It’s safe to say that we’re utterly delighted by this traditional neighborhood home restoration, with its simple functional spaces and cheerful color palette. This Mexican home is part of a 70s housing complex in the city of Guadalajara, with eight family homes all constructed around a cul-de-sac. A young couple, who fell in love with the neighborhood’s welcoming and dynamic vibe, now own the place.
Juan and Ruben, a manager and an architect who enjoy art, music and cooking, now live in the house along with their pets. A focus of the restoration was to ensure that the home kept the original architectural language of the building. While the layout was altered in many ways to create new rooms, the character of the home remains the same. Indeed, the design even preserved and reused many of the original materials.
Inside the front room of this Mexican home is a combination of areas. The designers brought down a wall that initially contained a bedroom. The now open space gives the living room and dining room greater freedom of movement.
The rustic wooden dining table adds the right amount of boho-chic to this home, used but with good bones – much like the house itself. The fun design elements of the room’s chairs provide a range of seating for relaxing, entertaining, reading, eating or working.
What we like about the shapes of this room is the connectivity between each zone. The collection of art feels perfect for the space, and is vibrant without being stifling.
As the bathroom was moved to where the former kitchen was, a space opened up for a corridor towards the back patio, turning the service room into a kitchen. The newly organized layout is perfect for letting in more light to the central area of the house. It also works to improve the ventilation.
Just like the corridor, the bathroom tiles are fun and fresh. The mature pastel color palette feels earthy, with the greens and terracotta browns of a vegetable patch. This was intentional, with the furniture chosen to reflect the building’s 70s heritage.
One of the most interesting parts of the project for the designers was being able to restore much of the original carpentry, steel work and tiles. It certainly helped keep the project within a small budget.
In our opinion, the bathroom is one of the standout spaces of the house. Perhaps it’s because of the soft touches like the terracotta plant? Or the way it feels both crisp and clean without being over sterile? What do you think?
The patio area is harmonious with the rest of this Mexican home. It was Juan Pablo’s favorite part of the house because of the way the light, color and temperature emphasize different parts of the space throughout the day. It’s also a great spot for the pets to stretch their legs!
Simple patterns in the brickwork, original steel frames, and a range of colors all come together to create a calming haven that fits well in its element. The blue walls work as a bold feature in this space, but it is important to keep in mind that blue is otherwise a versatile color when it comes to decorating.
The laundry and service area now easily connect to the new kitchen. See how shifting the floor plan around can aid tenants’ daily needs?
In the bedroom, the designers have honed in on a beautifully minimalist design. At the same time, geometric shapes and a relaxed color palette keep the room from looking too austere. Greenery is a great color, and works fabulously in the bedroom.
Of course, being able to design and restore your own home can be a tricky process. But the owners absolutely love the space with its 70s vibe and creative flow. Overall, we think this Mexican home is a sunny backdrop for harmony, creating a satisfying and welcoming place to live.