Home reflects owner's world travels - Old world Spanish style whole home remodel
By Tatiana Machado-Rosas, Special to the U-T
A world traveler with a profession in the arts, the client of this whole-home remodel had a deep respect for design and was meticulous about attention to visual detail. The project started as an ordinary tract home that our client wanted to dramatically evolve without any significant structural changes. He desired a Spanish-influenced aesthetic with authentic character and a contemporary attitude, a place to entertain guests and display his affinity for art and world travel.
The challenge for this project was to impressively strengthen the visual and functional appeal of the home while making minimal changes to the original footprint. Downstairs, the entryway, living room, family room, dining room and powder room were completely transformed, along with the kitchen, where a new breakfast nook was added. Upstairs, the remodel included four bedrooms and two bathrooms.
A vivid stairway makes a powerful statement in the entryway, setting the tone for the artistic experience created throughout the home. Individually selected tile patterns each recall a memory from the client's globe-trotting lifestyle. Oak wood and a wrought-iron stair rail complete the impression of meticulous design inspired by both modern and Old World Spanish aesthetics.
In the dining room, we incorporated details such as the wrought-iron chandelier, bookstand and candelabra to create a space rich in interesting objects. The elegant hand-painted mirror replaced a small window. Natural light was significantly amplified by replacing the original windows with sliding-glass doors, which now access a spacious backyard with an expansive view.
The original kitchen's awkward layout closed the room off from the rest of the home. In the new kitchen, the countertops remained in place but the stove and sink were moved for much improved functionality and appearance. Placing cabinetry up to the ceiling and leaving room for space on the walls creates a more open feeling. The rich wood tone of the cabinetry brings solidity to the room.
From the breakfast nook the view of the kitchen includes the wine refrigerator built into a graceful niche, expanses of gorgeous mosaic tile, and a pair of glowing handblown glass pendants. A clean, uncluttered look is achieved by hiding the refrigerator, pantry, trash pullouts and other appliances behind knotty alder cabinetry.
With its vibrant colors and playful design, the small powder room downstairs reflects an influence of Spanish design. Notes of gold in the pattern are accentuated by can lighting and repeated in the mosaic tiles. By adding the tile wainscoting and rich glass mosaic tile, we created the illusion of a taller room. The tiles were selected in rich earthy colors accented with gold metallic iridescent highlights to bring a sense of substance and luxury to the space.