The Port House is a new design and build house based in a beautiful location on the South Coast. Studio Hooton were involved from the very first architectural drawings through to the final schemes.

The Brief

This substantial, classically designed new build was to be a long term family home with a relaxed aesthetic and plenty of well equipped space for entertaining large numbers. Joinery was an important part of the brief and was incorporated into the structure of the property from the very start, to give generous storage, practical work spaces and entertainment areas across the house and garden.

A pastel coloured living room with a grey sofa and green and beige scatter cusions, in a white room. To the rear is a Flatscreen TV and entertainment unit built into the wall
Design Principles

We approached the layouts with the family’s needs in mind and worked closely with the clients to ensure that our designs would work seamlessly with the new structure as well as adding characterful layers to the architecture. The schemes were neutral and layered, creating a relaxed look with longevity.

An elegant open plan kitchen with marble floor, long kitchen island and 4 beige fabric seats. In the background is a large dining table with green charis.
The Finished Interiors

The kitchen/living area (above) featured a natural flagstone floor housing an original well next to the dining area. A bespoke drinks bar was designed to work separately to the kitchen area, featuring dark green marble with a water cooler and prep sink built in. Natural colours and fabrics were used throughout these living spaces.

A large white boot room which includes a large central island topped with a rustic oiled oak slab, bronze handles on the cabinetry and encaustic traditional tiles on the floor. To the side of the image are fabric seating areas with drawers for additional storage.

The Boot Room was designed around outdoor hobbies with biking gear, wetsuits and walking boots all accommodated within an airy design which was also hardwearing and practical in finish. A rustic oiled oak slab was used for the island worktop with bronze handles on the cabinetry and encaustic traditional tiles on the floor. Seating areas with drawers gave plenty of additional storage.

A soft coloured drawing room featuring a brown sofa, olive grey wall panels, a stylish table lamp which sits on a minimalist grey side table.
A boutique style cloakroom with a bespoke marble block vanity, polished nickel taps and fluted wall lights. The walls were were traditionally panelled and finished in an off- black, contrasting a marble basketweave mosaic on the floor.

The Drawing Room scheme was relaxed formality, with welcoming soft lines and natural, warm materials.

The boutique style cloakroom included a bespoke marble block vanity, polished nickel taps and fluted wall lights. The walls were were traditionally panelled and finished in an off- black, contrasting a marble basketweave mosaic on the floor.

Principal Suite

We designed a full dressing room with fabric panels to the doors and bronze edge pull handles. A coffee machine and fridge were discreetly hidden within this, for early mornings. A beautiful warm dark emperardo marble was used on the island top. Seating is always lovely to have in these dressing areas so we extended the window sill to create a bench seat.

A luxurious dressing room with fabric panels to the doors and bronze edge pull handles. To the left of the image is a storage island topped with a dark emperardo marble and to the right is a fabric windowseat besides a white sash window

A panelled freestanding bath in sage green was the central focus in the principal bathroom. Flooring was a combination of limestone and dark marble, which gave an elegant feel across the space. Fittings were kept traditional in a polished nickel.

A panelled freestanding bath in sage green which sits besides a sash window
Shot through the entrance door to a large white bathroom with white marble floor and large white freestanding bathtub
A close up image of nickel coloured bath taps over which a shower head sits

The guest areas continued with the autumnal, natural feel with texture and dark furniture to give characterful accents. The family bathroom was wrapped in timber tiles for a cabin-like feel and a laundry chute was hidden beneath the window bench, leading directly to the utility room below.

A luxurious modern family bathroom wrapped in timber tiles with a freestanding sink and walk in shower
Two green and white cushions sat on the fabric cover of a hidden laundry chute in a bathroom
The left hand side of a double bed with a brown fabric headboard and brown tartan throw. To the side of the bed stands a small antique wooden bedside table on which a white coloured lamp sits.

Photography by martingardner.com