Last week the team submitted designs for a homeowner-run competition.
The brief was to create a concept for an old, 2-storey courtyard house in a small Italian town in the countryside, which requires full renovation. The new owners would like to have two bedrooms and a big bathroom on the first floor, and an open plan living area on the ground floor to include kitchen, dining area and wood-burning stove with storage/laundry and WC nearby. They expressed a preference for light rooms, hardwood flooring (with under-floor heating) and modern furniture. Finally they would like some natural screening to provide privacy in the small garden.
So, what ideas did we come up with?
Our designs include sympathetically refurbishing the exterior of the property with traditional style windows and doors and retaining the shutters, to ensure the property is in keeping with surrounding buildings but still has its own identity. The patio area is modernised with a fire pit/dining table and surrounding chairs for entertaining guests. Carefully chosen planting is included to bring a natural feel to this area, with a modern gate acting as the main entrance to the property:
The existing ground floor is altered to employ an open plan layout with a central staircase, positioning the dining area by a window to allow diners to enjoy views of the patio. The modernised living area is designed for relaxation, with the kitchen set out to maximise the space within it. As specified in the brief, the southerly corner of the building is transformed into a functional laundry room with WC and storage:
The first floor has two bedrooms at either end of the building, each with its own balcony. A large bathroom is also situated on this floor. All the rooms are accessed from a bright and modern landing area, from which the owners would also be able to access one of the balconies:
In line with the brief, our concept designs include rendered 3D images for the proposal – this allows the new owners to visualise the scheme in more detail. We also submitted a furniture scheme along with the designs: