The master ensuite with freestanding bath and dual sinks

The house is entered through a grand double front door at the middle level, with double height glass surrounding the entrance and reaching up 6.5 metres. The stairs and living room are on one side of the hallway and the large kitchen, dining and living space on the other. Upstairs are the bedrooms and bathrooms – all of which feature the same crema grey honed marble from Oman that Amber and Howard use in every project. The landing features an interesting circular cut-out in the floor below a skylight, allowing light to flood right down into the entrance hall. The lower floor is home to a large open area with a guest bedroom and ensuite on either side. This space also opens out to the garden and swimming pool.

To the side of the house, next to the bespoke kitchen, is a large pond featuring a tree which appears to ‘float’ on the water, which Howard included in order to bounce light and warmth into the room. The house also benefits from solar gain from the large windows, doors and rooflights, and has solar panels on the flat roof. The house is heated by underfloor heating throughout, and there are also two fireplaces. The house has a Rako lighting system, which can be controlled via their phones, as can the Sonos sound system. The house is ventilated with an MVHR (mechanical ventilation with heat recovery) system.

Despite the modern exterior, Amber and Howard approached the interior design slightly differently. Amber explains: “Modernist houses

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“When you’ve built as many houses as we have you know what works and what doesn’t, and you refine, refine, refine”

are normally tiled, echoey, don’t have any detailing, but we’ve actually done ours in quite a traditional way.” They’ve installed traditional skirting boards and architraves, wooden floors and curtains. “The kitchen/dining area is a massive space but it’s comfortable and warm. You don’t feel lost.”

Their work both building houses and designing interiors and furniture means they’ve honed their skills to provide a highly tailored result to suit each house. “Most things here are bespoke, designed by both of us, including the paint colours. We find a formula and we work with it,” says Amber. “When you’ve built as many houses as we have you know what works and what doesn’t, and you refine, refine, refine,” adds Howard.

Their hard work and determination has paid off – Amber and Howard say there’s nothing about the house they would change. “We absolutely love living here,” she smiles.  25

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