Houzz Tour: Repurposing a Bright Loggia Opens Up a City Flat
Making a sunny loggia, with its beautiful ceiling and big window, part of the living space has transformed this home
While this may seem like a generous budget, a lot of work had to be done to get the space to align with the owners’ wishes. The flat was originally old and shabby, with a floor plan that didn’t fit their lifestyle. “The previous owners hadn’t made any major updates to the place in more than 50 years,” says Genís Bargués, lead architect on this project. “Not only was the original floor plan still in place, but the finishes were also outdated and neglected.”
Who lives here? A family with a two-year-old son
Location Barcelona, Spain
Size 86 sq m
Architect Genís Bargués of BRFS
Budget €50,000 (around £42,152)
The first thing that stands out in the living room is the large, open space and the light colour of the oak floor. “The new floor helps to create uniform lighting and also provides a very Mediterranean chiaroscuro feeling,” Genís says.
Before the renovation, the loggia contained the bathroom, but moving it meant this lovely light space could merge with and enhance the living area. The windows are made of natural wood and add personality to the room.
“The loggia is my favourite space in the home because it emphasises domestic life: meals, dinners, breakfasts in the sun, children’s games, and so on,” Genís says.
Other details, such as the olive green of the chairs and the white metal beams, create a space that embodies the “light and soul of the Mediterranean”.
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The team helped the owners select the furniture pieces from the design studio. The Ginger lamp from Marset is a focal point of the room, as it’s located in the centre and is visible from the entrance.
“The dining table, with its concrete-like finish, contrasts with the wood and, like the rugs, is key to bringing interest to the living room and loggia,” Genís says.
The owners like how bright their flat is after the renovation and enjoy being able use the same space for multiple functions – as a living room, kitchen and loggia. It’s a warm and welcoming space for them and their guests.
“In the end, we opted for a semi-open kitchen with a low, 1.2m dividing wall that allows us to hide mess and clutter from the living room,” he says. The clear glass window that separates the kitchen from the living room cost €1,300 (around £1,100).
The furniture is made of faux wood (melamine) from Edger, and cost €890 (around £753).
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