Sarah Beeny, Rise Hall 1
For Channel 4 property series, Beeny’s Restoration Nightmare, our work surface material was used for cladding walls and bath surrounds in the bridal room’s en suite facilities, two dramatic shower rooms and a particularly flamboyant ‘Green Dream’ bathroom.
Emphasising its versatility as an interior finish, our material also features as matching 300mm square floor tiles in all five completed rooms.
The opportunity arose when TV property guru Sarah Beeny and her artist husband Graham Swift, realised that our agglomerate material could be used for bathroom makeovers. In view of its light weight, slim dimensions and large slab sizes, they felt it would be ideal for cladding complete bathroom and shower walls, with no visible grout lines and a fully waterproof finish.
The green issue was a further consideration for Sarah and Graham, so the material selected for the feature bathroom was our recycled glass work surface Green Dream, one of the most eco-friendly finishing surfaces on the market. The bath’s fascia panel was ‘back shaved’ to remove the opaque backing material, enabling illumination from a switchable light source to shine through the translucent surface.
Another recycled glass finish was used in the first shower room, this time in dramatic Black Star with silvery highlights. The room’s virtually-seamless agglomerate walls are impermeable to water, while floor tiles made from the same material are laid on moisture-resistant board.
The second shower room sees a change of material to a granite finish in Rosso Alpi, with its mix of brick red, rose pink, terracotta, deep brown and cloudy white. A classically-styled finish made from Italian granite enhanced with polymer, it is practical, hardwearing and again non-porous.
For the corner bath in the bridal bedroom and a matching washroom reached by connecting corridor, Sarah selected a muted natural quartz finish in Palm Desert, a subtle mix of oatmeal, warm golden brown and flecks of white, grey and black.
In the washroom, there is a central WC and adjacent storage boxes, all concealed by a quartz-clad hinged lid, reminiscent of an updated commode. The twin sinks opposite are mounted on a matching plinth, with the same Palm Desert finish applied to sink splashbacks, walls and floor. The look is pure ‘boutique hotel’.