Description of Piers Gough' house (Watermark House)
Watermark House is as relaxed as a holiday home should be.
It loops up from entrance hall to roof top pool inside and outside.
The ground floor is split between water and land with a boat house
and entrance hall separated by space for changing in/out of boots,
sports kit, etc.
A glamorous double-width stair curves up to the first floor bedrooms,
three of which open onto a large southeast-facing terrace. The stair
continues up in a single sweep to the open living room/kitchen floor
with a raised snug at the far end around the fireplace. One side
of the room has folding glass doors opening up onto another big
southwest-facing terrace. The stair then continues its trajectory
up to the roof terrace with its full-length (18m) infinity pool
under the open sky. The adjacent pool deck also has an 'infinity
edge' for lounging on top of the world.
The floors overlap each introducing strategic rooflights and glass
floors which look down at the surrounding water and receive great
reflections from it.
The outside elevations spiral up in the opposite direction to the
stair. The screen walls swoop down in front of terraces and up over
French windows like a relaxed Guggenheim. The ground floor is enclosed
with slats around the boathouse and part of the entrance hall. The
elevation material is cedar wood as split logs on the spiral and
rough sawn for the slats. It will weather to a lovely silver grey.
Left to myself, I would make the whole interior from walls to sanitary
ware the same silver grey. Totally relaxing and a great background
for art, books and people !