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Challenge No. 4 – A Contemporary Classic Poolhouse

House & Garden Magazine – May 2020

In the fourth episode of House & Garden Magazine’s Creative Responses series with Janine Stone & Co., our design team have been challenged to help a young family extend their country home in Surrey to feature this hotel-style pool house.

Janine Stone Pool


About the design:

This month’s brief challenged our architecture, interior and project management practices to capture the luxury of the world’s best spas and help a young family extend their country home in Surrey. The hotel-style pool house and spa that we conceived takes inspiration from an orangery that once on the grounds, which has been reinstated through a contemporary lens and blends seamlessly with the main house.

Behind the doors at the far end of the pool is concealed a full spa, complete with sauna, steam room, massage room, and plunge pool. The pool can be drained of water and the floor automatically raised to create a sun room and entertaining space. A space like this is only possible to realise when there is the capability to coordinate world leading artisans under a single vision. From the comissioning of custom Bronze window casements to the use of British Hopwood stone that has be used to create curved, organic shapes in the architecture.

It’s only by working with the finest stone masons, that it’s possible to cut through rock like a knife does soft butter.” says Anthony Bevacqua, Design Director at Janine Stone & Co.

Janine Stone Luxury spa

In our opinion the architectural detailing of this space including, the elongated light well, botanical plaster relief and collonade) are standout features of this pool house. The interior decoration is minimal, but no less considered. Heavy metal framed, poolside loungers, upholstered in a stiped racing green pattern (that was in vogue during the late 19th century) embody the approach taken. The lounger’s plush, duck feather, cushion-filling creates the most comfortable pool-side seat to sip a cucumber G&T.

Janine Stone comments:
“In particular, this scheme shows the benefits of coordinating architecture, design and the build all under one roof.”

“We envisioned a space that respected the main residence’s neo-classical architecture, but emitted all the modern stylishness of a luxury hotel spa.”

House & Garden comment on Janine Stone’s creative response:
“This is an elegant, harmonious project that brings together the best of traditional proportion and modern aesthetics.”

“Everything from planning to architecture to the finishing touches is within their scope.”

How To Follow The Series …

A summary version of Janine Stone & Co.’s third design challenge and their response is available to read on the House & Garden website.

Further exclusive content and behind the scenes information is available on the Janine Stone website and Instagram (@janinestone_co), where you can keep up to date with the various design challenges House & Garden will be setting us over the course of this year .

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