An an­tique mar­ble bath sets the tone for this pared-down space de­signed by that com­bines tra­di­tional ma­te­ri­als and tech­niques with mod­ern com­fort


Country Life Every Week - - Interior Design -

This en-suite bath­room is in the ex­ten­sion of a listed 15th-cen­tury farm­house in sur­rey that was con­structed with an oak frame and has walls fin­ished with lime plas­ter. The own­ers were keen that the struc­ture and its in­te­rior were not only sym­pa­thetic to the build­ing’s me­dieval ori­gins, but also had a crisp, al­most con­tem­po­rary style.

The cen­tre­piece of the scheme is a mar­ble an­tique bath that guided the de­sign of the rest of the space, in­clud­ing the ex­ten­sive use of Car­rara mar­ble with a soft-grey vein (the skirt­ing is also mar­ble). The curved, frame­less shower screen al­lows max­i­mum height for the show­er­head, but has min­i­mal vis­ual im­pact.

Be­cause the win­dows are sin­gle glazed in keep­ing with the rest of the build­ing, a ro­bust heat­ing sys­tem was a must. The steeply pitched roof also didn’t leave much wall space to ac­com­mo­date ra­di­a­tors, so a so­phis­ti­cated un­der­floor heat­ing sys­tem was cho­sen. The project was de­signed and over­seen by Drum­monds bath­rooms, which also sup­plied the basin, taps and show­er­head.

Drum­monds (020–7376 4499; www.drum­

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