You cannot miss the striking parquet hardwood floor in this apartment. In fact, the wooden floor was one of the starting points for this home renovation. The patterns and shapes on the floor of this 1930s apartment stretch all the way through the home. As a matter of fact, seeing this cohesive flow helped the home owners decide that their space should ideally be unifying and cohesive for cozy family life. For this purpose they called up Aboim Inglez Arquitetos to turn this home around.
The apartment was quite a long one. Stretching across 33 x 7 meters, it features street-facing windows in the living room area. There are three distinct rooms at the front of the home, with balcony doors that open up to the outside.
One of the walls is widened to emphasize greater harmony between the three rooms. Together it feels like one large living room, however they still maintain some privacy between each zone.
I love to see the transformation of a renovation. 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. To illustrate that, the slightly lowered ceiling and partial walls 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 presents a group space, and lastly the third room’s desk and bookshelves are for 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. Now it features a bench all the way along, making the space useful and providing a place for different lighting elements.
The kitchen is located at the far end of the apartment, refit 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 they added to the house. Previously a room stood here, but they closed it off and filled it with plants, for a balcony outdoor area.
One senses that the conditions have been created for life to take place in.” – Aboim Inglez Arquitectos
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.”
The team and the homeowners worked out many of the decisions jointly, such as deciding to cut down on the number of doors being used to allow the rooms to blend together.
Without doubt one of the main goals was to preserve connection and fluidity between all areas of the home. By the same token, it can be hard for unity when the space is so long! To balance between the two things, the long corridor maintains the flavors and essence of the home with its wooden tiles and white walls.
The living areas face onto the street or the back communal courtyard. Meanwhile, 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. In this case 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.