Designer    Case Study 27 Feb 2014

6-bedroom Buckinghamshire home showcases Hartmann’s latest octagonal bathroom design

A unique space demanded a unique bathroom solution – which is exactly what this house got

Penn Wood is a spectacular 6-bedroom country home located on an exclusive estate in Buckinghamshire. Hartmann Designs was appointed as the interior design consultant to design and oversee the complete refurbishment of the property.

Perhaps the most striking part of the home is the master bathroom. Its unusual shape came about after extensive space planning, which concluded that the existing house was not large enough to accommodate the required formal living room, cinema room and master bedroom/bathroom. As a result, two unique octagonal pods were added to the house.

The octagonal layout created a more than generous allowance of space but presented the challenge of establishing intimate and personal areas within the bathroom.

Roland Hartmann, Managing Director at Hartmann Design, said: “We took over the design from the architect who had given very little consideration to the interior design and specifically the interior layouts. Following the usual space planning processes, we achieved a fantastic internal configuration, specifically ensuring all bedrooms were spacious with built in wardrobes and en-suite bathrooms with windows. My favourite aspect has to be the master bathroom, which is truly unique in scale and design.”

As this was a combination of a new build and refurbishment of an existing property, it was a challenge to link the two projects effectively ensuring there was a common design thread throughout the house. It is also always a challenge to design and specify materials on high end speculative developments says Hartmann. “The client was looking to have the best design and materials but at considerably reduced rates and prices.

“In my opinion it is always better investing in the architectural finishes as this is what any prospective buyer will see before anything else.”

The addition of the two octagonal pods connected to the existing building housed a formal living room and cinema room on the ground floor, and the master bedroom and master bathroom on the first floor.

“The master bathroom was as large as all these other areas and so it was a challenge to design a bathroom in such a voluminous area with considerable floor space and high pitched ceiling,” says Hartmann.

The specification for the project included products from Samuel Heath, Duravit, and Victoria+Albert baths. “The choice of sanitaryware, accessories and general fittings of this bathroom were dictated by the design which was contemporary but luxury, always minding the fact this was a speculative development.”

The actual bathroom area is positioned in the middle of the octagonal shape in a cross pattern and it is within this area stone flooring is used and there are two showers, two vanity stations, two dressing tables and two separate toilet areas. There is also a freestanding bath which is positioned in such a way that when entering from the bedroom this is viewed directly under a window.

It is a striking design that achieves its twin aims of creating a high-impact and totally unique bathroom space

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Published in Designer Kitchen & Bathroom Magazine