When faced with decorating her own new home she felt that, whilst it would undoubtedly bear her own stamp, the feelings and tastes of the other members of her family should be seriously considered at every stage of the transformation. Not surprisingly, the priorities which emerged after familial discussion were that the new setting should be comfortable, relaxing and, above all, easy to run – especially when entertaining was in prospect. Monika Apponyi had moved from a house not dissimilar architecturally from her present one, but one which was really too small, and had little potential for enlargement. A pool for all seasons The brief to Andrew Wilson of Maurice Phillips Architects for this extension to a large family house on Kingston Hill was to create a spacious, yet practical pool house, that could be opened up to the skies on hot summer days, yet enclosed from the fiercer elements during the long, winter months – in short, the ideal British pool. Set on a hill surrounded by trees, the resulting design meets all these needs by neatly incorporating a large, electronically-operated sliding roof and a band of glazed doors along two walls.