TOTO bathrooms feature in Channel 4 "Grand Design" House
The Autumn 2013 series of Channel 4’s popular self-build programme Grand Designs has unveiled the dream project of actor/interior designer Deborah Sheridan-Taylor and husband Jonathan Broom. Their new-build home in North London has had a ten year gestation and been three years in the making. It sits on a reclaimed brown field site surrounded by a tight circle of neighbouring properties. In the true spirit of Grand Designs, the new-build faced many challenges. The complicated location required the skillful negotiation of an astonishing 16 party wall agreements and the development as a whole survived the bankruptcy of the main contractor. According to the owner, however, the choice of TOTO bathrooms throughout was stress free:
‘Living with TOTO is living with ease, total water luxury,’ says Deborah. ‘I smile at the heart shape the water makes in the luminescent basin every morning as I brush my teeth. As an interior designer, I really enjoy this attention to detail.’
The five bedroom/bathroom house, complete with basement swimming pool, gym and sauna, was designed by London architect Paul Archer. Within the white walled interiors, lighting plays an important part, especially as over a third of the building is below ground level. The corridors and living spaces have glazed walls and ceilings that fill the space with light, while the family bathroom has its own lightwell to bring daylight in. Here, TOTO’s NEOREST Washbasin and NEOREST Bathtub enhance the sense of light with a softly frosted finish. At night their translucent LUMINIST material and internal LED lighting emit a gentle and relaxing glow.
The en-suite bathroom in the master bedroom features more TOTO luxury with an intimate cleansing NEOREST LE WASHLET and NEOREST LE Washbasin with sleek chrome NEOREST LE faucet, as well as a NEOREST Shower Set with rejeuvenating overhead shower and relaxing Gyrostream wall jets. The simple lines of the NEOREST LE range are offset by striking charcoal tiles, while the basin area is illuminated by a TOTO MH Series mirror.
Although the fitness area and a guest room are technically underground, they too are bathed in natural light from wall to wall glazing onto lightwells and a subterranean patio area. Here, another TOTO NEOREST LE WASHLET is given a surprising open-plan treatment. The hi-tech toilet sits, throne-like, in a small ‘snug’ created between two curved walls that on the other side efficiently house the kitchen and bathroom of a self-contained ‘nanny’ flat. Although there is no toilet door, Deborah’s signature antique and retro accessories, soft lighting and wrap around walls create a sense of intimacy and reassuring privacy. Around the other side of one curve is a practical shower fitted with TOTO’s overhead shower and massaging Gyrostream wall jets, and neatly accompanied by a LUMINIST/S [square] basin and automatic, movement senstive faucet – a combination that is replicated in the ground floor cloakroom.
Another unusual use of TOTO bathroom products stems from the owners’ enthusiasm for the clean lines and intelligent storage solutions of the NEOREST bathroom furniture range. One wall hung unit sits at the entrance of the property as hall storage. Another pair sit either side of the bed in the master bedroom, populated with Deborah’s ecclectic collectables. With their automatic soft-touch opening mechanism, they become a useful as well as neat and aesthetically pleasing bedside table. The bedroom also contains a NEOREST rolling container, a cube shaped storage unit with a leather top that provides a seat for the vanity unit tucked inside the wall of wardrobes.
All the TOTO products featured in the Grand Designs house can be found at www.gb.toto.com/
Details of the house can be found on the Channel 4 website at: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/grand-designs/articles/all/north-london-suppliers/
The house features in the October issue of Grand Designs magazine.
1 Grand Designs North London House 2 The en-suite bathroom to the master bedroom 3 The family bathroom with TOTO’s NEOREST Luminist Washbasin and Bathtub. Photographer Gareth Gardner 4 NEOREST WASHLET in a niche. Photographer Gareth Gardner 5 NEOREST bathroom furniture re-defined. Photographer Gareth Gardner.