Houzz Tour: Opening Up a City Flat Creates an Airy, Flowing Space
Tweaking the layout in this two-bed apartment has given it a much lighter living area, a home office and a utility room
Who lives here? A father and his young son
Location Madrid, Spain
Size Two bedrooms and two bathrooms; 70 sq m
Architect Leticia Yagüez Studio
Renovation work Grupo Plumysa
Budget Approximately €42,000 (£36,000). The major items were the furnishings, €15,000 (£12,900) and construction work,€13,000 (£11,180)
Photos by Leticia Yagüez Studio
This interior design project and minor renovation was completed in spite of the pandemic in the summer of 2020, just after the first lockdown was lifted.
“After a couple of meetings at the flat and my studio, the decisions were made through online communication, with PowerPoint presentations and using Houzz Ideabooks to exchange photos,” Leticia says.
In the dining area, Leticia extended the wall to the same width as the dining table.
The owner says that renovating his home was both stressful and exciting, and that hiring a professional was the best decision he made. His advice to anyone embarking on their own renovation is to be clear about what they’re looking for, what kind of home they want and how to adapt it to the life they have.
The owner explains that the home was originally narrow and, despite several large windows, dark at certain times. Thanks to the new open-plan layout, natural light permeates the house all day and there’s a constant feeling of space. This comfortable layout has proved to be a blessing now the owner is spending more time at home.
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A mirror next to the entrance door (visible in the background of this photo) opens to reveal the electrical panel.
Leticia came up with an ingenious solution. “We kept the entrance partially separate from the office area by putting in a wrought iron window frame with a custom-made unit to cover the radiator underneath. Then we painted the wall anthracite to give it more presence and create a contrast with the retro prints.”
A Tintin print adds more colour.