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Contemporary Super Home

A new build, contemporary super prime property located in a charming rural setting in the rolling countryside of the North of England.

The client came to us at the very early stages ensuring that, by working closely with Calderpeel Architects, we were fully involved with the space planning.

They also commissioned a full design of the interior of this house involving everything from floor and wall coverings down to the minutest details.

The Brief

To create space planning and styling that fits effortlessly with the property and its environment whilst creating a sense of intrigue, encouraging guests to want to explore the property and ensuring continuous flow throughout all of the spaces.

The inspiration for the interiors was heavily influenced by the family’s love of the Armani hotels – the epitome of “sophisticated comfort”. Their interior designs and furnishings display beautifully simple, understated elegance.

Location

Ribble Valley, UK

Size

745

Project Type

Italian-esque Contemporary

Duration

24 Months

Details & Specific Points of Interest

Our space planners and designers really came into their own with this project, with lateral thinking that exceeded all expectations

This is firstly demonstrated in the entrance hall where the layering of detailing is put together with impeccable results.

When entering the property, the eye is instantly drawn to the staircase with illuminated tread lighting. This in turn leads up to a sky bridge with concealed lighting which connects the entertainment and bedroom areas.

CGI Visualisation BEFORE / AFTER the real photography

Natural Flow

A key part of the brief for this property was to ensure a natural flow from one space to the next whilst also indicating to guests which are “open” spaces and which are private.

To create this seamless journey through the house we utilised a colour palette of neutral tones offset by either dark wood or grey stained oak cabinetry throughout the scheme. One of the main “open” areas of the house is the bar and games room which is accessed via critall style Portapivot doors off the hallway.

 

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Lighting sets the mood from the very first moment you enter the house. Concealed lighting highlights feature artwork which is mounted on large format tiles. A feature wall of silver antique mirror panels with laser-cut brass fretwork detail and an inlaid antique brass frame trim which is also backlit with LED illumination for a stunning halo effect.

There is bespoke designed cabinetry throughout the house. A perfect example is in the study where the floor to ceiling work units and storage facilities feature illuminated shelving with faux leather to the rear.

No detail is left unattended and handles in smoked bronze complete the look. The focal point of this room is a stunning desk with antique bronze trim, inlaid faux leather worktop and flush drawers for a streamlined look.

Work & Play – study/golf simulator

The ground floor feels more like a lower floor but has the advantage of natural light and plays host to a home office with an incredible golf simulator, a bar, a gym, a cinema, as well as a private guest suite including two bedrooms and a lounge.

 

 

Hidden rooms – the gym

Adjacent to the bar is the hidden gym area. It is completely separated by a fully glazed vertical wall with wooden slat screens, ensuring the space is distinct whilst offering tantalizing glimpses to and from the areas beyond.

Once again, the importance of skilful layering is demonstrated. The backlit curved bar in alabaster is the focal point yet every detail in the space is crucial and works in perfect harmony to create an overall ambiance akin to the latest contemporary bars.

Informal bespoke dining space

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Master bedroom
Cinema room with lights on

This is a property where layering is used to masterful effect utilising complementary and contrasting textures to create a look that speaks of simple sophistication.

For an entirely contrasting look we have paired fabric wall coverings and offset upholstered wall panels with concealed LED lighting.

The art of textured layering is one of the key elements that elevate a design from simply good to truly stunning. For example, the visual impact of stone effect panels flanked by faux leather combined with illuminated timber shelves in dark grey stained oak is magnificent.

Cinema room with lights on

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Open Plan Living/Kitchen

The first floor of the house plays host to the kitchen which flows effortlessly into a spectacular family room. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the family room are mirrored by Portapivot-style glazed sliding pocket doors at the opposite end of the space in the kitchen. These flood the rooms with an abundance of natural light.

The family room speaks of unassuming style with a backlit stone effect central panel above a ribbon gas fire and illuminated dark grey stained oak shelves with a rear panel in antique bronze finish.

Informal bespoke dining space
Cinema room with lights on

A vaulted ceiling creates a further point of interest and adds to the sense of drama.

In the kitchen, the floating timber cabinetry with recessed strip lighting features dark timber bifold doors designed to conceal the inner workings of the kitchen from view and create a sleek profile.

The space was also designed with concealed entrances to the pantry and the boot room.

Flipped Living & Sleeping Levels

The ground level takes advantage of the far-reaching views and houses the living and 3 main bedrooms including the master suite with his and her bathrooms (in contrasting styles) accessed off the dresing area.

Bespoke cabinetry is used to exquisite effect in the master dressing rooms where full-height shoe display cabinets take pride of place around a display island drawer piece. Designed with illuminated angle shelves, designer footwear is exhibited to maximum effect.

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This is a classic example of how involvement at an early stage combined with intelligent design enabled us to evolve this family house into a uniquely intuitive home.

Simon Evans, Managing Director

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