Houzz Tour: A Brilliant Layout Rejig Transforms a City Flat
A dull flat has been turned into a gorgeous, calming space thanks to a new layout that makes the most of its terrace
The couple wanted a home with a sophisticated style, and their main priority for the renovation was to reconfigure the layout of the rooms to gain space and light. They found and hired the ideal professional for their project on Houzz. “Contacts through Houzz are easy and usually very effective, because when someone messages you directly, they’ve already seen your profile, rates and projects, so they already like your work,” interior designer Nora Zubia of Slow & Chic – Interiorismo says. “That’s how it was with these clients: they saw a project of mine that suited them and, from that point on, everything went smoothly and easily.”
Who lives here? A couple
Location Madrid, Spain
Size 65 sq m
Designer Nora Zubia of Slow & Chic - Interiorismo
Budget Total about €30,000 (£25,260), including all work related to the masonry, electricity, plumbing and painting. Furniture and materials by room: complete kitchen, €9,000 (around £7,578); complete bathroom, €3,000 (around £2,526); living room,€3,300 (around £2,778); bedroom, €1,800 (around £1,515); dressing room, €800 (around £674); office, €900 (around £758); terrace, about €3,600 (around £3,030).
The key goals of the renovation were to improve access to the terrace and to integrate it so well into the interior that it could serve as additional dining and relaxation space for the open-plan kitchen-living room.
The team knocked through to create this open social space, and fitted sliding doors onto the terrace. The chimney finish and fireplace are also new.
They told Nora they wanted a spacious, bright interior in which the terrace would play protagonist, and they are very happy with the result. For them, having this terrace in the heart of Madrid is a treasure, but having it at the heart of the house, connected to the dining room with patio doors and to the office and bedroom through windows, is key.
“As for the kitchen, I would like to highlight the combination of the cashmere colour and the wood,” Nora says. “We wanted it to blend in with the living room furniture and not look like a typical kitchen. So we went for unusual colours and added black taps and appliances to make it look very elegant.”
“We really liked the colour, thinking it added an elegant touch to the home despite the dark shade,” Nora says. “We chose the herringbone because we realised it would help create a common thread running through the house once we opened up the main space by getting rid of the partitions. The same pattern is on the bathroom wall tiles and the bedroom wallpaper.”
Nora also points out the off-white velvet armchair by the fireplace. “It was the owners’ suggestion,” she says. “It’s an unusual and very elegant armchair.”
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The layout is unusual in that that the bathroom is close to the kitchen rather than the bedroom. “That was mainly a structural issue,” Nora says. “The plumbing was at the back of the flat, so, if we’d wanted to place the bedroom close to the bathroom, we would have had to make hallways and would have lost the possibility of walking straight into an open area from the entrance. It’s not the usual set-up, but in this case, the result was worth it.”
“We must bear in mind that the floor space is limited, but we do consider it important to have a personal office space without having to invade the living room or bedroom,” she adds.
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