Palatial Georgian new-build


Design By UBER won the job of taking on the full design and fit out of a palatial new-build Georgian Manor house c12,000 ft sq on the edge of Knutsford in Cheshire from concept through to completion.

The Brief

To create an interior that befitted the robust grandeur of the external envelope of the building with its colonnaded front elevation and huge stone detailing. This was a design package that was to leave nothing to chance, with every inch of the property falling within our remit.

One element of the brief for this stunning Georgian style new build manor house was to create bespoke cabinetry with finishes akin to those found on a super yacht.  The hand crafted joinery pieces we delivered offer exceptional attention to detail.

Details & Specific Points of Interest

Initially we challenged the internal arrangement and ensured that the Georgian influences were carried through into the interior starting with the hallway where we introduced perfect symmetry to the rooms and carried the column detailing through. Upon entering the property, two cloak units flank either side of the front door.  Ascending to a height of 2.4 metres and falling just below the cornices, these majestic pieces are crafted from a rich dark stained oak with a high gloss finish.  They feature an exquisite scalloped shape which artfully mimics the pattern in both the floor tiles and within the recessed ceiling detail.  Diamond-cut eglomise mirrored panels complement the cabinetry and the overall effect is to offer an opulent and luxurious tone.

The highlight of the show is a staircase we designed and had fabricated in solid Portuguese limestone with a huge 3.7 metre wide bottom tread, hand made balustrade and nickel plated handrail, all drawing the eye up through three floors of the grandest of hallways to the conclusion of a dramatic roof lantern from which we designed and hung a 9 metre chandelier.

Grand ceilings were shaped and detailed by us to maximise the effect of large rooms, great lighting and simple uncluttered lighting solutions that relied more on decorative lighting than the heavy use of downlights. The ceiling details were matched with border floor detailing and shaped cabinetry to reinforce the curves. The cabinetry throughout the property was a key aspect of the overall look and critical to support the quality of the build. Our designers worked relentlessly with the manufacturer to ensure every detail was considered, every finish perfect and every possible client requirement was fulfilled. This was also the case for the bespoke kitchen made from quarter sawn oak and coloured in a bespoke stain, finished in an 8 layer high gloss treatment. As well as housing two pantries, one for tea and coffee facilities with hot tap and another for foodstuffs, the kitchen also had a concealed door giving access through to the utility.

The kitchen is a vast space and was one of our most comprehensive undertakings to date in terms of the cabinetry requirements. Floor to ceiling units in a chocolate dark stained oak with a super high gloss finish wrap two of the walls.  Worktops sculpted from polished Bianca Eclipsia Granite sit atop the cabinetry offering the perfect complement to the rich timbre of the wood.  A kitchen island is crafted with a more hardwearing satin finish and features integrated wine coolers.  A secret door to the pantry is housed within the cabinetry on one wall, ensuring that the symmetry and balance of that particular elevation was maintained.

A large room, the master dressing room rivals the kitchen in terms of the scale of the cabinetry specification.  It is arranged with almost 360 degree storage and display units as well as a centre island.  All of the joinery is designed in the signature chocolate stained oak with super gloss finish which is adopted throughout the house.  Further attention to detail is added with polished nickel inlaid trims to the cabinetry.  A recessed TV is surrounded by handbag displays swathed in suede, whilst angled shoe displays, also draped in suede, grace the space beneath these.  The island unit features more than thirty drawers wrapped around it, whilst the central section is glazed to allow for the display of watches, jewellery or belts.  Combining style and practicality, the glass panel is surrounded by a suede inlay which allows items to be placed on the island without slipping.

Bedrooms were oversized and each contained its own substantial dressing areas. Bathrooms were completed with 3 metre tall wall tiles with some having book matched features. Sanitary ware was a nod to tradition with all of the functions of a modern era and each of the bathrooms were completed with the same coving detail as the rest of the house giving a wonderfully grand an opulent look.

The Process

May 2018

The largest solid stone residential staircase in the UK for one of our prestigious projects being installed tomorrow, piece by piece. It will be a self-supporting, hand carved and hand finished staircase in Portuguese limestone.

June 2018

The installation of the stunning Portuguese limestone staircase is complete, now for the ornate black and chrome spindles.

August 2018

This bespoke entrance chandelier, the largest we’ve produced, at an 8 metre drop features crystal chains with droplets to emphasise the sweeping drop.

September 2018

The finish has been given its own name as it is a bespoke stain for this particular client, and we've incorporated an inlaid polished chrome trim to the doors and drawer fronts. The handles will be a clear acrylic with polished chrome mount.

November 2018

The stunning staircase, balustrade, and lighting enhance this exquisite entrance hall.

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