Spain Houzz Tour: The Delicate Renovation of a Village Home
This Spanish home's head-to-toe renovation put a twist on local architectural traditions
Houzz at a Glance
Who lives here: A couple
Location: Salduero, in the Soria region of Spain
Size: 225 square metres
Architects: La Reina Obrera (Ana Andrés) and Estudio Hús (Helena Agurruza)
The architects kept to the home’s original size, paying great attention to the materials selection in accordance with the urban planning regulations of this area. The result is a contemporary village home with a quiet and simple flair.
One side of the home (pictured here) faces a small square, while the other is bordered by a road. The exterior is defined by old stonework, which also features in the neighbouring homes.
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The home’s original stone walls and the compact but visually impactful tiled roof – which is typical of this region – was in need of repair.
The architects avoided invasively raising the height of the facade overlooking the square, because the home’s front door is accessed from this side and the neighbouring houses are lower. The facade on the other side, however, collapsed when the team were taking measurements, and had to be replaced. The architects took the opportunity to make the road-facing facade slightly higher.
The owners initially had a different vision. “They had bought an old, short house and wanted to tear it down. They wanted a single family home that, at some point – perhaps once they retire – could be their permanent residence,” says Andrés.
Another important factor for this project was the light and therefore the landscape. “We looked to bring in as much sunlight as possible by opening the house to the north and south, which also allows for through-and-through views.”
The staircase pictured here leads up to the first floor, while open risers in the stairs above let light filter through and illuminate the space.
The architects decided to divide the first floor into two long narrow spaces “that differ in purpose, height, and the way they relate to each other,” says Andrés.
The flooring in the area near the exterior timber latticework of battens is oak, while the floor on the other side is raw polished concrete sealed with resin.
The shower under the skylight is spectacular. The choice of polycarbonate for the wall above the bench (on the right of this photo) allows natural light to bathe the dining area below as well.
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