Following the client specifications, the main objective of this challenge was create different spaces, inside of a house that already existed, and this spaces could communicate with each other, creating a harmony and functionality that allow their residents to use the maximum of your home.
As with all renovations, the challenge are the impositions of the existing construction, in this case, windows, doors, floor heights and in an early stage, the stairs, which later the client decided that could be remove. However, since there was a desire on the part of the client to preserve the "soul" of the house, and I agree, nothing better that the stairs to do it, if these do not disturb the future spatial organization.
My solution has, therefore, as a starting point the existing stairs, that so much personality gives to the home.
If the stairs are to keep, should be makes them safe. To that, joins the new organization, which takes advantage of the configuration of the stairs. So, in the right side of the stairs, emerging beside and beneath of these, the kitchen comes, separated from the stairs, by a wall which gives the necessary support to organize himself. In the left side of the stairs, where before was the kitchen, Keep the wall that separate of the stairs, two new spaces are created, a service bathroom and a laundry with space for two machines for clothes and for the boiler that can be placed suspended over one of the machines.
This way, although remains all the configuration of the stairs, the handrail stops having the security function - which shall be taken by the walls - and keeps only the function of support.
The kitchen is no longer a claustrophobic space of the house and opens to her. Is organized in an L shape, which enables have space for dining table, that will be extensible, for that can be used by 4, 6, 8 or 10 people. A separation is created between the space of the kitchen and the living room, however the separation should never be a visual barrier. My solution proposes the placement of the tubes with a circular profile, 7 to 10 cm in diameter, in aluminum or stainless steel, randomly distributed and with different inclinations.
In terms of colors and coatings were used the client specifications, only the color of the floor is different, in my opinion, if the kitchen furniture is dark, the floor should be in gray tones, not too dark, if the furniture is in light colors, yes, the dark tone will look better on the floor.
Is left free path on the right side of the house, the spaces communicated with each other as if they were one, giving the user greater freedom of movement.
In the living room, I chose to use low furniture to put the tv, because allows have storage, without the visual relationship with the kitchen be compromised. This solution makes that there are no barriers for the light, thus taking advantage of all the existing opening, and lets have a different read of the space - as soon as one enters in the house, the common spaces are visible, there are no visual barriers, managing to see the garden as soon as you enter home.
On the right corner is placed a wood burning stove, and moreover the whole living room is organized in a simple and functional way, still left space for children play, which isn’t closed for the rest of the house.
Once that hasn't been submitted by the client a budget for decoration, wasn't taken very much in mind the question of the furniture, being applied in this proposal as a way to define spaces and show the client the best organization. For example, the couch may be more smaller, left more space in their sides, space that can be occupied by the music system that the client says he has. These same music system can also be placed on the wall opposite of the couch, beside the door.
Going up the stairs to the first floor, we find a space that distributes to three bedrooms.
Again, the choice of keeping the stairs helps to define the spaces. The parents' room is well defined by the perimeter of the stairs, keeping the wall that begins on the ground floor and going up to the ceiling of the first floor, the same has ensure the necessary distance to handrail, so that go along the tangent of the wider parts of the handrail. This wall can be painted with a darker tone compared to the other walls of the house.
In terms of organization, the solution went through define spaces of the closet - however this position was strategically define, so that could be put in the same space standard closet’s without being embedded, simply in the room of parents and in the back room, don't do the piece of wall that is represented next to the closet .
In the parents' bedroom, the bathroom has toilet, washbasin and shower, which is done with the flooring itself, finding the collector of water in the center. I chose put a satin glass wall separating the bathroom from the room, to give more comfort, privacy, optimize space and get some natural light in the bathroom. Where once there was a door, it was decided to remove the door and close the opening with a brick wall, however, the door could be maintained and, inside, was placed one thinner brick wall. In relation to the coatings, use a darker tone to define the area of ??the shower, with a smaller tile and a lighter tone for the rest of the bathroom.
All rooms have acceptable areas of functional point of view and good natural lighting.
The bathroom of the children’s has bath, washbasin and toilet, the width of the bath, 1.60 m, defines the width of the space. In relation to coatings, I suggest that do you apply a tile smaller, in a different color from the other walls to mark the area of ??the washbasin.
Unlike what happened in the old house, where the master bedroom overlooking the front garden of the house, in my solution, due to the configuration of the house and to client, specifications, makes sense that the master bedroom, parent's room, turning to face to the entrance of the condominium, providing you a wider view of the outside.
As for decor, I think this is a very personal matter, and your main objective is find a solution of the space organizaton that complies with that was requested by you, so, I chose use different sets of frames, mixed with mirrors, in which is reflected the image of your family. In more social spaces, can be placed one or two paintings of Jean Cocteau. If less is more, I think that how much simpler and unique are the pieces that you acquire for the decor of your home, better, more identity the house will be able convey.
Also I liked the painting that you mentioned on the wall and although I had put the imagem in the frame, my opinion is that this image stay very well painted on a wall, for example in the living room.
In relation to the garden, however much may be done, My solution is to create a platform in deck, which gradually goes down to the small artificial lake, where is the fountain. Still left space for the children play. Larger trees that overlook the street will be trimmed, as the client has indicated, in the other side, behind the existing metal fence, vegetal fences can be placed at 1.8 m height, and in the entrance to the garden, a pergola can be placed 2.00 m in height and greater than the width of the gate opening, marking the entrance, as if were a bow, in this pergola climbing plants may be placed to decorate.
In terms of construction the ideal would be build a new slab, however, in order to guarantee the height on the ground floor, the type of slab that should be used is one with structure of joists, allowing you build a thinner slab. This solution is described in the drawings.
The problem of collecting waste water is solved with the fact that all sanitary, kitchen and laundry are on the same side of the house, which, allied to the game of the differences in height of the ceiling in the ground floor, allows you create the necessary inclination of the pipe, especially on the children's bathroom, that goes between the slab and the false ceiling, goes down the stairs and goes directly to the collection point.
I hope that you have liked of my proposal. It was with a great pleasure that I participated in this challenge, I hope that I have helped you.
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