Spanish architect designed this amazing resort style summer house in Cadiz that balances indoor and outdoor living. This idyllic hotspot hosts the homeowner’s extended family and friends, who take every opportunity to visit. And just look at the place – wouldn’t you? The architect and interior designer Carmen Brujo put their heads together and, lo and behold, nine months later this contemporary alfresco house was born. The home’s L-shaped floor plan offers lots of living space and privacy, both inside and out. Tucked into the L, a gorgeous garden provides a lush focal point that is enjoyed from both inside and out. Generous terraces provide a seamless transition from inside out. It’s like living in a vacation home, every day.
Concrete cubic volumes create a strong, geometric exterior, stacked surrounding the prominent aqua-blue entrance. You can’t miss it, and you can’t just walk on by without peeking in…
The blue door also stands out against the crisp, white interiors. The modern style highlights the home’s strong architectural elements, like the bold staircase leading to the upper level. Turkish limestone floors run throughout the home, warmed up with an eclectic mix of family antiques and vintage furnishings, modern accents, and an amazing use of color and textiles. The interior design, coupled with the connection to the outdoors, evokes the feeling of a relaxed seaside lifestyle.
Floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall glass flanks either side of this cozy living area, flooding it with natural light and adding an element of the outdoors without ever leaving the comfort of home. A central double-sided fireplace separates the living area and the dining room on the other side.
A concrete wall leads you from outside in, past the wall-less living and dining area, and inside the house. The casual cottage-style furnishings invite you to sit, relax and enjoy.
Meanwhile, the interior dining room is furnished in the same summer-chic style, maintaining a sense of continuity throughout.
The kitchen is the only ultra-modern space straying from the casual-chic aesthetic, finished in black and white with ultra modern touches of stainless steel. A large window illuminated every nook in this bright, airy work space. The island offers the perfect spot to pull up a stool and keep the chef of the house company.
Upstairs, large skylight lets the sun shine in. This dressing area colors its white backdrop with fun pops of color underfoot and rustic wood benches.
Continuing into the bedroom, the style is casual and comfortable – it’s “home.” Rustic, weathered vintage side tables and a blue painted bench show the wear and tear of time. The white walls, ceiling and floor enhance the natural light flooding in through the large window.
The bathroom boasts a double-sided vanity, providing some privacy and making an efficient use of space. The white palette continues, adding to the spa-like feel of this sweet retreat. Get ready to get pampered in the stunning marble shower of the deep soaker tub – the ultimate in at-home every-day luxuries.
Like the ground floor, the upper level is also equipped with large alfresco living areas overlooking the private garden and pool area below.
Interior designer Carmen Brujo