This Vibrant, Artistic 495-Square-Foot Mexican Home Was Renovated for $20K

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Grey hexagonal lines line living room floor in apartment with grey sectional and wooden staircase.
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Brenda Rocha and her husband have been living in this one-bedroom apartment for seven years, which they renovated for around $20K: Nestled in the heart of the captivating city of Queretaro, Mexico, lies Casa de Colores — a testament to ingenious design and excellent craftsmanship within a modest 46 square meters.

As a Mexican-Australian architect hailing from the vibrant city of Melbourne, I have an unwavering passion for the intricacies of tiny living and the finesse of compact design spaces. In 2015 I took on the challenge of acquiring a 200-year-old house. With a deep yearning to establish a cherished haven for our return trips, my vision began to take shape.

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Navigating the challenges posed by its heritage-listed status, we embarked on a creative journey. This culminated in the realization of a meticulously crafted loft space, thoughtfully designed to meld modern comfort with historic character.

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Meanwhile, the front portion of the property underwent its own rebirth. It has been ingeniously repurposed into an independent, self-sufficient dwelling, inviting us to return and rejuvenate in our beloved Queretaro once a year.

Allow me to offer a glimpse into the manifestation of these dreams — plans painstakingly brought to life through unwavering dedication and artistic finesse.

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This home is our Mexican haven. My husband and I have meticulously designed and selected every single detail, including the artwork, finishes, and accessories throughout the house. It’s truly a heartfelt embrace from us to the world!

Describe your home’s style in five words or fewer: Mexican, vibrant, artistic, craftsmanship, and colourful.

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What is your favorite room and why? Our amazing 200-year-old living room. We love hosting parties, and everyone is always welcome — snack on the table and mezcal and tequila for everyone!

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What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? Our Acapulco chairs. They are vibrant and perfect to watch the sunset on our rooftop.

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Any advice for creating a home you love? Use your hands as much as possible when building it. Get dirty! It is fun!

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Thanks, Brenda!

Credit: Brenda Rocha

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