Leaves, �24 each;
Big Yellow Leaves, �45 each; and
Alhambra, �.56 each. Bespoke
designs also available.
From the Hand Grade collection, these engineered
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metres in length, are ideal for open-plan schemes. They
are available in eight finishes, including Neston shown
here, with a coating of hard-wax oil. From �1.14 per
sqm at Havwoods (01524 737 000; havwoods.co.uk)
Fresh thinking
Off the wall
This year, surfaces specialist Cosentino anticipates a growing
demand for single-slab splashbacks that either match or contrast
with kitchen worktops. Elegant and simple, using a whole slab in
this way will show off a stunning design or natural veining. This
Dekton Vera surface is resistant to heat as well as scratches and
stains, and costs from �0 per sqm (01256 761 229; dekton.co.uk)
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Create contrast
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designs with refined metals, beautiful
patinas, copper islands, polished
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The Library, Forge, Warehouse and
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(020 3744 0776; bertandmay.com)
This year, kitchens in general are all about smooth polished
concrete, dark cabinets and brassware, large copper appliances,
metallic shelving and standout sinks in gold, marble or cement.
?For many, concrete may seem like an unusual choice,? says Adrian
Stoneham, managing director at Stoneham Kitchens (020 8300
8181; stoneham-kitchens.co.uk), ?but in the right setting its rustic,
textured look can set just the right tone, particularly for those
looking to create an industrial design. In its exposed, uncovered
state, it has a bold, hard-hitting quality and is incredibly versatile
as it can be cast into shapes and slabs or poured, smoothed and
polished, making it suitable for worksurfaces and floors.?
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PROJECTS KITCHEN
Slab-style doors and statement
colours will be big news in 2019.
Fuss-free and linear, they
are easy to clean and provide
a blank canvas for additional
textures and colour. Otto Laminate
range in rose walnut and Farrow &
Ball?s arsenic, �500 at Burbidge
(02476 671 600; burbidge.co.uk)
Material gains
There is a huge market for raw materials at the moment,
according to Bert & May?s founder Lee Thornley (020 3744
0776; bertandmay.com). ?We suggest going for as many
natural materials as possible,? he advises. ?Use re-purposed
timber, natural ply, aged bronze and hand-moulded metal
to create that bespoke-luxury-meets-understated-elegance
look. Mix rustic finishes with refined elements, whether that
is a polished concrete countertop or luxe gold tap.?
Dark cabinets are where it?s at right now: ?This could be
a navy or dark wash wood,? Thornley states. ?Sometimes
Pliss� (pleated) cabinets
are coming through in both
kitchen and bathroom
furniture designs. This
TM Italia Miuccia kitchen
costs from �,000, Hub
Kitchens (020 7924 2285;
hubkitchens.com)
adding colour to a decorating scheme can seem like one
of the most difficult tasks in the planning process, especially
when you are introducing it into areas that can be difficult
to update, such as splashbacks, counters and cabinets.?
Neil Lerner, managing director at Neil Lerner Design
(020 7433 0705; neillerner.com) says that oak is on its way
back but with a more natural wood finish complete with
integral graining for authenticity.
?Oak is ideal for combining with white and other colours
as it?s such an excellent background,? Lerner says. ?Other
materials such as porcelain and concrete are growing trends,
as they are extremely durable and can be used for doors and
worksurfaces, giving an all-encompassing synergy. Black is
also back in a big way in oak and elm, and this is being
followed through from doors to accessories and taps.?
Oak is on its way back,
complete with integral
graining for authenticity
Another trend is to combine a timber veneered cabinet
with a contrasting smooth, matt or textured door, such as
the deep, knurled texture of burnt ash or the dusky tones
of smoked oak veneer alongside a painted in-frame style
or a dark wood combined with a metallic finish.
Melissa Klink, head of design at Cambridgeshire-based
bespoke kitchen maker Harvey Jones (0800 389 6938;
harveyjones.com), explains that they have expanded their
internal carcasses to include oak and walnut finishes. ?Units
may appear the same from the outside but internally there
are a variety of options to suit every scheme,? she says. ?In
just the larder units, we have over 12 interior styles. We are
also looking to maximise storage.?
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PROJECTS KITCHEN
In the frame
Slab door designs are still leading
the way with handleless designs
and gloss or matt finishes. In-frame
panelled styles create a classic and
timeless Shaker look with painted
doors that can be used to complement
or contrast with worktops and other
kitchen fittings.
Freestanding cabinets are flexible
and moveable for an informal or
rustic feel. Bespoke cabinets may cost
considerably more than off-the-peg,
but it does mean you get tailor-made
furniture to specifically suit your
space. Alongside the standard base
and wall units, deep pan drawers and
cutlery trays, designers are pushing
the boundaries with custom-made
features such as compartmentalised
drawers and concealed USB ports.
To make the most of a high
ceiling, full-height cupboards will
create maximum storage and keep
your appliances out of sight.
URBAN
UPDATE
Vittorio Naldi,
branch manager
at Scavolini UK (07818 260
0990; scavolini.com), on the
appeal of industrial style
A space-saving tambour door slides
away out of view. This Neil Lerner
kitchen costs from �,000
(020 7433 0705; neillerner.com)
? The industrial design trend
has been popular since
developers started converting
warehouses into homes in the
1980s. These properties,
with their wide-open spaces,
steel-framed Crittal windows
and exposed pipes and
brickwork, lent themselves to
reclaimed woods, metal fittings,
stainless-steel surfaces and
vintage furniture. Today, we
don?t have to live in a converted
warehouse to indulge in the
industrial trend. Mass appeal
has meant that everything
from lighting and furniture to
decorative finishes are available
to create a utilitarian look.
This has made it easy to adopt
the aesthetic in every room,
particularly the kitchen.
? Industrial style allows us to
connect to the past, lending
our kitchens a sense of history.
A dining table crafted from
reclaimed wooden flooring, for
example, makes for a better
story than one that has rolled off
the factory line. In an age when
we value individuality, pieces
made from woods with natural
imperfections or metals that
have aged allow homes to have
their own style and identity.
The easy-clean finish of Scavolini?s industrial-look Diesel Open Workshop
collection include motley pattern matt quartz worktops and dove grey matt
lacquered doors. From �,000 (07818 260 0990; scavolini.com)
? The beauty of Scavolini?s
Diesel Open Workshop is that it
can adapt to its environment. It is
an excellent choice for converted
industrial spaces because it
complements the structural
elements of the space, including
exposed brickwork and original
wooden floors. However, Open
Workshop also has the power to
transform an ordinary new-build
into something extraordinary.
For example, ribbed glass is
a signature element of industrial
interior design. It features
heavily in the Open Workshop
kitchen, allowing items to be
on display but not open to the
kitchen and liable to get dirty
quickly. Metals are another trait.
We have incorporated these
through soft steel or bronze
frames for cabinet doors: both
hard-wearing choices. Stoneeffect worktops are also a key
feature of the collection.
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PROJECTS KITCHEN
Slide show
Pocket doors are the latest trend, according to Neil Lerner.
?With sufficient storage the most challenging requirement
in an open-plan kitchen, these compact units literally slide
away to conceal a multitude of items,? he explains. ?What?s
more, they can be easily adapted for all sorts of purposes.
The breakfast cupboard is probably the most popular as
it?s often used as a tea or coffee point with a hot tap, sink
and dishwasher inside, but this kind of storage also lends
itself well to fully integrating other appliances such as ovens,
washing machines and refrigeration.
Neil Lerner Design has recently launched bi-fold pocket
doors that neatly fold away for additional storage.
?Pocket doors are so adaptable,? Lerner enthuses. ?They
can have a plethora of other practical uses too, such as
a bar and wine storage, a desk unit and we have even
done a sewing-cupboard version.
?Consumers want cabinets to look
and feel more like furniture?
With homeowners increasingly turning towards open-plan
and broken-plan layouts, successful kitchen designs are
blurring the boundaries between cooking, eating and living
spaces with co-ordinated bench seating, display cabinets
and study/homework areas.
?Hidden workspaces and drinks cabinets have also
become preferred features,? explains Daniela Cond�,
sales designer at Life Kitchens (020 3972 0150; life-kitchens.
co.uk), ?with a particular focus on items being hidden by
clever mechanisms such as pocket doors, which are a
great solution for both open and broken-plan schemes.
The detailing of cabinets is also more of a consideration,
as consumers want these to look and feel more like furniture,
whether incorporating a freestanding larder into a fitted
kitchen design or using an open metal-framed wall unit to
add a decorative element.?
ABOVE Matt graphite MDF cabinets with a black fusion granite worksurface
and splashback create a contemporary industrial look. Prices start from
�,000, Life Kitchens (020 3972 0150; life-kitchens.co.uk)
Up and coming
Pocket doors are a space-enhancing cabinet style.
In this bespoke scheme by Neil Lerner Design
(020 7433 0705; neillerner.com), they are used
to conceal a breakfast cupboard, blending in for
a seamless effect. Kitchens start at �,000
?SoftTouch doors are going to be a new introduction
for us in 2019,? reveals Lerner. ?This finish is a clever
cross between lacquer and laminate to ensure no
fingerprints on the doors ? perfect for a household with
young children. Handles are not making a comeback
as far as our clients are concerned; it?s handleless all
the way. We have also noticed an increasing popularity
of doors and drawers with touch control, as this gives
more of a flush look, creating a seamless kitchen.?
Tambour doors and electronically controlled
shutters are great options for narrow spaces as the
doors open outwards, which provide quick and easy
access to the contents within.
? Turn to p128 to read the case study of a Scandinavianstyled galley kitchen in a Victorian townhouse
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P R O J EC T
PROFILE
?
LOCATION Plymouth
TYPE OF PROPERTY Victorian
DURATION OF BUILD 4 months
THE BRIEF To create light and space
SIZE 26sqm
COST �,500, excluding
worktops and appliances
Scandinavian
beauty
Combining timber fronts, marble, brass and reeded glass,
this contemporary kitchen is light, bright and full of charm
WORDS HAYLEY GILBERT PHOTOGR APHY ALEX STEELE-PERKINS
Packed with original period features, this Victorian
townhouse in Plymouth belongs to a young family that
was attracted to the property in a tree-lined street
because of its architectural mouldings, bare wooden
staircase and exposed timber floors. The existing kitchen,
however, wasn?t so attractive to its new owners, Abe and
Ellie Smith, who are both in their thirties.
?We moved in about three years ago,? explains Abe,
?and the first thing that struck us was that the kitchen
and hallway were very dark. While functionally there was
nothing wrong with the existing kitchen, there were aspects
that diminished the beauty of house. The way the old
kitchen was structured reduced the amount of natural light
coming into the room. There was a large imposing cabinet
enclosing the boiler and fridge, which blocked the light
from the corner windows, and the worktops were black
granite, matching a black tiled floor. Not a happy space.
We wanted an open, light kitchen with natural materials
that would complement the house?s period features.?
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The galley-style layout, with a door
leading to the garden, needed
to make the most of natural light
PROJECTS CASE STUDY
Marble surfaces
and splashbacks
help bounce light
back into the room
Built-in downlights
add ambient
lighting to the
glass-fronted unit
?We wanted the kitchen to have a functional
feel, so the handles have been handmade from
solid oak and integrated into the cabinets?
Designers Matt Prall and Stephen Garland of Papilio
(01373 485 088; wearepapilio.co.uk) took on the task of
taking the Victorian property and creating something
amazing, in keeping with the Scandinavian influences
that feature throughout the rest of the home.
?First we designed a layout that suited the shape of
the space,? explains Prall. ?We decided on a row of parallel
cabinets with a bespoke floating cabinet to sit above the
run opposite the window. This eye-level unit balances
the space and provides a shelf to display the owner?s
collected pieces. Reeded glass panels framed in brass
obscure, but don?t hide, what is behind, bouncing the
light back into the space.?
Abe and Ellie were thrilled with their choice of kitchen
company for the project, as Abe explains: ?We had done
a lot of research and after speaking to a few companies,
we knew that Papilio was totally on our wavelength.
From our initial meeting with Matt and Stephen, it was
clear they knew how to achieve our aims and because
they offer an entirely bespoke service, the kitchen they
designed for us was exactly what we were looking for.?
As well as determining the materials to use, which
included American oak, marble, brass and reeded glass,
Prall and Garland discussed the handle detail at length
with Abe and Ellie. ?It is often an area that is considered too
late in the process,? says Prall, ?and bolt-on handles can be
expensive yet generic-looking. We wanted the kitchen to
have a contemporary and functional feel, so the handles
have been handmade from solid oak and integrated into
the cabinets to achieve that sleek, minimal look.?
The American oak cabinets are the undoubted star
of the show in this family friendly, relaxed kitchen space.
With a firm nod to 1970s Scandinavian style, the door
fronts feature a vertical grain that?s eye-catching without
detracting from the rest of the scheme. The warmth of the
timber adds character and charm and is perfectly suited
to the addition of the marble, brass and glass accents
throughout the rest of the room.
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PROJECTS CASE STUDY
To help keep kitchen surfaces free of clutter, the
designers opted for a four-way Zip hot-water tap,
removing the need for a kettle. They also added
pull-out fridge and freezer drawers and installed
slimline downlights into the fabric of the floating
wall cabinets, illuminating Abe and Ellie?s collected
artefacts, with LED strips on the underside to
enhance the worksurface below.
?Originally, I was dead against any wall cabinets,?
adds Abe. ?because we were trying to keep the
kitchen as minimal as possible. However, Matt
and Stephen had the brainwave of including a
narrow, shallow cabinet with sliding brass-lined,
reeded-glass enclosures. And what originally felt
like a compromise of my minimalist tendencies
ended up being the highlight of the room.?
Added features that have been introduced
to the scheme include a pull-out bin and recycling
system, as well as integrated fridge and freezer
drawers. ?We took a lot of care to ensure the
longevity of the kitchen,? says Prall, ?so that the
family can enjoy the space for years to come. This
is a key consideration for all of the kitchens we
design, so practical elements such as solid oak lips
on cabinet edges, which helps prevent damage,
are included as standard.?
Abe and Ellie are delighted. ?We could not have
asked for a better kitchen,? smiles Abe. ?It is a happy
family space that is just a joy to be in.?
6
OF THE BEST UNIT IDEAS
Style solutions and design tips for a fresh scheme
COLOUR CALL
DARKNESS AND LIGHT
To maximise storage, this Harvey Jones
design (0800 389 6938; harveyjones.com)
pairs traditional Shaker units with a bold
island in two blue shades. From �,000.
Update good-quality cabinets with new doors
and handles. This black, softly textured finish
is set off with minimalist fittings. Lighting is by
QUU Design (quudesign.com), from �2.
DINE IN STYLE
OPPOSITES ATTRACT
The Mesa kitchen by Alfredo H鋌erli combines
a range of materials and a 3D textured design.
Prices start from �,000 at Schiffini (020
7935 0810; schiffini.com)
Mix sleek fitted cabinets and a marble-effect
worksurface with Balterio Xpressions laminate
flooring in milkshake from Carpetright (0330
333 3444; carpetright.co.uk). �.99 per sqm.
TILE FILE
FINISHING TOUCH
Add a subtle touch of colour (this is soft sage)
above neutral units with Metro wall tiles,
20x10cm, from Tile Mountain (01782 223 822;
tilemountain.co.uk). �99 per sqm.
Contrast wood with marble and metallics.
Brompton accessories from Garden Trading
(01993 845 559; gardentrading.co.uk) include
cutters from � and canisters from �.50.
? Look out for next month?s feature on dining areas
The wall unit features
decorative fluted glass
and brass detailing
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PROJECTS BUYER?S GUIDE
FOCUS ON
Front
doors
Choose a design
that creates a grand
entrance and gives
secure access
WORDS ANDREA MANLEY
First impressions count and the style of your front
door will set the tone of your property both inside
and out. The choice of materials is vast, ranging
from timber to composite and aluminium.
For self-build homes, there?s an opportunity to
specify dramatic oversized doors, lots of glazing
and a contemporary porch or overhang. However,
for period properties and conversions consistency
is vital, so stick with a door style that matches the
original architecture. But it?s not just looks that count
when choosing a door: security, weather resistance
and energy efficiency all need to be considered.
Grooved boarded oak
door with sidelights.
�200 including
installation, Westbury
Windows & Joinery
(01245 326 510;
westburyjoinery.com)
KNOCK ON WOOD
Timber is the most widely used door material, and depending on your
budget you can choose between off-the-shelf, made-to-measure or
bespoke options. Hardwood is more durable than soft wood, but is
expensive, so many manufacturers work with engineered timber, which
has a layered construction, making it stronger than solid wood and
less likely to warp. The stability of engineered wood increases design
choices and it can be used to produce large-scale doors.
Modified timber is another widely used material and offers
outstanding weather protection. Accoya is a type of modified wood
produced from fast-growing softwood, such as radiata pine, which is
treated through a non-toxic process called acetylation. This removes
excess moisture to create a high-performance material. ?Only around
four per cent of the wood we use is hardwood,? says James Upton, MD
at Westbury Windows & Joinery (01245 326 510; westburyjoinery.com).
?We mainly work with Accoya because it outperforms hardwood.?
Add light with an engineered timber front door, half-glazed with
double-glazed panels and painted in squirrel grey. From �200, Lomax
+ Wood, including installation (01277 353 857; lomaxwood.co.uk)
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PROJECTS BUYER?S GUIDE
BE SECURE
John Pass
from Safe.
co.uk (0800
432 0722) gives his advice
on front-door security
? Homes with traditional
locks installed need one
that conforms to British
Standard BS3621 to be fully
protected by insurance.
For added protection look for
doors with Secured by Design
accreditation, which takes
into account the quality of
hinges, the materials and
strength of glass.
? Security of front doors for
new builds is controlled by
Building Regulations so ensure
doors are PAS 24 and Part Q
approved. Doors with cylinder
locks should be TS007 rated
to prevent against lock
snapping, which is a common
method of burglary.
? Smart door locks let
Robust and light aluminium Seamless SE 04 double
doors and sidelights. From �160 excluding installation,
Origin (0808 149 2605; origin-global.com)
MODERN MATERIALS
Aluminium designs look stylish in a modern setting and are powder coated for a durable,
maintenance-free finish. They are generally available in any RAL colour with gloss or matt finishes.
Doors are light but strong and achieve great U-values (the measurement of heat loss) thanks to
a thermally insulating inner foam or timber core covered with a steel skin. It?s an expensive material,
but designs are becoming more affordable as manufacturers introduce standard door sizes.
Composite doors are made from a combination of materials, usually a steel-reinforced PVCu
frame with a rigid insulation core finished with a weatherproof plastic cladding. They have a
glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) exterior skin made from robust polyester resins and fibreglass.
Low-maintenance and affordable PVCu doors come in a limited colour range but woodgrain
effects can now look very realistic. ?They can offer high resistance to extreme conditions,? says Andy
Leonard, sales director at Evolution燱indows (01767 821 548; evolutionwindows.com).
homeowners open their front
door via a code, smartphone,
key card or fingerprint and
keep track of who is coming
and going. Some apps let you
grant people entry to your
home remotely by sending
a virtual key to their phone.
? Video doorbells send audio
and video to your phone or an
alternative device so you can
see and speak to anyone at
the door without opening it.
Look for one with night vision
to see in the dark.
GO LARGE
Glazing plays an increasingly important role in contemporary
hallway design and many door manufacturers sell door sets with
a range of complementary sidelights and transom windows.
?With modern self-builds generally maximising on light and space,
it?s easy to see why this is the case,? says Matt Higgs, director
at Kl鰁ber (01487 740044; kloeber.co.uk). ?It?s great to be able to
see beyond the walls and connect with your outside space.?
Currently, there?s a fashion for oversized front doors and going
bespoke lets you create an impressive entrance and a visual
statement. Pivot doors can be a whopping three metres in height,
while a set of double doors can create extra width. Keep the door
itself free of furniture for a modern look.
?Walls, porches and glazing all offer the opportunity to integrate
plaques and numbers in a more minimalist way, such as opaque glass
with a clear number on it or vice versa,? states Higgs.
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This top-of-the-range steel-reinforced hardwood Rondo V E80 pivot door
is painted an eye-catching cobalt blue with an Option 11 handle. From �519,
including installation, Urban Front (01494 778 787; urbanfront.co.uk)
Design your own
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Just one touch tells you
all you need to know
Open a Schueco sliding door and the rigidity, efortless action and solid clunk as it
closes proclaim one thing: quality. Systems include doors that slide, lift-and-slide and
have hidden frames that deliver outstanding panoramic views.
Also available: slender-proiled windows, slimline fa鏰des and super-secure entrance
doors, all with the highest levels of insulation that can be up to Passive House standard.
For German engineering made in Britain, there?s only one name.
www.schueco.co.uk
PROJECTS BUYER?S GUIDE
ECO CREDENTIALS
Choosing an energy efficient door helps reduce heating costs. The
insulating properties of an external door are represented as a U-value,
and building regulations state that all new doors must have a value
of 1.8W/m2K to comply. ?The lower the number, the better the insulating
properties? says Elizabeth Assaf, founder of Urban Front (01494 778
787; urbanfront.co.uk). ?Our e98 model is 0.89W/m2K, which is very low
and meets Passivhaus standards.?
Its possible to further prevent draughts with good weather sealing.
?Double or triple weather seals with double rebates increase thermal
efficiency,? says Assaf, ?but the way the door is fitted to the fabric of the
building is key, as around 70 per cent of the volume of air that escapes
is usually from the frame and not the door itself.?
Stormproof Boxmoor
PVCu door with
double-glazed panels.
From �500 including
installation, Evolution
Windows (01767 821 548;
evolutionwindows.com)
IS PERMISSION REQUIRED?
For new-builds, doors will be part of the overall
planning application and if you?re simply
replacing the door in an existing property you
won?t need planning permission. However, if
you live in a conservation area, check with the
local authority as there may be restrictions on
work, and changing doors on a listed building
requires Listed Buildings Consent.
?Air that escapes is
usually from the frame
and not the door itself?
Kl鰁ber?s jet-black engineered timber FunkyFront Hamburg panel door with two sidelight frames,
bar handle and letter plate. �706, Kl鰁ber (01487 740 044; kloeber.co.uk)
3
ELIZABETH ASSAF, FOUNDER, URBAN FRONT
OF THE
BEST
OUTDOOR
LIGHTS
Illuminate your
entrance with
a welcoming
exterior glow
AGE EFFECT
SLEEK SILHOUETTE
PERFECT CIRCLE
The Davey Lighting Narrow Box wall
light in weathered brass features
removable glass panels. �9, Original
BTC (020 7351 2130; originalbtc.com)
Junko GoOutside aluminium LED wall
light with a long-lasting bulb. �9,
Urban Cottage Industries (020 7193 2119;
urbancottageindustries.com)
Nordlux Marina Flatline Outdoor LED
Sensor light in black or white. �.94,
The Lighting Superstore (01225 704
442; thelightingsuperstore.co.uk)
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Quality bathrooms without splashing out
B AT H R O O M N E WS
Prints charming
Artisans of Devizes Lily Pad
encaustic tiles are inspired
by natural patterns such as
ice crystals, spiders? webs
and, of course, lily pads.
The 20x23cm tiles cost �96
each and can be rotated
to create different designs.
Colours include Eden, blush
rose and plum. Suitable for
walls and floors. (01380 735
888; artisansofdevizes.com)
Bold modernism
Italian brand Artelinea?s new Pliss� collection of custom-made freestanding units is
made from glass with metal detailing. Uniform pleats and folds in the glass give the
designs a contemporary Art Deco appearance that works particularly well with
industrial-inspired pieces and geometric lines. The collection is available in cream and
bronze, shown here, OA. Gessi Inciso three-piece mixer in antique brass, �350;
Artelinea Gemme hexagon mirror, OA. All at CP Hart. (0345 600 1950; cphart.co.uk)
Winning combination
German designer Sebastian Herkner has been
named Designer of the Year by Maison&Objet,
whose biannual Paris trade fairs showcase the best
in contemporary design. His collaborations include
this Ribbon bath for Ex.t (+39 5533 3151; ex-t.com).
Made from Livingtec solid surface material, it costs
around �000 and is available with or without
a satin steel band to match a washstand.
Off the hook
Available in any RAL colour and
a range of metallic finishes, this
slimline Hot Tree towel warmer from
Livinghouse (01722 415 000;
livinghouse.co.uk) can be made for
electric, central heating or dual-fuel
systems. Ideal for narrow spaces,
awkward places or just as a quirky
design feature ? prices start from
�2 for the chrome version; the
white model, shown here, is �044.
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B AT H R O OM N E WS
Round up
Following the success of its Globe
pendant, Original BTC (020 7351 2130;
originalbtc.com) has extended the range
with the launch of a mini globe wall light.
It features globes in opal, anthracite or
seedy clear glass, handblown in the UK,
and comes in polished brass or chrome.
�9, and IP44 rated for bathroom use.
Mix and match
Crosswater?s new Infinity furniture collection consists of individual
components designed to be joined together to create different sizes
and configurations. There are two cabinet styles in three colours
? storm grey, gloss white and Windsor oak (featured here) ? that can
be combined with Carrara marble-effect, glacier white and Windsor
oak wood-effect surfaces and chrome or black handles. From �5.
(0345 873 8840; crosswater.co.uk)
All-in-one home spa
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Personal choice
Exclusive to West One Bathrooms (0333 011 3333; westonebathrooms.
com), the Portofino range is a customisable collection of brassware
with five metallic finishes and a choice of handles. Available as basin,
bath and shower controls in (from left) gold, brushed gold, brushed
nickel, English gold and chrome, with handles in matt white or
marble, or chiselled chrome. A single-lever basin mixer is from �5.
WORDS JO MESSENGER
The Metis multifunctional shower cabin
by Glass 1989 (+39 0422 7146; glass1989.it)
is suitable for a corner space. Features
include a thermostatic mixer and hand
shower, lumbar jets, LED chromatherapy,
tray, roof with overhead shower, steam
generator, Bluetooth audio kit and
essential oil aroma dispenser. It also
performs an automatic rinse to prevent
water build-up and limescale residue.
From around �000.
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Tap and shower
innovations
Consider the latest hi-tech and stylish options for your scheme
WORDS HAYLEY GILBERT
The Uno collection from
Axor features innovative
technology with control
at the touch of a button.
This floor-standing
mixer in chrome costs
�008.33 from CP Hart
(0345 873 1100; cphart.
co.uk). Basin mixers,
lever-handle taps and
wall-mounted showers
are also available in
a choice of 15 finishes
Material gains
With such a wide array of designs, styles and
finishes on offer, the main factors to bear in
mind when choosing a new shower or tap are
manufacturing and materials. By investing in
good-quality products, you can be assured
that your fittings will look and perform at their
best for years to come.
?Brassware needs to be durable,? says Ben
Smith, senior product manager at Kohler UK
(0800 001 4466; kohler.co.uk). ?It needs to
withstand regular use, be easy to clean and
always look good. Go for long-lasting finishes
that resist corrosion and tarnishing, as well as
easy-clean showerheads.?
Most taps and showers are made from brass,
an alloy of copper and zinc. After manufacture,
plating is applied and this can be anything from
chrome and nickel to tarnished brass. Some
manufacturers offer anti-limescale solutions,
most commonly on showers, with silicone nozzles
that can be rubbed clean.
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Design trends
For a traditional-style bathroom, the drench
overhead fixed showerhead looks authentic,
while rainshowers that are integrated into
the ceiling are ideal for larger, contemporary
schemes and wet-room set-ups. The latest
designs can incorporate chromotherapy
and aromatherapy functions and Bluetooth
for wireless streamed music, with the
showerhead acting as a speaker. Dualfunction showerheads and hand showers
are a practical choice, especially for busy
family homes, where the hand shower is
ideal for a quick wash.
The latest tap trends see angular
shapes and taller versions that are
specifically created to complement a
countertop washbasin. Once, it was all
about co-ordination with matching basin
and bath taps, plus a shower from the
same collection. However, this is starting
to change and the design trend now
leans towards personal customisation
and a mix-and-match approach.
Crosswater?s MPRO brassware collection (0845 873 8840; crosswater.co.uk) in matt black is stunning
against a white marble backdrop. Showerhead, �0; thermostatic shower valve, �9; handset, �5;
basin tap set, �9. Dune LED mirror, �9; Avillas basin, �9; Seattle wall-mounted unit, �9
Perfect finishes
For a sleek, space-saving design, opt for the Mode Ando
waterfall showerhead, �9, and team with the SmarTap
smart shower system with black dual control, �9. Both at
Victoria Plum. (0344 804 4848; victoriaplum.com)
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Your choice of brassware finish will have
a direct impact on the overall look and
feel of the bathroom and these days the
choice is greater than ever.
?Over the past five years, copper and
rose-gold finishes have been extremely
popular, not only in bathroom taps but also
in interiors and accessories,? says Yousef
Mansuri, head of retail design at CP Hart
(0345 600 1950; cphart.co.uk). ?Now we?re
seeing a move towards less-shiny, brushed
versions or with a textured effect to create
a more subtle tone and tactile softness. We
have also been seeing more aged brass, with
gold and bronze coming through, which all
go fantastically well against a backdrop of
the current trend for green and blue hues.?
Along with the warm metallics, it appears
that the ongoing trend for matt black taps
remains as strong as ever.
?It?s bold, it?s neutral and it complements
almost every style,? adds Mansuri.
?Increasingly, we see the mixing of finishes
to add depth and interest to a scheme.
From a planning view, this also makes things
easier, reducing the need to perfectly match
the tone of every item.?
Top tech
Tap and shower technology is also moving
forward. ?Many smart products are now
available in the bathroom,? says Paul Bailey,
senior product manager at Grohe UK
(020 8283 2840; grohe.co.uk), ?from shower
toilets to showers controlled by Bluetooth
technology, helping to create the perfect
home spa. This is driven by busy lifestyles
and the desire for not only an optimised user
experience, but also one that is personalised
to an individual?s preferences.?
Smart systems are also better at resource
management, upping efficiency by saving
water and energy without impacting on
performance. ?Already well-known in public
places, touchless taps are gaining in
popularity in home bathrooms,? adds Bailey.
?This is due to the comfort and hygiene of
hands-free activation.?
?We have seen more aged
brass, with gold and bronze
coming through, which go
well against a backdrop of
green and blue hues?
Drummonds? Bestwood collection of brassware is a
collaboration with Swedish designer Martin Brudnizki
and is available with lever or crosshandles. Prices
from �2. (020 7376 4499; drummonds-uk.com)
BEST-BUY
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Dena Kirby,
designer at
Ripples (0800
107 0700; ripplesbathrooms.
com), on the latest tap trends
? Push select taps are an
excellent ergonomic control
for the bathroom and in high
demand at the moment.
At the touch of a button
water is released, rather
than handling the tap itself.
Water can be turned on or
off instantly, saving water.
They are very efficient and
fantastic if you have children
as they are simple to use and
require minimal handling.
? Wall-mounted concealed
Perfect for a monochrome bathroom scheme, Waterworks? Regulator
gooseneck three-hole deck-mounted lavatory tap with black drop-lever
handles are �340. (020 7384 4000; waterworks.com)
App control
Grohe?s training manager Chris Penney reveals
that app-operated products are also set to be big
news: ?Digitalisation in the bathroom has brought
wellness, personalisation and luxury to the forefront
of design. App technology has enabled products
to deliver individual preferences instantly, whether
it?s pre-setting your shower to the temperature you
like or operating functions.?
Such features support the trend for a spa-inspired
space within our homes. A digital bathroom is also
a future-proofing exercise, giving added convenience
for family members as they get older and less
mobile. ?A digital operation allows users ownership
of their cleaning and hygiene,? says Penney, ?meaning
a sustained independence for elderly users.?
bath mixers can break up
the space surrounding your
bath. Not only do they look
great, they leave the bath
rim completely free of fittings
for a sleek finish that?s also
easy to clean.
? When it comes to
brassware, copper is
where things are heading.
Depending on the finish,
an injection of copper can
be utterly daring with an
etched texture, or subtle
and tonal, placed with
pastels like peach or dusky
green. Team with a statement
radiator and a selection
of elegant accessories for
a stunning look.
The new Toto ZL tap features cutting-edge technology that provides a gentle flow of water without splashing.
It?s suitable for surface-mounted washbasins. �740. (020 7831 7544; gb.toto.com)
Identifying needs,
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OF THE BEST BATH/SHOWER MIXERS
Choose from these classic and contemporary designs to suit your scheme
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CLASSIC CHARACTER
This Edwardian-style bath/shower mixer from Imperial
Bathrooms (0870 606 1623; imperialbathroom.com)
is available in chrome, �0, antique gold, �5 and
polished nickel, �5. Suitable for a freestanding
tub, it can be teamed with floor-mounted standpipes
in chrome, �5, antique gold, �5, or nickel, �5.
The Sofia is a sleek and contemporary freestanding
bath/shower mixer from Pure Bathroom Collection
(0845 634 4321; purebathroomcollection.co.uk),
with a hose and handset for dual functionality.
Finished in chrome, it costs �5, and is a great
option for a remodelled scheme.
Etros is a wall-mounted brass bath/shower mixer
from Frontline Bathrooms (0845 470 2427;
frontlinebathrooms.co.uk), which is ideal for teaming
with a classic roll-top tub. Crafted in polished solid
brass, it costs �5 and comes with ceramic lever
handles and a bath/shower water diverter.
SIMPLE SOLUTION
COOL CONTRAST
SIMPLE STYLING
The Aquariss Camden bath/shower mixer tap has
a brass body with a chrome finish, and smooth levers
for an even control. It comes with all the kit you need
for easy installation. �4.97, from Bathroom Takeaway.
(0333 305 8200; bathroomtakeaway.co.uk)
Go for a matt black design to stand out against a white
backdrop and tub. The new Cube freestanding bath
tap and handheld shower from Soak.com (0333 004
6333; soak.com), �9.99, is flexible, practical and has
a contemporary finish.
For a modern take on a classic design, the Zyam
bath/shower mixer for wall or deck mounting from
Aston Matthews (020 7226 7220; astonmatthews.
co.uk) is available in polished chrome, seen above,
priced at �5.32, and astonite for �1.25.
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Bold
thinking
Striking mat black brassware
has given this classic en-suite
bathroom a modern twist
WORDS HAYLEY GILBERT
PHOTOGR APHY JENNY K AKOUDAKIS
P R O J EC T
PROFILE
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LOCATION Warlingham, Surrey
TYPE OF PROPERTY Detached,
five-bedroom 1980s house
DURATION OF BUILD 2.5 weeks
THE BRIEF Luxurious en suite
SIZE 4.4sqm
COST �950
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In the compact room,
a space-efficient
showerbath replaced
the separate bath
and shower cubicle
PROJECTS CASE STUDY
For Jenny Kakoudakis, 39, and husband Anthony,
42, their latest project was to update their two
bathrooms with a modern, classic feel. Jenny is
the founder, creative director and writer behind
interiors blog Seasonsincolour.com. Along with
their son George, nine, and Bella the black Labrador,
the couple live in a 1980s five-bedroom detached
property in Surrey.
Both rooms were designed by Jenny along with
Melinda Kiss, creative director at Keyhole Interiors
(07889 836 093; keyholeinteriors.co.uk). It was the
en suite that was of particular importance to Jenny.
?Both rooms lacked storage space,? she explains,
?and the en suite felt quite cramped, with both a
bathtub and a shower cubicle. As well as creating
something more modern, we were keen to integrate
some technology in a discreet way.?
To achieve this, the shower cubicle was removed
and the bath replaced with a Carron Index shower
bath (01324 638 407; carronbathrooms.com), which
has a wider section for showering. A screen from
Theshowerlab (01375 390 444; theshowerlab.com)
was added with black hinges to match the fittings.
When it came to selecting brassware, Kiss
explains that it had to be black. ?Black taps continue
to be really big in bathrooms,? she confirms. ?They
feel modern and edgy. The Methven single-lever
wall-hung basin mixer (0800 195 1602; methven.
com) gives the finish that you would expect in a
A freestanding vanity unit provides
storage while creating the illusion of space:
the eye is drawn underneath the unit
?Along with creating
something more modern,
we were keen to
integrate some technology
in a discreet way?
The black radiator and
WC flush plate tie in with
the black brassware
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boutique hotel. It?s very on trend. Single-lever taps
were a big thing at Milan?s Salone del Mobile.?
To continue the contemporary look, a threeoutlet valve was added in the shower, connecting
a showerhead, hand shower and bath filler, all
by Methven. ?I was keen to have a lean look with
nothing on the bath rim,? adds Jenny. ?So the
bath filler was a great addition. It takes the same
time to fill the bath and is so easy to clean.?
To help make the room feel more spacious,
the basin was moved away from the window and
replaced with a large vanity unit offering plenty
of storage for toiletries and cleaning products.
Existing downlights were replaced with Phoebe
A mix of black
brassware, wood-effect
porcelain and honed
marble tiles give the
room a contemporary
feel with a warm touch
to balance the
coolness of the stone
?When I said I was going to mix
marble with wood, I got mixed
reviews on social media.
But when people saw the result,
the reaction was all positive?
Methven?s Breeze basin
mixer tap in black is
a wall-mounted design
that frees up space
on the basin ledge
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wall behind the bath and the floor, and the bathtub is clad in small metrostyle tiles. Behind the unit, a herringbone mosaic gives added texture.?
To bring extra warmth, wood-effect porcelain tiles were added behind
the VitrA loo (01235 750 990; vitra.co.uk) and shower. ?When I said I was going
to mix marble with wood, I got mixed reviews on social media,? reveals Jenny.
?But when people saw the finished result, the reaction was all positive.?
Besides the smart downlights, a black LED mirror was added, along with
pendant lights to create a soft, ambient light. Ceiling speakers are also
included and connect via Bluetooth to play Jenny and Anthony?s favourite
sounds. ?The inspiration for this room was our favourite hotel in the small
town of Elounda in Crete,? says Jenny. ?The bathrooms there have a separate
shower room with blue downlights, a large niche for toiletries and there is
marble everywhere. There is also a lot of smart technology and fantastic
brassware. We wanted to replicate this look in our own home and the taps
are the first thing that everyone notices. I don?t think people are used to
seeing black taps. Of course, they all want to know if they clean as well as
chrome taps and the thing is, they do!?
? Look out for next month?s feature on ideas for bathroom walls and floors
PHOTOGRAPHY JENNY KAKOUDAKIS
LED Spectrums. These are controlled by the mains
switch as well as via a smartphone app that allows
the user to set a cool or warm light, or to turn on
RGB coloured rings. ?The lights also come with
different-coloured magnetic bezels to match the
finish in your room,? says Kiss.
The classic grey and white tiles are from Mandarin
Stone?s Alsace Honed Marble range (01600 715 444;
mandarinstone.com). ?A combination of three sizes
adds interest without making the scheme look busy,?
explains Jenny. ?The large tiles were added on the
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Architectural
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LED lighting in this project by
UV Architects (020 7407
9343; uvarchitects.co.uk)
was chosen to provide both
interior and exterior light
around the minimally framed
sliding doors with LEDs within
the open rafters of the ceiling
Creative ways to integrate lights
in the structure of your home
WORDS JO MESSENGER
Good lighting is an integral part of
a successful build or renovation and is
something that should be considered
at the very early stages of a project.
Well-planned schemes incorporate
layers of light sources that can be used
together or independently and, with
advances in LED technology, architects
and designers are integrating lighting
into the very fabric of a house.
ALL IN THE PLANNING
It?s never too early to think about your lighting plans. Integrating it into your home is
a long-term investment so you will want to get it right first time. It is crucially important
that all the necessary electrics are in place before your walls are plastered, and any
lighting that is built into a floor will require cabling and necessary fittings completed
before underfloor heating is laid.
?Architectural lighting should be discussed at the outset of a project,? says Rebecca
Weir, creative director at Light IQ (020 8749 1900; lightiq.com). ?It needs to be part of the
dialogue with your architect or design team. There are cost implications to this type of
lighting, which should be present in your tender documents. One of the mistakes that is
often made with new-build projects is that only a simple lighting scheme, often consisting
of basic downlights, is included. Anything above and beyond this becomes an extra.?
Sally Stephenson, design director at Owl Lighting (01962 738 689; owl-lighting.co.uk),
recommends splitting lighting into different circuits to set up lighting scenes. ?Each type
of light source may be wired in a different way,? she says. ?Setting the lighting design down
on paper will help your electrical contractor install the cabling quickly and effectively.?
LEFT Light IQ (020 8749 1900; lightiq.com) used discreet recessed linear profiles to create an illuminated
framework to the kitchen of a remodelled house by Norton Ellis Architects (020 7226 2004; nortonellis.co.uk)
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THE FLEXIBILITY OF LED
LED has opened up a wide range of design
options. ?Cool to the touch and available in
all manner of shapes and sizes, LED allows
a new range of possibilities for building
light into our homes,? says Melanie Shaw,
director at Brilliant Lighting (01845 525 664;
brilliantlighting.co.uk). ?Use continuous
linear LED fittings to create striking effects
up and down walls, across ceilings and
around key architectural elements. They
will need hidden drivers to step down
the mains supply and deliver a constant
current. For low glare, plaster-in profiles
make the light source indirect.?
?Don?t be afraid to
not light everything,
and remember that
it is important where
the light falls in
a space and not
where the fitting
is positioned?
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HOW TO
SET THE
TONE
Eleanor Bell from Eleanor
Bell Lighting Design
(07930 442 515; eleanorbell.
co.uk) offers advice on
choosing the right colour
temperature for a scheme
? Colour temperature is
an important consideration
when designing lighting
into the structure of the
home. If the lights are
different shades of white
within the same space,
it jars the eye and draws
attention to the light
source rather than what
is being lit.
? A light?s colour can also
affect us both emotionally
and physiologically. In
a home, the warmer
colours of 2500K to 3000K
are relaxing and create
a cosy atmosphere.
This recessed display shelving is backlit with a Contour HD24
LED strip light, �7 per metre, from John Cullen Lighting (020
7371 9000; johncullenlighting.com). It can be cut to size with
5cm cutting points and has a white light. Plus, closely grouped
LEDs produce a less dotty light with a higher definition
ON THE UP
Dropped ceilings or coffers (built-in recesses in a ceiling) can be emphasised with clever
lighting. Lights fitted around the edge of a ceiling, creating a darkened centre, will help
reduce the height of a room, while lights in the centre of a ceiling shining outwards will
draw the eye, helping to add a sense of height and space. As LED fittings are small, it can
be possible to fit recessed linear fittings into a ceiling without dropping it. LEDs can also be
fitted behind panelling or cabinets for a warm glow. Choose good-quality products for long
life-expectancy: you won?t want to change them too often.
Milward Teverini (020 8994 6612;
milwardteverini.com) installed an LED
strip into the top of bespoke panelling
in this bedroom to add atmosphere
and to light the feature wallpaper mural
? Extra warm white is
similar to the colour of
a halogen light. For living
rooms and bedrooms,
2500K and 2700K are good
as they have a restful
colour and prepare the
body for bedtime.
? Warm white 3000K is
commonly used throughout
the home and is best for
kitchens, studies and
utility rooms, where you
may want a slightly whiter
white for task lighting.
? Natural white is best
suited in offices and rooms
that are in use during the
day. The whiter colour
temperatures, including
4000K, contain more
blue light and this has
a stimulating effect.
However, it can interrupt
our sleep cycle if viewed
late at night.
? Daylight white is
5000K-6000K and is
often used for painting
and needlework, and
other activities where
the user needs to see
they are true colours, as
it is in natural daylight.
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This staircase is part of the renovation
of a listed cotton mill in Manchester by
Scott Donald Architecture (0161 962
9962; scottdonaldarchitecture.co.uk).
Opaque lenses on the circular plaster-in
fittings create a diffused effect, rather
than scallops of light on the treads
WALL WASHING
Fitted in the ceiling or the floor, wall washers illuminate
a vertical surface, providing ambient lighting with a soft,
diffused glow. Painting the walls in a pale, matt colour
creates the best effect and it is a clever way of making
a narrow room feel more spacious. Avoid light washing
windows or mirrors to prevent reflections. Wall washing is
also a good way to introduce elements such as creative
colour but be careful not to overdo it.
The internally lit dividing wall in this lighting project by Brilliant
Lighting (01845 525 664; brilliantlighting.co.uk) features a linear
LED fitting mounted in the base of the glass wall. The contemporary
freestanding bath is softly lit with recessed floor LED uplights
AT GROUND LEVEL
Lighting the floor adds another dimension to a scheme and can increase
height and drama. ?Uplighting is another way of adding an extra layer,
whether recessed into the floor or freestanding,? says Sally Storey, creative
director at John Cullen Lighting. ?A grid of downlights does nothing for
a room. Try to focus light where you need it, so it has a practical role, or
towards a feature that you want to highlight. Shadow is also important so
that the things you illuminate stand out.?
There are many ways of lighting a staircase. Concealing it within the
structure itself can also solve the problem of a lack of wall space. ?As well
as fitting recessed wall lights evenly spaced up the stairs, LED strips can
be recessed within the stringer, beneath each tread or below the handrail,?
says Eleanor Bell, owner of Eleanor Bell Lighting Design (07930 442 515;
eleanorbell.co.uk). ?This should be done in conjunction with the joiner so
the recesses can be cut and the drivers are properly hidden.?
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MY GRAND IDEA
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RIGHT Solid
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? What was your brief?
?They wanted more space and to
improve the connection between
the kitchen and the large garden
at the back, without building an
extension. Keeping the Victorian
character, rooms and landings was
important, which meant no openplan spaces or walls of glass.?
? Tell us about your plan
?We remodelled the interior, building
up and down instead of going out
at the back. A new basement houses
service rooms and a TV-music-fitness
room, and we converted the loft to
make bedrooms, a bathroom and
a large play area for the children.
We also removed the wall between
the kitchen and dining room, and
opened up the enlarged area to the
garden with a glazed sliding door.?
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? And your grand idea?
?We refurbished the Victorian
wooden staircase but to reach the
new rooms in the roof, we needed
to put in a new flight of steps up
from the first floor. We wanted
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sculptural feature that links the
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bottom. The challenge was to
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lines of the original.
?At the top of the new staircase,
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beneath a fixed, frameless skylight,
which we put into the roof so that
the heart of the house is flooded
with natural light all year round.
?Finally, the entire staircase is
painted with the same Giorgio
Morandi-inspired palette of pale
grey, pink and purple tones that
we used throughout the house.?
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Kim Loddo of architecture practice IBLA on how an interior
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LOCATION Plymouth
TYPE OF PROPERTY Victorian
DURATION OF BUILD 4 months
THE BRIEF To create light and space
SIZE 26sqm
COST �,500, excluding
worktops and appliances
Scandinavian
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Combining timber fronts, marble, brass and reeded glass,
this contemporary kitchen is light, bright and full of charm
WORDS HAYLEY GILBERT PHOTOGR APHY ALEX STEELE-PERKINS
Packed with original period features, this Victorian
townhouse in Plymouth belongs to a young family that
was attracted to the property in a tree-lined street
because of its architectural mouldings, bare wooden
staircase and exposed timber floors. The existing kitchen,
however, wasn?t so attractive to its new owners, Abe and
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?We moved in about three years ago,? explains Abe,
?and the first thing that struck us was that the kitchen
and hallway were very dark. While functionally there was
nothing wrong with the existing kitchen, there were aspects
that diminished the beauty of house. The way the old
kitchen was structured reduced the amount of natural light
coming into the room. There was a large imposing cabinet
enclosing the boiler and fridge, which blocked the light
from the corner windows, and the worktops were black
granite, matching a black tiled floor. Not a happy space.
We wanted an open, light kitchen with natural materials
that would complement the house?s period features.?
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The galley-style layout, with a door
leading to the garden, needed
to make the most of natural light
PROJECTS CASE STUDY
Marble surfaces
and splashbacks
help bounce light
back into the room
Built-in downlights
add ambient
lighting to the
glass-fronted unit
?We wanted the kitchen to have a functional
feel, so the handles have been handmade from
solid oak and integrated into the cabinets?
Designers Matt Prall and Stephen Garland of Papilio
(01373 485 088; wearepapilio.co.uk) took on the task of
taking the Victorian property and creating something
amazing, in keeping with the Scandinavian influences
that feature throughout the rest of the home.
?First we designed a layout that suited the shape of
the space,? explains Prall. ?We decided on a row of parallel
cabinets with a bespoke floating cabinet to sit above the
run opposite the window. This eye-level unit balances
the space and provides a shelf to display the owner?s
collected pieces. Reeded glass panels framed in brass
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light back into the space.?
Abe and Ellie were thrilled with their choice of kitchen
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we knew that Papilio was totally on our wavelength.
From our initial meeting with Matt and Stephen, it was
clear they knew how to achieve our aims and because
they offer an entirely bespoke service, the kitchen they
designed for us was exactly what we were looking for.?
As well as determining the materials to use, which
included American oak, marble, brass and reeded glass,
Prall and Garland discussed the handle detail at length
with Abe and Ellie. ?It is often an area that is considered too
late in the process,? says Prall, ?and bolt-on handles can be
expensive yet generic-looking. We wanted the kitchen to
have a contemporary and functional feel, so the handles
have been handmade from solid oak and integrated into
the cabinets to achieve that sleek, minimal look.?
The American oak cabinets are the undoubted star
of the show in this family friendly, relaxed kitchen space.
With a firm nod to 1970s Scandinavian style, the door
fronts feature a vertical grain that?s eye-catching without
detracting from the rest of the scheme. The warmth of the
timber adds character and charm and is perfectly suited
to the addition of the marble, brass and glass accents
throughout the rest of the room.
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PROJECTS CASE STUDY
To help keep kitchen surfaces free of clutter, the
designers opted for a four-way Zip hot-water tap,
removing the need for a kettle. They also added
pull-out fridge and freezer drawers and installed
slimline downlights into the fabric of the floating
wall cabinets, illuminating Abe and Ellie?s collected
artefacts, with LED strips on the underside to
enhance the worksurface below.
?Originally, I was dead against any wall cabinets,?
adds Abe. ?because we were trying to keep the
kitchen as minimal as possible. However, Matt
and Stephen had the brainwave of including a
narrow, shallow cabinet with sliding brass-lined,
reeded-glass enclosures. And what originally felt
like a compromise of my minimalist tendencies
ended up being the highlight of the room.?
Added features that have been introduced
to the scheme include a pull-out bin and recycling
system, as well as integrated fridge and freezer
drawers. ?We took a lot of care to ensure the
longevity of the kitchen,? says Prall, ?so that the
family can enjoy the space for years to come. This
is a key consideration for all of the kitchens we
design, so practical elements such as solid oak lips
on cabinet edges, which helps prevent damage,
are included as standard.?
Abe and Ellie are delighted. ?We could not have
asked for a better kitchen,? smiles Abe. ?It is a happy
family space that is just a joy to be in.?
6
OF THE BEST UNIT IDEAS
Style solutions and design tips for a fresh scheme
COLOUR CALL
DARKNESS AND LIGHT
To maximise storage, this Harvey Jones
design (0800 389 6938; harveyjones.com)
pairs traditional Shaker units with a bold
island in two blue shades. From �,000.
Update good-quality cabinets with new doors
and handles. This black, softly textured finish
is set off with minimalist fittings. Lighting is by
QUU Design (quudesign.com), from �2.
DINE IN STYLE
OPPOSITES ATTRACT
The Mesa kitchen by Alfredo H鋌erli combines
a range of materials and a 3D textured design.
Prices start from �,000 at Schiffini (020
7935 0810; schiffini.com)
Mix sleek fitted cabinets and a marble-effect
worksurface with Balterio Xpressions laminate
flooring in milkshake from Carpetright (0330
333 3444; carpetright.co.uk). �.99 per sqm.
TILE FILE
FINISHING TOUCH
Add a subtle touch of colour (this is soft sage)
above neutral units with Metro wall tiles,
20x10cm, from Tile Mountain (01782 223 822;
tilemountain.co.uk). �99 per sqm.
Contrast wood with marble and metallics.
Brompton accessories from Garden Trading
(01993 845 559; gardentrading.co.uk) include
cutters from � and canisters from �.50.
? Look out for next month?s feature on dining areas
The wall unit features
decorative fluted glass
and brass detailing
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PROJECTS BUYER?S GUIDE
FOCUS ON
Front
doors
Choose a design
that creates a grand
entrance and gives
secure access
WORDS ANDREA MANLEY
First impressions count and the style of your front
door will set the tone of your property both inside
and out. The choice of materials is vast, ranging
from timber to composite and aluminium.
For self-build homes, there?s an opportunity to
specify dramatic oversized doors, lots of glazing
and a contemporary porch or overhang. However,
for period properties and conversions consistency
is vital, so stick with a door style that matches the
original architecture. But it?s not just looks that count
when choosing a door: security, weather resistance
and energy efficiency all need to be considered.
Grooved boarded oak
door with sidelights.
�200 including
installation, Westbury
Windows & Joinery
(01245 326 510;
westburyjoinery.com)
KNOCK ON WOOD
Timber is the most widely used door material, and depending on your
budget you can choose between off-the-shelf, made-to-measure or
bespoke options. Hardwood is more durable than soft wood, but is
expensive, so many manufacturers work with engineered timber, which
has a layered construction, making it stronger than solid wood and
less likely to warp. The stability of engineered wood increases design
choices and it can be used to produce large-scale doors.
Modified timber is another widely used material and offers
outstanding weather protection. Accoya is a type of modified wood
produced from fast-growing softwood, such as radiata pine, which is
treated through a non-toxic process called acetylation. This removes
excess moisture to create a high-performance material. ?Only around
four per cent of the wood we use is hardwood,? says James Upton, MD
at Westbury Windows & Joinery (01245 326 510; westburyjoinery.com).
?We mainly work with Accoya because it outperforms hardwood.?
Add light with an engineered timber front door, half-glazed with
double-glazed panels and painted in squirrel grey. From �200, Lomax
+ Wood, including installation (01277 353 857; lomaxwood.co.uk)
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BE SECURE
John Pass
from Safe.
co.uk (0800
432 0722) gives his advice
on front-door security
? Homes with traditional
locks installed need one
that conforms to British
Standard BS3621 to be fully
protected by insurance.
For added protection look for
doors with Secured by Design
accreditation, which takes
into account the quality of
hinges, the materials and
strength of glass.
? Security of front doors for
new builds is controlled by
Building Regulations so ensure
doors are PAS 24 and Part Q
approved. Doors with cylinder
locks should be TS007 rated
to prevent against lock
snapping, which is a common
method of burglary.
? Smart door locks let
Robust and light aluminium Seamless SE 04 double
doors and sidelights. From �160 excluding installation,
Origin (0808 149 2605; origin-global.com)
MODERN MATERIALS
Aluminium designs look stylish in a modern setting and are powder coated for a durable,
maintenance-free finish. They are generally available in any RAL colour with gloss or matt finishes.
Doors are light but strong and achieve great U-values (the measurement of heat loss) thanks to
a thermally insulating inner foam or timber core covered with a steel skin. It?s an expensive material,
but designs are becoming more affordable as manufacturers introduce standard door sizes.
Composite doors are made from a combination of materials, usually a steel-reinforced PVCu
frame with a rigid insulation core finished with a weatherproof plastic cladding. They have a
glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) exterior skin made from robust polyester resins and fibreglass.
Low-maintenance and affordable PVCu doors come in a limited colour range but woodgrain
effects can now look very realistic. ?They can offer high resistance to extreme conditions,? says Andy
Leonard, sales director at Evolution燱indows (01767 821 548; evolutionwindows.com).
homeowners open their front
door via a code, smartphone,
key card or fingerprint and
keep track of who is coming
and going. Some apps let you
grant people entry to your
home remotely by sending
a virtual key to their phone.
? Video doorbells send audio
and video to your phone or an
alternative device so you can
see and speak to anyone at
the door without opening it.
Look for one with night vision
to see in the dark.
GO LARGE
Glazing plays an increasingly important role in contemporary
hallway design and many door manufacturers sell door sets with
a range of complementary sidelights and transom windows.
?With modern self-builds generally maximising on light and space,
it?s easy to see why this is the case,? says Matt Higgs, director
at Kl鰁ber (01487 740044; kloeber.co.uk). ?It?s great to be able to
see beyond the walls and connect with your outside space.?
Currently, there?s a fashion for oversized front doors and going
bespoke lets you create an impressive entrance and a visual
statement. Pivot doors can be a whopping three metres in height,
while a set of double doors can create extra width. Keep the door
itself free of furniture for a modern look.
?Walls, porches and glazing all offer the opportunity to integrate
plaques and numbers in a more minimalist way, such as opaque glass
with a clear number on it or vice versa,? states Higgs.
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This top-of-the-range steel-reinforced hardwood Rondo V E80 pivot door
is painted an eye-catching cobalt blue with an Option 11 handle. From �519,
including installation, Urban Front (01494 778 787; urbanfront.co.uk)
Design your own
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with our online
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solidor.co.uk
Just one touch tells you
all you need to know
Open a Schueco sliding door and the rigidity, efortless action and solid clunk as it
closes proclaim one thing: quality. Systems include doors that slide, lift-and-slide and
have hidden frames that deliver outstanding panoramic views.
Also available: slender-proiled windows, slimline fa鏰des and super-secure entrance
doors, all with the highest levels of insulation that can be up to Passive House standard.
For German engineering made in Britain, there?s only one name.
www.schueco.co.uk
PROJECTS BUYER?S GUIDE
ECO CREDENTIALS
Choosing an energy efficient door helps reduce heating costs. The
insulating properties of an external door are represented as a U-value,
and building regulations state that all new doors must have a value
of 1.8W/m2K to comply. ?The lower the number, the better the insulating
properties? says Elizabeth Assaf, founder of Urban Front (01494 778
787; urbanfront.co.uk). ?Our e98 model is 0.89W/m2K, which is very low
and meets Passivhaus standards.?
Its possible to further prevent draughts with good weather sealing.
?Double or triple weather seals with double rebates increase thermal
efficiency,? says Assaf, ?but the way the door is fitted to the fabric of the
building is key, as around 70 per cent of the volume of air that escapes
is usually from the frame and not the door itself.?
Stormproof Boxmoor
PVCu door with
double-glazed panels.
From �500 including
installation, Evolution
Windows (01767 821 548;
evolutionwindows.com)
IS PERMISSION REQUIRED?
For new-builds, doors will be part of the overall
planning application and if you?re simply
replacing the door in an existing property you
won?t need planning permission. However, if
you live in a conservation area, check with the
local authority as there may be restrictions on
work, and changing doors on a listed building
requires Listed Buildings Consent.
?Air that escapes is
usually from the frame
and not the door itself?
Kl鰁ber?s jet-black engineered timber FunkyFront Hamburg panel door with two sidelight frames,
bar handle and letter plate. �706, Kl鰁ber (01487 740 044; kloeber.co.uk)
3
ELIZABETH ASSAF, FOUNDER, URBAN FRONT
OF THE
BEST
OUTDOOR
LIGHTS
Illuminate your
entrance with
a welcoming
exterior glow
AGE EFFECT
SLEEK SILHOUETTE
PERFECT CIRCLE
The Davey Lighting Narrow Box wall
light in weathered brass features
removable glass panels. �9, Original
BTC (020 7351 2130; originalbtc.com)
Junko GoOutside aluminium LED wall
light with a long-lasting bulb. �9,
Urban Cottage Industries (020 7193 2119;
urbancottageindustries.com)
Nordlux Marina Flatline Outdoor LED
Sensor light in black or white. �.94,
The Lighting Superstore (01225 704
442; thelightingsuperstore.co.uk)
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Quality bathrooms without splashing out
B AT H R O O M N E WS
Prints charming
Artisans of Devizes Lily Pad
encaustic tiles are inspired
by natural patterns such as
ice crystals, spiders? webs
and, of course, lily pads.
The 20x23cm tiles cost �96
each and can be rotated
to create different designs.
Colours include Eden, blush
rose and plum. Suitable for
walls and floors. (01380 735
888; artisansofdevizes.com)
Bold modernism
Italian brand Artelinea?s new Pliss� collection of custom-made freestanding units is
made from glass with metal detailing. Uniform pleats and folds in the glass give the
designs a contemporary Art Deco appearance that works particularly well with
industrial-inspired pieces and geometric lines. The collection is available in cream and
bronze, shown here, OA. Gessi Inciso three-piece mixer in antique brass, �350;
Artelinea Gemme hexagon mirror, OA. All at CP Hart. (0345 600 1950; cphart.co.uk)
Winning combination
German designer Sebastian Herkner has been
named Designer of the Year by Maison&Objet,
whose biannual Paris trade fairs showcase the best
in contemporary design. His collaborations include
this Ribbon bath for Ex.t (+39 5533 3151; ex-t.com).
Made from Livingtec solid surface material, it costs
around �000 and is available with or without
a satin steel band to match a washstand.
Off the hook
Available in any RAL colour and
a range of metallic finishes, this
slimline Hot Tree towel warmer from
Livinghouse (01722 415 000;
livinghouse.co.uk) can be made for
electric, central heating or dual-fuel
systems. Ideal for narrow spaces,
awkward places or just as a quirky
design feature ? prices start from
�2 for the chrome version; the
white model, shown here, is �044.
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Round up
Following the success of its Globe
pendant, Original BTC (020 7351 2130;
originalbtc.com) has extended the range
with the launch of a mini globe wall light.
It features globes in opal, anthracite or
seedy clear glass, handblown in the UK,
and comes in polished brass or chrome.
�9, and IP44 rated for bathroom use.
Mix and match
Crosswater?s new Infinity furniture collection consists of individual
components designed to be joined together to create different sizes
and configurations. There are two cabinet styles in three colours
? storm grey, gloss white and Windsor oak (featured here) ? that can
be combined with Carrara marble-effect, glacier white and Windsor
oak wood-effect surfaces and chrome or black handles. From �5.
(0345 873 8840; crosswater.co.uk)
All-in-one home spa
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Personal choice
Exclusive to West One Bathrooms (0333 011 3333; westonebathrooms.
com), the Portofino range is a customisable collection of brassware
with five metallic finishes and a choice of handles. Available as basin,
bath and shower controls in (from left) gold, brushed gold, brushed
nickel, English gold and chrome, with handles in matt white or
marble, or chiselled chrome. A single-lever basin mixer is from �5.
WORDS JO MESSENGER
The Metis multifunctional shower cabin
by Glass 1989 (+39 0422 7146; glass1989.it)
is suitable for a corner space. Features
include a thermostatic mixer and hand
shower, lumbar jets, LED chromatherapy,
tray, roof with overhead shower, steam
generator, Bluetooth audio kit and
essential oil aroma dispenser. It also
performs an automatic rinse to prevent
water build-up and limescale residue.
From around �000.
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PROJECTS BATHROOM
Tap and shower
innovations
Consider the latest hi-tech and stylish options for your scheme
WORDS HAYLEY GILBERT
The Uno collection from
Axor features innovative
technology with control
at the touch of a button.
This floor-standing
mixer in chrome costs
�008.33 from CP Hart
(0345 873 1100; cphart.
co.uk). Basin mixers,
lever-handle taps and
wall-mounted showers
are also available in
a choice of 15 finishes
Material gains
With such a wide array of designs, styles and
finishes on offer, the main factors to bear in
mind when choosing a new shower or tap are
manufacturing and materials. By investing in
good-quality products, you can be assured
that your fittings will look and perform at their
best for years to come.
?Brassware needs to be durable,? says Ben
Smith, senior product manager at Kohler UK
(0800 001 4466; kohler.co.uk). ?It needs to
withstand regular use, be easy to clean and
always look good. Go for long-lasting finishes
that resist corrosion and tarnishing, as well as
easy-clean showerheads.?
Most taps and showers are made from brass,
an alloy of copper and zinc. After manufacture,
plating is applied and this can be anything from
chrome and nickel to tarnished brass. Some
manufacturers offer anti-limescale solutions,
most commonly on showers, with silicone nozzles
that can be rubbed clean.
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Design trends
For a traditional-style bathroom, the drench
overhead fixed showerhead looks authentic,
while rainshowers that are integrated into
the ceiling are ideal for larger, contemporary
schemes and wet-room set-ups. The latest
designs can incorporate chromotherapy
and aromatherapy functions and Bluetooth
for wireless streamed music, with the
showerhead acting as a speaker. Dualfunction showerheads and hand showers
are a practical choice, especially for busy
family homes, where the hand shower is
ideal for a quick wash.
The latest tap trends see angular
shapes and taller versions that are
specifically created to complement a
countertop washbasin. Once, it was all
about co-ordination with matching basin
and bath taps, plus a shower from the
same collection. However, this is starting
to change and the design trend now
leans towards personal customisation
and a mix-and-match approach.
Crosswater?s MPRO brassware collection (0845 873 8840; crosswater.co.uk) in matt black is stunning
against a white marble backdrop. Showerhead, �0; thermostatic shower valve, �9; handset, �5;
basin tap set, �9. Dune LED mirror, �9; Avillas basin, �9; Seattle wall-mounted unit, �9
Perfect finishes
For a sleek, space-saving design, opt for the Mode Ando
waterfall showerhead, �9, and team with the SmarTap
smart shower system with black dual control, �9. Both at
Victoria Plum. (0344 804 4848; victoriaplum.com)
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Your choice of brassware finish will have
a direct impact on the overall look and
feel of the bathroom and these days the
choice is greater than ever.
?Over the past five years, copper and
rose-gold finishes have been extremely
popular, not only in bathroom taps but also
in interiors and accessories,? says Yousef
Mansuri, head of retail design at CP Hart
(0345 600 1950; cphart.co.uk). ?Now we?re
seeing a move towards less-shiny, brushed
versions or with a textured effect to create
a more subtle tone and tactile softness. We
have also been seeing more aged brass, with
gold and bronze coming through, which all
go fantastically well against a backdrop of
the current trend for green and blue hues.?
Along with the warm metallics, it appears
that the ongoing trend for matt black taps
remains as strong as ever.
?It?s bold, it?s neutral and it complements
almost every style,? adds Mansuri.
?Increasingly, we see the mixing of finishes
to add depth and interest to a scheme.
From a planning view, this also makes things
easier, reducing the need to perfectly match
the tone of every item.?
Top tech
Tap and shower technology is also moving
forward. ?Many smart products are now
available in the bathroom,? says Paul Bailey,
senior product manager at Grohe UK
(020 8283 2840; grohe.co.uk), ?from shower
toilets to showers controlled by Bluetooth
technology, helping to create the perfect
home spa. This is driven by busy lifestyles
and the desire for not only an optimised user
experience, but also one that is personalised
to an individual?s preferences.?
Smart systems are also better at resource
management, upping efficiency by saving
water and energy without impacting on
performance. ?Already well-known in public
places, touchless taps are gaining in
popularity in home bathrooms,? adds Bailey.
?This is due to the comfort and hygiene of
hands-free activation.?
?We have seen more aged
brass, with gold and bronze
coming through, which go
well against a backdrop of
green and blue hues?
Drummonds? Bestwood collection of brassware is a
collaboration with Swedish designer Martin Brudnizki
and is available with lever or crosshandles. Prices
from �2. (020 7376 4499; drummonds-uk.com)
BEST-BUY
BRASSWARE
Dena Kirby,
designer at
Ripples (0800
107 0700; ripplesbathrooms.
com), on the latest tap trends
? Push select taps are an
excellent ergonomic control
for the bathroom and in high
demand at the moment.
At the touch of a button
water is released, rather
than handling the tap itself.
Water can be turned on or
off instantly, saving water.
They are very efficient and
fantastic if you have children
as they are simple to use and
require minimal handling.
? Wall-mounted concealed
Perfect for a monochrome bathroom scheme, Waterworks? Regulator
gooseneck three-hole deck-mounted lavatory tap with black drop-lever
handles are �340. (020 7384 4000; waterworks.com)
App control
Grohe?s training manager Chris Penney reveals
that app-operated products are also set to be big
news: ?Digitalisation in the bathroom has brought
wellness, personalisation and luxury to the forefront
of design. App technology has enabled products
to deliver individual preferences instantly, whether
it?s pre-setting your shower to the temperature you
like or operating functions.?
Such features support the trend for a spa-inspired
space within our homes. A digital bathroom is also
a future-proofing exercise, giving added convenience
for family members as they get older and less
mobile. ?A digital operation allows users ownership
of their cleaning and hygiene,? says Penney, ?meaning
a sustained independence for elderly users.?
bath mixers can break up
the space surrounding your
bath. Not only do they look
great, they leave the bath
rim completely free of fittings
for a sleek finish that?s also
easy to clean.
? When it comes to
brassware, copper is
where things are heading.
Depending on the finish,
an injection of copper can
be utterly daring with an
etched texture, or subtle
and tonal, placed with
pastels like peach or dusky
green. Team with a statement
radiator and a selection
of elegant accessories for
a stunning look.
The new Toto ZL tap features cutting-edge technology that provides a gentle flow of water without splashing.
It?s suitable for surface-mounted washbasins. �740. (020 7831 7544; gb.toto.com)
Identifying needs,
designing solutions
www.cassellie.co.uk
PROJECTS BATHROOM
6
OF THE BEST BATH/SHOWER MIXERS
Choose from these classic and contemporary designs to suit your scheme
STAND TALL
FLOOR SHOW
CLASSIC CHARACTER
This Edwardian-style bath/shower mixer from Imperial
Bathrooms (0870 606 1623; imperialbathroom.com)
is available in chrome, �0, antique gold, �5 and
polished nickel, �5. Suitable for a freestanding
tub, it can be teamed with floor-mounted standpipes
in chrome, �5, antique gold, �5, or nickel, �5.
The Sofia is a sleek and contemporary freestanding
bath/shower mixer from Pure Bathroom Collection
(0845 634 4321; purebathroomcollection.co.uk),
with a hose and handset for dual functionality.
Finished in chrome, it costs �5, and is a great
option for a remodelled scheme.
Etros is a wall-mounted brass bath/shower mixer
from Frontline Bathrooms (0845 470 2427;
frontlinebathrooms.co.uk), which is ideal for teaming
with a classic roll-top tub. Crafted in polished solid
brass, it costs �5 and comes with ceramic lever
handles and a bath/shower water diverter.
SIMPLE SOLUTION
COOL CONTRAST
SIMPLE STYLING
The Aquariss Camden bath/shower mixer tap has
a brass body with a chrome finish, and smooth levers
for an even control. It comes with all the kit you need
for easy installation. �4.97, from Bathroom Takeaway.
(0333 305 8200; bathroomtakeaway.co.uk)
Go for a matt black design to stand out against a white
backdrop and tub. The new Cube freestanding bath
tap and handheld shower from Soak.com (0333 004
6333; soak.com), �9.99, is flexible, practical and has
a contemporary finish.
For a modern take on a classic design, the Zyam
bath/shower mixer for wall or deck mounting from
Aston Matthews (020 7226 7220; astonmatthews.
co.uk) is available in polished chrome, seen above,
priced at �5.32, and astonite for �1.25.
? Turn to p150 to read the case study on a contemporary bathroom scheme
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Bold
thinking
Striking mat black brassware
has given this classic en-suite
bathroom a modern twist
WORDS HAYLEY GILBERT
PHOTOGR APHY JENNY K AKOUDAKIS
P R O J EC T
PROFILE
?
LOCATION Warlingham, Surrey
TYPE OF PROPERTY Detached,
five-bedroom 1980s house
DURATION OF BUILD 2.5 weeks
THE BRIEF Luxurious en suite
SIZE 4.4sqm
COST �950
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In the compact room,
a space-efficient
showerbath replaced
the separate bath
and shower cubicle
PROJECTS CASE STUDY
For Jenny Kakoudakis, 39, and husband Anthony,
42, their latest project was to update their two
bathrooms with a modern, classic feel. Jenny is
the founder, creative director and writer behind
interiors blog Seasonsincolour.com. Along with
their son George, nine, and Bella the black Labrador,
the couple live in a 1980s five-bedroom detached
property in Surrey.
Both rooms were designed by Jenny along with
Melinda Kiss, creative director at Keyhole Interiors
(07889 836 093; keyholeinteriors.co.uk). It was the
en suite that was of particular importance to Jenny.
?Both rooms lacked storage space,? she explains,
?and the en suite felt quite cramped, with both a
bathtub and a shower cubicle. As well as creating
something more modern, we were keen to integrate
some technology in a discreet way.?
To achieve this, the shower cubicle was removed
and the bath replaced with a Carron Index shower
bath (01324 638 407; carronbathrooms.com), which
has a wider section for showering. A screen from
Theshowerlab (01375 390 444; theshowerlab.com)
was added with black hinges to match the fittings.
When it came to selecting brassware, Kiss
explains that it had to be black. ?Black taps continue
to be really big in bathrooms,? she confirms. ?They
feel modern and edgy. The Methven single-lever
wall-hung basin mixer (0800 195 1602; methven.
com) gives the finish that you would expect in a
A freestanding vanity unit provides
storage while creating the illusion of space:
the eye is drawn underneath the unit
?Along with creating
something more modern,
we were keen to
integrate some technology
in a discreet way?
The black radiator and
WC flush plate tie in with
the black brassware
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boutique hotel. It?s very on trend. Single-lever taps
were a big thing at Milan?s Salone del Mobile.?
To continue the contemporary look, a threeoutlet valve was added in the shower, connecting
a showerhead, hand shower and bath filler, all
by Methven. ?I was keen to have a lean look with
nothing on the bath rim,? adds Jenny. ?So the
bath filler was a great addition. It takes the same
time to fill the bath and is so easy to clean.?
To help make the room feel more spacious,
the basin was moved away from the window and
replaced with a large vanity unit offering plenty
of storage for toiletries and cleaning products.
Existing downlights were replaced with Phoebe
A mix of black
brassware, wood-effect
porcelain and honed
marble tiles give the
room a contemporary
feel with a warm touch
to balance the
coolness of the stone
?When I said I was going to mix
marble with wood, I got mixed
reviews on social media.
But when people saw the result,
the reaction was all positive?
Methven?s Breeze basin
mixer tap in black is
a wall-mounted design
that frees up space
on the basin ledge
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wall behind the bath and the floor, and the bathtub is clad in small metrostyle tiles. Behind the unit, a herringbone mosaic gives added texture.?
To bring extra warmth, wood-effect porcelain tiles were added behind
the VitrA loo (01235 750 990; vitra.co.uk) and shower. ?When I said I was going
to mix marble with wood, I got mixed reviews on social media,? reveals Jenny.
?But when people saw the finished result, the reaction was all positive.?
Besides the smart downlights, a black LED mirror was added, along with
pendant lights to create a soft, ambient light. Ceiling speakers are also
included and connect via Bluetooth to play Jenny and Anthony?s favourite
sounds. ?The inspiration for this room was our favourite hotel in the small
town of Elounda in Crete,? says Jenny. ?The bathrooms there have a separate
shower room with blue downlights, a large niche for toiletries and there is
marble everywhere. There is also a lot of smart technology and fantastic
brassware. We wanted to replicate this look in our own home and the taps
are the first thing that everyone notices. I don?t think people are used to
seeing black taps. Of course, they all want to know if they clean as well as
chrome taps and the thing is, they do!?
? Look out for next month?s feature on ideas for bathroom walls and floors
PHOTOGRAPHY JENNY KAKOUDAKIS
LED Spectrums. These are controlled by the mains
switch as well as via a smartphone app that allows
the user to set a cool or warm light, or to turn on
RGB coloured rings. ?The lights also come with
different-coloured magnetic bezels to match the
finish in your room,? says Kiss.
The classic grey and white tiles are from Mandarin
Stone?s Alsace Honed Marble range (01600 715 444;
mandarinstone.com). ?A combination of three sizes
adds interest without making the scheme look busy,?
explains Jenny. ?The large tiles were added on the
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LED lighting in this project by
UV Architects (020 7407
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was chosen to provide both
interior and exterior light
around the minimally framed
sliding doors with LEDs within
the open rafters of the ceiling
Creative ways to integrate lights
in the structure of your home
WORDS JO MESSENGER
Good lighting is an integral part of
a successful build or renovation and is
something that should be considered
at the very early stages of a project.
Well-planned schemes incorporate
layers of light sources that can be used
together or independently and, with
advances in LED technology, architects
and designers are integrating lighting
into the very fabric of a house.
ALL IN THE PLANNING
It?s never too early to think about your lighting plans. Integrating it into your home is
a long-term investment so you will want to get it right first time. It is crucially important
that all the necessary electrics are in place before your walls are plastered, and any
lighting that is built into a floor will require cabling and necessary fittings completed
before underfloor heating is laid.
?Architectural lighting should be discussed at the outset of a project,? says Rebecca
Weir, creative director at Light IQ (020 8749 1900; lightiq.com). ?It needs to be part of the
dialogue with your architect or design team. There are cost implications to this type of
lighting, which should be present in your tender documents. One of the mistakes that is
often made with new-build projects is that only a simple lighting scheme, often consisting
of basic downlights, is included. Anything above and beyond this becomes an extra.?
Sally Stephenson, design director at Owl Lighting (01962 738 689; owl-lighting.co.uk),
recommends splitting lighting into different circuits to set up lighting scenes. ?Each type
of light source may be wired in a different way,? she says. ?Setting the lighting design down
on paper will help your electrical contractor install the cabling quickly and effectively.?
LEFT Light IQ (020 8749 1900; lightiq.com) used discreet recessed linear profiles to create an illuminated
framework to the kitchen of a remodelled house by Norton Ellis Architects (020 7226 2004; nortonellis.co.uk)
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THE FLEXIBILITY OF LED
LED has opened up a wide range of design
options. ?Cool to the touch and available in
all manner of shapes and sizes, LED allows
a new range of possibilities for building
light into our homes,? says Melanie Shaw,
director at Brilliant Lighting (01845 525 664;
brilliantlighting.co.uk). ?Use continuous
linear LED fittings to create striking effects
up and down walls, across ceilings and
around key architectural elements. They
will need hidden drivers to step down
the mains supply and deliver a constant
current. For low glare, plaster-in profiles
make the light source indirect.?
?Don?t be afraid to
not light everything,
and remember that
it is important where
the light falls in
a space and not
where the fitting
is positioned?
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HOW TO
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Eleanor Bell from Eleanor
Bell Lighting Design
(07930 442 515; eleanorbell.
co.uk) offers advice on
choosing the right colour
temperature for a scheme
? Colour temperature is
an important consideration
when designing lighting
into the structure of the
home. If the lights are
different shades of white
within the same space,
it jars the eye and draws
attention to the light
source rather than what
is being lit.
? A light?s colour can also
affect us both emotionally
and physiologically. In
a home, the warmer
colours of 2500K to 3000K
are relaxing and create
a cosy atmosphere.
This recessed display shelving is backlit with a Contour HD24
LED strip light, �7 per metre, from John Cullen Lighting (020
7371 9000; johncullenlighting.com). It can be cut to size with
5cm cutting points and has a white light. Plus, closely grouped
LEDs produce a less dotty light with a higher definition
ON THE UP
Dropped ceilings or coffers (built-in recesses in a ceiling) can be emphasised with clever
lighting. Lights fitted around the edge of a ceiling, creating a darkened centre, will help
reduce the height of a room, while lights in the centre of a ceiling shining outwards will
draw the eye, helping to add a sense of height and space. As LED fittings are small, it can
be possible to fit recessed linear fittings into a ceiling without dropping it. LEDs can also be
fitted behind panelling or cabinets for a warm glow. Choose good-quality products for long
life-expectancy: you won?t want to change them too often.
Milward Teverini (020 8994 6612;
milwardteverini.com) installed an LED
strip into the top of bespoke panelling
in this bedroom to add atmosphere
and to light the feature wallpaper mural
? Extra warm white is
similar to the colour of
a halogen light. For living
rooms and bedrooms,
2500K and 2700K are good
as they have a restful
colour and prepare the
body for bedtime.
? Warm white 3000K is
commonly used throughout
the home and is best for
kitchens, studies and
utility rooms, where you
may want a slightly whiter
white for task lighting.
? Natural white is best
suited in offices and rooms
that are in use during the
day. The whiter colour
temperatures, including
4000K, contain more
blue light and this has
a stimulating effect.
However, it can interrupt
our sleep cycle if viewed
late at night.
? Daylight white is
5000K-6000K and is
often used for painting
and needlework, and
other activities where
the user needs to see
they are true colours, as
it is in natural daylight.
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This staircase is part of the renovation
of a listed cotton mill in Manchester by
Scott Donald Architecture (0161 962
9962; scottdonaldarchitecture.co.uk).
Opaque lenses on the circular plaster-in
fittings create a diffused effect, rather
than scallops of light on the treads
WALL WASHING
Fitted in the ceiling or the floor, wall washers illuminate
a vertical surface, providing ambient lighting with a soft,
diffused glow. Painting the walls in a pale, matt colour
creates the best effect and it is a clever way of making
a narrow room feel more spacious. Avoid light washing
windows or mirrors to prevent reflections. Wall washing is
also a good way to introduce elements such as creative
colour but be careful not to overdo it.
The internally lit dividing wall in this lighting project by Brilliant
Lighting (01845 525 664; brilliantlighting.co.uk) features a linear
LED fitting mounted in the base of the glass wall. The contemporary
freestanding bath is softly lit with recessed floor LED uplights
AT GROUND LEVEL
Lighting the floor adds another dimension to a scheme and can increase
height and drama. ?Uplighting is another way of adding an extra layer,
whether recessed into the floor or freestanding,? says Sally Storey, creative
director at John Cullen Lighting. ?A grid of downlights does nothing for
a room. Try to focus light where you need it, so it has a practical role, or
towards a feature that you want to highlight. Shadow is also important so
that the things you illuminate stand out.?
There are many ways of lighting a staircase. Concealing it within the
structure itself can also solve the problem of a lack of wall space. ?As well
as fitting recessed wall lights evenly spaced up the stairs, LED strips can
be recessed within the stringer, beneath each tread or below the handrail,?
says Eleanor Bell, owner of Eleanor Bell Lighting Design (07930 442 515;
eleanorbell.co.uk). ?This should be done in conjunction with the joiner so
the recesses can be cut and the drivers are properly hidden.?
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