Project Name: Coastal Cottage

Location: North Wales, United Kingdom

Date Completed: November 2018

Interior Designer: Lewis Knox

Architect: Dobson Owen

Construction Company: Henry Jones

As part of a wider scheme to create a unique beach home, this bathroom was the master en-suite in a small cottage on the Welsh coast. The client wanted a scheme to reflect this coastal location, a masculine but cosy space which made the most of the small floor area this bathroom had, but with a wow factor. Lewis Knox designed a simple yet effective layout, letting the materials and hidden lighting highlight the scheme and create the wow the client wanted but in an understated cool way, which complemented the rest of the interior Lewis Knox designed.

Sourcing local materials wherever possible was important so Welsh slate, local timbers and English brassware were specified, even down to the architectural lighting which was sourced from a company in Lancashire who manufactured it there. The materials selected especially the flooring; a unique stone which was leathered to age it and make it appear as if it was always there but with a playful nod to its coastal location. The warm engineered oak cladding helped create warmth against the grey backdrop of welsh slate.

Lewis Knox selected suppliers from the local area and the stone/slate was quarried and finished to a high standard. Further skills were required with regards to the bespoke nature of the integrated lighting where the designers positioned a lighting tube within the shower dam which called for talented tilers.

Lewis Knox believe that the design works well due to multiple aspects: the uncluttered layout which allows the shower to maximise the space, a slot window which allows a connection back to the landscape and subtle lighting effects to add a wow to the small spaces. The designers successfully integrated the design to the wider environment through the material palette, which links back to the Welsh coast with local stone sourced, timbers from local Welsh chapels and Welsh slate.