Initially this plot of land was a field, with a few fruit trees and bushes dotted along the property. Also on the site was a stone pit and a handful of granite walls typical of this region in Portugal. These elements were preserved to keep some of the site’s overall heritage, but now a new building stands. An extra special Portuguese house with a relaxing and serene feel owing to its sleek interior design and playful use of the natural slope.
The sloping hill encouraged the two story level approach of this Portuguese house, with the lower floor featuring a street facing porch, car parking area, and the lawn. Meanwhile inside, the lower level provides space for service rooms. Here, the family can hide an extra storage room, toilet, and the laundry room. It also contains an atrium that reaches to the upper floor. The facade is framed with polished white marble panels.
Upstairs features all the living areas plus three bedrooms. We especially love the way that the hill slope allows these rooms to flow out to the garden, with decking areas and the swimming pool.
A direct path from the ground floor makes its way to the upper story via an outdoor staircase.
Each of the rooms upstairs has a space that flows out, giving the occupants plenty of room to engage with their surroundings.
Lacquered flooring and a Silestone natural quartz-covered kitchen give this area a polished finish.
The corridor runs along the eastern part of the building with a long bookshelf. There’s also a home office here, which offers a centralized flow between the hallways and rooms.
The living rooms on the upper story all have a private veranda. Indeed, it was important to the home owners to have that connection between the inside and outside. As such, architect Raulino Silva designed the rooms to feel like they extend through these large windows, right out to the garden.
Rugs were chosen especially for the living room and dining table to help define zones in the open plan room.
When designing a room with a view, make use of the windows! Here for example, the dining table looks out from many angles to the view of the garden, making it a special place for eating together.
Floor to ceiling curtains make the design elegant and simple. They soften the hard look of a wall of window, and the chosen textiles in particular float so gently, barely kissing the floor.
Bedrooms in warm tones, and custom headboards provide a relaxing and peaceful place to unwind.
Raulino explains, “both bathrooms have a private winter garden that allows its natural illumination and ventilation.”
Charged with the task of creating a house where both floors have a direct connection with the garden, Raulino devised a way for rooms to extend beyond the walls. Each room uses windows for walls, providing private shade and secret patios to make this Portuguese house feel spacious and well lit. Overall, it’s a simply stunning space with an abundance of comfortable spaces in which to relax and enjoy views of the garden.