When Pamela Powell and Richard Rivers decided to build a new house in Guildford on the site of their existing property, they were looking to create a family space that was bright and refreshing. Once the structure had been planned and installed, the couple called upon the help of Judith Arrowsmith from Thames Design to help design the interior. They wanted a classic look that had a luxurious finish, but which wouldn’t date. The house has seven bedrooms and five bathrooms, so Judith had quite a challenge designing each bathroom to suit each family member.
With an uninterrupted view of the countryside and surrounding property, the main bathroom is situated in the centre of the master suite and designed to make the best of the natural light. It has an open-plan layout to maximise the available space, whilst bright neutral shades were inspired by the natural travertine stone.
‘Light can make such a big difference in a property and I just loved how it worked in this room,’ says Judith. ‘The main bathroom is at the back of the house with stunning views of the countryside. So, I chose a combination of warm neutral colours and natural materials such as stone, limestone, travertine and wood to help make the most of the light and bring that natural look of the landscape inside. Samuel Heath bathroom fixtures and fittings were chosen throughout.’
‘The aim was to create a relaxing environment, removed from everyday life,’ continues Judith. ‘The bespoke wooden furniture, brassware and ceramics all have a softer aesthetic with curved lines that help enhance the modern farmhouse style, rather than the ‘glossy’ hotel-like finish, which is so often used in new builds.’
‘The calming effect of the room is also enhanced by the space saving layout and wet floor shower area, which keeps the room as open as possible. The WC and bidet are cleverly tucked away from the immediate line of sight whilst the double basins reflect the same sense of decadence reflected in the adjacent dressing room.’
‘Good quality taps and showers are an extremely important feature in any bathroom and I chose Samuel Heath because as well as being aesthetically pleasing, its designs have a tactile quality that makes them a pleasure to use,’ says Judith. ‘The owners are delighted with the results.’
[Below] Main bathroom
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Emily Peck, Editor
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