The Vicarage by The Design Practice
In our company we are fortunate adequate to operate with some superb ‘raw material’: stunning architecture and spaces that we are asked to enhance and re-energise.
A single such project was a beautiful Grade II-listed Georgian vicarage in Cheshire The client wanted us to extend the house and give a total turnkey service.
Working closely with the client’s architect we contributed to a substantial early good results: gaining planning permission, in a conservation location, to boost the property’s footprint by a exceptional 150%. The objective then: to evolve this classic Georgian ‘box’ home, restoring it to its former glory whilst generating a fresh way of life proposition.
UBER hand-picked contractors whom we know and trust, and can perform to the exacting requirements and level of detail that we demand. For this was a project where no stone would be left unturned to attain an outcome we knew was feasible.
More than the next 8 pages Simon Evans, Managing Director of The Design Practice by UBER, offers his notes on a tour of the completed result.
THE ENTRANCE HALL
“You’re greeted by an immediate surprise here, appropriate at your feet. We had the concept of inlaying leather components to the central location of an otherwise traditional stone floor. This quirky, playful contemporary attitude continues at ceiling level and an installation of almost ‘feathery’ lighting. We also meticulously reinstated some of the original joinery in the wall panelling”
THE DINING Room
“Now comes a alter of pace: a strong wood herringbone pattern floor, contrasted with the softest of silk rugs. The centrepiece is a breathtaking, very lacquered dining table which is completed with two-tone upholstered chairs in cream with striking blue backs complementing the artwork and embellished with mother-of-pearl handles. This imposing arrangement is set off with a rock crystal chandelier and matching wall lights that reflect beautifully in the silk wallpaper.
We also added what is named a ‘cold applied metal’ which gives a bronzed impact to a wall, providing a real juxtaposition of classical and modern style. This integrated a bespoke stingray-skin sideboard, completed with horse sculpture and flanking table lamps. The centre fireplace was then replaced in a Portland stone with a Christopher Guy mirror above to finish the area completely.”
THE DRAWING Space
“What strikes you right here is the tranquillity of the space with its floor-to-ceiling panelling and gorgeous bay window (which was rebuilt). The fireplace, once again in Portland stone, has a modern twist to the dogs and hearth. We weren’t afraid to go bold, utilizing a dark and nearly cobalt blue that sets off the bespoke sofa and sculptural side tables.”
“This area is something of a temple to the art of bespoke joinery. The desk and all cabinetry are created in a special ‘fumed oak’, and we extended this finish to the windows, architraves and all the panelling. We’ve also had some enjoyable: the desktop is inlaid with ultra-fine herringbone cross weave suede particulars, in the draw linings and even in the suede chairs that sit in front of the fire. And all with diffused LED strips in the cabinetry.”
THE POWDER Room
“No room is also tiny for the sense of drama that pervades this residence. This is completed to super yacht common with floor-to-ceiling walls in high gloss lacquer timber, with inlaid eglomisé antique mirroring all the way via and tall wall lights adorning a hammered metal basin.”
“This is where you truly recognize the scale of the extension going on here. We have designed a south facing and supremely elegant elevation, like a conservatory in really feel. This space homes the dining table, with roof lantern-light flooding into the hand-painted kitchen. This then leads you off into two various zones. The initial is, by day, a living space with a library feel and, by night, it becomes a full digital cinema encounter with a drop down screen and a Tv ottoman as well.
The second zone is a tasting area, flanked with wine and champagne circumstances at either side. A high-level, backlit onyx table with bar stools creates the perfect atmosphere in which to sip cocktails, flanked with beautiful atmospheric pendants.
THE SPA & Fitness center
“The bootroom off the kitchen has a staircase which takes you down to a comprehensive spa experience. As you method you are greeted by a cascading light function of hand blown crystals which adorns one particular complete wall from floor to ceiling, signalling a adjust of mood. The spa itself is raised from the deck level of the swimming pool, and the steam room and sauna sit with each other in a completely circular fashion to complement the circular spa.
The fitness center is raised and totally glazed so that you can overlook the pool, which is enclosed by 3 walls. Water cascades from the rear wall into the pool, with the glow of LEDs dancing on the water. Beyond, glazed doors open out onto a spectacular sunken terrace and total haven of privacy.”
“Up to the first floor, and right here we introduce a kind of ‘boutique hotel’ ethos. We wanted to produce an air of sumptuous comfort, punctuated all through with design surprises. So for example you’re greeted by the amazing roof lantern over the hallway combined with a sculptural pendant light with bronzing and gilding to the inside.
Every single bathroom is individually created, and we’ve sourced stone from the greatest quarries on a tone-on-tone colour palette.
We also commissioned handmade bespoke cabinetry for the bedrooms, encompassing both wardrobe and dressing space. More discretely, the linen rooms and service cupboards have been positioned out of sight, away from the guest rooms.”
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