Estúdio BRA redesigned an old house into a compact and functional home at only 4 meters wide plot

Estúdio BRA redesigned an old house into a compact and functional home at only 4 meters wide plot

Oh, what a complex task is to renovate a home! It is so difficult to decide what is good enough to keep and what needs to go.

Sometimes, the only solution is to demolish everything.

You know, like Estúdio BRA did in an old house in Pinheiros district of São Paulo, and managed to transform it from a dark house into a very bright and functional home even though it is built on a narrow plot, measuring 4x24m.

The house, now belonging to a third generation of the same family – a young couple and their dog, was overly compartmentalised space with low light and low ceilings and like that didn’t meet the expectations of the new owners. It needed to be adapted to their contemporary and sustainable lifestyle. Continue reading “Estúdio BRA redesigned an old house into a compact and functional home at only 4 meters wide plot”

The simplest way to plan a remodel

The simplest way to plan a remodel

Architects and designers are involved in your project as much as you want them to be.

Sometimes clients want “total design”. Sometimes, for different reasons, they want to choose materials and furniture on their own. Sometimes they want a functional solution for their space. Sometimes they want only an advice.

What they never want, is to do the math.

When working for our private clients, we constantly get phone calls with questions like: “I’m choosing tiles for my bathroom at the store right now, how much did you say I have to buy?” or “What’s the maximum width of the sink, I’ve just found the one I like, but I don’t know if it fits.” There’s always some little detail they can’t remember. Or never bothered to check out.

We don’t mind clients asking us questions, but things can get pretty messy if we’re not at the office and we simply can’t look up for the information hidden somewhere among plans, explanations, dimensions, samples of materials, and lists of expenses. Continue reading “The simplest way to plan a remodel”

Home renovation in four steps: step two

Home renovation in four steps: step two

Welcome to the STEP TWO of the Home renovation in four steps. Did you miss the Step one? Don’t sweat it. Or should we say: don’t SWOT it?

So sorry for that. You can go here to check it out.

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At the beginning of a design process, it is incredibly important to do a thorough analysis of your apartment in order to enhance the things you love, eliminate the things you hate, improve the things with potential and find a solution for problematic areas. And SWOT analysis is really the simplest way to do that.

Listing apartment features in four different categories (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) always helps us see a solution. As we showed in our example, the solution is usually a set of responses to detected problems.

For the sake of the argument, we’ll assume you’ve already got your SWOT on. Because it really is the first thing you should do.

Next is to prioritize those issues. Focusing on the important tasks during apartment remodel is crucial for time and budget management. Continue reading “Home renovation in four steps: step two”

Home renovation in four steps: step one

Home renovation in four steps: step one

What do you think about apartment remodels? Not the renovations that have to be done, but remodels – done only for the sake of creating a more beautiful space? Do you find it superficial and materialistic? Do you feel it’s a way to get compliments from guests? Do you think it’s a way to keep oneself busy when one has “nothing better to do”?

Maybe your answer is “yes”, or maybe you’re surprised we even asked those questions because you can’t believe someone feels that way. Or you’re aware that majority of people feel that way, but you don’t agree.

Either way, interior design is usually seen as something too luxurious – expensive, without being necessary. And yes, it is definitely perfectly acceptable to live in a not-perfectly-designed apartment. Actually, it’s not only acceptable, it’s a reality for almost everyone.

But for us, interior design is not about luxury living. It is not about designer furniture nor expensive materials. Continue reading “Home renovation in four steps: step one”

3 signs you might hate your apartment

3 signs you might hate your apartment

Interior decoration became some kind of madness. Have you noticed? Every so often we meet a friend who’s “all stressed out” because she’s just in the middle of her apartment remodel and something went wrong.

You guys, there are people literally fighting with their life partners over a size of a couch. Or feeling unhappy because they can’t decorate or design their apartment in a way they wanted, for whatever reason. At times, we feel like marriage counselors, hearing ourselves saying things like: “Why do you think what you want is more important than what he wants?” Isn’t that just a bit too much?

We too are guilty of this. “Oh, if I only had time and money to create a perfect home workspace, it would be so much easier to work on evenings and weekends.” No, it wouldn’t. But it would be nice to have a perfect workspace, though. It would really be a dream come true.

See how easy it is? It is so easy to convince yourself that you absolutely must at least redecorate, in order to be happy at home.

On the other hand, maybe you really hate your apartment.
Let’s find out. Continue reading “3 signs you might hate your apartment”