Madrid Renovation Project – Part 1

Today marks a milestone: we are starting the renovation process of my first complete renovation/decoration project here in Madrid.

When I first got to meet Pierre-Alban, the founder and CEO of Moving2Madrid and founder of the Guiripreneurs, a group dedicated to international entrepreneurs in Madrid, I was far from expecting to stand here today telling you this not even a year after relocating to Madrid. We first met in February and if it wasn’t for his support, trust and willingness to help me get my business of the ground in Madrid, I wouldn’t have the opportunity to work on this amazing project. So, thank you very much Pierre-Alban.

So let me tell you a few words about this exciting project that keeps me up at night going through endless design possibilities in my mind. This two bedroom flat is located in the very heart of Madrid, in a side street between the Puerta del Sol and the Plaza Mayor, the two best known squares of the city. Situated under the roof on the fifth and last floor of an old building, it hasn’t been touched in a long time. Besides its prime location, the other asset of the flat is a formidable decent sized terrace overlooking the roofs of the city and without any direct vis à vis. It flaws included a quirky and unpractical layout , to say the least, and a lack of natural light surprising for a rooftop property. It certainly did present some challenges. Not being a trained architect actually allowed me to think of ways to improve the space without being hindered by their actual technical feasibility, which in turn ended up not being an obstacle.

Here is a picture of the flat’s current layout. The flat has a surface of roughly 70 m2 (700 square feet) yet is cut in pieces separated by no less than 7 interior doors! The kitchen (2) is accessible through a small set of stairs and is far away for the living area. The second bedroom (5) feels like an outside shed as it is only accessible through a veranda style set of doors on the terrace. Oh I forgot to mention that since we are under the roof all the ceilings are slanted. The velux windows in the bedroom (7) and living room (3) are very small and the tiny windows onto the terrace from the second bedroom (5) and living room (3) are not even see-through as they have frosted glass.

Emerald Green Interiors Flat map current

1.Hallway 2.Kitchen 3.Living Room 4.Terrace 5.Bedroom 6.Bathroom 7.Bedroom

This layout needed a massive improvement. Here is the revised projected one. I started by suggesting to invert the placement of the bathroom and the kitchen and by ripping out the wall between the current bathroom and the living room, to open-up the space visually from the entrance. The kitchen will be small and functional. As the flat will only be used for short term stays it doesn’t need the equipment to cook a five-course dinner for twelve. All the velux windows will be replaced by large panoramic ones, and a new one will be created in the second bedroom. A large window serving also as door onto the terrace will be installed in the living room allowing us to get rid of the shabby veranda style doors shaft. The second bedroom will be slightly increased in size by taking up some space onto the terrace and re-incorporated into the flat with a direct sliding door into the living room. It will also get a new window to take advantage of the view and the light. An integrated wardrobe will be created in the master bedroom as we are severely lacking storage space. The door to the new bathroom will be replaced by a sliding one to gain in fluidity.

Emerald Green Interiors Flat map projectionSome things on this layout need some revisions, like this kitchen island which I want gone, or the empty corner behind the wardrobe, but the main aspects are there. It is all about opening up the space (we are going from 7 to 3 doors), de-clutering and bringing lots of natural light in.

Here are a few pictures of the flat as it looks currently. There were taken back in March on a rainy day (yes we have a few in Madrid as well) and are less than flattering.

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So what do you think? I can’t wait to see the space empty, the walls torn down and the doors and floors ripped out. Let the demolition start! The next post will be dedicated to the design direction we have decided but don’t forget to follow me on Instagram if you want to see some insider sneak peeks in between my dedicated posts.

I wish you a great start of the week.


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