This was the desired project of a couple who were looking for a clean, cosy, practical, and easy-to-maintain home. The aim was to build a rustic space that was not only bricks and blocks but also featured a personality and soul – a house that looked like a home.
During the assembling phase, the architects decided to salvage most of the exposed tiles. The idea was that the tiles’ combination with wood should not only be visible within the layout of the roofs but must also be present in the bodily structure of the whole house. However, this brought with it certain challenges, such as smaller spans, differentiated calculations, maintenance, and material treatment.
However, these were met with aptly, creating a robust solid wood structure that features wooden beams and pillars, exposed roofs, hydraulic tiles, a smooth cemented floor, trims, special flashings and gutters, and brushed granite in areas that might require finer cleaning. Certain walls also feature rolled pebbles applied with whitewashed paintings and dry joints.
The interior showcases a simple plan with wide circulations that separate the services to one side and the intimate to the other side, reserving the social to the central axis to facilitate close family gatherings. The house doesn’t contain a dining room, and meals are eaten either on the kitchen bench or on the balcony located below the pergola. This increases inner space and helps save ambience that would otherwise have limited use.
The master suite overlooks the inner garden and the pool, moving on to the bedrooms. Next to this suite is the grandchildren’s suite, which is meant for infrequent visits and is dry yet comfortable. Pivoting pieces, floor-to-ceiling frames, and accordions enhance cross-ventilation.
Architects: Costaveras Arquitetos
Area: 392 m²
Photographs: Edgard Cesar
Manufacturers: ENCOESMA, Gruta Mármores e Granitos, Illuminato, Ornare