Santos Kitchens in renovated homes, by Andrea Muñoz Diseño
23/ 10 / 2020
After showing us some of her projects for kitchens in workspaces, Andrea Muñoz Diseño is now here to present two rural homes renovated by her team. Each of these projects has its own style, but both have the same objective: transforming the building into the ultimate dream home to enjoy some R&R with the family. Likewise, the kitchen takes centre stage in both, opening out to other rooms and furnished with Santos designs. Without losing sight of the surroundings and the original essence of the homes, the studio takes them to the next level, adapting their architecture, interior design and furnishings to the needs and preferences of the users.
A rustic home with a very contemporary style
The new owners of this rustic two-storey detached home, a couple with three children, chose it for its location, a town halfway between Oviedo—the city where they lived—and León—where the husband’s family lived. After the renovation, they will enjoy it during weekends and holidays, basking in its natural surroundings dotted with rivers, woods and trails to relax and get away from it all. As they wanted to make the most of it, they needed the layout and equipment to be above all practical. Thus, areas were grouped together according to their function: public area with kitchen, dining room, living room and toilet on the ground floor, and a private area with three bedrooms, a full bathroom and a laundry on the upper floor.
In terms of the interior design, they decided on a Nordic style—airy, open-plan and very bright. To reinforce the latter aspect, Andrea Muñoz used a colour scheme with a predominance of light colours. The ground floor ceiling, which originally featured exposed dark wooden beams, was also lacquered in white to add more brightness and a more contemporary character to the different areas. The touches of wood and colour balance out the whole, making it look elegant, warm and welcoming.
The kitchen, which opens out to the dining room and living room, is the centre of attention on the ground floor of the house. The simple and refined design of the Santos units, with their white, plain handle-less fronts, seamlessly blend into the interior design. Furthermore, the cabinets meet the users’ needs with regard to work and storage, as they love making jams and trying other recipes with the family.
The room features an L-shaped layout, with a row of base units for the preparation, cooking and washing-up areas which, aside from storage units and two sink units, comes with a drawer unit and a hob unit, both with three levels of drawers. The second row is made up of a base corner unit, two wall units and two tall units that house the fridge freezer, oven and microwave oven. The latter two boast a white glass finish to achieve greater aesthetic uniformity. This layout makes it possible to have everything within reach while leaving enough space for traffic flow around the dining room table.
Harmony between tradition and modernity
This rustic home is found in a small mountain village in the region of Maragatería in León. The family that owns it—a couple with one child—decided to renovate it to spend their holidays and weekends together here. It has two stories, plenty of natural light streaming in and marvellous views of the town, with the characteristic slate roofs, thick stone walls and a lovely oak forest.
The studio of Andrea Muñoz planned a comprehensive renovation, including a sweeping reorganisation of the spaces. Thus, the private areas—two bedrooms with bathrooms—were grouped on the ground floor, whereas the public areas—kitchen, dining room and living room—were located on the upper floor, which is brighter and features a structure of wooden trusses that gives great personality.
In keeping with the owners’ wishes, the kitchen was designed to be completely open to the dining room and living room, without any obstacles that would hinder contact and communication among the users. The units—designed by Santos—include an island and tall units, and are laid out in parallel to facilitate access to everything needed to work comfortably.
The island is where the washing-up, cooking and preparation areas are found, including an integrated dishwasher, a sink unit with bins for recycling waste and a hob unit with full-extension, large-capacity drawers. The worktop, which runs beyond the outer edge of the island, serves as a counter for breakfast or quick meals.
The furnishings are rounded out with a set of five tall units which—running parallel to the island—houses the fridge freezer, oven, microwave oven, larder unit with interior drawers, utility unit for cleaning products and storage unit for laundry.
In general, the project manages to harmoniously blend tradition and modernity, with carefully crafted lighting and a décor that features statement pieces that—far from detracting from the architecture—complement it wonderfully.
Kitchen design: Andrea Muñoz Diseño
Santos distributor: Santos Astorga
Location: Maragatería (León)
Floor area: 18 m2 (Kitchen + Dining room)
Layout: Parallel to the island
Santos units: Graphene FINE
Tall unit handles: Black aluminium
Worktop: Neolith Calatorao
Photography: María Merchante – Fotografía de Arquitectura
In the photo, from left to right: María Merchante (Technical Architect and Architectural Photographer), Andrea Muñoz (Interior Designer), Aida González (Accounting and Administration Department) and Noelia Calvo (Technical Department). You can find more information about Andrea Muñoz and her studio at this link.
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