Sarón. Santa María de Cayón. Cantabria

The integral reform of the ground floor of a single-family house that had been used as a garage and storage room. The objective was to take advantage of this underused space to create a new independent dwelling.

One of the main intentions was to create a house that would be very permeable to the garden and would allow a very direct use of the outdoor space. This would also allow vegetation to be introduced into the interior and enhance the feeling of spaciousness. To this end, a single living-kitchen-dining room space was created in which large windows open onto the main orientations. The windows expand the space, incorporating the porches and outdoor terraces. This multi-purpose space is divided into different atmospheres by means of the furniture and lighting.

Another challenge was to maintain the independence between the two dwellings, for which separate access routes are organised and screened by vegetation to allow for privacy.

The exterior image maintains the original character of the house, respectfully combining the three predominant materials: limestone, painted mortar and wood. The interior combines a minimalist white background with the use of oak wood in the floors and furniture, which gives it warmth. Accessories and textiles are in pastel turquoise, which harmonises with the indoor plants and the omnipresent outdoor vegetation.

In the lighting, preference is given to indirect lights that are integrated into the slats, coffered ceilings and furniture.

MOAH Architects. Architecture and interior design studio