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A Ruined Fisherman’s House has been Converted into a Home Full of Natural Light

By Magaly Grosso


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This home is located in a charming fishing village on the left bank of the Tagus River, in the area of Trafaria, Lisbon, Portugal. At 100 years old, it’s no surprise to learn that this house was previously in ruins, as the construction was very poor, made with easily available materials: sand, mud, stones, shells, small pieces of pottery, wood, etc.

Main façade in white

The architectural firm Ines Brandão Arquitectura, under the direction of its architects, Henrieta Selcova and Joao Aires Neves, set to work in 2017. Their plan was to completely transform this 204 square meter area into a space full of natural light, with a clear connection to the outside area, trying to preserve the original image of this building at all times. They sought to maintain its identity, adapting it to the needs of the current owners: a young family, consisting of a couple with a baby.

Back with wooden terrace
Garden area with wooden floors

Interior with wooden floors
Living room with gray sofa
Modern kitchen designed in white with wooden floors
Storage area in the kitchen
Wooden detail in modern white kitchen
Comfortable kitchen and full of natural light

The aim of the clients was to obtain a multifunctional home: a holiday home and a short-term rental in the present and a home where they would like to live in the future.
The ground floor of the main building was designed with the aim of creating wide and fluid spaces, with the living room and kitchen regarded as key elements, separated only by the volume of the staircase. The old garage was converted into an independent suite, to be used by guests.

Modern dining room in white and wood
Living-dining area full of natural light

Stairs in white and wood
Stairs with storage area
Stairs with storage area at its base
Room with storage area
Modern studio area
Room with wooden floors
Double room with simple furniture
Double room

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About Magaly Grosso

Magaly Grosso was born in Venezuela where she grew up and studied Advertising and Marketing. With time, she realized that what she truly wanted to dedicate herself to was Interior Design, which is why she decided to study it and devote herself to it. Learn more about HomeDSGN's Editorial Process.

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