The brief: to endow a beautiful period property with a sleek Victorian style bathroom, complete with luxury fixtures and fittings. Discover more about Emmerson Critchley Ltd’s latest works and see the magnificent results…
This opulent Victorian inspired bathroom is perfectly fitting within its traditional Suffolk country house setting. Its creation has been made possible thanks to a two-storey extension project undertaken by Emmerson Critchley Ltd’s specialist traditional building team. More than just delivering the building works, the team has also drawn on its extensive knowledge of period properties to make design recommendations to most successfully achieve an eloquently stylish finish.
This bathroom showcases they very finest fixtures and fittings from leading designer brands, Samuel Heath and St James. From regal, deck mounted bath taps and stylish heated towel rail, through to decorative waste and traps – literally every detail delivers panache.
It’s this granular approach that is remarkable. Take, for example, the engineered oak flooring. Beautiful and rich in its own right. Yet, also noteworthy is the care taken to install the floor to perfectly marry with shower tray, therefore delivering an utterly level and seamless flow into the shower enclosure. Furthermore, the floor was also raised to discreetly house all first fix plumbing and electrical works. Similarly, the original fireplace, which brings a further sense of history, was carefully moved and reinstalled for optimum ergonomics.
Further examples of the exacting standards are in the form of the timberwork. For instance, the original Victorian door was carefully dipped in acid to restore its original façade. Meanwhile, the especially sourced skirting and architrave are in a style befitting the mid 19th century inspired finish.
Appropriately, the sink with curvaceous back stand, and the ornate lavatory, are Thomas Crapper designs. This leading English sanitaryware engineer has been a pioneer since 1861. It’s a brand still true to resplendent Victorian form, and concurrently delivering modern luxury. Therefore, it is the perfect choice for this setting. Furthermore, the freestanding roll top bath atop decorative feet boasts further grandeur.
Juxtaposed against the Victorian style, is the sleek, modern tiling, installed in a traditional herringbone pattern. Meanwhile, the walls are warmly finished in the perfect shade of Little Greene paint. Original brickwork brings further mellow comfort, having been painstakingly cleaned and repointed to match the existing lime mortar.
Correct lighting has been imperative to properly show this bathroom in its full splendour. Similarly, to give optimum illumination for a relaxing soak in the tub, at any time of day. Therefore, lighting has been carefully sourced from the classic Jim Lawrence collection. Hidden lights showcase the bath. Meanwhile, the pleasing patina of the exposed brickwork is made even richer with up-lighting. Wall mounted lights adorn either side of the Thomas Crapper mirror, bringing balance and complimenting the period style of the suspended ceiling light. An abundance of natural light is also afforded thanks to the Velux skylight. Furthermore, and true to lofty Victorian values, the high ceiling and vaulted dormer window work together to deliver further light, as well as a true sense of space.
The bathroom was formerly the property’s master bedroom, which was not sufficient given the scale of the period house. Consequently, the team at Emmerson Critchley Ltd was appointed to deliver a sympathetic two-storey extension. This happily delivers plenty of space for a new, appropriately scaled master bedroom and this resplendent bathroom.
The next phase of this exciting project is completing an equally sumptuous kitchen in the space below. More will be revealed about the ground floor aspect of the works next month…
To find out how Emmerson Critchley Ltd can help you achieve the most from your period property, please feel welcome to make contact.