The striking parquet hardwood floor in this apartment is not to be missed. In fact, the floor was one of the starting points for this home renovation, as the patterns and shapes on the floor were continuous and stretched all the way through the apartment. Seeing this cohesive flow helped the home owners to decide that their space should ideally be unifying and cohesive for cozy family life.
The apartment was quite a long one, stretching across 33 meters by 7 meters, with street-facing windows for the living room area. There are three distinct rooms here at the front of the home, with windows and balcony doors that open up to the outside. One of the walls was widened to create greater harmony between the three rooms, however they still maintain some privacy between each zone.
I love to see the transformation, from seeing the room taking shape, uncovering the magnificent flooring, and seeing the furniture placed. The three areas are mapped out on the floor with lighter wood, and different kinds of furniture settings allow for hanging out with friends, or the family, or entirely solitary. The home owners have different occupations, one as a doctor and her partner in business. It was important to be able to create spaces for conducting their own work, within this shared family space. I think the slightly lowered ceiling and the walls that divide the rooms partially help with this.
If you’re looking to create a living room that doesn’t point towards the TV, this house has three separate living areas that show you how cozy a space can be without the black box as a focal point. The sofa and coffee table point inwards to the center, while the middle room has a group space, and lastly the third room has a desk and bookshelves for more studious activities.
The corridor was long and drab, covered in tiles that no longer matched contemporary tastes. Where there was previously a room by the entrance, this has been blocked off to form part of the master bedroom.
The long corridor stretches all the way through the apartment, but it has now been given a bench all the way along, making the space quite useful and providing a place for different lighting elements.
The kitchen is located at the far end of the apartment, refitted with modern gadgets and given a facelift.
The kitchen looks out over the apartment courtyard in the back, and even has a back door. It becomes a social place for the neighboring children to pop by to play.
Moving straight through from the kitchen to the dining table, and dinner is served!
One of the exciting new features of the home is the veranda area that was added to the house. Whereas it was previously a room, it has been closed off and filled with plants, for a balcony outdoor area.
One of the most interesting parts for design firm Aboim Inglez Arquitetos, was the relationship and conversation with the home owners.
It is very pleasing to visit our clients over dinner and watch the neighboring children circulate through the house, from the inner courtyard to the living rooms. One senses that the conditions have been created for life to take place in.
Many of the decisions were jointly worked out between the team and the homeowners, such as deciding to cut down on the number of doors being used to allow the rooms to blend together.
While one of the main goals was to preserve connection and fluidity between all areas of the home, it can be hard when the space is so long! But the corridor maintains the flavors and essence of the home with its wooden tiles and white walls.
While the living areas face on to the street or the back communal courtyard, the bedrooms are in the middle where it is quieter at night. The master bedroom was two different areas joined together. It gives the parents a place to relax, with a wardrobe area leading through to the bathroom.
What a turn around from the old ceramic outdated tiles, to this new shape. Both bathrooms back on to one another although they are not connected. The length and shape of the bathrooms have not been altered, although the one attached to the master bedroom has a different entry point.
The second bathroom is much the same! It opens onto the corridor so it can be used by the children, as well as for guests.
With such a striking floor it could be easy to overwhelm with too much furniture and decor. The simple clean look of the molding and minimal furniture is enough. The defined walls and shifting parameters help to frame the rooms beautifully. The home owners love every part of it, from being able to see the whole house all as one unit, and even being able to share it with their children and their friends. It helps to create that happy cozy family home that they were looking for.
Project: Rua Rodrigo da Fonseca
Design: Aboim Inglez Arquitetos
Photos: Ricardo Gonçalves