Private residence in Neguri
Interior Design: Macarena Barcia
Location: Neguri, Getxo (Bizkaia)
Photography: Erlantz Biderbost
Materials used: Lacquers, laminate and oak.
Details of the ground-floor doors and wardrobes
We took part in the renovation of a duplex on the top floor of a building in Getxo (Bizkaia).
The doors of this private residence in Neguri (Getxo) are made in the classic style, with three plain moulded frames and a moulded panel in the central frame. These classic-style doors, which are lacquered in white, have grooved jambs and a plinth at the bottom that ensures that the jamb and skirting board meet at the same height.
Although the wardrobes on the ground floor are made to match the doors of the house and share the same design, each one has a different colour, depending on the room it occupies. They feature laminated fabric in the interior and a range of drawers, shelves and different hanging elements. The wardrobes in each room were organised in different ways.
For example, in one of the rooms, a wall wardrobe was installed. Opposite to it, another wardrobe without doors was installed by way of a walk-in wardrobe. In another of the rooms of the property, we installed a wardrobe with two side modules and a central recess for a TV screen.
The living cum dining room
Leaving the bedrooms, we move along the corridor to the living cum dining room area. The same style of skirting board is used throughout the house. Running at a height of 18cm and enhanced by two grooves, the skirting board is lacquered in white to match the doors.
A three-piece bookcase was installed in the living room. Lacquered in green, it includes such features as smooth push-open doors at the bottom and vertical feet. The bookcase was created with a large number of sections and shelves, some of which have LED lights that allow light to be distributed in accordance with Macarena Barcia’s design.
Moving away from the living room and through the dining room, we come to a living area in which we created a curved bench lacquered in white, adapted to the exterior design of the façade. Although it also has a framed front, in line with the doors and wardrobes elsewhere in the house, its form is somewhat more simple.
We designed the bench with a foldable lid to make good use of the storage space it affords. We also attached a curved skirting board to both sides of the bench, adapting it to the walls of the property.
The kitchen is very close to the living area. Here we installed white wall panelling with frames, a vertical trim, and a skirting board. All of these are smooth, in keeping with the design of the kitchen, and come to an end at the cupboard.
All the handles and knobs on the wardrobes in the residence are by Formani. We chose a chrome finish, combined with black, also matching the door handles.
We installed several bathroom units in the house. One of them features a panel with a coloured lacquered perimeter moulding. We fitted Formani handles and made the interior in grey laminate. The unit is prepared for a marble top to be placed on it.
The stairs to the upper floor
A two-section staircase leads from the entrance hall to the upper floor. This level contains two bedrooms for the younger members of the family, a complete bedroom and a study.
This designs in this area are rendered somewhat simpler by the addition of smooth surfaces. We sanded and varnished the floor, applying a tinted finish to adapt it to the appropriate colour and to match the wardrobes and the oak handles.
In one of the bedrooms we created a perimeter panelling featuring vertical slats approximately 20cm wide and we made the headboard of the bed fit in with the line of panelling. The design incorporates two niches that serve as bedside tables, a shelf above the bed, wall lights and switches as well as LED lighting in and above the niches.
The headboard of the bed is lacquered in white and integrated with the panels that adorn the rest of the room.
We installed a wardrobe —approximately 4m long— with height-adjustable shelves, a finish in keeping with the headboard, and a storage space at the top. The rear is grooved with 20cm wide slats, in line with the headboard and the wall panelling, and vertical lacquered pieces were fitted to cover up the vertical LED lighting strips that run towards the shelving.
Which in fact ends at a drop-down wardrobe, which forms a corner with another wardrobe. Both wardrobes feature smooth lacquered doors and vertical oak handles at a height of 1 metre. Enough space was left on the side of the handles to accommodate a milled recessed pull that allows the wardrobe to be opened.
Another bedroom contains a wardrobe with a slightly different design: we created two frames rather than three, and we attached a classic bulrush lattice to the upper frame.
Although bulrush latticework is very difficult to install, it is a material that we have always used in our profession. However, this time we decided to apply it in a different way, adapted to the needs of use. In this way, we have achieved an exclusive design both in terms of aesthetics and functionality.