Houzz Tour: A Cleverly Reworked Layout Transforms a Hillside Home
Before and after photos show how turning this house upside down opened it up and made the most of the views
White walls run throughout the house, accentuated with subtle blue hues that echo the home’s natural surroundings. Recycled wood furnishings and floral-print textiles add a touch of warmth and a relaxed feel. The overall minimalist but cosy style makes for a comfortable, unpretentious home.
Who lives here A family
Location On the outskirts of San Lorenzo della Costa, near Santa Margherita Ligure, Genoa, Italy
Size Three bedrooms and two bathrooms; about 1,400 sq ft (130 sq m)
Project duration From 2014 to 2016
Architects Isabella Invernizzi and Beatrice Bonzanigo of IB Studio
Photos by Luca Miserocchi
The owners’ main request was a big combined living and kitchen area. They didn’t need a lot of bedrooms and instead prioritised large open spaces where they could entertain guests.
“To fulfil this request, we inverted the original layout of the rooms, which had the living area on the ground floor and the bedrooms on the first,” Bonzanigo says.
String Light pendant, Flos.
All of the floors and built-in sofas in the interior are finished in a concrete-effect white resin. “Our idea, which the clients liked, was that the resin should be a single, continuous motif throughout the house,” Bonzanigo says.
The table is made up of recycled boards resting on metal legs. It was made by Orissa Mobili Coloniali, a shop and furniture restoration studio in Milan.
Even the fireplace was moved from the ground to the first floor. “We kept the chimney flue, but rebuilt the fireplace from scratch with recycled stone and wood from another of our company’s building sites,” sh says.
Pouffe in ash and leather, Alma Design. Privat Lampe II floor lamp, Memphis Milano.
“The ceiling is original, though there used to be a false ceiling over it,” Bonzanigo says. “We got rid of that, left the iron beams visible and painted the wooden beams white.”
M1 Medio wall light, Viabizzuno.
The kitchen was custom-designed by the architects and built by Cappellini Cucina. The table already belonged to the owners.
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The framed mirror is not just a decorative element; it swings open to reveal a pass-through to the laundry room.
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The original ceramic floor tiles were in bad condition and were replaced with iroko boards.
Outdoor straw rug, Funky Table Milano. Tripolina folding chairs, Palazzo Bianco, Eligo. Sofa, Maisons du Monde.
The big glass door can be concealed with sheer white curtains to provide some privacy during workouts.
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