23 Dec 2014

Bachelor’s paradise


Professional building services, Holloways of Ludlow and interior designer Clare Gaskin have transformed an 18th Century, Grade II listed penthouse apartment into the perfect bachelor pad.


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The homeowner – a young professional man who wished to remain unnamed – was keen to renovate the whole penthouse into his dream home, by re-proportioning the relationship between the hallway, master bedroom, dressing room, master bathroom and en-suite. He commissioned Martin Smith, from Holloways of Ludlow Professional Building Services, to carry out the redesign and finalise the planning process.

Martin wanted to create a luxurious environment that would be comfortable but featured a few unexpected twists within each defined space. A range of built-in fitted furniture throughout the apartment creates the desired look, including panels of antiqued mirrored glass along the entrance corridor that brought light and reflections into this narrow space. Other major elements of the design included a sleek kitchen and luxurious master bathroom, as well as en-suite bathroom. To provide those important interior touches and provide flow and continuity between each space, interior designer Clare Gaskin was commissioned to provide the interior design throughout.

As you enter the apartment, through a beautiful reclaimed door, you are greeted with an impressive grand entrance hall that has been floored in luxurious Carrera marble. There is a corridor of lined cabinets with lattice and antique mirrored glass panels that have been sprayed in Paint & Paper Library’s Steel III, which also open to reveal storage space.

Within the main living room space, a sophisticated range of home technology systems have been incorporated into the design, such as a stained oak and high gloss spray slide panel AV unit that open up to a 60” plasma TV. To enhance the entertainment element of the main living room, high quality speakers are integrated into the design in addition to a 5.1 cinema system. Underfloor heating, an electric blind system and a hot and cold air conditioning add practical luxury.

Between the living and dining space is an EcoSmart burner installed within a bespoke cabinet with ABK bespoke steel liner, which has been positioned under a plastered faux chimney. To optimise the desired indoor/outdoor theme of the space the roof terrace was designed in conjunction with Bartholomew landscapes.

Modern living

The homeowner has a passion for red and black colour schemes, so with that in mind, Martin designed a modern and luxurious kitchen to complement the open-plan living layout of the penthouse apartment.

The open-plan kitchen was designed and built by Holloways of Ludlow themselves, and features Siemens appliances, an ABK bespoke extractor, and 20mm work surfaces in the Cygnus colourway by Silestone. In this space, Martin used many natural materials, such as stained oak on the breakfast bar and marble worktops to soften the look of the black gloss lacquered cabinetry. The peninsular bar links the kitchen and dining space perfectly.

Adjoining the open-plan kitchen is a bespoke cabinet made from stained oak that incorporates a Miele wine fridge below a 20mm silestone doradus top. Glass shelves and integrated Lutron-controlled lighting allow the owner to display a collection of glassware, spirits and wine.

Re-structural elements

The former en-suite had no exterior windows, so an addition of natural light was a must for the project. The newly designed bathroom is accessed through a corridor of dark stained oak wardrobes, turning the corner into a light and contemporary, yet soft and functional en-suite space, which now features an additional window for light.

Towel rail workings are recessed into the wall alongside the concealed cistern that enhances a contemporary, un-fussy look. 100mm marble skirtings align with the shower floor level and bath panel plinth. LED lighting has been added under the bath plinth for fuss-free night-time guidance.

The bedroom and adjoining dressing room was the final piece in the puzzle and the design was able to incorporate an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ tone to the scheme to reflect the homeowners love of red and black colour schemes. The bespoke Holloways of Ludlow fitted cabinet was designed with 28 skilfully cut and bevelled mirror sections.

A bespoke walk-though dressing space features Holloways of Ludlow stained oak wardrobes and panelling, designed specifically for the space. The plinth lights on the main lutron system also act as night-lights from the master bedroom and continues along under the marble bath plinth.

From the masculine palette to use of minimalist, clean-cut accents, the finished result embodies everything that a trendy, Central London bachelor pad should be.

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