Lovingly looked after for generations, it was time for the “Quinta da Boavista” home to receive its latest renovation. This newly renovated villa is situated on the banks of the Douro River which wiggles its way through Portugal and the Iberian Peninsula. In fact, the soil is bountiful, and over the centuries this land has provided plenty of agriculture.
On top of producing wine, this large house has also served as a family home, and even a tourist guest house. Originally, it stood as two buildings; the main house and the servants’ quarters. Over time however, extensions have united the buildings and seen them soar in height. The house transformed from an L to a U shape in this project, creating a courtyard and a gorgeous open portico framing the river view.
Old characteristics of the building, such as the stucco, wooden floors, glazed tiles and wooden trellis, were embraced in the renovation. We especially love the pervading deep blue accent color found on the carpentry around the property. It’s so pretty, and matches the blue of the sky!
The traditional stone walls are also like this Italian farmhouse; a material that at once feels rustic and fortified.
Access from the exterior to the interior was amended with the addition of a new portico area and courtyard. Steps and multiple entrances unite the exterior and interior.
A large family live here, and they’ve owned the property for generations. They didn’t want to completely cast off the home’s roots; thus, the renovation involved capturing the villa’s traditional look and character. The designers simultaneously modernized the place by including air conditioning, modern fittings and solar panels.
This round turret is a particularly striking element of the villa! Given the wine making heritage of the site, you could be forgiven for thinking this is a wine silo. But in fact it is a new addition, helping to link parts of the building together.
Looking inside, a spiral staircase set in cement creates a dynamic flow, bringing the quadrilateral buildings together in a unique way.
Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, colored tiles were integrated into the pattern of the striking new kitchen floor, and some of the bathrooms. It was undoubtedly a challenge to create a brand new kitchen without changing the entire look or feel of the house, but we think this daring move was an overall success, wouldn’t you agree?
Delightfully organized open shelves look picture perfect paired with the marble countertops and an abundance of blue!
Speaking about the colorful tile decoration, designer Mario Ferreira explains:
We decided to use a tile divided diagonally into a certain color and white, and to use it in different variations and combinations. We spent a lot of time experimenting with different patterns. Originally we decided to use a different color for each floor: light blue on the bottom floor, green in the main floor, and yellow on the top floor. We actually proposed more patterns in different rooms but in the built version only two patterns remained, the yellow one and the green one (with a larger area) on the main floor.
Rich wood was used instead of tiles for many of the traditional carpentry areas.
The architects weren’t actually able to be on site all that often. Regardless, they had to balance the requirements for clients, contractors and getting everything together on time:
It takes a lot of patience, good will from all parts, phone calls and time, considering the house was about 500 kilometers away from our office. By Portuguese standards that is a lot. We always learn in each project, and luckily we still have in Portugal the traditional know-how to build in traditional ways, avoiding conventional industrial solutions.
Moving on to the living room, the new portico room area really is a gorgeous use of space.
Habitants can pull back the windows and shutters, framing the riverside for spectacular views. The room benefits from natural sunlight and works well for all kinds of entertainment arrangements.
What do you think of the Quinta da Boavista? It’s certainly got us wanting to book our next trip to Portugal, with its sky blue details and gorgeous views – who wants to join?