With fall around the corner, thoughts of purging and organizing are flickering through our thoughts, which is why we found this profile of the home owned by architects Cecilia Tham and Yoel Karaso (and daughter Hanna) so inspiring. Cecilia and Yoel didn't just get rid of extraneous household objects, though. This Barcelona-based family purged parts of their actual home, from interior walls to columns and cornices, in order to open the space and make it suitable for family living.
With soaring ceilings and spectacular tiled floors, this fabulous space came with an affordable price tag and an inherent risk: for the past 40 years, it has been zoned for redevelopment, meaning this young family could have their home expropriated at the drop of a hat. To this end, when they did their renovations, they ensured that they could take their most beloved elements along with them.
We spent about four months on the renovation, and our plan really stemmed from this possibility that the building might be expropriated—–we want to be able to take the most valuable elements with us if we ever have to leave. Yoel and I didn’t design our kitchen and bathroom to be fitted into any walls; they are more like furniture. So if one day we are kicked out we could redo it somewhere else.
(Side note: We spy two Ikea Norrebo storage benches side by side in Hanna's bedroom. We love the Norrebo and are surprised we don't see it used more often in children's rooms. Made of solid wood, it's extremely solid, and at $100 per unit, it's a great value.)