Houzz Tour: A 17th Century Flat Beside Lake Como is Transformed
An architect’s genius layout rejig and sensitive redesign has unlocked a beautiful, well-functioning home for a couple
The apartment is located within an ex-convent dating back to the 17th century. The existing layout wasn’t working for the homeowners, so Chantal needed to redesign the floorplan to bring it up to date. Read on to find out how she did it.
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Who lives here? A young couple
Property An apartment in a 17th-century former convent
Location Como, Italy
Size Two bedrooms and two bathrooms; 85 sq m in total
Project year 2020
Architect Chantal Forzatti in collaboration with Irene Lucca
Budget €85,000 (around £75,000), furnishings included
Photos by Marta D’Avenia
Where the entrance is now there used to be a kitchen, with the front door opening straight into the living room to the side. The hallway now allows much easier access to all the rooms (see plans, below).
A shelf was fitted above the front door in order to add a little extra storage.
The table is second-hand, purchased on the internet and then cut down to fit within the space available. The fireplace was an online find, too, as Chantal wanted to source one from the same era as the building.
The shelving you can see in the corner is where the original front door was. By moving the opening, the couple were able to regain some space in the living room.
Herringbone flooring was chosen to create a warm feel and evoke the atmosphere of a classic Parisian apartment.
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The shelves were crafted from walnut by a local carpenter.