With busy lives as property developers, Tim and Becky Field asked West One Bathrooms’ head of design Louise Ashdown to tackle the bathroom refurbishment in their new home.
‘We had undertaken bathroom projects before, but they were all quite perfunctory in design,’ says Tim. ‘We needed Louise’s help to create something more special.’
With children Madeleine, Theo, Nathaniel and Rafferty all under 10, Tim and Becky had chosen the five-bedroom home in West Sussex not just because they needed more space for family life.
The house is in a conservation area of properties built in the 1920s and 1930s by Harold Turner, an architect known for his Arts and Crafts style, distinctive metal windows and high-quality construction.
‘We had always wanted to have a Turner house and this is a great example of his work,’ says Tim. ‘We wanted the bathroom to have a contemporary look, but one which also reflected elements of the architecture.’
The couple decided to convert a former bedroom into a family bathroom, ‘shaving off’ some of its space to make room for a new corridor to the extension.
‘Although the new bathroom is quite shallow, we needed it designed for family use, with a bath and walk-in shower,’ explains Tim. ‘Louise designed a brilliant layout with everything we wanted, but without any sense of feeling cramped.’
Matt black taps, shower fittings and detailing were chosen to echo the original black metal-frame windows of the house, while the position of the freestanding bath showcases the original bay window. ‘The bathroom has shown us how a beautiful design can make all the difference to the success of a home,’ says Tim.
Q&A with Louise Ashdown, head of design at West One Bathrooms
How did you develop the layout? The room measures about 1.75m in depth by 3.6m in width, so the shallow size meant there was really only one position for the bath – under the bay window. We chose an elegant but simple freestanding tub to both catch the eye and create a more spacious feel than a fitted, boxed-in design. This left one end of the room for the walk-in shower, with the level access chosen to make it easy for the children to use and leaving enough room for Tim and Becky to supervise them. This meant there was space at the other end of the room for a modern take on a washstand with basin, and the WC.
How did you choose the brassware? This is from our Fifth Avenue collection, finished in matt black. The wheel handles are inspired by industrial design, particularly engine rooms, while the black finish picks up on the metal-framed windows of the house.
And the palette of materials? The grey ceramic of the basin and WC is quite unusual and blends well with the white and grey marble effect of the porcelain tiles and the cool grey-white shade chosen for the walls. The hexagon tiles create a honeycomb effect on the wall, adding a little interest and fun without destroying the overall feeling of calm.
Photos by Paul Craig.