This apartment is a T4 (four bedrooms) situated in an historical neighborhood in Lisbon. The overall area is about 140 sqm, with two terraces and a very beautiful view to the river Tejo, despite being just at elevated 1st floor level.
The building is from 2005 and the apartment hasn’t been renovated since. We found it in a very bad state of conservation and poorly furnished. We polished and glazed the wooden floor, removed all colors and any sort of coverings from the walls and proceeded to an overall maintenance of all systems, finishing and materials, basically giving new life and brightness to the whole apartment. Besides that, we didn’t need to make any big alterations in the floor plan and worked mainly with the furniture, containing the costs.
We focused the biggest changes in the kitchen. Originally there was no place to stay or sit and its squared shape led into having a big empty volume in the center which couldn’t be really used. The furniture was massive, and the space felt cramped and dark. The pantry was divided by a wall and the lighting was very dull, especially for a kitchen.
We removed the wall and used slimmer furniture to widen the space before the new pantry/storage.
Instead of the columns with oven and microwave we placed a bank and a table, which integrates in the kitchen and allows other uses of the space, besides just preparing meals.
We changed the floor to a darker color to contrast with the new furniture with much lighter and neutral colors and we switched the recessed lighting to much more powerful and energy saving LEDs.
Thanks to these changes the room came to life, and it is now a convivial space, bright and with much personality. There are beautiful chandeliers above the table, wooden shelves for decoration, as well as a little corner for the two cats, also part of the family.