Aquarelle Tiles: Putting the ‘Grand’ in Grand Designs

When we were approached by Natasha Cargill, we were taken in by her fantastic story. She was building an eco-friendly home in the heart of Norfolk. The project was called Springfield House, and had captured the attention of Channel 4′s flagship architectural show, Grand Designs.

Springfield House in Norfolk appeared on Channel 4's Grand Designs

The design was based on the idea of two periscopes rising out of the ground. It would be an incredibly stylish wooden-skinned addition to the local landscape; with an incredible eco rating. We were wowed by the original concept art the architect had put together. When Natasha told us that she needed a helping hand with tiles for the bathroom and kitchen, we knew we had to help out.

Kevin McCloud looks out from Springfield House balcony on Grand Designs

We gave her the pick of our entire website. She narrowed it down to brick-shaped tiles and quickly came back with two choices; Blanco Gloss Rhian Tiles for the kitchen, and Aquarelle Tiles. We sent these out ASAP, with a tub of our versatile Kwik Grip Ice White Wall Tile Adhesive. Her tiler got to work putting the finishing touches on Springfield House’s kitchen and bathroom areas.

Grand Designs at Springfield House in Norwich Norfolk

The day of Kevin McCloud’s visit soon came, and Natasha gave him the grand tour of her wonderful new home. Kevin was very impressed by the finished effect in the bathroom, where he stood for a few minutes – talking about the eco shower unit. We were able to get a fantastic view of the Aquarelle Tiles, fixed in place on the walls behind the sink, throughout the shower, and around the back of the bath. You could really see their subtle variations in shade – a brilliant effect that really brings a wall space to life.

Kevin McCloud talks to Natasha Cargill in Bathroom

Kevin McCloud and Natasha Cargill discuss Springfield House’s eco shower system, surrounded by our stylish Aquarelle Tiles. As you can see, they look great when used against a white background.

Grand Designs Springfield House bathroom tiles

Kevin McCloud tests out the eco shower system. The water sprays out over our Aquarelle Tiles. Unlike some tiles, Aquarelle Tiles are fine to use in a shower area – as long as you use a waterproof adhesive and grout.

channel 4 grand designs tiles

AquarelleTiles are very easy to cut – perfect for navigating around fixtures and fittings, such as the one above, in the Springfield House bathroom. We have a great range of manual tile cutters to choose from.

Walls and Floors provide tiles for Grand Designs

See how the Aquarelle Tiles tie together the different areas of the bathroom – effortlessly merging the basin space into the shower and bath areas.

Shower Springfield House Norfolk

A close-up shot of the shower running in Natasha’s stylish new bathroom. This eco-friendly shower head uses a fraction of water a regular shower head would!

grand designs bath tiles

When tiling a wall, always measure the width and find the centreline. If you tile from this centreline, it ensures that you have perfect symmetry at the edges, when it comes to your cut pieces!

walls and floors grand designs tiles

The subtle shade variation between tiles, along with the hypnotic colour of these Aquarelle Tiles, allows for a calming, relaxing effect – perfect for bath-time! Light some scented candles, get out the bubble-bath, twists those taps, lay back and relax!

kitchen tiles in grand designs springfield house norfolk

The completed kitchen of Springfield House. Just above the work surfaces, you can see a skim of Gloss Blanco White Tiles, from our collection of 30×10 Rhian Tiles. It runs the whole way around the kitchen – acting as a sleek and stylish splashback.

white brick rhian tiles kevin mccloud

Kevin McCloud has a sit-down in the Springfield House Kitchen. Over his shoulder, you can see our White Rhian Tiles – filling the wall space between the worktop and over-head cupboards. White in colour, they act as the perfect back-drop for the room.

kevin mccloud kitchen tiles

Natasha has since been in touch to tell us how happy she is with the finished effect of the tiles. We’re very glad we have helped contribute to this fantastic Grand Design! If you want to watch the episode, you can catch it here on 4OD:

Did you catch the episode, when it was on? What do you think of our Aquarelle Tiles? Would you have them in your kitchen or bathroom, or use them to create a feature wall in a living area? Let us know over on Facebooktwitter or Google+.


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One Comment

  • Romena M
    Romena M on October 21, 2014 at 11:20 am
    Saw this when it was on! Really nice tiles.

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