Ultimate Underground Home Leisure Suite
Situated in a desirable village in Cheshire UK, this project involved the conversion of a farmhouse and a number of small barns into a stylish contemporary home.
Having secured the lifting of agricultural restrictions, our client then commissioned us to work on the space planning and full refurbishment of the property.
The project was extensive with a requirement to link the disparate buildings together into one seamless property. This required significant lateral thinking from our team to ensure the precedent character of the buildings was retained and that a natural flow through the extensive space was achieved.
The brief involved a complete renovation and refurbishment of the property. The key challenge was to bring together the diverse elements within the plot to create a unique home which would offer the best of country living combined with all the facilities to be expected from a cosmopolitan residence.
The design included a 6000 ft subterranean leisure facility served by natural light along one side and yet was strategically situated beneath the existing lawned garden!
This sprawling property boasts intelligent space planning and beautifully executed design. All of our team’s architectural design skills and experience were utilised to ensure a natural flow through the extensive space. It was also of paramount importance to ensure that the design schemes throughout the house were of a style sympathetic to the buildings and the environment, whilst also offering a distinct air of showmanship.
An area of particular note is the subterranean leisure and entertainment suite. Situated in an excavated area beneath the garden, it boasts panoramic full height glazed panels across the frontage, offering spectacular views over the Cheshire countryside. It is also an area of the house which abounds with unabashed decadence and opulent escapism.
Featuring a spectacular leisure space which holds a wine cellar, cinema, dance floor, bar, pool, changing rooms, steam room, sauna as well as a state of the art gym.
This dual function is facilitated by means of the intelligent positioning of a semi-circular rear wall which allows for an intimate feel whilst retaining the open plan flow.
The semi-circular shape is artfully mirrored within the ceiling detail which features atmospheric halo lighting. Continuing the theme, the area is bedecked with a semi-circular sofa positioned around a circular ottoman set in front of the cinema screen.
At the farthest side of the room, steps lead up to the bar area. This is styled with theatrical drama. The bar sits on a raised platform and is complemented by banquette seating which is positioned to offer a view over the pool.
The bar itself is nothing short of majestic and is exquisitely sculpted to mimic the shape of a bullet tip. Dramatic and graceful, it’s central position in the design scheme is reinforced with the use of coloured LED lighting which serves to change the look of the bar to suit the mood and occasion.
Walls of polished plaster reflect the high gloss finishes used in the bar and cabinetry also enhance the feeling of unadulterated luxury.
The theme of decadent opulence continues into the pool area where the space flows up through three tiers towards the glazed feature wall overlooking the garden.
The pool itself sits on the lower level where the hedonistic tone is set with the placement of two spectacular mother of pearl planters which are set against a backdrop of basalt stones, polished plaster and backlit onyx.
The rest of the home oozes sophisticated luxury and is perfect for family living. The property boasts a generously sized open plan kitchen with both a cosy day living area and a casual dining space. A formal dining room is connected to the rear of the kitchen which is a beautifully bright space from the glass ceiling above and the glass bifolds either side . All bedrooms have en-suite facilities and some even boast their own private lounge areas.
creating unique spaces
To connect the original farmhouse to one of the outhouse buildings we designed a room to join the two together to house the formal dining room.
We integrated a large atlas ceiling lantern to the roof to stream natural daylight into the space as well as floor to ceiling windows and glass doors that open out onto he beautiful picturesque Cheshire countryside.
We had the vision to craft a light and bright space bursting with countryside charm to soften the more contemporary style running throughout the rest of the property. We did this through incorporating exposed oak beams to the ceiling which brings in a warmer element. This is also applied to the perimiter of the windows and doors which acts as a frame to the picturesque greenery outside.
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