A Grand Heritage Home | Lapicida

10 Apr 24

Built in the early 17th century on ancient farmland, this property needed interior décor sympathetic to its grand style and heritage. The owners, undertaking a complete renovation of the property, specified Lapicida to supply the flooring; as the leading specialist in stone, wall and floor surfaces, they were well suited to the task. Providing flooring in many of the rooms and external spaces, Lapicida used a clever combination of stone and porcelain to create the ultimate luxury home.

When first entering the property, a dramatic entrance hall sets the tone. With high ceilings and a grand sweeping staircase, a marble floor was selected to match the impressive look and feel of the space. Crema Marfil marble tiles with black Elvira marble inserts are polished smooth for an opulent finish, and the classic combination of black and cream marble lends a timeless look that will age beautifully alongside the house. The marble is complemented by cream cabinetry and dark wood accents, together creating an entrance bursting with character and opulence. 

For the kitchen, the owners needed a floor that not only looked beautiful but could withstand heavy daily use by the family and their pets. The perfect option was Barreme limestone; incredibly durable and easy to maintain, limestone is a high-performance flooring choice. For an extra touch of luxury, these Barreme limestone tiles have cushioned edges, giving a smooth and overall ‘plush’ look to the floor.
Attached to the kitchen and offering an alternative entrance to the property is a stylish boot room. Lapicida’s Montpellier stone effect porcelain tiles in Ivory were chosen to complement the cool, calm colour scheme and to deliver longevity. The fine Italian porcelain is a near exact replica of natural stone but with the added benefits of being hardwearing and slip-resistant - ideal for a constant flow of muddy boots and paws. The porcelain tiles have an authentic matt finish to mimic the appearance of stone and perfectly provide the desired look of an authentic country-style boot room.

The owners wanted their master bathroom to have the ‘wow’ factor yet desired a calming feel to help unwind at the end of the day. The perfect solution was utilising porcelain tiles to replicate the look of bookmatched marble slabs. Used on both the floor and walls, bookmatch effect tiles deliver maximum impact, yet the cream colour scheme with gold and grey veining ensures the space maintains a tranquil quality. Porcelain is perfect for bathroom use; it is easy to clean, moisture resistant and perfect with underfloor heating. This Massa D’Oro bookmatch porcelain showcases how effective porcelain can be in producing rooms that double as works of art.

Another fabulous feature of this property is the generous outdoor pool, perfectly located to overlook the picturesque surroundings. For a modern look with edge, Lapicida’s Elements Metal effect porcelain tile in Mint is used inside the pool. As porcelain is slip-resistant and durable, it is the perfect material for swimming pool interiors and can replicate all types of materials in many colourways and to suit all styles. Complementing the contemporary look of metal effect porcelain, Brazilian Black Riven Slate surrounds the pool. Slate provides a modern touch as well as being slip-resistant and comfortably smooth underfoot.

When choosing flooring, it is important to think about more than just aesthetics; durability, safety, traffic and maintenance are key. In this home, each floor type was used deliberately, with suitability considered as much as the overall look. The result is both beautiful and practical, ensuring that the floor throughout will be enjoyed for many years to come.