Part of Badalona in Spain the was once a blacksmith workshop that was transformed carefully and cleverly by Albert Brito Arquitectura into a light-filled contemporary home. Spread across two different levels it is a fabulous light well and a wonderful stairway that form the spine of this rejuvenated interior.
Transforming a home with a modern rear extension is definitely a hot trend that simply refuses to slow down. Not only does it give an old structure a new lease of life with simple refurbishment and a snazzy addition but also cuts down significantly on construction costs.
The entrance to the living area is through the fabulous roof garden and the central courtyard that sits 6 feet below ground. As you descend into this secure space street noises and the sound of trains hurrying in the distance slowly starts to disappear.
Dashing oak floors bring in even more visual variance with light and dark elements sit next to each other with ease. It is the lovely scenery outside and the constantly hanging sights and sounds which bring vibrant joy to this sophisticated Charlotte residence where nature occupies center-stage.
What truly stands out in case of the Valiant House though is the brilliant use of whitewashed brick to usher in both textural contrast and pattern even as a stunning contemporary kitchen island in black along with a dark ceiling create a sense of sophistication. The dramatic is balanced carefully with the inviting as skylights bring in ample natural light with a view of the small rear garden adding to the effervescence.
On the inside décor is simple and elegant with a few mid-century modern icons like the Eames lounger making their presence felt. An accent wooden wall and the kitchen island usher in woodsy warmth even as the backdrop with herringbone pattern tile adds subtle pattern to the setting.
The house is divided into two zones with the lower level containing the living area kitchen and dining and the top level holding the private spaces. A space-savvy floating wood and steel staircase connects both the levels even as a large central courtyard becomes the heart of the social zone.