"If we had to do it all over again, we would - as long as Octagon was at the helm.”
Clients Anna and Jake recently chose Octagon Bespoke to deliver their dream home on the banks of the River Thames.
Anna comments, “With over 40 years’ continuous experience in the luxury property market, along with reassurances from friends who owned Octagon homes, we felt we could entrust our lifelong dream of building the perfect house to the Octagon team, a decision we have never regretted from day one.”
Working with Exedra Architects, they drew up initial plans with firm, clear cut ideas about living areas, leisure and most essential, touches of unexpected drama.
The front of the house has all the classical good looks expected for an imposing house flanking the Thames. Set well back from the road behind period style iron railings, the white rendered exterior walls, large sash windows, elegant portico entrance, and resin graveled drive emit a timeless quality, paying deference to the original villas nearby.
Walking through the front door, after taking in a most dramatic trompe l’oeil decorated entrance hall, visitors discover a contemporary, light flooded open plan interior, where the rear of the house opens up to an elevated decked terrace, beyond which rolling lawns lead to the floating pontoon and the clients’ beloved Thames.
The ground floor living space, with its clever undulation of differing floor levels, takes up a considerable proportion of the 9,000 sq ft home. The soft bronze tones of the Extreme Designs kitchen, with its extraordinary leathered granite work top and latest range of Gaggenau appliances, extend harmoniously into adjoining family dining and sitting areas, with focal point centre piece floating gas fired log fire.
On the first floor are 5 substantial double bedrooms, 3 en-suites plus a separate family bathroom, and Anna’s own study. The upper floor is devoted to the Master Suite, complete with dressing room and a beautiful Perlato Olympo polished marble clad bathroom, with double open shower and freestanding bath.
As well as their passion for the river, where the family take regular kayaking trips - when not relaxing in their new waterside summer house the family are seriously into sport, indoor leisure and not least, fitness.
The lower ground floor of their spectacular home houses a gym of gargantuan proportions, kitted out to professional standards. Then there is the playroom, with full size pool table, cinema screen wall, and long 90-degree angle cocktail bar in beaten metal, facing enough sumptuous high stools for a dozen or so house guests.
Anna concludes, “This has been a long, and at times, exhausting project. We were ambitious with our vision for design and specification and our team of architects, suppliers, and not least Octagon have been there every step of the way. We all absolutely love our new home, so it has been worth it, and if we had to do it all over again, we would - as long as Octagon was at the helm.”