Wander through this new-build home designed in a classic Georgian layout

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  • It may look effortless, but the sophisticated finish of this new-build home called for diligent planning and meticulous attention to detail

    Many people fantasise about building their own home some day, but there are only a plucky few who actually take the plunge. One such duo are the owners of this Hampshire property who, to ensure that their dream did not become a nightmare, worked closely on the project together with an interior designer.

    Asked how they found the plot, the couple say that it found them. ‘We were living in London and one day a friend told us about this plot that was about five miles from Andover and an hour’s drive from London,’ they say. ‘The location was ideal and, as it came with planning permission already granted, we knew we could build our perfect home here.’

    Choosing an architect was the next step. ‘It was so important that the architect understood our vision,’ say the owners. ‘We approached five practices and we chose the firm that we felt really solved the dilemma of how to build a house of reasonable height in what is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.’

    Entrance hall

    HG June 17 p86 Clarkson entrance hall new-build home

    ‘The solution was to design a simple, square house with a central atrium that floods the entrance hall with natural light,’ say the couple. ‘All the main rooms flow off the hall, which we designed so that we can use it for formal entertaining – we would never use a separate dining room.’

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    Drawing room

    HG June 17 p86 Clarkson living room new-build home

    In terms of decor, the owners were inspired by designer-hotelier Kit Kemp’s work, in particular her Crosby Street Hotel in New York. ‘She puts shades and patterns together that you can’t imagine working, but they do,’ they say. ‘We weren’t brave enough to try it ourselves, which is where our interior designer, Tor Vivian, came in.’

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    HG June 17 p86 Clarkson library new-build home

    Joinery is a strong decorative feature throughout. ‘For us, cabinetry makes a home,’ say the couple. ‘You need expert help to get it right, so we absolutely relied on our interior designer, who drew up all the designs before the build was even quoted for.’ One of the many ingenious cabinetry ideas is the secret door in the bookshelves above, which leads to the drawing room.

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    View towards kitchen

    HG June 17 p86 Clarkson view to kitchen new-build home

    The first drawings to be done were for the bookshelves in the snug and once they had been approved, the interior designer used the same style of cabinetry in the kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms and boot room.

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    HG June 17 p86 Clarkson kitchen new-build home

    The carver chairs are vintage finds painted red and dressed with seat cushions covered with remnants from the curtains that hang in the snug. ‘The table and matching chairs are old Habitat classics that keep moving with us,’ say the owners. ‘They’re so comfortable.’

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    Buy now: curtains in Ikat Fret in Raspberry, £32.10 per m, Robert Allen

    Home office

    HG June 17 p86 Clarkson storage new-build home

    A compact workspace, flanked by bookshelves, makes the most of an empty wall in the kitchen. It’s very easily tidied away simply by shutting the cupboard door.

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    Boot room

    HG June 17 p86 Clarkson hallway new-build home

    Smart cabinetry keeps this scheme both neat and visually pleasing, while a bench provides a handy seating area for putting on footwear.

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    HG June 17 p86 Clarkson landing new-build home

    A colourful runner was an eBay find and brings vibrancy to the light-filled landing. The lampshade adds another hit of pattern to the space.

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    Main bedroom

    HG June 17 p86 Clarkson main bedroom new-build home

    The shape of the headboard is inspired by the work of Kit Kemp and is covered in a fabric that unites all the colours in the room.

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    Daughter’s room

    HG June 17 p86 Clarkson children's room new-build home

    A bright wallpaper creates a striking backdrop in the owner’s daughter’s room, with the pink from the print picked out as an accent colour.

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    HG June 17 p86 Clarkson playroom new-build home

    Pretty greens and pink take centre stage in here with fitted cupboards providing a window seat.

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    Buy now: blind in Corales in Fuchsia, £47 per m, Designers Guild at Jane Clayton

    Guest bedroom

    HG June 17 p86 Clarkson guest bedroom new-build home

    ‘We chose the curtain fabric having seen it in a book about designer Kit Kemp’s work,’ say the couple of their blue scheme. ‘We just had to have it, in spite of the cost.’

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    Buy now: curtains in Carnival Green, £114 per m, Christopher Farr

    Main bathroom

    HG June 17 p86 Clarkson bathroom new-build home

    Lefroy Brooks bathroom fittings seen in the Crosby Street hotel were high on the wish list for the family’s new home.

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    This house tour originally appeared in Homes & Gardens, June 2017.

    Image credits: Davide Lovatti

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